She’s competed twice on reality TV (in 2011’s Survivor: South Pacific, and 2015’s Survivor: Second Chance), but Mikayla Wingle‘s trip up the aisle on Sunday, March 12, 2017 was a decidedly more glamourous affair. She wed oil executive Michael Stapf at Race + Religious in New Orleans, a rustic event venue converted from early 19th Century rowhouses that boasts three buildings, a pool and a fountain-flanked cobblestone courtyard. Ninety guests attended the short and sweet ceremony, and afterwards followed the newlyweds in a public processional, New Orleans-style, carrying white parasols and dancing to a jazz band.
For the reception in the cobblestone courtyard, guests toasted the bride and groom with cocktails and celebratory sparklers, dining on traditional Cajun fare including shrimp creole, gumbo and crawfish bread.
Wingle’s childhood friend, owner of Lion’s Den Imaging, provided photography services. The bride found her form-fitting silk Pronovias gown, with jewelled accents and low-cut back, after 15 unsuccessful trips to various bridal shops, while the groom’s black tux and tie featured satin lapels. In keeping with the shimmering touches, the bridesmaids and flower girl wore glittering pale pink and purple dresses.
Of her new hubby, Wingle told People, “He was my best friend six months ago and my best friend today. He’ll be my best friend 30 years from now. There is no one in this world who I would rather have by my side for this adventure called life. That’s why I put a ring on it!”