Bethany Hamilton is now married to Adam Dirks as the couple tied the knot in front of 300 family and friends at a secluded 130-acre estate. Hamilton grew up near the town where the wedding took place.
“It was the most amazing day of my life,” the pro surfer and shark-attack survivor said. She who wore a Lazaro-designed gown for her laidback ceremony. The bride later changed into a handmade reception dress created by local boutique A. Ell Design.
“The first thing we did was jump off a cliff together! And you could say it was love at first cliff jump. We started hanging out often. Just as friends – hiking, beach, tennis, hanging with friends – getting to know each other! The more time we spent together the more I liked Adam. He is genuine, kind, fun, adventurous, easy going, friendly to all, passionate for Christ and just a great guy over all,” Hamilton explains.
Hamilton, 23, lost her left arm to a 15-ft. tiger shark’s bite in 2003. The story of her return to competition inspired the 2011 movie Soul Surfer.
She and Dirks, 25, met on a blind date last year. He works on Kauai with the Christian-based Young Life organization as a youth ministry volunteer.
The “soul surfer” has often talked about the importance of faith in her life, and in 2012 endorsed the “National Back to Church Sunday” campaign, which mobilizes churches and believers to reach out to unchurched family and friends and invite them to come for worship.
Despite the frightening incident in 2003, Hamilton still sees the ocean as a place of serenity. While she was planning her wedding, Hamilton would look to the ocean for peace.