Fairy Tale Wedding for Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton
Surfing among the sharks? All in a day’s work for 23-year old Bethany Hamilton, the professional surfer who lost an arm to a shark 10 years ago. Finding that special someone? Not so much.
“I always felt it would be hard for me to meet someone because I’m different,” she confided to In Touch Magazine. “I just had to trust in God and know that He had someone special for me.”
He did indeed.
“God knew my heart, my thoughts…concerns and desires; and, He has heard my prayers,” she said.
About a year ago friends set Bethany up with Adam Dirks, a 25-year-old Christian youth minister. Bethany recalls on her blog their unconventional first date, “The first thing we did was jump off a cliff together! And, you could say it was love at first cliff jump.”
After 11 months of dating, Adam proposed to Hamilton on her favorite beach and the two have since been knee deep in preparations for their big day.
“It’s been fun! We are doing Bible-based pre-marital guidance with an older and wiser couple. We are going through some books. Often praying together and separately. And in all this, falling more in love and enjoying every bit of our engagement time!”
The future bride also has been searching for that perfect dress to walk down the aisle in. She selected an Anne Barge gown for her special day.
“I feel like a princess!” Hamilton said while modeling the gown at the Mark Ingram bridal shop in New York.
Hamilton also speaks about how the love of her family and Christ has prepared her for this life-changing event.
“ I guess it comes back to my first love besides my family – the unconditional love of Christ. Having that makes it easier to love all. And, eventually when you meet that special one you get to take that love of Christ and smother that special one in the love that you know.”
While the pro surfer still competes professionally and works as a spokeswoman for Zico coconut water, she says that for now she’s content just planning the wedding taking place later this summer.
“I’m living a fairy tale. I feel loved. . . just as I am.”