Survivor's Ethan Zohn Marries Lisa Heywood
Survivor winner and cancer-survivor Ethan Zohn has another reason to celebrate.
Zohn and New York City interior designer Lisa Heywood were married Saturday night in North Bennington, Vermont, PEOPLE exclusively confirms. Under an arched chuppah covered in flowers and a cloth handmade by Heywood, the couple were wed in the formal gardens of the Park McCullough House, a 35-room Victorian mansion built in 1864.
During the Jewish ceremony, Zohn, wearing an ivory linen and silk custom made suit by Aspetto, and Heywood were wrapped in the tallit (prayer shawl) of Zohn’s late father, Aaron. Heywood, who wore a champagne beaded lace mermaid gown by Israeli designer Inbal Dror from Mark Ingram Atelier, also hand-crafted her headpiece using beads given to her by Zohn’s mother, Rochelle.
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Before the wedding, the couple told PEOPLE they most looked forward to “standing together and taking a quiet moment to look at all our family and friends that have supported us along the way.” After being pronounced husband and wife, Zohn, who was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 but is now cancer-free after receiving a stem-cell transplant from his brother in 2013, predicted “that all the happy and sad tears in my life will disappear in her presence.”
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Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the mansion’s wrap-around porch before the reception began in the carriage barn. A farm-to-table buffet including beef, chicken and sea bass was served from vintage wrought iron and wood horse stalls. The band The Hair Farmers performed for guests and the couple’s first dance was to Eva Cassidy’s version of “Fields of Gold” sung by Cantor Shira Nafshi.
As for their future together, Zohn and Heywood, who dated for two years after meeting at a Clinton Global Initiative charity event and got engaged in July 2015, most look forward to “getting chubby and growing old together,” they tell PEOPLE. “And the potential we have to make the world a better place by the virtue of being together as one.”