Love knows no boundaries. That’s what Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju proved when they got married during a traditional, religious Hindu ceremony, in a temple in New Jersey. The Gay Indian wedding has taken social media ever since, mostly the south Asian regions.
The Indian Gay couple’s impressive and stylish yet traditional wedding was immortalized by professional photographer Charmi Peña. Her wedding photos from the event were such a success, and they immediately went viral. Which is why the entire internet is busy talking about Amit and Aditya’s union.
“I’m excited, of course, but mostly happy that people are seeing them,” Charmi elaborated about how she felt about her photos going viral. “Representation matters, and knowing how seeing themselves reflected is helping people, is so fulfilling for me.”
Dance choreographer Amit, who is 32, and his husband Aditya, who is 31 and works in risk management, are both practicing Hindus. Indian traditions are very important to them. That’s why after dating for a few years, the cute couple filled out the paperwork for a civil union in New York City at the start of 2019, and then also decided to have a traditional ceremony in New Jersey on July 19. The pair wore striking kurtas by designer Anita Dongre during the actual wedding ceremony.
“Although we have completely different personalities, thanks to our similar interests we hit it off instantly,” Amit told the media. He also revealed that the pair ‘came out’ as a gay couple to their parents after dating for a year, and were rewarded with lots of support.
In India, the gay wedding hasn’t been recognized legally yet, with opinions on the issue varying from disapproving to favorable, depending on the area, Indian community and temple in question.