Going to the chapel! Total Bellas star Nikki Bella married fiancé Atem Chigvintsev in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends, she announced on Monday, August 29.

“We said I DO, can’t wait to share the entire journey with you all when our four-part special event series, ‘Nikki Bella Says I Do,’ premieres on @eentertainment. #NikkiBellaSaysIDo,” Nikki, 38, wrote via Instagram. 

Nikki’s twin, Brie Bella, and her husband, Bryan Danielson, were in attendance as well as Artem’s former Dancing With the Stars costars Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova and Emma Slater

The athletic duo first met during season 25 of the ABC dancing competition show, when they were partnered together, in 2017. At the time, Nikki was romantically linked to former fiancé John Cena with the WWE star even assuming that Artem, 40, would choreograph their first dance. 

“As far as dancing, I think he’s probably gonna teach me my first dance,” John, 45, told E! News in November 2017. “So hopefully I’ll be able to take those tips from him there.”

Following their July 2018 split, rumors began swirling that Nikki had moved on with her former dancing partner, though they weren’t officially linked until months later. 

Nikki and Artem made their relationship Instagram official in March 2019.

“Well after that season finale,” the “Bellas Podcast” host captioned a loved-up photo of the two on March 24. “First thing I’ll be talking about this Wednesday … oh and all those paparazzi photos (thanks for all the great shots and smashing my food lol),” she added.

Just eight months later, during a romantic getaway to Paris, the Russia native got down on one knee and proposed. 

“I said yes in France in November!” the California native wrote via Instagram in January 2020. “We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!” 

“You are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” Artem shared in a separate Instagram post. “So excited for what’s to come I love you more then [sic] anything and thank you for saying ‘Yes.’”

The pair went on to welcome their first child together, son Matteo, on July 31 of that year. 


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