Rob and Ambuh's wedding planner dishes |


Rob and Ambuh's wedding planner dishes

Rob and Ambuh's wedding planner dishes -- We get all the juicy details from the man who planned the union of the ''Survivor''/''Amazing Race'' sweethearts

No helicopters or 60,000 pink roses: The wedding of Survivor/Amazing Race sweethearts Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano — an April 16 beach ceremony in the Bahamas that was filmed for a May 24 CBS special — was the anti-Trista Rehn/Ryan Sutter 2003 Bachelorette blowout. But only in theme. The sweeps event was, as Colin Cowie (who planned it with ”Romber” in a mere 30 days) calls it, ”a race to the altar.” He spills the details.


”It was beach chic, but it didn’t forsake elegance,” says Cowie. ”Think I’d serve something in a plastic cup? No, no, no, honey. Please.” Hey, since CBS helped pick up the tab, why not splurge?


Brkich designed her off-white dress and went barefoot. Rehn opted for a $100,000 Badgley Mischka gown and heels hailed as ”the most expensive bridal shoes ever!”


Sutter’s input was marginal. Not Mariano’s, says Cowie. The most heated debate? ”Rob wanted round tables; Amber and I wanted long.” Brkich prevailed. Mariano’s desired sausage and peppers were served…at a pre-wedding barbecue.


The gift bags at the Rehn/Sutter event collectively totaled $30,000, but the Amazing Racers didn’t spring for such extras. ”You give out gift bags at charity events, with free hair products inside,” Cowie says. Because, Romber, a televised proposal and engagement and a wedding that involves a network contract isn’t about what you can get for free…right?

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