Bride On Married At First Sight Weds Millionaire
Anyone who appears on Channel 4 reality show Married at First Sight - where couples are paired together by experts and are wed on their very first meeting - must be making arguably the biggest gamble of their life.
Being partnered up with a complete stranger has obvious drawbacks, as one guy on the Australian version of the show found out when he saw his bride walking down the aisle and, on realising his disappointment, simply muttered 'Oh shit'.
But on the flipside, that gamble could in theory work in someone's favour, as one woman recently learnt when she was coupled with a millionaire.
Police officer Stephanie, 32, jokingly referred to herself as a 'training bra for men', having had a string of failed relationships. She's also been engaged several times, but things have just never quite worked out.
"It's become pretty much a running joke with my friends that I tend to get that close and not actually make it," she said.
The show hooked her up with 36-year-old Ben, who was not only a hopeless romantic desperate to meet 'the one', but also a pretty minted property millionaire.
Psycho-sexual therapist and psychologist Jo Coker said Stephanie was paired together with Ben because of their extroverted personalities and shared desire to finally find the one.
Jo said: "She's a real bubbly of life, she calls herself a training bra for men because she kind of brings them along and off they go."
The couple seemed to hit it off instantly, with Stephanie admitting she was 'taken aback' by their immediate connection.
Ben had been single for eight months before the big day, having spent the last five years building a family home. Living alone in his mansion while driving a flash car and enjoying a £20,000 ($28,000) suit collection, he realised the only thing missing in his life was a partner.
Ben said: "I've done well for myself. I've got everything but what's the point in having everything if you can't share it with someone?"
He was so hell-bent on a successful marriage then he had a tattoo of the wedding date on his wrist, saying: "I'm that committed to this relationship that I ended up getting a tattoo of mine and Stephanie's wedding date. I wear my heart on my sleeve and that is how committed I am."
The second he clocked his bride-to-be, his jaw dropped and he mouthed 'Oh my God' as she walked towards him. Stephanie seemed equally as thrilled, and even threw in a bit of early banter by taking the piss out of his mock snakeskin shoes.
The union seems to be an initial hit, though the rest of the series will reveal how the relationship has progressed. We already know that it might not be completely plain sailng, as Ben's dad Graham admitted he didn't want his son to go through with the marriage.
Graham said: "You might match scientifically but what does that prove? I think you're making a little bit of a mistake.
"I don't think it's right, what you're doing - I'm going to stand by that."
The couple also appeared on This Morning not wearing their wedding rings, which led to viewers speculating that they had split.
But Stephanie wasn't giving anything away, saying: "All I am saying is you're just going to have to tune in and watch the show."
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