Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham marries his partner in fairytale wedding ceremony
Former Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has married his partner Luke Rutherford in a beautiful, fairytale wedding ceremony.
Mitcham, who retired from professional diving in 2016, told Australia’s Daily Telegraph that he was crying “for basically the entire ceremony”, according to Outsports.
“The whole thing was so beautiful,” he added.
Matthew Mitcham and his husband are currently on their honeymoon in Amsterdam.
In a heartfelt Instagram post following the ceremony, Mitcham wrote: “After a sustained period of lovely gestures, loyalty, gazing adoringly and many trips to Ikea, I managed to trick [Luke Rutherford] into falling in love with me, proposing to me and finally marrying me. Now he’s stuck with me forever and ever, ha!”
After the couple tied the knot this week, they ventured to Amsterdam for their honeymoon.
“Thinking about how lucky my husband is,” Mitcham wrote on Instagram.
“Currently in Amsterdam basking in the afterglow of the best week of my life. I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful bunch of family and friends.”
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He knows everything about me. All my weaknesses. How to make me happy. It always comes back to… pastry. . . We’re staying at our gorgeous friend’s hotel @thehighlanderamsterdam. She decorated the room with balloons and rose petals and arranged breakfast in bed and I’m so happy I never want this week to end 🥰 . . . . #honeymoon #amsterdam #gaytravel #weddedbliss #breakfast #croissant #amour #hotelamsterdam #honeymoonhotel #boutiquehotel #highlander #holiday #happiness #romance #nofilters #noedits #noneneeded #feedmeseymour
“He knows everything about me. All my weaknesses. How to make me happy. It always comes back to… pastry,” he added.
Currently in Amsterdam basking in the afterglow of the best week of my life. I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful bunch of family and friends.
The pair’s wedding comes just eight months after they announced their engagement. Last March, Mitcham announced that he had moved to the UK.
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Mitcham retired from professional diving in 2016.
Mitcham, who made history as one of the first openly gay athletes to win an Olympic gold medal in 2008, wrote on Instagram at the time: “He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged.”
Rutherford, who is British, popped the question in Henley-on-Thames, England, according to the post.
The wedding comes four years after Mitcham announced his retirement from professional diving.
“It’s official: I have decided to finally retire after a looooooooong but very rewarding diving career,” he wrote at the time.
Speaking to ABC, he said: “I’ve tried to make this call so many times before and it just never stuck. I was totally committed to retiring after the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and then I ended up doing a lot better than expected with my partner and I entertained the thought of sticking it out for another two years.”