Mar­ried at First Sight

Why Stephanie said ‘I do’ to Ben, even though she'd never met him...

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een to find her ideal part­ner and tie the knot, po­lice of­fi­cer Stephanie was one of 4,000 sin­gle­tons who ap­plied to let a team of pro­fes­sion­als find her a per­fect part­ner and marry a com­plete stranger in the C4 show which re­turns for a third se­ries.

The 32-year-old was de­lighted when she was selected and told her ideal match had been found.

‘I’ve been pro­posed to and have got a cou­ple of en­gage­ment rings,’ she says. ‘But it’s a run­ning joke among my friends that

I get so close but never ac­tu­ally make it. Now I want sci­ence to pick some­one for me be­cause I’m clearly not do­ing a very good job my­self!’

Good match

Af­ter five weeks of thor­ough and rig­or­ous anal­y­sis, and in­ter­views with the will­ing ap­pli­cants, the ex­perts, in­clud­ing ther­a­pist Jo Coker, psy­chol­o­gist Martin Hald and bi­o­log­i­cal an­thro­pol­o­gist Dr Jake Dunn matched Stephanie with Ben, a quan­tity sur­veyor.

Six weeks af­ter be­ing matched, Stephanie and 36-year-old Ben came face-to-face for the very first time to say their vows in a reg­is­ter of­fice in Lon­don and much to the de­light of the cou­ple’s friends and fam­ily, the pair seemed in­stantly smit­ten.

‘I feel like we’re peo­ple who al­ready know each other and we’re just catch­ing up,’ says

Stephanie on her wed­ding day. ‘We’re get­ting along like we’ve known one another for years.’

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Ring time… Ben and Stephanie on their wed­ding day

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