May 1, 2009
Seven-time gold medalist Amanda Beard and photographer Sacha Brown met at a photo shoot and dated for three years before getting married and announcing that they were expecting their first child -- a boy -- in September 2009. Despite this, Beard is planning to compete in the 2012 Olympics, according to People.
Beard and Brown romantically wed on the beach at Wakatobi, an archipelago in Banda Sea off southeastern Indonesia, according to People. The bride wore a black tunic, sarong, and white veil, and the groom wore a sarong, hat, and carried a sword. They were surrounded by witnesses, who were locals who did not speak English. After the ceremony, according to the magazine, the couple exchanged hand-written vows and indulged in a steak dinner and two-tiered, chocolate wedding cake.
One can only presume that the pair considered their wedding destination a honeymoon as well.
What the Press Says about Them:
Beard, who has posed topless for Playboy is considered to be among the world's best and most beautiful athletes. She denied rumors of an affair with swimmer Ian Thorpe. But little has been said of her romance with Brown. She has told reporters that they have a great relationship. There was relatively significant coverage of their simultaneous wedding and pregnancy announcement.
What We Learn from Them:
Do your own thing. These two ignored tradition by getting married on the beach by themselves and getting pregnant before the big day -- and they seem thoroughly happy and in love.