We are thrilled to feature a resplendent Sri Lankan wedding today! Sobashi and Indy’s wedding took place at the Kyoto Japanese Garden, located on the rooftop of the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown. We were thrilled by the fashion and traditions found in this colorful celebration! Maharani Sobashi’s cream bridal look was perfection, in a Kandyan sari with a glittering trim and glowing hair and makeup by Angievacamakeup. The intricately embroidered silk dress featured a peplum ruffle with a heavily layered necklace that fell past her waist. While Sobashi looked absolutely breathtaking, Indy’s outfit was very special as well. To provide a little background for you Maharanis, the classic Sri Lankan Kanyadan groom’s outfit includes a jacket, mul anduma, and hat. The jacket is decorated with sequins and embellishments and features stiff shoulders and puffy sleeves. The back of the jacket usually displays a large embroidered symbol, such as the Sri Lankan flag or a peacock. The mul anduma is a long white cloth with frills that is tied and draped over the groom’s waist. It can take over an hour to drape the mul anduma, so wearing this outfit is definitely meant to commemorate an extra special occasion! The look is capped off with a plush, four cornered headdress. Altogether, Indy looked dashing in his Kanyadan costume and we are so impressed with the craftsmanship and artistry of both Sobashi and Indy’s bridal fashions! The decor by Commerce Flowers and coordination by At Your Door Events was fabulous as well. As guests found their seats, Sri Lankan dancers announced the arrival of Sobashi and Indy. Maharanis, click here for all the vibrant photos by George Street Photo & Video! And read on for more deets from the bride herself!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our story is not your typical boy meets girl, fall in love and get married story. I always knew he was the one because of all the guys I met, he was the only one I connected with. We met each other in 2009 through mutual family friends. We had an instant connection and continued to maintain a long distance relationship for 6 months. During these 6 months we would talk on the phone for hours and usually we have no clue what we talked about. The conversations were very light hearted conversations about random things and that's when I knew that I can spend the rest of my life with this guy. As the months passed we just realized that the long distance relationship wasn't for us. We continued to keep in touch with an occasional text message, once or twice a year. Finally in 2016 we rekindled and he asked if I would ever move up north and I had one ultimatum that was we had to get married.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal wasn't elaborate, we knew we were going to get married. We went and picked out the ring. We were planning the wedding before the proposal. We were just practical.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
True first thing I did was pick my colors and that was easy. Picked my favorite color purple and combined it with gold and off white. First and foremost I went through a list of venues and I organized them based on price range. We toured five star hotels to banquet halls, this gave us an idea of different prices and venues. I did most of my venue research at home and narrowed it down 6 different venues. After we toured them we picked one and made sure that they were able to accommodate our wedding date. Once I did that We searched for vendors, first thing We booked was the DJ and the photographer, the earlier you do these, easier it is to negotiate a price. Next most important thing was hair and makeup. I had all my vendors lined up 8 months prior to the wedding.
My saree/wedding outfit came from Sri Lanka so there was a lot of help from our families in Sri Lanka.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food and the dancers.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our wedding song.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy your wedding day and don't forget to eat/taste the delicious food. Please don't sweat the little things, the chances are something will go wrong but if you keep thinking about it, you won't be able to enjoy your wedding.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We loved our venue and Gloria (the event coordinator). Wedding was at the Double Tree Hilton downtown Los Angeles.
Cake: Sweet and Saucy in Long Beach (I think they make the best cake).
Flowers: Commerce Flowers. Duke was amazing.
DJ Soto was our DJ and can’t tell you enough how amazing he was.
Our traditional dancers: Thath Jith Dance Troupe.
We’re so excited to share Sobashi and Indy’s incredible reception next. See you soon!