There was not a dry eye in the room! 


I was not prepared to be sobbing tears of joy last night watching two strangers get married, but alas the waterworks began the minute Married At First Sight UK’s Ella walked out in her wedding dress. 

The show’s first-ever trans contestant was matched up with a very dapper Nathanial Valentino in the episode which aired last night (19 September). 

In the lead-up to the wedding ceremony, audiences across the country sobbed as they watched Ella get ready for her big day. “I can’t believe I’m getting married as Ella, as me, if I could tell my six-year-old self I am going to be that Disney princess I always dreamt of being,” she said in a touching moment with her family. 

Despite looking like a real-life Disney princess, the real star of the episode was Ella’s family whose support and love were a rare beacon of queer joy in a world where trans people are being constantly put down. One especially sweet moment occurred when Ella showed her parents her wedding dress for the first time and her dad cried tears of happiness. 

Nathanial and Ella had instant chemistry when they met at the altar, and it was clear that sparks were flying between them. However, as the couple were taking pictures Ella revealed how nervous she was to tell Nathanial that she was trans. However, those fears were quickly squashed by Nathanial coming out as pansexual and saying that the main thing he cared about was her heart. 

“I’m quite shocked because this is not what I’m used to,” Ella said after. “All that worry and all that stress, and actually, he just doesn’t care – he likes me for me.”

Although the preview for the next episode shows the pair having a rather explosive argument, we hope that this couple continues to flourish. We’re rooting for you, Ella! 

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