A traditional Indian wedding steeped in culture
04 May 2022
Deepali Agarwal and Akshay Tyagi's two-day wedding took place at Treehouse in Bhiwadi, India
How did you meet?
Tell us about the proposal.
We have been best friends for a decade now and this bond has evolved over time. We realised about our love for each other when Akshay came to London for his higher studies. We had three years of navigating a long distance relationship and got married after that.
How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I wore a Surabhi Chopra dress, which I found on Instagram. I tried on a lot of dresses and my dress is exactly what I thought I'd choose.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
My sister and friends were the bridesmaids and they wore traditional lehnga.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Just amazing. It seems like I married the same man I used to dream about.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had auspicious mantras.
What was your most memorable moment?
Walking with my husband, hand in hand, in front of more than 500 people.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Finalising the date.
What was the most important investment for you?
Food and venue.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Teri Ore by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal – it is my all time favourite.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was five tiers and had a ring on top. It was just amazing.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
To be less nervous, so I could enjoy the celebrations more.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Paris a month after the wedding.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Just do what you like the most; it's your wedding and it will never happen again.