Ed and Melanie Cerne of Durham are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Harris Cerne of Asheville, to Andrew Stuart Austell, also of Asheville. Andrew is the son of Mary Stuart and Sam Austell of Baltimore, MD.
Catherine is a graduate of Radford University and Western Carolina University and is currently teaching high school social studies in McDowell County, NC. Andrew is a graduate of Guilford College and spends various seasons engaged in a variety of pursuits, including selling Christmas trees and preparing tax returns. Both avid whitewater paddlers, Andrew and Catherine have a combined 24 years of experience on many of the wild rivers around the U.S. and beyond. Together, they still spend the warmer months working alongside each other, much as they did when they first met on the French Broad River in 2002, guiding rafts and leading kayak clinics for Wet Planet Whitewater in White Salmon, Washington.
A riverside wedding is planned for October 12, 2013 in Marshall, N.C.