Imagine deciding the $1 million fate of a major reality TV show only to come back home, head to your rehearsal dinner, and get married by the end of the week. Sounds pretty nuts, right?
That was real life for Jefra Bland of Survivor: Cagayan. Girlfriend, who made it to Day 30 and was the fifth jury member, flew to the show’s finale to cast her vote on who should win the grand prize (we’ve got the results, if you’re interested). Then she turned right back around and got hitched!
“The finale was on a Wednesday and by Friday, I was back in Kentucky for a rehearsal dinner, and I was married on Saturday. It was whirlwind week,” the 23-year-old says in the understatement of the week.
Despite all the pressures that kind of whirlwind might have stirred up, Jefra says she wasn’t a bridezilla. “I was pretty easy to please,” the former Miss Kentucky Teen USA tells the magazine. “All that mattered to me was that I was getting married.”
And married she is, to beau Jared Hines. The two wed in the chapel at Kentucky’s Campbellsville University in front of about 275 guests. Dinner at her aunt's farm followed the ceremony and featured fare much better than the basics Jefra ate on Survivor. The menu included delicious dishes like spinach-stuffed pork, Hawaiian chicken, and mashed potatoes.
While nervous at the start of the big day, Jefra says that once she saw her beloved she knew everything was going to be OK. “I knew that everything was going to be perfect. And it was.”
Congratulations, you two!