With a number of marriages ending in divorce, some may wonder why couples might choose to walk down the aisle. After all, beyond the fairy tale wedding day (if that even happens), day-to-day life is not always something out of a romantic drama. The first year of marriage, in particular, may be the most challenging, as each person truly gets acquainted with the other — idiosyncrasies and all. Bravo’s new docuseries Newlyweds: The First Year goes inside the lives of four recently married couples and spends an entire year with them, following each partnership and capturing everything from their wedding day to their first anniversary, with all the trials and tribulations in between.
The eight-part Newlyweds: The First Year is co-executive produced by Oscar-nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin, and the couples featured are:
Kimberly V. Cherebin and Alaska Gedeon — This bicoastal couple is constantly on the run between Los Angeles and New York City, and struggle in finding ways to balance both their careers and a marriage.
Jeff Pederson and Blair Late — Jeff and Blair met at a mutual friend’s party and began dating after a whirlwind one-week courtship. After about a year of dating, they “wed” in a ceremony to celebrate their domestic partnership. Besides the conflicts that arise from their 16-year age difference and contrasting careers, there are many personality clashes between the two.
Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen — Tina is an Indian international pop star, and Tarz is a former model turned president/cofounder of a startup web company. Between Tina’s rising success in music and Tarz’s focus on his business, the newlyweds have struggled to find time together over the years. They hope getting married will change that.
Kathryn Bougadis and John Lagoudes — Kathryn gave up her career and city lifestyle to move out to the suburbs with new husband John, who has lived alone for many years and quickly finds that sharing space with Kathryn is a big adjustment.
Newlyweds: The First Year premieres May 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo, and airs Mondays.
Jeff Pederson, Blair Late and Tina Sugandh, Tarz Ludwigsen photos: © 2013 Bravo Media, LLC. Credit: Kelsey McNeal
Kimberly V. Cherebin, Alaska Gedeon and Kathryn Bougadis, John Lagoudes photos: © 2013 Bravo Media, LLC. Credit: Heidi Gutman