'Soul surfer' Bethany Hamilton marries


HANALEI, Kauai —  Bethany Hamilton, known for continuing her surfing career after losing an arm in a shark attack 10 years ago, married a Christian youth minister in Hawaii Aug. 18.

Even People magazine noted the wedding between the star of the 2011 film "Soul Surfer" and Adam Dirks, reporting that the event took place in front of 300 friends and family members at a secluded 130-acre estate on Kauai's north shore near the town where Hamilton grew up.

Hamilton 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, according to People.

"I know Adam and I are right for each other and that God has us together for Him," Hamilton, 23, said, according to WORLD magazine.

Hamilton expressed hope and excitement for her marriage.

"To open up your heart to a complete stranger and learn to love a new person, it's different; it's beautiful. I believe it's what God has created for us; but it can be intimidating," she said, according to WORLD.

Hamilton added that she is learning from God how to love well.

"Christ is the greatest definition of love and it's been amazing to learn from the greatest."

In a blog post about her wedding, Hamilton wrote, "Today was the most beautiful, wonderful best day of my life! God is more than good."