For grooms Aditya Madiraju and Amit Shah, they never thought their wedding photos would go viral—but the internet is swooning for good reason. The couple exchanged vows during a traditional Hindu ceremony last month and the photos are absolutely breathtaking.
Although the pair originally wed during an intimate ceremony at New York City Hall in 2018, they still wanted to throw a larger, more traditional celebration with family and friends, according to HuffPost. However, while wedding planning, the couple wasn't aware of the impact their nuptials would have on the LGBTQ+ community.
In the midst of planning, we didn’t realize that having a same-sex wedding at a temple would be groundbreaking.
“In the midst of planning, we didn’t realize that having a same-sex wedding at a temple would be groundbreaking,” said Madiraju per HuffPost. “We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do it. And now looking back, especially after the attention our wedding has received, it’s evident that what we were able to do will change the scope for LGBTQ couples in the future.”
According to Shah, he first met Madiraju at a mutual friend's birthday party in 2016. "We wanted a celebration with our closest family and friends around," he told Gay Star News after the nuptials. "But we wanted to do something traditional and with our families when the time was right."
The couple enlisted Charmi Patel Peña and Paulo Salud to capture the weekend because "both photographers [knew] our aesthetic and the intimate vibe we were going for. Overall, the events were intimate and we didn’t overthink anything," explained Shah.
The three-day celebration kicked off with a mehndi party in the couple's backyard on July 18. The grooms wore linen kurtas from sustainable Indian fashion brand Bohame.
The following day, guests gathered at a Hindu temple in New Jersey to watch the men marry during a traditional Indian ceremony. Here they opted for designs from famous Indian designer Anita Dongre's latest collection. The celebrations culminated with a sangeet-style reception at Pondicheri cafe in New York City, were the newlyweds wore custom designs from Shah's company, Andaz Design.