Bride and Groom
After covering four continents and 20,000 miles to win The Amazing Race (and $1 million) last season, Cindy Chiang, 30, and Ernie Halvorsen, 29, embarked on a new journey March 10, getting married in Chicago.
A Million Dollar View
Wearing a gown by Jorge Perez de la Habana and sparkly shoes by Badgley Mischka, Chiang’s special day took place in two landmark buildings in the couple’s hometown. The ceremony happened at The Rookery, followed by guests traveling on a trolley to the Chicago Cultural Center for dinner and dancing at the reception.
In the stunning lobby of The Rookery, the couple were married in front of guests including Amazing Race contestants Ron Zeitz and Bill Smith, Justin and Jennifer Young, and Marie and Liz Canavan. The bridesmaids wore plum-colored dresses and gold accents. The black tux-clad groomsmen donned socks patterned after the Bavarian flag in honor of Halvorsen, who had lived in Germany for work.
Father of the Bride
Chiang’s father Dr. Dalen Chiang walked the bride down the aisle for the wedding with – what else? – a travel theme, with passports for programs, a departure board telling dinner guests where to sit and menu cards that looked like telegrams in vintage envelopes.
The bride and groom are depicted in their Amazing Race gear atop a small cake. Guests at the reception enjoyed crusted filet of beef and chicken breast stuffed with apple, currant and caramelized onions and caraway. Desert was chocolate and raspberry custard wedding cake and treats of chocolate-covered bananas and chocolate cheesecake lollipops.