Entrepreneur Thea Thorpe, 30, and 36-year-old removals firm boss Jack Logan-Beddings fell in love after meeting on an extra-marital dating site while cheating on their partners.
The pair met through IllicitEncounters.com, a dating website for married people, but both insist they have learnt from their mistakes and trust each other to stay faithful in the future.
Now Thea and Jack, who first started dating a year ago where they live in Nottingham, are tying the knot next summer after falling deeply in love with each other.
Thea said: "Yes, we have both cheated in the past but this is a new start for both [of] us. We both previously had a very liberal attitude towards monogamy."
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She continued: "We thought being in an open-relationship was the way to find happiness because life is too short to spend all your life with one partner.
"But that all changed when I met Jack. I wanted to spend the rest of life with him and that meant ditching the extra-marital dating."
Jack added: "If you had told me that I would meet the woman of my dreams on a cheating site, I never would have believed you.
"But after my first date with Thea I knew that I never wanted to share her with anyone else. I wanted us both to build a future together as a normal man and wife."
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Thea was in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend and Jack was married to his first wife when they met.
She explained: "A specialist extra-marital dating site suited me because the kind of people you meet are in open relationships, too.
"It makes things less complicated and you can just concentrate on having some fun together. I had several affairs in this way and thought that I was living the perfect life – with lots of sex but the stability of having a steady partner back at home.
"For a long time I convinced myself that this is what I really wanted and that I was enjoying the best of both worlds. I would get the giddy excitement you get when you meet a new partner and then, when it all went a bit stale after a few dates, I could just move on without any complications. Then I met Jack and all that changed."
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Jack, who is still married to his first wife, is planning to marry Thea when his divorce finally goes through.
He said: "I knew straight away with Thea that I was living a lie and that I had met my life partner. Obviously it was slightly more complicated for me because I was married to my wife but we split shortly after that first date with Thea.
"I had had other flings with women I had met on dating sites before I met Thea. It was fun at first but it does get a bit tiring moving from one relationship to the next when you are still married."
Jack insists that he trusts Thea and they have complete faith in each other since falling in love.
He continued: "We cannot bear to be apart so I know where Thea is 24/7 – we have total trust and cannot wait to build a future together.
Thea added: "Just because we have both cheated before doesn't mean will do it again. It's different with Jack."
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To ensure they don't both cheat in the future, they are working with relationship expert Louise Van Der Velde, who runs courses teaching couples how to have better relationships.
Jessica Leoni, a spokeswoman for IllicitEncounters.com, said: "We are delighted that Thea and Jack are tying the knot after meeting on the site. Around 10% of the people who use the site do find love in this way while the vast majority happily continue to cheat with like-minded people."
At least one million people have registered with IllicitEncounters.com since the site was first started 16 years ago.
Jack and Thea are the first couple from the site to go public with their wedding plans.
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