Dramas, tears and wedding bells – Married at First Sight’s first episode was packed full of them. But if you switched off your TV after watching, you just missed out on an equally compelling wedding show.
I didn’t set out to watch Channel Seven’s Bride and Prejudice on Monday night (in fact, if I’d seen any of the promos I probably would have avoided it) but I was so glad I did.
I found myself engrossed in the real lives of three people, all want to get married, and all have parents who, as the title suggests, are prejudiced against their fianceés.
There’s a youthful couple, whose parents think they’re too young to get engaged, a white woman who is marrying the love of her life, who happens to be of Indian background and then there’s Chris who just proposed to his boyfriend Grant.
It is Chris and Grant’s love story that just about moved me to tears. This was the unexpected emotional reward I got for tuning into Bride and Prejudice.
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While Grant’s parents are over-the-moon to learn of their son’s impending nuptials, Chris’ are not so supportive, to say the least.
The 39-year-old tells viewers how he grew up in a Christian household, and despite knowing he was gay at about five years old, didn’t say anything because he knew his Jehovah’s Witness mother wouldn’t accept him.
“Deep down is this… you just want your parents to say they are proud of you. My parents haven’t,” Chris says wiping away a tear.
At this point, tears were threatening to form in my eyes too.