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Olympian Amanda Beard’s Wedding

Swimming sensation Amanda Beard, seven-time Olympic medalist, took the plunge on May 1, 2009 at a resort which dubs itself a diving paradise– Wakatobi, off southeastern Indonesia.

As the sun slowly melted into the sea, the bride’s shadow– alongside that of groom Sacha Brown– stretched out on the sands of a private beach as the swimmer, in the presence of a small band of locals, received a wedding band to accompany the engagement ring she had found tucked away inside a Tiffany box on Christmas Day.

Embracing the culture with their choice of attire, the bride wore a demure black tunic and sarong, which was harmoniously paired with a white veil, representative of a traditional Western wedding. A sword– part of the groom’s wedding look– added an extra exotic element to the sarong he donned for the big day, the couple revealed to People magazine.

The newlyweds, who savored samples of a two-tier cake after the intimate “I do,” are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child in September.

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