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Oh my goodness, where to even start with these two?!
Coby is a good friend of my husband's- they practically grew up together! They both play drums, enjoy music and tattoos, and even recently started a custom drum company together. Being such a close friend, you can imagine how excited Andrew and I were when we found out that Coby had proposed to Gretchen, and she said yes!
Coby and Gretchen are super athletic and outdoorsy folks, and that's how they met! Coby LOVES riding his bike for miles and miles and Gretchen is a runner and has completed marathons and runs almost daily! Coby had arranged a group bike ride with some friends but had locked himself out of his house that day. When they met up, the guys in the group had been hanging around the parking lot trying to help him figure out ways to get back into the house. Gretchen knew of another group of people who were trying to start a group ride, and they had, unknowingly, planned for the same night, same time, and same place as Coby and his group. Gretchen's group ended up not showing up, so she decided to ask the guys in the parking lot if she could ride with them, and of course, they said yes! I'm pretty sure their meeting was fate!
Coby proposed to Gretchen on a hike at Flint Mill, for the summit that has a gorgeous view of South Holston Lake. He said when they reached the top, he was almost afraid to get the ring out of his pocket for fear of dropping it over the ledge. Once it was free and secure, he got on one knee and asked Gretchen to marry him. Coby said, "I asked, and, thankfully, she said yes. She made my day...and the rest of my life." **Cue happy/emotional tears**
Since I knew that these two loved hiking and visiting waterfalls, I suggested that we hike to Laurel Falls for their engagement session. My friend, Jeremy Gouge, had originally shown me this trailhead that leads straight to the falls with some awesome features in between. I knew it would be the perfect place for Coby and Gretchen. We met up on a sunny Saturday and started our session hanging out (literally) by the creek in an Eno hammock. We then made our way to the falls, shooting on the trail at a bridge and rock walls. Eventually, we found ourselves at the staircase of doom (tough on the joints going down, tough on the glutes going back up) and took our time navigating the stairs. I can only imagine what it would be like to climb those stairs with a full backpack on! We finally reached the falls and took a moment to breathe it all in. Once it started getting closer to sunset, we made our way back up the crazy stairs.
Coby & Gretchen - Andrew and I have a tough time putting into words just how excited we are for you two! You guys are absolutely perfect for each other and we cannot wait for the wedding!