Olympian Nathan Adrian Marries Hallie Ivester: See the First Wedding Photos

nathan adrian weddingNathan Adrian and Hallie Ivester wedding. Napa Valley, California. September 2018. (Credit: Bre Thurston)

Nathan Adrian and Hallie Ivester are floating into marriage. The five-time Olympic gold medalist and celebrated athlete married his longtime love this weekend in a breathtaking outdoor ceremony in Napa Valley.

“Best day of my life,” Adrian wrote Monday as he included his wedding date of September 15, 2018. “I love you.”

Adrian’s new wife shared another sweet snapshot of the athlete leaning down to kiss her forehead. “Yesterday was a dream,” Ivester, who works in retail merchandising, captioned the photos taken by Bre Thurston. “I love you.” (Thurston, a Washington-based photographer, also captured the couple’s engagement photos in Rome.)

The bride looked resplendent in a white, off-the-shoulder, crepe gown by Carolina Herrera paired with a simple ballerina bun and a dreamy veil. Of course, Adrian’s Olympic pals and teammates witnessed the nuptials, held at Beaulieu Garden, which provided an intimate-enough, nature-driven setting for the couple and their guests.

Nathan Adrian and Hallie Ivester wedding. Napa Valley, California. September 2018. (Credit: Bre Thurston)

Nathan Adrian and Hallie Ivester wedding. Napa Valley, California. September 2018. (Credit: Bre Thurston)

Other photos from the nuptials, planned by Lally Events, show the joyous moment when Adrian and Ivester were pronounced husband and wife, as well as a sweet smooch exchanged between the couple from their first dance.

“Packing for our honeymoon and can’t stop thinking about last weekend!” the bride gushed on Instagram alongside a series of call-outs to all those involved in the special occasion. “Thank you to all the vendors who made it so perfect.”

The pair first met a friend’s game night in 2012. “We were all post-grad and we had finished our degrees at Cal… Hallie ended up coming over [and] I don’t even know what we played,” Adrian told The Knot in an exclusive interview last December.

“I was always like, ‘I’m not going to date anyone from Cal’—joking—but our schools are enemies,” Ivester, who attended Stanford, added in the same interview. “And then of course, I go to a game night and we ended up falling in love.”


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The couple’s wedding followed more than a year’s worth of planning after Adrian proposed off the coast of Northern California in May 2017. The private, oceanfront proposal was followed by an elaborate dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. “[He was] like, ‘I’ve been trying to find the perfect words. I love you, I want to spend the rest of my life with you,’” Ivester recalled to us. “And then, he got down on one knee and then proposed. He was so nervous that the ring [box] was backwards.”

Adrian previously shared what he loves most about his now wife—especially with wedding planning. “In all sorts of walks of life, she has a vision and executes it,” he mused. “We’re opposite. I overthink things. and she knows what she wants and she does it. I think that’s why we have planned everything the way it is now. Day after day I was so impressed.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.