|The best of both worlds, the bride wore two dresses for the occasion.|
Leading up to this date, Ganga’s sister Dunisha, impressed with everything she knew about Joe and his genuine nature, was excited for Ganga and encouraged her by saying, “now THAT sounds like the kind of guy you need in your life!”
|Ganga with their dog, Daphne|
Shortly after they moved in together, Joe left work early and came home to clean up and prepare for Ganga. He lit some candles, made sure “Marry Me” by Train was playing softly in the background and when Ganga walked in the door, he was holding a ring box. Joe went down on one knee…but then he says, in the weight of the moment, his mind went blank and he “completely forgot what he wanted to say.” Thankfully as a doctor, Ganga is used to reading vitals signs and physiological clues – and she understood Joe perfectly and accepted. They spent the rest of the evening calling friends and family and enjoying a take-out meal so their dog Daphne could celebrate with them.
|The high-fiving couple, Joe and Ganga, made sure that their pup Daphne was also represented on their wedding cake.|
Remembrance: A week before he passed away, Ganga's father, Indran Ranasuriya told her that he "would send someone to her". And he did, just a few weeks later Joe came into Ganga's life. Always close to her heart and in her thoughts, as a remembrance to her father, Ganga had a brooch pin made with her father's portrait and fixed it to the bouquet she carried throughout the celebration.
Nuptial Knot In this beautiful Sri Lankan tradition the bride and groom’s pinkies are bond together with a golden thread. This is done as a reminder that the bond of love is a precious one, but one that is fragile and must be protected and cared for. Water is used to bestow a blessing of purification on the new commitment. Ganga’s Uncle Ranjith was asked to tie the couple’s nuptial knot using this delicate gold thread, then said a marital blessing as he poured water over their bond pinkies--making sure to collect all the drops in this heirloom brass pitcher and bowl set.
As the Joe and Ganga’s pinkies were still bound, three bridesmaids delighted everyone by singing two verses from the Jaya Mangala Gatha, bestowing a traditional blessing on Joe and Ganga.
|"May your future be a bright one, and may your love for each other provide an example to those around you."--Alisa Tongg, Celebrant|
For the future, Joe says that he hopes that they “will keep joking and having fun as they grow old together.” And Ganga adds, “I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s my best friend. We do everything together, we want the same things in life and want to achieve those dreams together…”
|Joe and Ganga are congratulated by their sisters.|