'Married at First Sight' recap: The couples meet and get married, were they attracted to each other?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/10/2018
Married at First Sight featured six strangers meeting their bride or grooms for the first time and exchanging vows during the second episode of the sixth season of the Lifetime reality series on Tuesday night.
The six participants who agreed to marry at first sight were Jaclyn Schwartzberg, a 29-year-old teacher turned sales representative; Ryan Buckley, a 29-year-old firefighter; Molly Duff, a 25-year-old commercial insurance adjuster; Jonathan Francetic, a 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran and former financial associate; Shawniece Jackson, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and cosmetologist; and Jephte Pierre, a 26-year-old second grade teacher.
Matched by Married at First Sight experts Dr. Jessica Griffin, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and Pastor Calvin Roberson, Jaclyn was shown marrying Ryan, Molly walked down the aisle to Jonathan, and Shawniece became a wife to Jephte.
At Jaclyn and Ryan's wedding, Jaclyn was probably the most nervous and hesitant to walk down the aisle of all the participating brides.
"I've only ever wanted to be married once, so if it doesn't work out, it's going to be a horrible feeling. My whole body is trembling, I'm shaking, my heart is pounding. What am I doing? Is this the right decision?" Jaclyn vented to the cameras.
Jaclyn asked her father before the ceremony began, "What if he doesn't like me?" But her father assured her that the groom was going to love her and be "the luckiest guy in the world."
With that being said, Jaclyn gathered enough courage to enter the ceremony, and Ryan gushed to the cameras, "She knocked my socks right off. My heart skipped a beat."
And Jaclyn said, "My first impression, looking at him as I walked down, he's cute!"
Ryan called it "a fairy-tale wedding" and said he "couldn't be happier."
Once he had some time to get to know Jaclyn and dance with her at the reception, he thought she was "beautiful, authentic and spiritual" -- everything he ever could have asked for in a woman. Ryan gushed about how the experts had found his perfect match.
"Seeing my wife for the first time tonight, she has met my expectations and then blown them out of the water. Everyone is getting along and having a good time," Ryan noted.
At one point during the reception, Ryan even got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Jaclyn, who noticed Ryan was really outgoing and seemed to be the life of the party.
"I definitely feel like the fireworks are there with Ryan... There are so many qualities, so many traits, that I adore about Ryan. And I do feel like I could fall in love with Ryan," Jaclyn explained.
At Shawniece and Jephte's wedding, the bride broke down into tears before walking down the aisle.
"Before I was excited, and now I'm scared," Shawniece said.
But when his bride began walking towards him, Jephte's nerves seemed to dissipate.
"I'm so relieved to put a face to the woman I've been thinking about for so long. She has a great smile, she looks amazing. I could not be happier," Jephte gushed.
And Shawniece was pleased with her groom as well, telling the cameras after seeing her husband for the first time: "He has a baby face, but he's handsome, and he's fine!"
Just as the ceremony began, Jephte's protective and worried mother interrupted the proceedings.
Everyone appeared shocked and nervous that the groom's mother was going to protest or make a scene, but on the contrary, she lovingly offered her new daughter-in-law the same sparkly belt she had worn on her own wedding day.
Shawniece was thankful and flattered, and she told Jephte's mother that she loves belts. Jephe was so pleased his mother was supportive and actually starting to accept his decision to wed a stranger.
After the wedding, it quickly became apparent that Shawniece was much more outgoing than Jephte. He figured her "funny and goofy" personality would help bring him out of his shell.
Shawniece especially shocked her husband when she admitted that "masturbation" had gotten her through the last four years of being single. She also later gave him a lap dance at the reception, which was awkward for Jephte considering his mother was standing nearby watching.
During the photo session, Jephte felt a little awkward kissing his wife in front of everyone, so it was clear it was going to take a lot of effort on Jephte's part to open up on this journey.
And at Molly and Jonathan's wedding, Jonathan was worried to tell his wife that he was unemployed. But at the same time, he lost his job in order to get married, which showed a real commitment to his wife and the Married at First Sight process.
When Jonathan saw his wife for the first time, he told the cameras, "I think I feel more relieved than anything. She's beautiful."
Jonathan also told Molly that she "looked stunning" when they first exchanged names at the altar.
"My husband is definitely cute," Molly gushed. "I was kind of going in expecting him to be shorter than me, but he's the same height as me in heels, so we're good!"
Once the couple exchanged vows and got to pop a bottle of champagne before the reception, Molly asked Jonathan what he did for his day job, and the groom quipped, "Well that's a fun story."
Jonathan explained how he worked in finance but lost his job because of the show. Since it's a big company, they apparently didn't want the show to reflect poorly on them in any regard. Jonathan insisted, however, he's had more offers and opportunities since then that he could take advantage of after the show.
Molly was a little taken aback by the revelation, but she could see Jonathan was a smart and confident guy who would probably be able to figure things out.
During the reception, Jonathan and Molly realized they had a comfortable banter, and their guests commented how it seemed like they had known each other for quite some time. The couple had instant chemistry.
"My wife is beautiful. It means a lot that my friends and her friends got along so well. I could very easily see myself falling in love with Molly," Jonathan told the cameras.
"This is pretty darn close to the fairy-tale wedding that I never dreamed of," Molly said with a laugh.
"We have the same sense of humor and we're definitely vibing, and he's got that kind of rugged, handsomeness about him. There is definitely potential to fall in love."