A Tucson couple made the rounds on social media earlier this summer for their wedding day shenanigans.
Heidi and Val Zherelyev fell in love after meeting in Spanish class at Sahuaro High School and they began dating 10 years ago. Although they officially exchanged vows five years ago, they never had a big wedding celebration. For years, they’ve been planning a big celebration for their fifth anniversary and vow renewal.
When their special day arrived in June, Val had no idea what tricks his wife had up her sleeve. She knew he was nervous ahead of their first look pictures and the ceremony, so she wanted to lighten the mood and make him laugh.
When it came time for the big reveal, where Val first saw Heidi in her gorgeous white dress, Val was shocked to find not his wife, but her beloved brother instead.
That’s right – Heidi had talked her brother into wearing a borrowed wedding dress and surprising Val. It’s safe to say the groom was shocked to see his brother-in-law, rather than his blushing bride, when he turned around. Donning a long white dress and women’s perfume, it was a sight to behold.
Luckily, wedding photographer Nichole Cline was right there with the camera to capture the precious moment forever. It made Val laugh and lose some of his nerves, and of course it was hilarious for the bride and her brother.
Understandably so, Val thought he would be pranked again when it came time for Heidi to step out in her dress.
The beautiful photos, of both the men and the happy couple, have been shared on social media thousands of times. It’s a heart-warming reminder of family and fun – everything that’s right in the world!