We met at a salsa class in Bristol, UK.
I was in England completing my masters and furthering my dancing when my friend took me to this salsa class ‘just for fun’.
I was reluctant to go because I found this salsa class a bit basic and beneath my level but during my second lesson I met Alberto.
Our first interaction was while dancing ‘La rueda’ – a dance which requires you to dance in a circle and follow instructions from a leader who calls out the dance steps in Spanish.
As I didn’t know any Spanish, Alberto seized the opportunity to teach me the steps and lead me in this dance. I found him very charming and we started connecting over facebook.
We went on a couple of dates thereafter and that’s where it all began.
Alberto made the first move by asking me for my facebook handle. He says he didn’t want to ask me for my number and seem like a ‘creep’ or get turned down.
Of course, adding someone on facebook seemed perfectly harmless and so we started chatting through this medium.
The first impression was that he was the cutest guy in the room. He was absolutely charming and such a gentleman.
We both respect each other’s space and individuality.
We have been on a lot of dates but the most memorable one wasn’t really a date, but a surprise trip to the Maldives where he proposed to me. This trumps all the dates that we have ever been on.
One of the most memorable things during this trip was when Alberto took me on a sunset cruise with champagne and canapes, it was one of the most magical experiences.
Love - his honesty, his eyes, his determination
Hate - his driving, his driving and his driving
On the 14th of June 2017, Alberto with the help of my dance friends led me to believe that I had a dance show in Trincomalee. I was advised to pack swimwear and Alberto even offered to help me pack (which rarely happens).
Regardless I believed the story and went along with the plan. We traveled early morning and I fell asleep in the car, only to wake up at the airport. You can imagine my shock, I was so confused for a second, I thought we were going to fly to Trincomalee.
I didn’t know where we were going until we reached the departure gate and the sign read ‘Maldives’ (one of my favorite holiday destinations).
Alberto had planned the entire trip to perfection and by 10.30 am we were on a beautiful island having breakfast with the view of the ocean.
The day only got better as Alberto had organized a romantic sunset cruise followed by dinner at a sushi restaurant over the water.
I still had no idea he was going to propose to me.
Later that night after dinner, Alberto set a dim light on the beach near our villa, popped open a bottle of champagne and handed me a big bunch of red roses. In my excitement, I missed a little black box that was carefully placed inside the bouquet of flowers.
Alberto asked me to take a closer look, then got down on one knee and opened the little black box which carried the most elegant diamond ring.
And then he asked, ‘will you marry me?’
To which I could only answer ‘oh my god’
Of course, later I said yes
- If the proposal was a surprise, on a scale of 10 how well did it go?
10 being the BEST it was as 10
- What are you most looking forward to as Mr. and Mrs.?
To move into our new flat and start making our own home.
The entire wedding went so well, I enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t say there was one moment that was the most memorable for me. A few good memories were the father/daughter dance, our first dance and the pre-shoot.
I enjoyed organizing the deco. Both Alberto and I had the same visuals and we came to a perfect agreement on the style of wedding we wanted to have.
The guest list was quite difficult to organize. We didn’t have many disagreements because Alberto let me handle 99.9% of the wedding planning.
We didn’t have a honeymoon, but we are saving up to go for a salsa congress in New York this year.
Like a fairy tale? Well, I do believe our beginning was like a fairy tale because Alberto decided to leave everything in UK to be with me in Sri Lanka (I always say like my prince charming).
‘happily ever after’ is what you make of it. I believe you write your own tale and its not always going to be ‘happy’ but the strength of your relationship can be determined by how you get through the good times and the bad.
No, nothing has really surprised me. We are the same individuals as we were before marriage and expect nothing more or less from each other.
Better at forgiving- Alberto
Good at forgetting – Me
Photographer : Amarante
Event Planner / Stylist : Tarja/ Chandana de silva (my dad) / Imran Saibo/ Thushara Abeyratne
Florist : Petals
Invitation Design : Tarja (printed by Soleil)
Placecards : Tarja (printed my anim8)
Ceremony Venue : Shangri la colombo
Reception Venue : Shangri la colombo
Signage : Carlo Fonseka (my grandfather) / Vinoth Krish (Alberto’s friend)
Entertainment : Sheranga and Brown Sugar
Bride’s Wedding Band : Careems
Groom’s Wedding Band : Premadasa and Company Jewellers
Bridal Gown : KR Designer wear/ Anum Dassanayake
Bridal Boutique: Petals
Hair Piece : Petals
Shoes : Aldo
Earrings : Lovisa
Hair : Shane
Makeup : Viran
Bridesmaid Dresses : KR Designer wear
Bridesmaid Shoes : custom made by saffans
Suit & Shirt : suit tailor made in Bangkok- Stylos / shirt Envoy
Bow Tie : Bangkok- Stylos
Shirt Studs : from Spain
Shoes : Hugo Boss
Socks : Envoy
Grooming : Christopher from Arq style house
Groomsmen Suits : Mango Spain