The latest statistics claim that roughly 60% of marriages end in divorce, so it's a good sign when a man and woman planning to wed are already proven survivors. And it also helps to be lucky.
Jaime Dugan and Erik Huffman can claim both.
The couple met as cast mates on CBS-TV's reality game show "Survivor: China," and are now planning a spring 2009 wedding. "I went out there looking for a million dollars and had no idea I would end up finding my future wife," Huffman said in the couple's blog.
That would have been the end of the story, but, feeling lucky, the South Carolina natives entered a wedding giveaway contest run by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Their entry video caught the attention of the judges, who placed them and three other finalist couples in contention for the grand prize, a wedding valued at more than $80,000.
"It's always been my dream to get married in Charleston," Dugan said on the winning video, which is viewable on the blog site. "I would love to bring my large Yankee family down South and show them the historic beauty and Southern charm of the city. Maybe I can even get them to drink sweet tea and say 'ya'll' by the end of the trip. Please make my wedding dreams come true."
In mid-September, the public began voting online for their favorite couple. More than 35,000 people viewed the finalists' videos before choosing Dugan and Huffman as the couple best suited to wed in Charleston.
The celebration will take place April 4 at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston.
The three other couples will also enjoy a romantic getaway in Charleston. Wild Dunes Resort is giving each runner-up a two-night stay in a one-bedroom villa. The property will offer champagne for two upon arrival and a dinner at the resort's Sea Island Grill. The Charleston getaway is valued at more than $1,000.
Dugan and Huffman now reside in Nashville, where she devotes her time to helping women at Mercy Ministries and he pursues his passion for making music in the rock band, Florez.
Accommodations at Wild Dunes Resort include 93 hotel rooms at the Boardwalk Inn, 125 guest rooms and suites at the Village at Wild Dunes and 350 homes and villas.