Survivor star Stephenie Lagrossa lost on Palau and Guatemala but she's finally outlasted her longtime hold-out boyfriend. Steph and her high-school history teacher groom, Michael Ward, 33, were wed over the weekend in a special beach-themed ceremony. "We're huge beach people," she told People magazine. "He loves to surf. I love the beach. We wanted to definitely have something on the beach."
Now a model, Stephenie, 26, was a fan favorite on 2005's Survivor: Palau, in which she outlasted every one of her Ulong tribemates and even fended for herself in their desolate camp. She was so popular in fact that the show's producers brought her back to compete on Survivor: Guatemala, where she made it to the final two, but ultimately lost the $1 million prize to a beauty queen.
She told People that while on Palau, she received a romantic from Ward: "My boyfriend kissed his letter with, I think, eye shadow he found at my house, because it was orange! He wrote, 'Here's a kiss from me to you with your own lipstick – or at least I think it's lipstick.' I was laughing so hard!"