Life & Style Exclusive: The Amazing Race Season-19 Winners Cindy Chiang and Ernie Halvorsen Tie the Knot!
They conquered The Amazing Race, and now they're ready for their next big adventure: marriage!
Cindy Chiang and Ernie Halvorsen, winners of the show's 19th season, exchanged "I do"s last weekend, Life & Style can exclusively reveal.
"The ceremony took place in one of Chicago's most historically significant buildings, The Rookery," a guest tells Life & Style. "They're so happy!"
Following the ceremony, a post-cocktail reception began at 5 p.m. Guests, including former Amazing Race contestants Ron Zeitz, Bill Smith, Justin and Jennifer Young and Marie and Liz Canavan, were transported via trolley to the gorgeous reception at another famous Chicago landmark, the Chicago Cultural Center.
"Everyone really celebrated and danced the night away," the guest says.
Cindy wore a beautiful Jorge Perez de la Habana gown with sparkly Badgley Mischka heels, while Ernie looked dapper in a traditional black tuxedo. The bridesmaids wore plum-color dresses with gold accents, and all the men wore special socks that looked like the Bavarian flag, in honor of the groom.
"It was a vintage-travel theme, with wedding programs inspired by passports," the guest reveals to Life & Style. "Framed vintage travel posters [decorated the] trays for the hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail reception, and stacked vintage luggage was used for the gift boxes. It was really cool."
For entrees, guests enjoyed herb-crusted filet of bistro beef and chicken breast stuffed with apple, currants, caramelized onions and caraway. Desserts included chocolate wedding cake filled with raspberry custard, milk-chocolate-covered bananas, chocolate-cheesecake lollipops and apple finger bars.
And though everyone was there to welcome the newlyweds, they couldn't let the big Amazing Race win go unnoticed!
"A small cake showcased Ernie and Cindy in their show t-shirts and backpacks," the guest adds. "It was great."
The pair, who were engaged during their time on the hit CBS show, won the $1 million jackpot in December.http://m.lifeandstylemag.com/entry/view/id/74180/pn/all/p/0/?KSID=eca26157db16485b1f3ddb02a16616dc