Local Justice of the Peace on ‘Married at First Sight’ Alyssa & Chris

NEW BEDFORD — Justice of the Peace Steven Martins married Alyssa Ellman and Chris Collette on the 14th season of Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight,” and since the ceremony, the couple’s time on the show has been called “longer big disaster of the season” with the duo pulling out of their marriage early.

“Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most [most] difficult adventure. And you have to keep that in mind with patience, understanding and flexibility,” Martins said.

“In those cases, I don’t think Alyssa wanted to give it a shot from day one.”

Based on the Danish series “Gift Ved Første Blik”, the reality series follows single people who agree to legally marry a stranger the moment they first meet.

The series, which first aired in July 2014, has aired for life for 14 seasons. This season was set in Boston and followed five local couples.

According to ScreenRant.com, Alyssa quickly established herself as the villain of Season 14 thanks to her disinterest in Chris. Viewers felt that Alyssa was disappointed with how Chris looked on their wedding night and shut down the chances of them reuniting immediately.

“Alyssa, since the wedding night, has had no interest in being married to me,” Chris told Pastor Cal Roberson, a relationship coach, in a Feb. 16 episode. “She says we are not compatible. She used the expression stolen… And it started on the wedding night.

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Doomed from the start

Martins told the Standard-Times in January that his involvement with the show began when he received an email from the show’s producers asking for a justice of the peace, but the email didn’t reveal much. information – not even the name of the series.

“I thought it was spam,” Martins recalls. But, after checking the credentials, he realized it was for “Married at First Sight”.

Chris Collette and Alyssa Ellman are one of five couples featured in season 14 of the reality show "Married at first sight," which premiered on January 5.

In July 2021, Martins arrived in Boston to marry Alyssa and Chris – whom he had never met. In fact, everyone at the wedding was meeting for the first time.

Martins said he observed Alyssa, a social media manager, crying at the altar, which he says is not unusual. “It’s perfectly normal,” he said. “Some people are crying, happy and nervous.”

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But after watching the wedding episode, interviews during the segment revealed Alyssa was crying because she hated the groom’s look.

“Unfortunately, she judged a book by its cover and didn’t want to give it a shot,” Martins said. “When you meet someone, get into a relationship and in this case get married, you get to know each other.

“And you have to take the time to do that.”

Martins said after watching the show that he saw Chris as an all-American, hardworking realtor and gentleman who really tried to figure out the relationship and how to make it work for both parties.

“But it works both ways. And it was like she just wasn’t interested at all,” Martins said. “There’s so much you can do until you’re done typing.”

Fans accused Alyssa of wanting to be on the show but not wanting to get married, with Chris going so far as to say in a later interview that she just wanted her “15 minutes of fame”.

He was finally forced to quit on a February 23 episode.

“I think if Alyssa took the time, like you’re supposed to, and spent time exploring the show with him…I think she would have changed her mind,” Martins added.

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Appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts in 2017, Martins is one of the Commonwealth’s youngest justices of the peace. “I’m so grateful to work with all of these amazing couples and look forward to working with more amazing couples in the new year,” he said.

Steven Martins married a couple in a 2019 ceremony in Wellfleet.

Martins also served as an alderman in New Bedford from 2008 to 2018. When not getting married, he works as an assistant manager/regional manager for Mass Lottery.

Martins said if asked to do the show again, he would be happy to oblige, adding that he would be interested in helping the matchmaking team.

For the four remaining Married at First Sight couples from this season, decision day looms for each of them. Martins hopes they will all be successful.

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“If they just work on themselves and their relationships, take the time to do that, I think anyone who gets married will definitely be fine,” he said.

Martins said he often sees people giving up on relationships easily. “Marriage takes work and once you get married you have to be able to sign up for that, for that job,” he said.

Steven Martins hosts the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in 2018.

“It’s a lot of great adventures and there are also challenges. You can’t run away from the challenges you have to face. And if you do it together, your marriage will be successful.”

As for Chris and Alyssa, Martins says it didn’t work out, but said if they found someone he would marry them again.

“I’m always happy and available for both of them,” he said.

How to watch

Lifetime is channel 38 on Comcast cable in New Bedford. It can be streamed live at mylifetime.com/live by connecting with a cable provider.

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