Nick Symmonds hold an American flag at the World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 on Aug. 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia
Olympic runner Nick Symmonds and longtime girlfriend Tiana Baur said “I do” over the weekend, sharing their vows in front of a small group of family and friends in a backyard ceremony Saturday at their home in Eugene, Oregon.
“@tianasymmonds and I always dreamed of having a really small wedding (10 guests + 2 dogs!) in our backyard,” Symmonds posted to his 137K followers on Instagram, accompanying a slideshow of his favorite pictures. “We thought it was perfect.”
In pictures shared across the newlyweds’ Instagrams, Tiana stole the show in a stunning backless dress while Symmonds played it cool in a navy suit with the top button undone. A video on Tiana’s page showed the couple speeding away in a sports car.
“Yesterday was such a dream,” she wrote. “Growing up I had never wanted a big wedding, just to marry the man of my dreams in a beautiful dress… I still can’t believe that actually happened! Not only that but we were surrounded by our parents and siblings and my best friends moved heaven and earth to surprise us and be there for our big day. To top it off, I finally got that burnout lesson from my dad, and needless to say, I can’t wait to see our wedding video.”
According to an Instagram post from their wedding photographer, the Symmonds’ plans for a small wedding predated the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced large gatherings, including many weddings, to either cancel or be scaled back dramatically.
“These two shared some beautiful vows to one another in their backyard surrounded with just their immediate family,” photographer Melissa Babasin shared. “Today was pure happiness for me to witness such an amazing love. Congrats Nick & Tiana Symmonds! And seriously isn’t her dress amazing?”
A native of Boise, Symmonds was one of Team USA’s most prominent track stars for several years, going from Division III Willamette University in Oregon to compete in the 800-meter at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, finishing fifth in the latter. One year later, Symmonds won a silver medal in the event at the 2013 world championships. He also won six U.S. outdoor titles and competed in three outdoor world championships.
Along the way he also became known for his advocacy on social issues and athlete rights.
Now retired, Symmonds, 36, runs a successful YouTube channel with 200K subscribers and describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur,” notably as the co-founder and CEO of a caffeinated chewing gum company whose product aims to boost athletic performance.
Tiana Symmonds is an inside sales manager at a real estate company in Oregon and also manages her husband’s social media, according to her LinkedIn.
“Will dream about this magical day forever ✨✨✨,” she wrote to Instagram, adding a parenthetical: “Also totally going to find a reason to wear this dream of a couture dress again 😋”