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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:47 pm 
Wedding of Yasodhara Kumaratunga and Roger Walker

Yasodhara had two bridesmaids; Ronnie Peiris’ daughter Amanthi and a British friend of hers, both of whom were draped in contrasting shot blue and blue-green. The bridesmaids also wore a single white orchid in their hair.

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@ LL /June 2007

Yasodhara, the only daughter of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who married British Surgeon, Roger Walker of Dorset was wed on June 15, 2007 at Fawsley Hall, an old manor that has been converted into a banquet hall and guest house in North Hampshire.

The bride, who is a doctor herself, was draped in a dull gold silk saree, woven with silver motifs her mother had bought for her in India and carried a bouquet of pure white Phalaenopsis orchids. Her jewellery, white gold to match the work on her saree, was crafted by Kareem Jewellers.

The young doctor, who was unable to take time off work for a single fit on or trial prior to the wedding, was dressed by Ramzi Rahuman, who was especially flown in to London to dress Yasodhara. Ramzi, who also dressed the former President for her own wedding, says that the attire and accessories were simple and inconspicuous in keeping with the young girl’s taste. “She was so busy that the only trial I could do with her happened after 7 p.m. Before that, while I was in Sri Lanka, I corresponded with her by email and with her mother, whenever she would travel here,” the professional hairdresser and designer told. Ramzi also raved about the sarees chosen by Chandrika who he says, “always had a flair for picking good saree fabrics.”

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“It was fabulous and wonderfully easy to drape. It suited Yasodhara to perfection,” he added.

Ramzi explained that the bride’s thick hair was curled for bounce to create a softness that embodied the person Yasodhara is. “In her hair, she wore a single white orchid. Nothing more,” Ramzi said adding that Chandrika had walked in to the dressing room at the last moment carrying a few strands of jasmine taken out of the decorations that she insisted be draped on her daughters hair. “It must have been her way of sticking to tradition and jasmines add a very Sri Lankan touch,” he explained.

Yasodhara had two bridesmaids; Ronnie Peiris’ daughter Amanthi and a British friend of hers, both of whom were draped in contrasting shot blue and blue-green. The bridesmaids also wore a single white orchid in their hair.

Chandrika Kumaratunga herself was attired in a saree similar to that of the retinue, although her own saree was a lighter shade of blue.

The couple were registered at 3 p.m. followed by cocktails. Yasodhara was given away by her brother Vimukthi who was attired in an Indian outfit. Vimukthi is also reported to have given a beautiful speech at the ceremony, which had brought tears to his mother’s eyes, particularly since he had been compelled to play the role of both brother and father at the wedding, some guests commented. “As a brother in law, I am supposed to give the groom advice. But I am so much younger than you,” Vimukthi Kumaratunga said during the speech. He also thanked Ramzi for having dressed his sister after having done the same for his mother on her own wedding day so long ago.

Vimukthi’s speech was only outdone by similarly touching words by the groom, Roger, who told family and friends that he had first been captivated by his new wife’s smile (so like her mother’s) during his rounds at the hospital. Roger Walker claimed that having been charmed by her, he had summoned up the will to speak to her and introduce himself, after which the couple had seen each other for several months before he realised that her ‘mother was in politics’.

Dinner was served at 6:30 after which a hall was cleared for dancing. Guests took to the dance floor to move to both jazz numbers and some Sri Lankan baila, while others who preferred a quiet chat, strolled out into the beautifully landscaped garden.

The wedding wound up at 12 midnight and most guests opted to stay behind at the manor itself, having reserved rooms there beforehand. The couple joined some of the guests for breakfast in the morning, before saying their goodbyes to embark on their 10 day honeymoon.

Among the Sri Lankans present at the wedding, who were greatly outnumbered by the foreign guests donned in their summer hats and finery, were Yasodhara’s aunt and uncle, Sunethra and Anura Bandaranaike, Harry Jayawardane and wife Priya, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Peiris and Rajan Britto. Guests commented that the wedding was a highly informal affair, and one which the young couple and their families had insisted on keeping simple.


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