A Sheffield man has married a stranger on TV’s Married At First Sight – saying he wanted to find his perfect match so much he would have done it ‘without the cameras’
A Sheffield man has married a complete stranger on television – but says he wasn’t interested in being filmed by TV cameras and only wanted to find someone to ‘spend the rest of his life with’.
Owen Jenkins, aged 31, appears in the new series of Channel 4’s Married At First Sight, in which he marries primary school teacher Michelle, 25, from Hastings.
The show’s premise is that the bride and groom see each other for the first time when they walk down the aisle, then after getting to know each other decide whether they wish to remain a couple.
Before tying the knot and being placed together, contestants are profiled and undergo detailed interviews with a psychologist.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, IT sales manager Owen said he 'personally didn't want to be on TV’.
"I'd rather do it without the cameras,” he said. “I wanted to find the person to spend the rest of my life with, and this is a great way to do it.
“The match makers are very well known, they have a great reputation and I can't tell you how much detail they go into to match you with the right person.”
He added: “I think I found out six weeks before the wedding I was matched with Michelle. And from that moment I was engaged.”
Michelle had been single for three years before the big day and said she found dating ‘quite tricky’.
“I don't even know what I'd do to flirt. I either go really shy and can't really speak or I just babble.”
The wedding took place at Eastwell Manor in Ashford, Kent.
All episodes of Married At First Sight's fifth series are available to view on All4.