Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson's nuptials are sure to give bride and grooms-to-be major wedding goals.
The Olympic swimmer and his wife released their official wedding video to Brides magazine, and it looks like quite the lavish affair. The couple had not one, but two ceremonies. The first took place in their backyard in Tempe, Arizona, on June 13, with just five people present. The second wedding on Oct. 29 was a bit more fancy with 50 of their closest friends and family celebrating with them in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
"We pretty much got married in sweats and jams," Johnson says of the couple's first "I dos" in June. "When we talk about our wedding, we mean our Cabo wedding in October with our parents, our siblings, our bridal party, and a few people who played an integral part of our relationship while we were together."
Phelps admits that he was nervous before tying the knot. "I made the joke to a friend of mine, 'Well, there’s no turning back now,' and he was like, 'Nope, you’re stuck, bro!' But a lot of my friends are really big smart a**es, and we enjoy laughing and having fun," he quips. "[But there was] also a little bit of tears of happiness as well -- [that after] everything we’ve been through, we’re finally at that point where we can make promises to each other."
The 31-year-old athlete and Johnson, who was 2010's Miss California USA, dated off and on for over eight years before deciding to wed, and welcomed their son, Boomer, just before their nuptials. Their baby ended up being their ring bearer.
"We put [the ring] in one of those little net bags that you have for jewelry. We got one that matched his [Burberry] outfit, and we put that around his wrist, and he was carried down the aisle by [friend and gold medal swimmer] Allison [Schmitt], our roommate," Johnson explains. "I think he kind of sucked on the bag a little bit while he was standing up there!"
Phelps confesses that he didn't have a big part in planning his wedding because he was training for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but did have a say on one thing. "I had a lot of input on the food," he recalls. "But besides that, Nicole and I are so similar, so I was like, 'Honey, do you like it?' There were smaller things where she would ask if I liked this flower or that flower, and I was like, 'Yes, no, yes, no; and she would take it from there. But other than that, it was all her."
This was a big year for Phelps. In addition to getting married and having his first child, he also retired from swimming with 28 Olympic medals, 22 of them being gold. Here's a look back at his monumental 2016: