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Inside Survivor Star Ethan Zohn's Rustic Vermont Wedding

Survivor winner and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn is a married man!

Surrounded by 160 guests, Zohn and New York City interior designer Lisa Heywood were wed on Saturday in North Bennington, Vermont. "There was an overwhelming sense of love," the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively. "Our families and friends came together in the most perfect way and the love and happiness could be felt and seen on the smiles on everyone's face in the room."

The wedding celebration began the night before at the couple's family-only rehearsal dinner at the Taraden Bed and Breakfast. Guests dined on pizza, salad and homemade pies from Classic Crust as well as wine from Mercer Estates.

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REGINA FLEMINGThe following afternoon, Zohn and Heywood, who converted to Judaism, were married in a Jewish ceremony in the formal gardens of the Park-McCullough House, a 35-room Victorian mansion built in 1864. Officiated by Rabbi Robin Nafshi and Cantor Shira Nafshi from Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, N.H., the wedding took place under an arched chuppah covered in flowers and a cloth handmade by Heywood.

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During the ceremony, Zohn, who wore 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, for the Birkat Hakohanim – a blessing of peace. "My mom, Rochelle walked to the chuppa and wrapped us in my dad's tallit," Zohn says. "For both Lisa and I to feel and touch and smell the prayer shawl that my dad used his entire life to begin our new life together was truly a blessing."

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 mom.

After the wedding, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the mansion's wrap-around porch with passed hors d'oeuvres featuring corn and lobster fritters, smoked trout and buttermilk fried chicken.

Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals built a "sign-in bench" for guests that the couple will keep in their new home in New Hampshire. Heywood created much of the décor for the reception, which was held in the carriage barn, including making more than 2,000 yarn tassels from Zohn's mom's knitting collection that were draped over the windows.

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String lights and paper lanterns adorned the ceiling while marquee letters spelled out the couple's favorite saying, "We should never be apart," on the hallway in the barn as well.

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With catering by Heirloom Fire, chef Jim Gop created a farm-to-table buffet that included spit-roasted aged leg of beef, handspun heritage chicken and husk-grilled striped sea bass. Food was served in 14 individual wrought iron and wood horse stalls.

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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 Nafshi.

The celebration concluded with a fireside after party at the Taraden Bed and Breakfast offering guests beef empanadas, popped corn with pecorino cheese and a s'mores station.

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"Everything exceeded our expectations," says the couple, who left the wedding in Zohn's father's restored 1963 Vespa. "We feel like it was the best celebration of our marriage we could have ever expected."

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, most loves his new bride's "quiet confidence, creativity and gentle loving soul that shines through her eyes," he says. "There are not enough hours in the day to spend with her."

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Here Comes the Bride

Does it take an advanced degree to plan a wedding?

Our longtime contributing writer Emily Myron claims equivalent credit to a master’s in strategic planning for organizing her upcoming October wedding. She’s been working on it since April 2015, when her guy dropped to one knee at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. It didn’t take much longer to earn her first master’s degree, in environmental management, at Duke University.

Obsessive Type A personality that she confesses to be, Emily has turned her well-documented planning into a how-to that will guide couples through the complex geography of getting married.

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If that’s not you, don’t feel left out. We get the fun of peeking into her story.

On the how-to side, she sets up seven categories — Where to Marry, Caterer, The Dress, Photography, Flowers, Music plus Hair and Makeup — and tells you how she and her fiancé (replaced by her mother for dress shopping) researched and decided in each.

In most of those categories, we readers will have to wait until after her big day to find out what her choices were and how they worked out. Location the couple know well, as they courted in that garden back in their days at Duke. Dress is bought, but despite my editorial blandishments, she refused to send photos before her wedding day, lest Bay Weekly readers know more than her groom. Everything else is pretty much a gamble. You make your study, pay your money and hope for the best.

That’s where Bay Weekly’s advertising partners take over.

In this issue, 30-some local businesses with special wedding qualifications step in to describe how they can help you. Thus you’ll learn that family-owned Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm is a close parallel to the North Carolina, mother-daughter cottage garden business that is growing and designing Emily’s wedding flowers.

