THE GROOMS SAY ‘I DO’

Herald on Sunday - - SPY NEWS -

Christchurch-based am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Aaron Chisholm, 26, will meet his hus­band-to-be, Auck­land­based in­sur­ance con­sul­tant Ben Black­well, also 26, at the al­tar on

Mar­ried at First Sight tonight.

As well as mar­ry­ing a stranger both are acutely aware that they will be seen as role mod­els by many in the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

“Most of my grooms­men are from Aus­tralia, so the fact I can get mar­ried legally in New Zealand is a big deal,” Black­well told Spy. “There is a re­spon­si­bil­ity with putting my­self out there in a gay mar­riage, but all I can do is put my best foot for­ward,” said Black­well.

“It’s a tough one. I don’t as­so­ciate my per­son­al­ity with be­ing gay, but

I am happy for peo­ple to view the di­ver­sity as I look for love.” said Chisholm, who has a Best Man and Best Woman at his side dur­ing the cer­e­mony, screened on Three tonight and kick­ing off the sec­ond week of MAFS.

Both gents have found dat­ing dif­fi­cult in New Zealand.

Black­well, who has been liv­ing in Mel­bourne, said the pond was much smaller here and near im­pos­si­ble to find The One. Chisholm is also frus­trated by the dat­ing scene — es­pe­cially be­ing ghosted by peo­ple af­ter dates.

Chisholm’s friends and fam­ily were over the moon he was tak­ing part in the MAFS’ ex­per­i­ment, although his dad took a lit­tle longer to come around to the idea.

Black­well comes from a strict Catholic fam­ily who didn’t at­tend the cer­e­mony. What did both grooms tell the ex­perts they were look­ing for? “I am tall and like taller guys. I’m also a fan of good teeth and don’t like smok­ers” said Black­well. “I wanted a real go-get­ter, a DIY type of guy, some­one who wants to travel with me and I am def­i­nitely af­ter per­son­al­ity over looks,” said Chisholm.

Both men were cool, calm and col­lected be­fore the cer­e­mony — but when it came time to meet­ing at the al­tar both got very ner­vous and a lit­tle freaked out.

Black­well has no re­grets af­ter go­ing on the show and is ready to be recog­nised when out and about. Here’s hop­ing the two grooms like what they see tonight.

Aaron Chisholm Ben Black­well

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