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Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding


Planning a big Indian gay wedding is “not easy” – just ask ‘Family Karma’ star Amrit Kapai.

In an interview with Page Six, Kapai, 35, admits there were difficulties when planning the first elaborate same-sex interracial weddings in his community.

“We had a lot of odds against us. I would say the hardest part was just the culture shock,” the Miami-based attorney exclusively tells us while promoting Bravo Series Season 3.

“It’s not two Indians getting married. He is a white man of Christian faith and I am an Indian of Hindu religion”, he specifies.

“It was tough and there were many, many moments – as viewers will see throughout the season – where I was just ready to throw my hands up.”

“Family Karma” star Amrit Kapai told Page Six that planning a big Indian same-sex wedding is “not easy.”

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Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding

“Family Karma” star Amrit Kapai told Page Six that planning a big Indian same-sex wedding is “not easy.”

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Kapai has been tempted to “skip the wedding” at times, but he and Kouchoukos, 39, ended up getting married in a jaw-dropping one-day affair that took place in Georgia in April.

“In the end, we got through it,” says the newlywed. “We met the challenges head on and we were able to move forward.”

Kapai says he and Kouchoukos have adapted Indian wedding traditions to accommodate an LGBTQIA+ ceremony.

“I wanted [to keep] some of the traditions,” he says, though he finds many rituals to be “gender-focused.”

Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding
Kapai married her husband Nicholas Kouchoukos in April.
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For example, Indian grooms usually arrive with great fanfare – sometimes even on a horse or elephant – in their own procession.

Meanwhile, the brides have a big reveal, or kanya aagaman, before going down the aisle; women are usually escorted by their eldest male relative as they walk down the aisle.

“I just always had to have an open mind in terms of, how to turn a tradition to make it recent, to make it [modern] and to also adapt it to a gay marriage? he said, without giving details of the specific modifications made by the couple.

“We have two grooms, not a bride and a groom. It wasn’t always easy, but it was important that we… felt like ourselves.

Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding

Kapai and Kouchoukos’ elaborate ceremony was captured by Bravo cameras for Season 3 of “Family Karma.”

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Kapai and Kouchoukos’ elaborate ceremony was captured by Bravo cameras for Season 3 of “Family Karma.”

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Although Kapai and Kouchoukos teased some wedding details via social media this spring, “Family Karma” Season 3 will give fans an intimate look at the couple’s “I back.”

“It’s kind of like an out-of-body experience,” he says, allowing cameras to capture their journey to becoming husbands.

“You get married with all these eyes on you and then you have all these cameras. At some point in our marriage, I was like, ‘Gee, I don’t know who our videographer is and who’s in production.’ »

Despite the “stressful” nature of filming his wedding for a reality show, Kapai – whose romantic proposal to Kouchoukos was covered on “Family Karma” Season 2 – says he is “so grateful” to be a conduit for queer representation on a network with so many LGBTQIA+ viewers.

Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding

Kapai is “so grateful” that he and Kouchoukos can represent the LGBTQIA+ community on reality TV.

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Amrit Kapai on Planning a Great Indian Gay Wedding

Kapai is “so grateful” that he and Kouchoukos can represent the LGBTQIA+ community on reality TV.

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“It’s a huge responsibility and I take it very, very seriously. I just want viewers — especially the young LGBTQ community — to see this wedding and be like, ‘Wow, this can happen to me. I can be that person and I can have that dream wedding,” he explains.

“When you go out, you sometimes think it’s the end of the line for you and you’re not going to have all this and you’re not going to have this big wedding. But that’s not true. And it can happen if you really want it to happen.

Season 3 of “Family Karma” premieres Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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