Bride Pranks Groom By Sending Her Brother For 'First Look' Wedding Snaps
We love nothing more than a good ol' prank paying off and even more so when it's to benefit the victim.
In this case, the trickster was the bride's brother. He had a plan to don a white dress and prank his soon-to-be brother-in-law who was a bundle of nerves as he waited to see his bride for the first time ahead of their wedding ceremony.
They were having those 'first photographs' - you know the ones, they look emotional and pretty tense. The groom waits, looking into the distance and his bride-to-be emerges from behind.
It's kind of like when the bride walks down the aisle and the groom turns around to see her for the first time. But much more intimate and probably costs another few hundred quid to have the photographer a bit longer.
In this case, 25-year-old Heidi Zherelyev, and her partner, Val Zherelyev, 26, had this all important photo-shoot planned.
But unbeknown to Val, Heidi and her bro, Eric Dodds, 30, had a little plan up their sleeves.
Val, from Tempe, Arizona, heard soft footsteps approaching and turned around expecting to see Heidi only to lay eyes on Eric clad in a white gown instead.
What a way to break the ice, eh?
Eric, a brewery chef, was asked by Heidi to climb into her pal's old wedding dress for the prank on 30 June.
Eric said: "I found out about this plan a few hours before the ceremony and I thought it was such a great idea.
"I love my sister and would do anything for her and I love my brother-in-law. She picked such a good guy.
"He loves goofy things and I love goofy things so it was exactly what he needed.
"He was such a sweaty mess I knew it would be a good way to calm his jitters.
"I really got into the role. I put on girl's perfume and deodorant to get into character.
"When he turned around it was hilarious. We messed around and had a little photo shoot of our own."
Val admitted that he was nervous and excited to see Heidi - which is pretty normal, right? Most grooms are bricking it or they should be anyway.
Val said: "I was just standing there waiting when I heard the gentlest footsteps behind me.
"I felt the softest touch on my shoulder. I had the biggest smile on my face when I turned around.
"When I saw Eric in his dress, it took me a few moments to process it.
"It definitely made all my nerves go out the window."
Heidi, a health sciences graduate, and Val, a navy veteran, met on the first day of their freshman year at high school and eloped in San Diego in 2013.
The pair wed without friends or family but felt like they missed out on the opportunity to have their dream day.
Heidi knew her husband would be nervous about exchanging vows in front of their 67 guests, which inspired her hilarious plan.
She said: "My friend and I came up with the idea about five months before the wedding. I knew my brother would be on board.
"He has known Val for about ten years now and they are like brothers at this point. I was watching everything from the window of the bridal suite.
"I was trying so hard to be quiet but I couldn't. It was just too funny. I'm so glad we have it all caught all in photos."
Photographer Nichole Clien said the moment was a pleasure to capture on camera and had the desired effect on nervous Val.
"The groom's reaction was priceless. I love photographing that first moment, it's usually such raw emotion so to twist it like this was really funny."
Congrats, you guys.
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