Friday 23 June 2017

Guests gobsmacked as couple marry in Dublin's Ikea on Don't Tell The Bride

The couple tie the knot in Ikea
The couple tie the knot in Ikea
The bridal party arrive at Ikea
Ben has his Love Actually moment on Don't Tell The Bride
Ben and Celina McQuillan
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

For most couples, a trip to IKEA is nowhere near the top of their ‘happiest day of our lives’ list.

But these two Dubliners managed to turn that wisdom on its head.

A beautiful bride was left gobsmacked after her husband-to-be selected the Swedish furniture superstore as their wedding venue.

Ben and Celina McQuillan, from Swords, Co Dublin, feature on first episode of the new series of RTE’s Don’t Tell the Bride.

The bridal party arrive at Ikea
The bridal party arrive at Ikea

But despite her husband’s unconventional choice of venue, Ben and Celina do get their happy ending.

But in true Don’t Tell the Bride style, nothing ever goes smoothly when it comes to the groom planning the big day. 

Celina is due to give birth in two weeks time, at the start of April, and the episode was filmed last October, when Celina was five months pregnant.

When it came to getting a dress that she felt comfortable in, Ben didn’t exactly hit the mark with a less than flattering gown as he forgets to leave space for the bump.

But that was nothing compared to his choice of venue, with his family and friends left gobsmacked when he reveals he’s chosen Ikea in Ballymun.

It's the only place the couple ever fight so Ben is determined to turn it into a happy place for the pair.

Ben has his Love Actually moment on Don't Tell The Bride
Ben has his Love Actually moment on Don't Tell The Bride

There are some touching moments in a reenactment of the scene from Love Actually. Ben records himself at the front door with large cards inviting Celina to her wedding - similar to the scene with Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightly in the movie.

To top it off, Celina's friends bring her to the cinema to see it on the big screen.

Ben and Celina McQuillan
Ben and Celina McQuillan

The couple also tell viewers of coming to terms with a double tragedy.

They lost baby son Sam, born at 22 weeks in July 2015, and then lost baby Louie, who was born again at 22 weeks in May 2016. 

“It was heartbreaking to see Celina go through that and I couldn’t really do anything at the time, just support her,” said Ben.

The pair, who have a girl named Penny (3), say that the wedding was “an opportunity to put some really bad times behind us”.

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