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Love Without Borders: Aditya and Amit
Love without Borders - Aug 1, 2019
It was three years ago when Aditya and Amit met for the first time. Their connection was instant and one date was all it took for them to realize that their relationship was worth pursuing. Fast forward to July 2019, and the couple announced their wedding on Instagram.
With a relaxed backyard mehndi, traditional temple wedding and a raging sangeet-style cocktail party, Aditya and Amit ensured that their wedding included a variety of celebrations. Amit says, “We didn’t realize the impact that a simple wedding at a temple would have on people around the world looking for hope. There is no secret to acceptance, tolerance or happiness. You just have to find the right partner to take the step with. Let the truth of your love speak for itself.”
Their gorgeous wedding and the beauty of their bond is inspiring. Here, Aditya shares their story.
How They Met
“Amit is the owner and creative director of AATMA Performing Arts and touring production company Mystic India: The World Tour. I, on the other hand, work for a bank in New York City in the field of Risk Data Management. We both share common interests in fashion, a love for travel and our pup, Adam. We met at a common friend’s birthday celebration in Manhattan and instantly connected. The rest is history.”
First Date Story
“Our first date was at a Mexican restaurant near Wall Street. It lasted for more than four hours because we couldn’t stop talking. It felt great to meet someone on the same wavelength who shared similar interests.”
From Meeting To Marriage
“We were quick to fall in love. We both knew after the first date that this was something real. It took a few months to realize how deeply connected we both were; each day we spent together was a new adventure. We both believe you fall in love a little bit more each day once you meet your soulmate. It’s an ongoing process. I would say we are more in love now than we have ever been before.”
Introductions With Family And Friends
“Meeting each other’s nearest and dearest was very interesting. Both of our families were extremely welcoming. Amit’s sister and friends made sure I felt comfortable and always go the extra mile to ensure I am happy. In fact, my family and friends probably love Amit more than they love me!”
“There wasn’t a formal proposal. We are a very low-key couple and never really felt the need to do any of that. We both knew it was time for us to get married; there was an unspoken understanding. We knew what the other person was thinking and things unfolded very organically. We got married at City Hall in New York in January 2018 and hosted our Hindu wedding in July 2019.”
The Big Day And Small Details
“Intimate, personal and vibrant would be the three words I would use to describe our wedding. We had a small mehndi ceremony in our backyard, which was decorated with marigolds and lights. This was followed by a wedding in a temple. We concluded the celebrations with a sangeet-style cocktail party at Pondicheri in New York City. Overall, each event was small yet meaningful. We had only our closest friends and family there and it just felt right.
“The entire experience was quite surreal. One of the most beautiful moments was having 18 members of our family and our best friends perform the pooja with us. We all sat in a circle and did it together. It was a beautiful scene and we are so lucky to have had that.”
“Currently, we aren’t directly involved with any organization but the support we’ve gotten from people around the world has been tremendous and we are looking forward to using that to make an impact. We can’t wait to share our stories, speak to people directly and serve our community.”
Advice For LGBTQ+ Couples
“I would tell them to relax, take their time and focus on sharing each other with their friends and families. At the end of the day, approval comes from knowing WHO the person is versus knowing their preferences. We got immediate support from our loved ones because we both took the time to invest in each other’s lives and allow people to get to know us individually.”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Pondicheri (Cocktail Party)
Grooms’ Outfits: Bohame (Mehndi), Anita Dongre (Wedding), Andaz Design (Cocktail Party)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (Cocktail Party)
Hairstyling and Makeup: Anita Shah Makeup
DJ: DJ Amrit
Photography: Paulo Salud Photography (Mehndi and Cocktail Party), Charmi Patel Peña (Wedding)