Happily ever after! Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev wed in August 2022 and fans got to witness the nuptials first-hand during their wedding special Nikki Bella Says I Do in January 2023.
“Hope you all are ready for one WILD wedding journey ride!!! Nikki Bella Says I Do premieres TONIGHT at 9pm/8c only on E!,” the pro wrestler captioned her January 26, 2023, Instagram teaser.
Nikki, 39, and Artem, 40, exchanged vows in a magical wedding ceremony in Paris, and fans noticed something familiar on the big day. People were shocked to see the TV personality wear the wedding dress she bought when she was engaged to ex-fiancé John Cena, but Nikki called the decision “empowering.”
“I went back and forth with that decision. For me, it [reflects] how I stand as a strong woman, I was like wait, why should I not wear what I love? Because of my past? It just didn’t make sense to me,” she told Us Weekly in January 2023.
As for Artem, his wife’s wardrobe “did not bother” him. “I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal for people to react how I reacted … I think [if there’s] an issue with it, they’re bringing some other energy into our happiness,” the dancer told the publication.
The couple initially sparked wedding rumors after a November 2021 interview Nikki did with twin sister Brie Bella on the “Click Bait” podcast — and fans were taken aback by one moment in particular.
After host Natasha Parker said in a lead-up to a question that “you two are married,” Nikki and Brie both seemingly nodded in approval. One Bachelor Nation fan account commented in response, “Nikki when Natasha said they’re both married…”
However, before the podcast sent fans buzzing about their marital status, the pair said in January 2021 that they planned to get “married the weekend of Thanksgiving 2021!”
Nikki, who revealed the news of their wedding date while popping a bottle of champagne in celebration, got engaged to the DWTS pro in November 2019 during a trip to Paris. However, they paused their wedding plans after the WWE babe found out she was pregnant with their son, Matteo, who was born in July 2020.
Due to the limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, Artem told fans in September 2020 that he and Nikki were “definitely” still going to tie the knot. “We don’t want to do the wedding with masks … Want to do it when things get better,” the dancer explained to Extra at the time.
Nikki also discussed their upcoming wedding during a December 2020 episode of her and Brie’s podcast “Total Bellas,” but their wedding date was a little more general at the time. “Our goal is to get married in the fall … fall 2021,” the Arizona native added, explaining that the coronavirus pandemic made them hesitant to set a date.
She continued, “We’re praying COVID is under control, we are mask-free or we figure out a way how to do it. We just want people to come together for an amazing weekend of fun, festivities, family, good friends, love and light.”