Emily’s wedding venue is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Where is yours? Chesapeake Country is so rich with wonderful options that I’m glad this choice is yours and not mine. In these pages you’ll read about the outdoor settings of Annmarie Garden, Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Friday’s Creek Winery, Historic Sotterley Plantation, Maria’s Love Point Bed and Breakfast, Running Hare Winery, the Town of North Beach and Two Rivers-Maryland Yacht Club. Each offers unique, spectacular settings.

You’ll also learn about favorite Chesapeake Country places with special ambiance and good food both casual and upscale: Babes Boys Tavern; Brick Wood Fired Bistro; Pirates Cove; The Old Stein Inn; Two Rivers Steak & Fish House, The Reserve, Catering, & Bakery.

Of course you may have your own dream spot. A half dozen more of our wedding partners describe how they’ll set the stage for a party or wedding in a garden, on the beach or a favorite back yard.

Other partners, including DJ Dave and Last Call Entertainment, will satisfy your musical tastes. Diamonds and dresses are here too, to set your imagination spinning.

We’d like to help you eat your cake, too, for Cakes and Confections and Kirsten’s Cakery have set our sweet teeth longing, while Kilwins Chocolates has us dreaming of sugarplum favors.

If you can’t fit us on your guest list, do send photos — or, better still, your wedding painted on the scene by live-event painter Amy Moreno. (Without reading about it here, who would have thought of a painting of your wedding, done on the spot?)

You’ll also find framing and preserving helpers in these pages.

Send us your wedding photos, like the 26 readers whose wedding memories start on page 18 in “I Do”, and we’ll include you in next year’s Wedding Guide.

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Skin care for a 'Monsoon Wedding'

Looking beautiful on the wedding day is not merely a matter of make-up and the lace wedding dress you wear. It needs weeks of care. If a skin care programme is followed four-six weeks before the wedding, it can really help to reinvent your beauty. For a "Monsoon Wedding", it is all the more important.

For a Monsoon bride, high humidity poses a problem, especially for those with oily or combination skins. Oily skins look even more oily and dull, due to sweat and secretions being deposited on the skin. Sweat on the skin also attracts dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere more easily.

Deep pore cleansing with facial scrubs is important to keep the pores free of clogged oil and dirt. It also helps to brighten the skin. After washing or cleansing the skin in the morning, use a facial scrub twice a week. Apply it on the face and rub gently on the skin, using a circular motion. Then, rinse off with plenty of plain water.

You can also make a facial scrub at home. Mix ground almonds with curd, add dried and powdered lemon and orange peels, as well as dried and powdered mint (pudina) leaves and use the mixture as a scrub. For oily skins, use the scrub daily. For dry skin, use it twice a week. For extremely dry and sensitive skin, avoid scrubs.

It is important to rinse the face well with water to get rid of all residues and sweat deposits. In fact, during Monsoon, wash the face several times with plain water. Night time cleansing is a must to remove the impurities that have collected on the skin during the day.

A flower-based skin tonic or freshener is a boon in humid weather. Rose water can be mixed with witch hazel to make a refreshing skin tonic. Witch hazel is available at pharmacies. For oily skin, mix them in equal quantities. For dry skin, mix one part witch hazel with three parts rose water. Or, you may use a rose-based skin tonic.

Keep the mixture in a bottle in the fridge. Wipe the face with it, using cotton wool pads. It not only refreshes the skin, but also helps to tighten the pores and prevent spots and pimples. A rose-based skin tonic would be ideal.

In humid weather, the skin can be prone to blackheads and eruptions. A facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. The scrub can also be applied on open pores and the marks left by acne. Or, mix oatmeal with egg white and apply on the face twice a week. Wash it off when it is dry.

Stubborn blackheads should be removed at a skin-care clinic, by a trained therapist, using proper methods. Pinching blackheads, or trying to remove them at home, not only leads to infection but also scarring.

A multani mitti pack is useful during the monsoons. Mix it with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, washing it off when it dries. If there are eruptions, add sandalwood paste to the mask.

For a monsoon face mask, you can also mix three teaspoons oatmeal with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don't want to use egg white, add rose water or orange juice. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour. Use it twice a week.

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