Immortalising dream weddings

By Sarasi Paranamanna
Dulani and Dinuka Fonseka held their maiden photography exhibition recently at Hilton Colombo attracting even more attention to their unique style of wedding photography. The opening ceremony was graced by the Prime Minister DM Jayaratne and renowned personalities from the wedding industry were present.
Dulani and Dinuka had made studio 3000DF an icon in the wedding industry, revolutionising the style of wedding photography.
“We always go for the natural shot, the photograph is indeed memorable when you capture it naturally” said Dulani.

The exhibition which was themed as “3G… This Changes Everything…. Again” was a collection of the couple’s photographs mostly taken in natural settings. The smiles, the poses, the backgrounds have been captured giving an emotional touch to each and every photograph.
“A wedding is one of the most important events of one’s lifetime and through photographs you can live the moments even after years. So the photographs have to be of a quality which generates emotions. That is why we add a personal touch to every photograph, taking in the most natural poses as much as possible,” says Dulani.
She further mentioned that this exhibition attempts to show the change they have brought into the style of wedding photography and added that the photographs can be admired even by the third generation as they have modernised the style of photography”.

The photographs which were exhibited were not mere portraits of the bride and the groom. The fun, joy at weddings, emotional moments between brides and mothers, the playful page boys, the romance between brides and grooms which were captured by this talented couple was on display receiving much admiration from the observers.
The exhibition concluded on November 21 but the treasured moments they have captured will be admired by the third generation in the years to come.

Pix by Rukshan Abeywansha


The official release of the new Beaujolais in Sri Lanka was a resound success at MLH

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night French culinary extraordinaire and indeed recreating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo: Bistro Lavinia.
The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau’s arrival generated a guest count of over 300 is almost as high as the build up for a major award show. The hotel featured French culinary delicacies, and live music by Lillimarche and French Connection. The General Manager, Anura Dewapura avers, “Guests were not only able to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, but also explore great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to boast wine, food and ambiance.”

A variety of dishes ranging from the Burgundy region will scintillate your senses Les escargots de la region (Burgundy Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), Le Potage du Vigneron (wine harvesters style vegetable soup), traditional specialties of Bourgogne like Le Boeuf Bourgnignon (Traditional Burgundy beef stew), and even La Charcuterie Montaguard de Bourgogne – Selection of local ham, salami and sausages from the region and much more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration with wine and great food.
The wine supplier France Earl Pierre Durdilly was awarded the grande medaille d’or in Lyon recently for the wine in domaine les gryphees cuvee 1.
The event partners were Alliance Francaise de kotte and Qatar Airways.


Nayana Karunaratne honoured at OMC Hair World 2010

Sri Lanka’s renowned beautician and hairdresser, Nayana Karunaratne was honoured with the Motivation Award at OMC Hair World 2010 in Paris, the world hairdressing championship organised by Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC).
She received this award from the President of OMC World Salvatore Fodera in recognition of her dedicated service to the hairdressing industry.

Nayana, Board Member and President of OMC Asia Zone, has made a remarkable contribution towards the development of the hair industry, through continuous education and training programmes in the world, especially Asia. Fodera, presenting the award, said that she was a motivating and inspiring influence to him and the other board members, with her continued work to improve the standard and the status of the industry.
The OMC Hair World 2010 was held from November 6 to 8 in Paris, France.

A delegation of five officials and seven competitors representing the Sri Lanka Association of Hairdressers and beauticians (SLAHAB) participated at this prestigious event. It is held once in two years and is the best-known international event of the hair and beauty industry that showcases the talents and skills of the best of the industry from around the world which had 65000 visitors attending the competition and the exhibitions.
Sixty countries competed in the championships with 2000 competitors.
The Sri Lankan delegation led by Nayana, was joined by OMC international judge Johann Peiris, OMC trainers Ramzi Rahaman and Kanjana Godigamuwa, President of the SLAHAB Rayaka Jayasuriya and contestants Prabath Saranga, Mayuri Thilakawardana, Jeewa Binduhewa, Shani Fernando, Maheesha Lakshine, Shakeer Mirza and Ishan Sudirikku.

“Though we did not win any awards, the work of our competitors were on par with the international standards. We are not very far from winning medals at Hair World,” said president Rayaka.
SLAHAB has taken many efforts to ensure the participation of Sri Lankan hairdressers and beauticians at such prestigious events which is a great boost to the local industry.