Getting into a saree is not an easy job and requires local help.
Here Paul is pictured with his father and some other guy who is probably related.
The VSO ladies are looking fab.
Marica and the famous Anne Murray pose for the paparazzi.
The white people may have outnumbered the Sri Lankans at this particular wedding, but we’ll take any excuse to wear a saree.
Before this I thought “bunting” was only something you did in baseball. This particular bunting along with the other decorations were made from the ladies at a mental health project halfway home.
Hits such as “Power of Love”, “Like a Prayer” and “Gangham Style” all were blasted on the stereo. You really didn’t know what moves would be revealed next.
Shaun got to attend the wedding after all even if it was only via Skype. Here the bride and groom are checking out the Sri Lankan cricket attire he was sporting for the occasion.
Manchula and Ravanthi are deep in conversation. They might be a little concerned about what these crazy foreigners have in store for them next.
While most of the volunteers are soaking up their last days in Sri Lanka, Diane (far right) has only begun her placement. I’m not sure if our stories excited or scared her.
The couple looked amazing. Katherine wore a dress that was found in a vintage shop in San Francisco. Considering she is from London and lives in Sri Lanka getting the dress here was a big adventure in itself.
Paul takes the first opportunity to smooch his blushing bride.
Now there is a funny story behind these rings. Paul wanted to have their initials engraved in Sinhala as the Sinhala characters for “P” and “K”, but it turns out that these characters together are a swear word in Sinhala. The jeweller refused to do this and I’m pretty sure Paul knew the meaning in the first place and just thought it would be a good joke.
The marriage documents are signed to prove that Katherine takes Paul to be “the husband” and Paul takes Katherine to be “the wife”. I don’t think the translations worked out 100%. Hopefully that contract was in English!
Nothing beats a good buffet of rice and curry.
The decorations were made by the ladies at the hospital. They were worried that snakes would be inauspicious, but after making up something about snakes being a symbol of good health and fertility, they agreed to the plan.
This is how I spent Sunday recovering from a bit too much wine.