LOVI understands that it's all about the details when it comes to planning a wedding, but things go slightly haywire when you add a pandemic to the mix. One such couple encountered this unique problem. LOVI Grooms recently had the pleasure of dressing Chirath Devasurendra on his wedding day as he married Kanchi Devasurendra at a small, intimate ceremony in Bolgoda.
We sat down to interview the newly-weds and ask the million dollar question - how do you make your special day come alive during a pandemic?
Let's rewind a bit! How did you two meet?
K : It was during the 2011 Cricket World Cup here in Colombo. Chirath had an extra ticket and my friend asked me to come along. It was our first ever meeting that day!
Chirath, were you nervous to pop the question?
C: We were just friends for the first 5 years although we both liked each other at different times before we finally started dating! Our timing had always been a challenge. When it came to finally popping the question I planned to take her on a cruise in Vietnam and surprise her on our last night. I had asked the crew to execute my idea by the time we went up to enjoy the sunset on deck and the picturesque Lanha-Bay in Hanoi. I was really nervous about the ring size and more importantly; I was scared that she would find the ring so I had to put it in a sock for a few days. On the day of the proposal I was really calm and wanted everything to go smoothly - thank God it did!
Planning a wedding isn’t easy but during a pandemic it's even more stressful!
K & C: Originally we wanted to have our wedding on a cliff top in Weligama with just a few close family and friends. However, with the pandemic and travel restrictions we felt that it was best to look at other options closer to Colombo - it's almost as if the answer had been staring at us the whole time! Chirath’s family holiday home in Bolgoda next to the lake immediately felt right so we decided to go for it. There were times that were stressful as we didn't know what we could and couldn’t do but we finally made up our minds that no matter what, we would get married on the date that was set even with just our families next to us.
All in the details…
K: Details were everything to us. I was very particular that any stationery or design had to have the same shape and look of the lotus that I had carefully picked out. This included the customized cushion covers from Ena Home Decor, the border of the invite, the cake, and our wedding attire.
The vibe was simple yet elegant and we stuck to an overall colour scheme of blue and white, inspired by the Chinese vases that we used for our table decor. We wanted to bring in elements of our culture as well so we got palm fans for the poruwa, pan place mats from Lakpahana, and purchased a customized beeralu tablelcloth for the cake table from a vendor at the Good Market.
I got inspired to make my entrance on an oruwa after seeing two fishermen on it one day and thinking, what a serene and beautiful way to enter. By doing all of this we felt we reached our objective of a ‘simple yet elegant’ look for our intimate wedding.
The Wedding Attire
Armed with specific concepts in mind, the couple approached both LOVI Grooms and Buddhi Batiks to bring their vision to life. Of his collaboration with the couple Asanka de Mel (CEO and LOVI Grooms Designer) said he was “honored by their trust to make their dream come true”.
K: We are so deeply proud to be Sri Lankan so when it came to our wedding attire, we knew we wanted the best local brands and both Buddhi Batiks and LOVI Ceylon outdid themselves! Chirath's outfit was carefully crafted by Asanka and his team so that the border of his sarong would have the same lotus flower as the ones on my Kandyan saree.
Darshi and her team from Budhhi Batiks also did an amazing job in articulating my vision. At the center of the saree she incorporated 2 battichchya birds playing with lotuses and manel flowers as a tribute to my family and my childhood memories.
Speaking to Darshi Keerthisena, she described Kanchi as someone who knew exactly what she wanted - “She kept on saying, ‘I want it very simple,’ so we had to kind of convince her it's a bridal! I'm anyway not a person who likes shiny embellishments but for this we thought we could make it something elegant, rich, and opulent." With Daharmei Kottage coming in to design the blouse, the sari became a team effort. The result: exquisite craftsmanship and a timeless bridal outfit.
K: Both outfits complemented each other and overall, we were truly so happy to have had the chance to work with both teams led by Asanka and Darshi. We would not have had it any other way.
How did you both feel that day?
K & C: A little nervous about the weather! We opted for an open-air poruwa without any cover so that it would blend seamlessly with the lake behind us. We said our prayers and luckily we were blessed with a beautiful sunset backdrop. Other than that we were, as you can imagine, quite emotional having our nearest and dearest around us. Ofcourse seeing each other for the first time gave us both goosebumps and made everything so emotional.
We missed having our extended family and closest friends around us that day but we were able to set up a live link for them to watch us. Once restrictions are lifted we both look forward to celebrating with them. We are so thankful for all the good wishes and blessings!
From everyone at LOVI Grooms, we wish you both a lifetime of love!