As Valentine's Day approaches, it's an opportune time to celebrate love in all its forms, including the beautiful bond shared by Ravi Mistry-Dhillon and Dipesh R Mistry-Dhillon, a devoted same-sex couple whose love story is nothing short of inspiring. Their journey began six years ago on a dating app, where they found not just companionship but a deep connection grounded in mutual respect and understanding. Despite the challenges and distances that often accompany long-distance relationships, Ravi and Dipesh's love only grew stronger, culminating in Dipesh's courageous decision to relocate from the UK to Canada to be with his beloved.
Speaking to SheThePeople, Ravi and Dipesh shared their story of love and commitment as a reminder that every love story deserves to be celebrated, regardless of gender or orientation. As we honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, let us embrace the diversity of love and relationships, recognising and affirming the beauty of all expressions of love.
Love Knows No Boundaries: Here’s Ravi And Dipesh’s Romantic Tale
"Dipesh and I met 6 years ago on a dating app when he visited Canada for a wedding from the UK. We both were looking for a hiking buddy and connected instantly as we shared similar cultural and family values.
I visited him after a pre-planned trip. We started spending time together which led to dating. After flying back and forth, Dipesh decided to move to Canada to build a life with me and never looked back since.
I planned a surprise vacation for Dipesh’s birthday. He was clueless about what was going on until he reached the airport and realised that we were leaving for Venice. I had to keep the ring hidden until the end, which was his birthday. I planned a unique boat excursion, and as it was ending, the skipper played a song by Neha Kakkar ‘Mile ho tum humko’ at my request. As we stood for a picture, I got down on one knee and proposed to him.
We decided to have two wedding ceremonies to respect each other’s cultural beliefs, a Sikh and a Hindu wedding. We took our vows as the sun set, making it a surreal experience. A female Brahman officiated our wedding and sent a strong message that women can perform the wedding auspicious rituals too.
We’ve been married for two years and are glad to have found our hiking partners for life."