Love is LOVE! It is something which cannot be described in words. It is something for which some live for and some die for. It is something which sees no limits – the bounds of gender and stereotypes. The decriminalisation of homosexuality in India has provided an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to come out openly and live life freely. The story of 43-year-old Vinod Philip, Founder of Rainbow Voices Mumbai and his husband 47-year-old French resident Vincent Illaire is one of them.
The couple married in France on December 10, 2018. But Vinod always wanted to have a reception in Mumbai. Because he had irrevocable ties with the maximum city. It was the city where Vinod found acceptance and strength to come out to the world in 2014. Vinod Philip is a Chennai native who used to live in Mumbai and also has a lot of friends and relatives in the city. And thus they held their reception in a Mumbai hotel on February 1.
Mumbai-based Neha Bandiwadekar from the Giggles The Deessert Stop is honoured to be the first baker to bake a cake for the first same-sex wedding party. Neha who is also Vinod’s friend for a long time shares her experience, she says, “Vinod has been very dear to my family for a very long time. He used to live in Mumbai and then moved to France. It is in France where he met his husband Vincent. That’s how it all happen. They got married in France on December 10. His best friend Kishore approached me for the cake. Honestly, I had no idea that the cake is going to be for the first official gay wedding. It was later announced to us that it was the first official wedding after the Supreme Court verdict.” Talking about the cake, Neha says that she baked a sugarless date and walnut cake for the wedding because Vinod is a diabetic. Neha is known for baking amazing cakes and has delivered wedding cakes not just pan-India but also internationally.
Being part of the first gay wedding and an avid supporter of LGBTQ community, Neha says, “I was extremely happy for Vinod because it took him 45-years of his life to take the big decision. And I hope that now that he has started the trend all the young generation will be motivated to come out now.”
Here are a few pictures of the big day: