Britain made history by standing witness to its first interfaith lesbian wedding.
Kalavati Mistry, a Hindu woman married the love of her life Miriam Jefferson, a Jewish woman after courting for over 20 years. Theirs was a classic love story that brewed in the backdrop of a training course they attended.
The union was the talk of the town since it was the first time UK recorded an interfaith lesbian wedding.
The much-in-love couple said ‘I do’ in a beautiful and traditional Hindu ceremony. Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester stood witness to the union. The ladies wore an intricately embroidered red and white bridal lehenga, garlanded each other and tied the ‘mangal sutra’.
Miriam who hails from America recollected her emotions during the D-day.
“The wedding was wonderful. I got to spend the whole day with someone that I adore and love and want to spend my entire life with. I was surrounded by people I’ve known my entire life, and people who have recently embraced me as their own. It’s a pretty wonderful thing to celebrate.”
Watch the two beautiful brides discuss their D-day below:
Kalavati and Miriam had already tied the knot according to the Jewish traditions in San Antonio, Texas. They wanted a Hindu ceremony as they felt it would ultimately complete them.
Just like every love story, theirs too wasn’t an easy one. Kalavati who hails from a strictly religious family came out to her folks only a couple of years back, which made things for her and everyone around difficult. Says Kalavati, “My family have embraced Miriam very well. It was initially very difficult for me as an Asian gay woman. I knew from a very young age that I was gay. I knew during my teenage years that I was and it was very difficult, trying to tell your friends and family and honour the traditions. So it's very difficult.”
When Kalavati's parents finally accepted their union, the lovers were faced with a tough time finding a Hindu priest to conduct the ceremony.
“Although attitudes are changing at the moment, it was very difficult to find a priest. Many priests were warm and welcoming and said they'd like to the wedding, but they said that their federation wouldn't allow it.”
Kalvati added, “I'm very grateful that we've been able to do this. I will follow the Hindu faith and follow some of the Jewish traditions. I'd like to see our lives bond together - our traditions and our cultures. We get to embrace both, Hinduism as well as Judaism. That's how I see it. I hope this brings people together. I hope many many gay people - no matter what religion or culture they're in - are in loving relationships.”
The wives have set off to Miriam’s hometown in Texas to spend their marital years of bliss together.
Information and images sourced from unilad.
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