Couple walking down the aisle for the record

Sri Lankan Guinness world record breaker Suresh Joachim plans to break three world records on his wedding day, Canadian website reported yesterday.

ĎAs if a wedding isnít dramatic and emotional enough, Suresh Joachim will give his special day an extra dose of pizzazz when he attempts to break three Guinness World Records as he and his bride-to-be walk down the aisle,í the website said.

Joachim, a native of Sri Lanka by way of Sydney, Australia, will team up with his Mississauga fiancee, Christa Rasanayagam, to establish three new records on Labour Day during their wedding ceremony at Christ the King Catholic Church.

Suresh Joachim and Christa Rasanayagam are trying to set three new Guinness world records on Labour Day at their wedding at Christ the King Catholic Church.


For a whopping $7,000, the couple purchased a 60-metre-long wedding bouquet that puts the 42-metre-long previous record holder to shame.

It includes more than 1,000 roses, baby breath and carnations, 1,400 flowers in all.

The couple also hope to set a new record for most bridesmaids at 80 while setting the standard for most groomsmen at 50. The bridesmaids range in age from 17 months to 80 while the groomsmen range from 2 to 50.

They estimate the wedding, with 500 guests invited to the reception, will cost upwards of $60,000.

In just over a decade, Joachim has managed to set 27 different Guinness records. They range from offbeat to strange and even bizarre, from balancing on one foot for over 76 hours to dribbling a basketball over a distance of 156 kilometres in the course of a day.

"People ask how I do these different kind of things," said Joachim, who makes a career out of raising money for his own charity, Universal Funds For Suffering Children. "All I want to do is help people and bring peace to the world. Iíve got the courage to endure the pain."

The couple met last year in Scarborough, where Joachim was attempting to set the record for the longest on-air radio broadcast. He took phone calls and talked to listeners in between playing more than 600 songs on a Tamil radio station over 120 hours. He was allowed to sleep (or go to the bathroom) 15 minutes every eight hours.

The couple "clicked," and were arranged to be married shortly afterwards. "When we first met he told me about all his future plans for setting records...he isnít your average guy," said Rasanayagam, 29.

"Most of the attempts are physically demanding. The wedding will be easy and he wonít suffer."

However, Rasanayagam wonít be making any record breaking attempts of her own anytime soon.

"No, no, itís his thing," she said with a chuckle. "Iíll just stay back."



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