Survivor: China stars Jaime Dugan and Erik Huffman formed a permanent alliance on April 4, 2009 as the reality personalities pledged their love in the presence of family and friends, People magazine reported. Although neither of the two Zhan Hu tribe members emerged victorious on the 15th season of the CBS reality series, luck was on the couple’s side when the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the pair winners of an $80,000 wedding at The Wild Dunes Resort.
As the sun began its descent over the beachside retreat, its last rays stretched out across the manicured croquet lawn where 150 guests had gathered to witness bridesmaids Marisa Axelrod and Brooke Jackson of The Amazing Race walk down the aisle before the bride made her grand entrance in Ulla-Maija Couture creation. As light danced on the facets of her snowflake Pocahontas necklace from Felice Designs, the bride made her way toward the groom, who had donned a sand-hued suit from Berlin’s for the occasion, the reality star revealed on the couple’s Charleston Wedding Giveaway blog. During the half-hour-long ceremony, the pair presented each other with wedding bands– an official recognition of a love which had led to an August 2008 proposal at The Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds joined their guests for a reception offering a tropical and Asian ambiance, where the pair cut slices of a wedding cake from Ashley Bakery. Saying good-bye to their loved ones, the couple made their way to the retreat which offered the contest-winning couple a honeymoon night stay, The Mills House Hotel.
After returning to their Nashville home, the newlyweds will be busy writing thank you notes for the gifts received from their wedding registries at Macy’s and Theodore Morris, a Spartanburg shop which had also been the locale of the newly-dubbed Mrs. Huffman’s bridal shower.
See the couple’s contest-winning video entry
See the moment when Jaime Dugan discovered that she would walk down the aisle at The Wild Dunes Resort in the following clip: