Bethany Hamilton Shares Details of Her 'Beautiful and Perfect' Proposal
Where else would Bethany Hamilton, author of Soul Surfer, get engaged but the beach?
"Adam knew how to please his mermaid," Hamilton, 23, tells PEOPLE of her fiancé's recent proposal. (She only refers to him by his first name, but he has been identified by Christian Today as Adam Dirks.)
After announcing her engagement on her blog earlier this month, Hamilton – who has inspired millions after she lost her left arm in a shark attack yet continued to pursue her passion for surfing – is giving PEOPLE the scoop on her perfect proposal to the man she met on the beach in 2012 after being introduced by friends.
"We hiked to our favorite quiet beach, munched on lunch and hung out," she says. "Then we went for a walk to a beautiful garden behind the beach. As we were walking we found two coconuts, my favorite thing to drink, which accompanied the ring. Then he started sharing his heart and love for me, and he dropped on his knee and proposed. I said yes and was crying and laughing all in a jumble. It was beautiful and perfect."