Brides and Grooms of Sri Lanka – Reimagined Modern Brides and Grooms collection by LOVI Ceylon and friends

by Editorial

Colombo, Sri Lanka — February 2021 — “Together we’re creating moments of happiness and cherished memories for the new couple and their families” said Founder and CEO of LOVI Ceylon, Asanka de Mel, as he introduced LOVI Ceylon’s Groom collection. Each groom’s look was paired with extraordinary creations from Sri Lanka’s top bridal designers, jewelers, florists, hair and make-up artiste and was captured by story-telling photographers.

 

The presentation graciously hosted by the Taj Samudra and Shangri-La hotels saw 30 leading designers working hand in hand to infuse fresh ideas, celebrate cultural diversity and show-off Sri Lankan couture—the island’s hand craft heritage. 

 

The stunning bridal costumes were painstakingly made by renowned designers Messrs. Dhananjaya Bandara, Rishad Raheem, and Michael Wijesuriya as well as Mses. Indi Yapa Abeywardena of Brides by INDI, Sonali Dharmawardena, Darshi Keerthisena of Buddhi Batiks, Ramona Oshini, Sandani Perera of IKIGAI Bridal, and Jaish Parathalingam of Aashkii. The newcomer, Ms. Anusha David also presented her couture creations under the label Gabriel. 

 

“We want our Groom and all of the men in the wedding including the groomsmen, dads, young boys and friends, to be themselves--to feel rooted in culture, well dressed and at ease on the wedding day,” says Asanka. Celebrating the religious and cultural traditions including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Kandyan, Malay, Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil and western traditions of the island LOVI Ceylon’s Grooms' range presented modern sarongs paired with formal shirts, jackets, kurtas and more. They were paired with sarees, dresses, lehengas, pant suits and an array of breathtaking outfits. There were many looks offered for the Sri Lankan diaspora, as well as couples seeking inspiration for destination weddings.

 

As the designs progressed from sketch to stitching, our jewelry partners Careems, Lalitha, Mallika Hemachandra, Tiesh and Vogue jewelers added their brilliant sparkles with handcrafted fine jewelry made of precious metals encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. And what wedding would be complete without flowers? Bringing the latest floral creations were florists Designer Flowers, Flowers by Joan and Karen Forbes, Lassana Flora, and Supreme Flora who made the spectacular bridal outfits blossom with their creations.

 

Breathing life into these wonderful creations with superb hair and make-up was anchor of the shoot, Ms. Nadiya Fernando and her collaborator Omesh, while Ramani Fernando Salons, Shane Perera, Viran Peter, Brides by Leena and Talia designs, also worked magic on the models.

 

The father son duo Dinuka and Dineth Fonseka of Studio3000 took on the herculean task of capturing all the creations as the anchor photography partner. The works of Ashene Bernard, Amarante Studio, Geeshan Bandara, and Portrait Culture were also presented in imaginative and artistic captures.

 

De Mel expressed his thanks to the wonderful models who brought the visions and fancies of the designers to life, as well as poet and author  Ashok Ferrey for being the MC of the shoot and providing an eloquent commentary, delivered with his inimitable panache!

 

De Mel also expressed his thanks to the wonderful models from Brian Kerkoven and The Agency.

 

DAY ONE

Day one of this amazing and ambitious shoot took place at the Taj Samudra , with PR Manager Onitha Gurugalla and Area Director and General Manager Pankaj Sampat ensuring that all went well. Day one featured Ramona Oshini showcasing four different bridal looks, with hair and make up by Ramani Fernando Salons, jewellery by Tiesh, flowers by Supreme Flora and photography by Studio 3000.

Also showcasing his magic was Dhananjaya Bandara who showcased one look, with make up, hair, flowers and jewellery arranged by Dhananjaya himself, while photography was by Studio 3000.

Rishad Raheem of Raheems showcased six breathtaking looks, with jewellery by Tiesh, hair and make up by Rushdi Ismail, Styling by Ashwini and flowers by Supreme Flora, while photography was by Geeshan.

Day one also saw a stunning collaboration by Darshi and Indi who showcased two looks, while flowers were from Supreme Flora and Designer Flowers, jewellery was by Tiesh and hair and make up was by Viran and Shane and photography by Amarante.

LOVI GROOMS and brides had their hair and make up done by Nadiya and Omesh, photography by Portrait Culture and Studio 3000, and shoes by LOVI

 

DAY TWO

 

Day two took place at the Shangri la with the PR team headed by Niranga and ably assisted by Rebekah and Kokila being on hand to assist everybody. The days proceedings started with bridal Maestro Michael Wijesuriya who presented three looks. Hair and make up was handled by Michael himself, with jewellery from Vogue, flowers from Lassana Flora as well as Supreme Flora and photography by Studio 3000.

Next came Sonali Dharmawardene who showcased three looks with hair and make up being handled by Nadiya and Omesh, jewellery by Lalitha Jewellers, flowers by Supreme Flora and Karen Nugawila and  Joan Forbes and photography by Studio 3000.

Darshi Keerthisena also presented a single bridal with hair and make up by Leena, flowers by Supreme Flora, photography by Ashane Bernard, while jewellery was provided by Darshi herself.

We also saw a collaboration between Darshi and Dhananjaya who presented a single look. Hair and make, flowers and jewellery were handled by Dhananjaya, while the photographer was Ashane Bernard.

Indi Yapa also presented four bridals with hair and make up being handled by Viran and Shane, flowers by Designer Flowers, jewellery by Tiesh and photography by Amarante.

Jaish Parathalingam  too presented three looks with hair and make up being handled by Nadiya and Omesh, flowers by Supreme Flora, jewellery was mostly Jaish’s personal jewellery and a couple of pieces was used by Careems and Lalitha, Styled by herself  and photography by Studio 3000.

LOVI GROOMS and brides had their hair and make up done by Nadiya and Omesh, photography by Portrait Culture and Studio 3000, and shoes by LOVI.

 

DAY THREE

 

The third and final day of this spectacular shoot once again took place at the Shangri la, with the day kicking off with three classic looks from IKIGAI Bridals, with flowers from Supreme Flora, jewellery by Tiesh, Shoes from Nierra Shoes, hair and make up by Talia and photography by Studio 3000.

Gabriel’ by Anusha David in collaboration with Fabric Gallery, saw 5 bridals being presented by Anusha, while hair and make up was by Nadiya and Omesh, jewellery from MHJ and Vogue, flowers by Karen Nugawila and Joan Forbes and photography by Studio 3000.

LOVI GROOMS and brides had their hair and make up done by Nadiya and Omesh, photography by Portrait Culture and Studio 3000, and shoes by LOVI.

 

“We have world class craftsmanship here, it’s fun to work with so many experts, who just happen to be friends, to present a beautiful collection that could nudge the course of Sri Lankan clothing identity” said Asanka when asked about the work that went into this.

 

As he rightly reminded the gentlemen to choose wisely, "on that special wedding day, when all eyes are on her--her eyes are on you!"