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Real Weddings: Love Knows No Distance

Despite a 9 year gap, their love knew no bounds.

Diya J Verma
  • The couple on their garba night
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    The couple on their garba night

    In 2010 Amit and Martin met through a mutual friend on Facebook, after which they began talking to each other, and made arrangements to meet in 2011 for the first time. 

  • The garba welcome sign
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    The garba welcome sign

  • Dandiya sticks on the garba night
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    Dandiya sticks on the garba night

    The Sangeet Garba night took place at Current at Pier 60. An evening full of traditional folk dancing from Amit's village in Gujarat, India. This traditional dance was followed by some more dancing, bhangra and other Bollywood favourites. The Mehendi ceremony also took place on the same day.

  • Decor on the garba night
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    Decor on the garba night

  • Friends and family dance away to traditional garba music
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    Friends and family dance away to traditional garba music

  • Fusion food at the function
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    Fusion food at the function

  • Pause for a moment and strike a pose
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    Pause for a moment and strike a pose

    What began with just a few texts a day, soon evolved into daily Skype dates for at-least 4 months.

  • The couple on their horses
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    The couple on their horses

  • Dancing away with the baraat
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    Dancing away with the baraat

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    They met in person for the very first time in March 2011, at Laguardia Airport when Martin flew in to see Amit for five days. "Amit ran up behind me and gave me the biggest bear hug and I knew that was it," says Martin. "That hug changed my life forever, I knew I had found true love and I felt that I had finally found myself," says Amit. At the end of the five days together, they were already in love. 

  • Family and friends dance away like true baraatis
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    Family and friends dance away like true baraatis

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  • Dancing on the Cipriani Wall Street
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    Dancing on the Cipriani Wall Street

  • The Groom's rings
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    The Groom's rings

    "I remember meeting our jeweller to start the design and planning process for his ring. I knew exactly what I had in mind and I wanted to make sure that the ring would represent our relationship and Martin - not only gorgeous but unique, timeless, and one of a kind. I messaged his mother, father and sister, asking for their permission to propose to Martin. I sought the advice of my brother as well. The proposal was planned on a day where his parents would be visiting. I hired a photographer to capture the moment as I surprised Martin on Bow Bridge in Manhattan (one of the first places we visited as a couple together)."

  • The wedding decor
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    The wedding decor

  • Martin's parents walking him down the aisle to the mandap
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    Martin's parents walking him down the aisle to the mandap

    They began a long distance relationship, which went on for almost 5 years. Martin would make the 640 mile drive every single weekend just to see him. He would drive down Friday afternoon after his last class, and would drive back upstate on Sunday afternoon in order to be ready for classes on Monday morning. 

  • The wedding rituals taking place
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    The wedding rituals taking place

  • Love, love and more love
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    Love, love and more love

  • The mothers with their sons
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    The mothers with their sons

    "My family loved Amit from the very start. He was the first and only person I ever brought home to meet my family. My parents, sister and young niece and nephew fell in love with him instantly, just as I had. My niece, Julia, who is 11, and my nephew, Maxwell, who is 7, love their Uncle Amit and are very excited for our wedding. Julia is my Junior Maid of Honour and Maxwell is my Junior Best Man. Both my grandmothers loved Amit and his entire family from the beginning as well."

  • The couple post the jaimala ceremony
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    The couple post the jaimala ceremony

  • The mandap decor
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    The mandap decor

  • The couple make an entry to their reception
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    The couple make an entry to their reception

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    Martin and Amit were finally able to live and be together in 2015, after he graduated. The consequent steps in their relationship were getting married and coming out to their families. Amit's parents immigrated from India in the late 70s and have always remained traditional in their Indian roots. "Meeting Martin and finding my soulmate finally gave me the courage to be true to myself and my family. What I had anticipated to be the worst day of my life became one of the most fulfilling and rewarding." Amit says, "My parents opened up their minds and hearts and accepted me, as well as Martin, without condition or prejudice. The next day, my brother and sister in law had a celebration at their home."

  • The vows had them teary-eyed
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    The vows had them teary-eyed

  • I do!
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    I do!

    "It has been a nonstop celebration since that time, with the most recent being a Diwali celebration at my parents home. My family as well as that of Martin's attended it, where the two families met for the first time.  My mom was finally able to fulfil her wish of having our Hindu engagement ceremony in their home."

  • Paani-puri shots
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    Paani-puri shots

  • Decor at the reception
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    Decor at the reception

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  • Table settings at the reception
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    Table settings at the reception

    The decor colour scheme was dark purple, hot pink, dark blue and some lighter pinks; very sexy, moody and romantic, with a hint of modern.  

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    The scrumptious tier wedding cake

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    "I was there with Martin. Together. Free of anxiety, fear or doubt," says Amit.
    "Most of all, it took us 8 years to get to this point and we just wanted a celebration of our love, equality and two families coming together and becoming one," says Martin.

  • The reception decor
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    The reception decor

  • Bust a move on your reception
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    Bust a move on your reception

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    The Details
    Images- Clane Gessel
    Planning - Sonal J Shah 
    Decor - Design House Decor 
    Catering - Chef Gaurav Anand 
    Outfits- Tarun Tahiliani 
    Venues- Cipriani Wall Street, The Plaza Hotel 
    Cake - City Sweets NYC
    DJ - DJ Sharad, DJ USA
     

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