Forget The Block, forget The Bachelor. Tonight, Kiwi reality TV goes to a whole new level with Three’s Married at First Sight NZ hitting the small screen.
Two weeks ago, Spy revealed the 12 strangers getting hitched, including former Bachelorette Bel Clarke, who is hoping to be lucky in love second time around.
Spy picks surfer dude Luke Cederman as the most relatable chap on the show. He gets wed tonight, and the Auckland-based warehouse manager is happiest when he is in Raglan chasing waves. Marrying a stranger is the wildest ride he has ever been on.
Cederman, 34, hadn’t thought to apply until his best mate sold him on the idea.
“My mate hasn’t dropped the knee himself yet, but it somehow made sense when he suggested I went on the show. I have been single for three years and I dunno, I guess he could feel such a step would make me happy,” Cederman told Spy.
That best mate is his best man on screen tonight and helps the groom keep his nerves in check. Cederman’s family and friends have been supportive — more so than he thought.
“It seemed to make sense to everyone in the end,” he said.
His laid-back attitude comes from his group of friends, all wave-chasers. He has known pro surfer Ricardo Christie since he was a nipper and is great mates with surfer guys about town, Shaun Coffee and Huffer owner Steve Dunstan.
“I spent my 20s travelling the world surfing circuit, enjoying exotic locations, great waves and now a few years on I’d hoped to have settled down.”
Cederman has also formed some new good mates in his fellow MAFS grooms.
On meeting MAFS expert Tony Jones: “I was really honest with him in what I was looking for, I knew how important it was to come across well to him so as he got me as a person and matched me right, so I was optimistic about the result.”
Cederman couldn’t say much about his reaction to his bride in her custom-fitted Jane Yee bridal gown, but we could tell from his tone he was chuffed.
“My own suit has a lot of personality and I have to be honest when the ceremony started I fluffed my lines a bit; people might see my nerves through my perspiration and if my head goes extra shiny.”
He hopes his new bride is not materialistic and is looking for a partner who is genuine and shares his open-minded attitude to life and his passion for outdoor pursuits.
And he hopes she’ll like his tattoos. He has one on his thigh of a Tyrannosaurus rex with a shark fin, wearing an eyepatch and a sombrero, and one on his foot that says “I love Peanut Butter”.
Having the nation watch his wedding and the highs and lows of marriage doesn’t bother him — he posts regular videos on The Raglan Surf Report on Facebook — but he was surprised when we told him he was about to become very famous.
Here’s hoping he’s also about to become very happy.