Payal and Akshay Patel celebrated their nuptials with an Indian “white”-themed wedding on December 31, 2016 at the New Braunfels Civic Center in New Braunfels, Texas. She says: Akshay and I met at a Sweet 16 in San Antonio a couple of years ago, where we were seated together. He was too shy to talk to me at first, but when he did, we clicked and just had that connection. He proposed to me in Albuquerque, where he is from. He told me to dress up and be ready for a day of horseback riding.