Between their Survivor appearances and their current travels on The Amazing Race 7, Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich have traveled the globe for CBS, but their latest port of call, on CBS’ dime, was a Bahamas wedding on Saturday. Brkich’s hometown paper, the Beaver County Times in Beaver, Pa., broke the news that the pair’s secret nuptials were to take place on Saturday at a Caribbean resort, and that CBS filmed the ceremony for broadcast on May 24, the second-to-last night of May ratings sweeps, opposite the final performance episode of Fox’s American Idol.
Despite the confidentiality agreements that the couple and their guests signed with the network, the Times reports that locals in the small town spotted CBS camera crews with Brkich at her bridal shower at a local country club and at an area bridal shop. The Times also reported that much of the wedding party departed on Wednesday for the Bahamas for the weekend ceremony.
On Thursday, CBS confirmed that the couple had married April 16 at the Atlantis resort and casino at the Bahamas’ Paradise Island. Design guru and event planner Colin Cowie, who’s a regular on CBS’ The Early Show, planned the reality couple’s nuptials. Their CBS-produced video wedding album, called Rob and Amber Get Married, will air from 9 to 11 on May 24.
Mariano and Brkich became an item during the filming of 2004’s Survivor: All-Stars, where she took home the $1 million jackpot and he was the runner-up. Their winning ways have continued on Amazing Race, whose finale is May 10. Already, they’ve been awarded trips to Monaco, London, and conveniently enough, the Bahamas. So it looks like CBS will be footing the bill for the million-dollar couple’s honeymoon as well.