When Jono Pitman laid eyes on his ‘bride’ for the first time, he said she was ‘basically the opposite of what I expected’.
The dramatic scene aired on the second episode of Married At First Sight on Tuesday night, after Jono was paired with 31-year-old real estate recruitment consultant Clare Verrall.
‘She’s basically the opposite of what I expected to walk down the aisle. She’s not what I… Not what I ordered,’ tradesman Jono, 28, said.
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Second thoughts? Jono Pitman did not appear impressed when he laid eyes on his bride, Clare Verrall, for the first time
‘Not what I ordered’: Jono said his ideal girl was ‘small’ and a ‘brunette’, and at first glance it appeared Clare did not fit the bill
‘I do’: Despite his hesitance, Jono proceeded to tie the knot in the commitment ceremony
Speaking before the nuptials, Jono said his biggest fear was that he ‘might not like’ what he saw, as he repeatedly swore with stress.
He described his ideal woman as ‘small’ and brunette’, and blonde Clare appeared not to fit the bill.
When asked if he would take Clare’s hand in marriage, a hesitant Jono looked everywhere but his bride before saying ‘I do’.
Coming together: Jono (left) was paired with Clare (right), who physically did not meet his expectations
Match made in heaven? Jono repeatedly swore before meeting his television bride, and said his biggest fear was that he ‘might not like’ what he saw
Making it work? Despite the initial hesitation, Jono said that Clare made him laugh
The feeling was not reciprocated by Clare, who said she felt immediate chemistry with Jono.
‘Definitely a little bit of chemistry, from my side. If he doesn’t say the same, that’s gonna be really awkward,’ Clare said.
Despite Jono’s hesitation, it appeared Clare was able to win over his affections somewhat, with Jono admitting Clare made him laugh.
Something sweet: The couple’s wedding cake appeared to topple over as they attempted to cut it
Getting along: ‘My face is actually sore from laughing and smiling so much,’ Jono said
Rocky start: The pair appeared to become closer as the night went on, but whether they last the distance is yet to be seen
Getting down: Despite their big personalities, the pair were able to enjoy themselves on the dance floor
‘She’s easy. Like, she’s just – she’s easy to talk to,’ Jono said.
‘She’s not awkward. But, in saying that, chemistry’s a massive thing for me. Um… when you have someone in your mind for such a long time, you’re pretty set that they’re gonna look like that.’
But Clare’s infectious personality and sense of humour appeared to put Jono at ease, and as the reception went on Jono appeared to be won over.
Loved up: Xavier (left) appeared delighted when he first met his bride Simone (right) at their wedding
Love at first sight? Also paired were 26-year-old former professional soccer player Xavier and 29-year-old make up artist Simone, who immediately hit it off
Blushing bride: Simone appeared thrilled by the pairing and was immediately attracted to Xavier
‘I’m definitely finding her more attractive as I get to know her. She’s an absolutely gorgeous girl,’ Jono said.
‘She’s funny. Yeah, she is making me laugh. My face is actually sore from laughing and smiling so much.’
Also paired were 26-year-old former professional soccer player Xavier and 29-year-old make up artist Simone Brennan, who immediately hit it off.
‘I think that she’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met in my life,’ Xavier said when he first laid eyes on his bride.
Overcoming her fear: An emotional Simone admitted she had been cheated on in a past relationship, something that still obviously hurt her
Just married! Simone and Xavier played the part of newlyweds perfectly as they celebrated their marriage
All smiles: The pairs chemistry was instant and they could not stop smiling at one another
Sealed with a kiss: After their said ‘I do’ the couple enjoyed a lengthy kiss on the lips
From the get-go, Xavier and Simone appeared the perfect match.
Both shared their heart-ache at being cheated on in previous relationships, and listed trust as important to them going forward.
When Simone walked down the aisle to meet her husband for the first time, both she and Xavier could not contain their apparent happiness.
‘Whoo! Married. My husband – I’ve already said ‘my husband’, oh, my goodness – Xavier,’ a clearly flustered Simone said.
Young love: The smitten couple could not keep their hands off one another at the reception
Blossoming romance: ‘Of course, I’m smitten. It’s really hard to believe that a girl like that has been single for so long,’ Xavier said
Heart-felt: An emotional Simone continued to cry throughout the episode as her emotions took hold
‘Of course, I’m smitten. It’s really hard to believe that a girl like that has been single for so long,’ Xavier said.
Throughout the episode Simone continued to break in to tears, as her apparent happiness and new-found emotions took hold.
Unlike Monday night’s episode where the cameras followed he couple in to their hotel suites after the reception, Tuesday night’s viewers were kept guessing just what happened the night of the wedding.