Country star Luke Combs and wife Nicole Hocking officially tied the knot on August 1, 2020, at their southern Florida home. News of their engagement was announced in 2018 after two years of dating, and longtime fans couldn't be happier for the couple. The "Hurricane" and "Beer Never Broke My Heart" singer shared the news of his nuptials on social media the following day and even shared a couple of snapshots of the newlywed's special day.
"Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry my best friend," Combs wrote. "I love you @nicohocking, here's to forever."
As if that wasn't exciting enough, Luke surprised fans just a few months later, on Jan. 20, with photos of an ultrasound photo, showing the couple's first child.
"Here we go y'all! Lil dude Combs is coming this spring!" he wrote on social media. "Couldn't be more excited to start a family with this babe. It's gonna be a hell of a ride."
The proud parents officially welcomed Tex Lawrence Combs on June 19 and proudly shared photos on Instagram. In a Q&A on her Instagram in July, Nicole revealed that their son's name actually had some personal meaning behind it. Tex was in honor of Luke's great uncle, and Lawrence was after her father. How sweet is that?
It seems pretty clear to anyone following these two on social media that they have something special. Nicole seems like she is genuinely hr husband's biggest fan and has supported him nonstop throughout his rise to country superstardom. Here are a few things you might not have known about Nicole Hocking and a few reasons why we love their sweet love story.
1. She was with Luke before he was famous
When Hocking and Combs started dating in 2016 after being introduced by mutual friends, he was the definition of a struggling musician. He had no record deal or publishing deal, and his manager had never managed anyone before. He was a talented man with a dream who was ready to pound the pavement to make it happen, despite the fact that all odds were against him.
"Everybody was like, 'Yeah, this is never gonna work,'" Combs told People in 2018, "and so I didn't have anything when we met."
2. She's from Florida
Hocking grew up in Fort Myers and majored in civil engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. After school, she moved to Nashville where she eventually met Combs.
3. She also works in the music business
Though Hocking frequently spends time with Combs while he's on tour, she works for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Nashville. Through her position at BMI, she was able to meet a ton of A-list performers in the music world and helped Combs while he was still moving up in the industry. She has also turned into a social media personality with over 900k followers on Instagram.
4. She "said yes" at home
Despite being a huge star, Combs chose to propose to his longtime love in the privacy of their Nashville home so that they could share their special moment just the two of them. He announced the big news on social media with a beautiful photo in Hawaii after they had time to enjoy the special time privately.
"She said yes a while ago, but this is a way better place to take pictures than the kitchen," he wrote. "Can't wait to spend forever with you @nicohocking I Love You! #Mahalo"
5. She stands up against all the haters
She has no patience for anyone body-shaming Combs and criticizing her for dating "a bigger guy." In 2019 she took to Twitter to set the record straight, saying, "It's 2019. The double standard for this is absolutely disgusting." We couldn't agree more, Nicole!
6. She has inspired some of his music
Combs told ABC News that he wrote "Beautiful Crazy" about Hocking, which went on to win Song of the Year at the CMA (Country Music Association) Awards. If you've heard the song you know how good it is. Talk about one seriously romantic gesture!
"That got me some serious brownie points. That was before we were officially dating," Combs said
The music video for another song inspired by Hocking, "Forever After All," features footage from the couple's wedding.
7. She really is his better half
Combs has never been shy about talking about how much he loves his wife. In 2018, he posted a sweet photo of Hocking on vacation and gushed about how incredible she is.
"This is my baby and this is my favorite picture of her," he wrote. "She's gonna be mad at me for posting it probably because it's not perfect but she is. This picture encompasses everything that has made me fall in love with her. Her natural beauty, her smile, personality, and the way she lives life. She's having a rough day and I'm far away, which is the hardest part of what I do, but I'm coming home baby, I'll see you soon. I Love You."
After winning his 2019 CMA Award, he took the opportunity to praise Hocking for all of her support on Instagram. Could they get any cuter?!
"I won a CMA award last night but I showed up a winner because of this amazing woman," he wrote. "Thank you for believing in me, supporting me, and eating cookout with me at 1:30am after the awards. I love you so much @nicohocking, you're incredible inside and out."
This story was previously updated on Aug. 2, 2020.
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