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Sunday 21 September 2014

David's big surprise gets ten out of ten

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 10th October 2010 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Presseye.com - SURPRISE MUSEUM WEDDING FOR BANGOR GROOM ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊA wedding is usually something a couple plans together for many months but for one local man, this was far from the case. David Hunsdale, a gymnastics coach in Bangor, was thrown a surprise wedding by his fiance at the Ulster Museum on Sunday 10th October.ÊHis now wife, Arlene Clarke, informed David on Thursday evening that he would be getting married at the Ulster Museum on Sunday. She said, ÒDavid and I have been together for 10 years and I just thought this would be hugely memorable and a lot of fun to surprise him with our wedding. We had a family party on Thursday which is when I told him we would be exchanging vows 72 hours from then at a place we both love, the Ulster Museum. He was certainly shocked but delighted.ÓÊThe couple, who met through gymnastics and dance in 2000, were married in the museumÕs Belfast Room and held their reception with100 friends and family in the impressive atrium area of the Ulster Museum.ÊArlene, also a gymnastics teacher in Bangor, began planning the wedding back in 2008 and worked with the museumÕs event organisers to make sure it remained a closely guarded secret. Patrick McLain of National Museums Northern Ireland, said, ÒThis was certainly a wedding with a difference and the team have enjoyed working with Arlene to ensure she had the wedding of her dreams. ItÕs not often the groom is given so little notice about his impending marriage so there was a great sense of anticipation within the team about this wedding.ÓÊThe wedding very much reflected the coupleÕs shared love for music and dance with Conleth Kane from the Fame TV show performing and Ôthe time of your lifeÕ performing a retro show. The coupleÕs 8 year old daughter, Baile, also played a key role in the day.ÊSince reopening last year, the Ulster Museum has become a popular venue for wedding ceremoni

Gymnastics coach Arlene Clarke has pulled off some stunts in her time but she certainly sent fiance David Hunsdale into a spin when she told him they were getting married — in three days’ time.

David, also a gymnastics coach in Bangor, was oblivious to the looming nuptials until last Thursday night, when Arlene informed him that they would be getting married at the Ulster Museum on Sunday (October 10).

“David and I have been together for 10 years and I just thought this would be hugely memorable and a lot of fun to surprise him with our wedding,” said Arlene.

“We had a family party on Thursday which is when I told him we would be exchanging vows 72 hours from then at a place we both love, the Ulster Museum. He was certainly shocked, but delighted.”

The couple, who met through gymnastics and dance in 2000, were joined by 100 friends and family on the day, with eight-year-old daughter Bailée playing a key role.

Arlene had been planning the event for a full two years, working with the museum’s event organisers to make sure it remained a secret. Patrick McLain, of National Museums Northern Ireland, said: “It’s not often the groom is given so little notice about his impending marriage so there was a great sense of anticipation within the team about this wedding.”

Conleth Kane, from the Fame TV show, performed and a retro show, courtesy of The Time of Your Life, rounded off the entertainment.

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