weddings, especially Hindu ones, are known for being extravagant and
lavish, but also notoriously traditional. Aditya Madiraju and Amit
Shah took this stereotype and spun it on its head in the best way
had a traditional Hindu ceremony in a temple, but there was one thing
not so traditional about this event: it was a gay marriage. In India,
same sex marriage has not yet been legalized.
much of the Indian community having close-minded opinions about gay
relationships, the fearlessness with which this very in love couple
immortalized their wedding was gorgeous and statement making all at
the same time.
duo came out to their parents after dating for just over a year, and
fortunately received lots of support from both of their families.
The pictures went viral not just from the controversial nature of the post, but from the vibrant and stunning images captured by photographer Charmi Pena.
happy grooms are both practicing Hindus in their 30s, and hold
religion close to their heart – they didn’t
see why their same-sex relationship would ever conflict with that.
two are already an extremely good-looking couple, but wore
traditional kurtas with striking prints designed by Anita Dongre that
transformed them into models. Against the backdrop of the immaculate
temple, these two looked like something out of a fairytale.
tenderness in these images is undeniable, and so is the openness with
which they share it with the world. We hope this inspires young
people in the closet all over to have the courage to come out and be
their true, fantastic selves.
carefree about something like this can feed scary in a world where
bigoted attitudes seem to be acceptable. But this joyous couple just
gives us another reason to celebrate, ignore the haters, and do what
makes us happy.
didn’t know that their union would have
such an effect on people all over the world, saying “we
didn’t realize the impact a
simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world
looking for hope.”
deserved their dream wedding just as much as anyone else, and we’re
ecstatic that they were able to make it come true at such a
breathtaking temple. We hope it inspires others in their position to
act with similar courage so that they can feel as fulfilled and warm
as Amit and Aditya.