Wedding Story of Yoshitha & Yohan


August 21, 2019 1:21 pm

THE ROMANCE

  • Your initial meet. How did it happen? 

In September 2008. It’s both our first love. We both met at IDM during an ICT course for school-leavers. It was remarkably candid. 

  • Who made the first move? How? 

It was Yohan. I was a very shy girl trying her best to avoid talking to him. But he had his ways and knew how to get me to give him my phone number. 

  • What was your first impression about your spouse?

Smart. I liked how he “is”. 

  • In what ways are you most alike?  

Actually, we both are so different in so many ways. It wouldn’t be wrong to say we’re opposites. And I guess that’s what attracted us to each other. When it comes to love, we both have proven each other how much we are capable of loving each other despite being so different.       

  • What's your most memorable date? Why?

He doesn’t get to come home that often because he’s in the navy. This one time when he came before the wedding, we decided to go deliver some wedding invitations to a couple of relatives living quite far from Colombo and at opposite ends of the country.

We made it a road trip and we finally had time for ourselves, which we didn’t plan for. We even went to the beach and it was beautiful. It was very spontaneous and very beautiful. 

  • Three things you love and hate about your partner.

I love that he is very relaxed, funny and that he’s not so serious like me. Everything that he is, balances “us” as husband and wife. Like I said before, we’re opposites. I don’t think I can hate any of his ways. 

THE PROPOSAL

  • How did the proposal happen?

We had been seeing each other for eight years. And we were also apart for two years. When we got back together after those two years, we knew ours was a love of a lifetime.

We took our parents and siblings to dinner on the 27th of November 2017 and he proposed to me there where he put on me, a beautiful ring while our parents blessed us. It was a beautiful day filled with such warmth and love. It wasn’t a surprise. It was a beautiful beautiful evening nevertheless!  

  • What are you most looking forward to as Mr. & Mrs.? 

To share our lives through all ups and downs. To see what future holds for us as we share our lives as husband and wife. To be happier and grow older and wiser in more love every waking hour.

THE WEDDING

  • Most memorable moment from your wedding?

It’s almost impossible to put a pin on just one moment on our wedding day. The entire event was so breathtakingly beautiful and memorable for us. Getting dressed with my beautiful girls, keeping Yohan and myself from seeing each other until the first look, the first look, entering the hall with my parents, Poruwa ceremony, first dance, the food, surprise dance, being thrown up in the air by Yohan’s friends, Yohan’s squats carrying me, our going away at the end of the day under a rain of flower petals and not to forget us going away with Yohan placed in the boot of the car! 

  • If you could describe your wedding day using one word, what would it be?

Enchanting!

  • What's been the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?

The location! 

  • What's been the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon? 

There wasn’t any!

We started to plan with a good 7 months ahead and actually, it all went smoothly! 

LIFE AFTER

  • Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We covered 1500+km together for about 8 days across the country. Some of our stops in the journey were Wadduwa, Mirissa, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura and Kalutara. 

  • What is your idea of, “and they lived happily ever after”?

Happiness for us is not an achievement or a gain. We love the whole process of it and we do our part to be happy in doing what we do and being what we are.

Life is beautiful even through all the ups and downs we face. Happiness for us lies in living with all of that. 

  • What has surprised you the most during the first few weeks/months of being married?

Of remembering that we’re “married” (LOL). It was so fun telling each other that. We still check with each other if it’s real or if we’re living in a dream. 

  • Who’s good at forgetting and better at forgiving?

I’m very good at forgiving but not at forgetting. Yohan is a champion when it comes to forgetting! He too is however very forgiving. 


CONTRIBUTING VENDORS 

Photographer : Cloud Attic

Videographer: Native Tribes

Florist : 90F Weddings

Bouquet : Vintage Florets by Romani

Stylist: Indranie Gunasekera of Designed by Indu

Invitation Design: Rainbow Cards, Mumbai, India

Ceremony Venue: Barnhouse Studios

Reception Venue : Barnhouse Studios

Entertainment : Sri Lanka Navy Band

Engagement: Taprobane at Cinnamon Grand

Bride’s Wedding Band: Bullion Exchange

Groom’s Wedding Band: Bullion Exchange 

Groom Prep Location: Barnhouse Studios

THE BRIDE 

Bridal Gown: Indranie Gunasekera of Designed by Indu

Bridal Boutique : Basuree in Santa Cruz, India

Hair Piece: Vintage Florets by Romani

Shoes : Mochi, India

Traditional Jewelry: Kandy Queen

Hair and Makeup : Brides by Leena of Arq Syle House

Bridesmaid Dresses: Indranie Gunasekera of Designed by Indu

Bridesmaid Makeup: Nesha Perera of Glam by Nesha

THE GROOM 

Suit & Shirt 

Bow Tie 

Shirt Studs                              (Sri Lanka Navy Ceremonial Uniform)

Shoes 

Socks 

Grooming 

Groomsmen Suits 


About the author

- Ruqaiyah Shabeen

I feel the same way about clothes and lipsticks, as others do about food!