Tristan, her 30-year-old match made by the experts, is looking for one simple thing: he just wants to be loved. He’s ready to give romance a chance - and put himself on the line on MAFS - in order to find it.
“I’m here to find love, I want to find love,” he said.
“Tristan is so lovable, so full of life, he’s such a nice guy," expert Alessandra Rampolla said. “She’s really going to respond to that.”
Their wedding ceremony was filled with nervous giggles, sweet smiles and – of course – the most wonderful speech from Cassandra’s father.
“Let me tell you a few things about my dearest Cassie. Her mother gave her the name Cassandra, I gave her the name sunshine, and to this day her birth certificate is Cassandra Sunshine because she’s always been my sunshine, even on cloudy days," he said.
“Cassie, the more I have known you the more I am glad I met your mother. I met her mother at a party like this and I saw her and it was love at first sight... not marriage... it was love at first sight.
“Your mother would be very, very happy and proud of you today. And I know she is here. I truly wish you both a life that is full of love, fun, lots of laughter and there is always much love for you."
Of her match, Cassandra told the producers "I think the experts did a great job. He’s funny, bold, courageous and I adore that. I already adore him."
Following their wedding, the MAFS couple then set off for their honeymoon in the McLaren Wine Region in South Australia for their honeymoon – which coincided with her 30th birthday.
Treating her to flowers and Tim Tams, it was clear Tristan was keen to kick things off on the right foot. But their early weeks in the competition weren't as smooth, as Tristan's struggles with low self-esteem and self-doubt affected their relationship.
Despite their slow-progressing relationship, we were still hopeful Cass and Tristan would make it through the competition. But an argument at Madeleine and Ash's wedding saw the pair's relationship take a turn for the worse.
"I like Tristan a lot, I just want him to be confident in who he is...but I don't even know if he likes me," A despondent Cass shared with the cameras. "Is he like, repulsed by me? Is he just not into me? I don't know. It's weird between us."
"I just think we're in a bit of a stalemate," Tristan told Cass at the wedding after she asked if they were ok. But her honest response that her experience on the show was a bit "boring," Tristan, quickly escalated the argument.
"How are you bored? Like seriously?" he questioned. "Like I've planned every date now. I'm trying so hard to make you have fun...what do you want me to do?"
"Tristan is so sensitive," Cass later told the cameras. "I did tell Tristan I was bored - but not of him! I'm just frustrated because I need more intimacy."
After Cass went to the bathroom to cool down, Tristan spoke with the cameras saying, "Whatever. I'm obviously the dude, so I'm obviously the bad guy, so it's all my fault."
Following a night apart, expert John Aiken met with the couple to try and get their relationship back on track.
Whilst Tristan was caught up on the "boring" comment, Cass explained that it wasn't about the dates or activities. "It's about our lack of physical connection," she shared with the cameras. "He's a bit insecure, he's not confident and it's draining me," she continued. "I'm over this."
But we're hopeful for the couple's future after their session with John led to Tristan turning a new page.
"This intimacy…I realise now that it’s a big big deal," he told Cass as he apologised. "I need to learn to shut up and listen."
Will the pair go the distance? We'll have to wait and see how the experiment plays out!
Married At First Sight Australia airs Monday to Thursday, 7:30pm and Sunday, 7pm, on Channel 9 and 9Now.
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