Series Three of Married At First Sight returned to Channel 4 last night (Thursday 15, February, 2018) with six singletons ready to put their faith in science and to marry a complete stranger.
The show follows a group of people matched by experts through rigorous psychological and biological tests.
Once a match is found and the first time the new love hopefuls meet one-other is at the alter. And the process leading to a full-blown marriage is just six weeks.
Yup – this show is loco.
More than 4,000 people applied for the series but it was police officer Stephanie who was the lucky selectee, matched with quantity surveyor Benjamin, mainly down to their shared family values.
“I’ve probably spent the last 37 years messing it up,” – said Ben, on his attempts at finding love.
“So why not give someone else a go at it.”
Audiences nervously waited to see whether the two would click, with almost every other couple from the Married At First Sight show proving a complete disaster.
Ben explained to his parents that he had signed up to the experiment, which was based on “hair samples” and “tests”. The reaction from his dad wasn’t exactly in the form of a blessing.
Ben’s dad said: “Nothing can work scientifically – love isn’t science.”
He added: “I don’t think it’s right – what you’re doing.”
Ben had always wished he could meet his “childhood sweetheart” but those cards were never on the table.
Straight to the alter for a wedding with a stranger it is then.
With the countdown to the big day in full swing, Stephanie plucked her perfect dress from the shop, celebrated her hen doo, and completed all the complicated legal procedures that occur when marrying someone you’ve never met – AKA signing a lot of waiver forms.
The big day unfolded with guests and family members eagerly anticipating the jaw-dropping reveal – literally non-one in the church knew what both the bride and groom looked like!
As Stephanie walked down the aisle however and Ben gasped in awe, saying “she looks amazing”.
— Katy J 🐼 (@kjeffers8) February 15, 2018
Awh hope it works out for Ben&Stephanie😍 lovely couple #MarriedAtFirstSight cant wait till next week🤣🤣
— ~GaYna~ (@GaYna13) February 15, 2018
Can’t lie, not going to watch any more #MarriedAtFirstSight because I couldn’t take the trauma if Ben and Stephanie don’t make it
— jodiekins (@jodiekins22) February 15, 2018
The crowd laughed nervously as the pair drew closer and the first “hello” was uttered to a huge round of applause.
A mutual attraction looked bloody obvious.
Stephanie said: “I feel like we already know each other and we’re just catching up.”
The pair completed their vows and were legally pronounced husband and wife before skipping the usual kiss and instead doing a selection of unconventional wedding acts like checking out one-others bodies, tattoos and generally attempting to gauge who it was they had just married.
Ben’s friend Martin said: “I know Ben’s face, and when I can see from his cheesy grin – he is beaming.”
Family members added “this a match made in heaven” and “I can see the chemistry they’ve got with each other” as the newly weds laughed and played around.
Twitter burst into flames, desperate to see the pair continue their blossoming relationship and to prove the Married At First Sight series wrong .
I’m usually not a fan of much reality TV but Stephanie and Ben on #MarriedAtFirstSight are so cute! I hope they have a happily ever after ☺️
— Chia 🧝🏼♀️ (@LuchiaHoughton) February 15, 2018
Ben and Stephanie’s wedding, love it, love it, love it #MarriedAtFirstSight
— diva (@YamOnToast) February 15, 2018
Smiley, tingly feeling a the way through that. I love Ben and Stephanie! 😍#MarriedAtFirstSight
— Shiv (@siobhanreilly1) February 15, 2018
Find out next week as series three continues on Channel 4, at 9pm.