Inside Ryan Lochte & Kayla Rae Reid's Lavish California Wedding: Every Detail from Their Big Day
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid tied the knot (again!) on Sept. 9 at Morrow Ranch in Palm Springs, California, surrounded by 100 of their family and friends.
Guests were welcomed into the ceremony by custom shot glasses that doubled as place cards. "They're greeted with a shot of tequila!" says Lochte about the féte, which was planned by Pure Lavish Events.
The couple chose to have four bridesmaids and four groomsmen, including Lochte's two brothers and Reid's sister.
"They're the type of people that if I ask them to do anything, at the drop of a dime they will be there for me," says the athlete about his groomsmen. "They care about me, not about who I've become."
Lochte gifted his groomsmen custom T-shirts and wooden boxes containing engraved flasks, a lighter, cigar and more by Lace & Scotch.
"The very first day that I met her, we had an eight to 10 hour conversation just talking about life and what we want in life," says Lochte. "Right after that, I was just like 'She's the one.'"
The Playboy model chose an intricate wedding gown by Galia Lahav for her wedding day. "I tried on so many dresses and I just fell in love with it," says Reid. "I went to multiple places and I was like 'I have to go back and try that on one more time! I can't stop thinking about this dress.'"
She accessorized with Tacori earrings and her grandmother's tennis bracelet.
"I just want to be surprised," said Lochte about Reid's gown ahead of the wedding. The couple chose not to have a first look before the ceremony. Adds Reid: "I've tried to show him the dress, but he doesn't want to see anything!"
"We have a family jeweler in L.A.," says Reid about their custom rings. Reid wanted a "super delicate" band to match her engagement ring. Says Lochte about his wife's bling: "I just wanted a big, big rock so everyone knows she's taken."
Lochte and Reid chose a variation of roses — cappucino, sunset and white — by Bottles + Blooms for their decor. "There are some crystals, a lot of candles and bistro lighting," says Reid. "It's very intimate and romantic."
"I was ready to settle down for a long time but just never found the right person," says Lochte. "Then she wanted the exact same things I did!"
The newlyweds chose three different cakes from Cake Studio LA. Flavors included Snickers, chocolate, peanut butter ganache and an espresso butter cream cake.
"We were both like, 'All we care about is the dessert!'" says Reid.
Before cutting into their cakes, the couple and their guests tucked into Mexican and Italian dishes by The Grand. They also served two signature cocktails — a coconut margarita with roasted coconut, dehydrated lime and a salt and sugar rim for Reid and an Old Fashioned with a twist for Lochte.
Lochte and Reid tapped Oak Tree Weddings to build a custom 8-foot sign to pose by.
"Ryan is one of the nicest guys I've ever met," says Reid. "He would never harm a fly and I've never met anyone like that. He's a very genuine, heartfelt guy and that's hard to find."
At the end of the night, Lochte threw Reid into the estate's pool and promptly jumped in with her. Forgoing a traditional honeymoon for now, the couple hope to be pregnant with baby No. 2 in the coming months.
"We want a girl," says Reid. "We always said we'd have a boy first and we did!"