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Six months ago, Jules and Cam were the shining light of love on MAFS. Now the tide has turned.

Although the last season of Married at First Sight ended more than six months ago, the contestants are certainly still making headlines.

Last week, Jules and Cam – a.k.a the shining light of love that MAFS needed among the cheating scandals and fruit bowl throwing – were married for real on last Tuesday’s episode of A Current Affair.

Although the wedding itself actually took place on Sunday, November 17, the 90 minute-special was the first time fans were able to take a glimpse into the wedding as guests were reportedly banned from sharing any photos from the wedding.

Mamamia’s daily entertainment podcast, The Spill, discuss Cam and Jules’ televised wedding. Post continues below.

As well as airing the couple’s (second) wedding, the coverage of the event also followed the lead-up to the wedding day itself – including the behind-the-scenes drama that leaked well beyond the couple’s wedding day.

In the lead up to the wedding, the couple made headlines as stories about the couple asking for ‘freebies’, banning guests from sharing photos, and Jules dumping her bridesmaid and ex-Married at First Sight co-star Mel via text were shared in the media.

Now that Jules and Cam are married ~for real~, we decided to take a look back at their, erm, unique relationship timeline.

Here’s what we know about Cameron Merchant and Jules Robinson’s relationship:

Cameron Merchant and Jules Robinson’s relationship

Jules and Cam’s relationship began when the pair met for the very first time at the altar on season six of Married at First Sight.

In a season that was plagued by cheating scandals, couple swapping and violent fights, the couple, who predominately avoided the drama, were often described as the show’s ultimate success story.

Watch the moment Cam saw Jules for the first time on Married at First Sight below. Post continues after video.

From buying pot plants together to chatting about having children in the future, it was obvious throughout the season that the couple’s relationship was going to last.

As Jessika and Dan’s controversial affair unfolded on the show, Jules and Cam actually considered leaving the show because they were already committed to each other and planning to move in together outside of the experiment.

In the end, the couple decided to stay on the show and at the Final Vows, Cam proposed to Jules.

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The engagement made the fan favourite couple the third successful couple to come out of Married at First Sight’s six Australian seasons.

Bryce Mohr and Erin Bateman, who met on the second season of the show, are still going strong, while last season’s Michael and Martha are also still dating.

Following their engagement, Jules and Cam announced their plans to get married (legally) in mid-September, around the anniversary of their MAFS wedding.

“We will be getting married this year,” Jules told The Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential in April.

“We had to kind of pretend it didn’t exist for so long, we couldn’t really start planning so now we can finally start enjoying it.”

Cam also explained that the decision to propose to Jules on the show was incredibly “last second”.

“I knew I wanted to be with Jules and we had talked about it and decided maybe it was something we could do a little later on,” he told Confidential.

“I had decided literally within minutes.”

 

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Earlier this year, however, the couple were forced to postpone their wedding.

Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle in September, Jules said planning the event so quickly was “too much, too soon”.

“It was a romantic gesture and we booked a venue on that and ended up losing our $5,000 deposit but I just thought – yeah that’s not going to happen anymore.”

Posting to Instagram at the time, Jules further explained why she postponed the wedding.

“For the record we did cancel our wedding this month. For one reason only… it was too much too soon and I wanted to be a bride that enjoys the process of planning a wedding, and not be one that moans about it,” she wrote.

“It felt too rushed to do and everything happens for a reason.”

In the months that followed, some fans questioned whether the pair had postponed their wedding so that it could be televised.

There were also rumours that the couple had changed their wedding location to Sydney – rather than their original location of the Hunter Valley – to accommodate filming.

In the end, the rumours were pretty much spot on.

On November 17, the couple’s Sydney wedding was filmed by Channel Nine.

After the news of the televised wedding was released, the Daily Mail claimed that Jules has reportedly told guests that they were banned from sharing any photos from the wedding until over a week after the wedding had aired.

The publication also claimed that the couple issued their wedding vendors non-disclosure agreements, to ensure details of the wedding weren’t leaked prematurely.

The couple were also accused of apparently asking a small business for ‘freebies’ for their wedding day, as an anonymous source claimed that the couple contacted a vendor about obtaining complimentary wedding services in exchange for a plug on Instagram and a mention on A Current Affair.

In the lead up to the wedding, even more drama unfolded.

After Cam proposed to Jules on the reality show, the 37-year-old asked her co-stars Mel and Heidi to be her bridesmaids.

But several months later, Mel was dropped as a bridesmaid.

 

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Yes the rumours are true. Yes Jules dumped me as a bridesmaid. No I wasn’t at the wedding event of the year. ????

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According to Mel, Jules sent her a text to let her know she would no longer be her bridesmaid.

Posting to Instagram on the day of the couple’s wedding, Mel shared that she wasn’t a bridesmaid – and she didn’t attend the wedding at all.

“I’ve had so many messages and people keep asking me what the story is. So yes, it is true, Jules dumped me as a bridesmaid,”she said.

“As for why, I’m honestly not sure… she kept changing her reasons and none of them made sense,” she added.

“It really all just came out of the blue and I didn’t see it coming at all. of course, you’re allowed to change your mind about who you want as a bridesmaid, but I just feel like the way it was done was really cold and rather hurtful.”

After the wedding was televised last Tuesday night, a number of former Married at First Sight contestants shared their reactions to the ceremony on Instagram.

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"I wish MAFS and A Current Affair paid me $75,000 to act like a complete tw*t on TV," former contestant Jessika Power wrote on Instagram.

"Oh bloody... who gives a f*ck, f*ck off!" fellow MAFS contestant Mick said, while sharing a video of himself turning off the TV.

Another former contestant, Patrick Miller, described the wedding as "beyond the joke".

The televised wedding also received mix reviews from fans, with some fans claiming that it was like "an advertisement for wedding services".

"Sylvia must have seriously maxed out the Channel 9 credit card paying for this wedding," one person wrote on Twitter, referring to Sylvia Jeffreys who hosted the special.

"Off camera you can imagine Sylvia hanging over the Channel 9 cheque book to the dressmaker, the venue, the florist..." another said.

Since the wedding aired last week, the couple have been rumoured to be joining the cast of The Block in 2020.

"They've been telling anyone who'll listen that they're eager to move into home renovations," a source reportedly told NW.

"It's apparently been a passion of Jules' for years. They really want to go on The Block and win big so they can build their dream house."

Well. It looks like we might be seeing the couple again sooner than we expected.

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