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Why Nikki Bella Wore the Wedding Dress From a Past Relationship to Marry Artem Chigvintsev

Choosing a dress for her wedding to Artem Chigvintsev was a piece of cake for Nikki Bella.

That’s because the Total Bellas alum already had her dream gown, which she got while engaged to ex John Cena, with whom she split in 2018 after six years together. And as Nikki exclusively told E! News, there was no other outfit she could imagine walking down the aisle in.

“When you dream of having that day and that dress and that’s something that you love as a little girl or a woman, and for me that’s what that dress was,” she explained ahead of her and Artem’s E! wedding special Nikki Bella Says I Do. “When I saw it, I thought of me and me in it and it’s something that I loved so much—and I paid for it. So I felt when Artem and I were planning our wedding, I just couldn’t help but feel like, ‘Why do I have to give up the dress that I love because it was maybe gonna walk down another aisle?’ I just felt like, no, this was for me and for no one else but me.”

However, the 39-year-old added, “I made sure to have that conversation with Artem, because if he did have an issue with it, I would have for sure not have worn it. His opinion mattered to me, but then I was so pleasantly surprised at how he felt.”

As for how Artem, 40, felt about his bride wearing a dress she bought while in a previous relationship, he plainly stated, “I didn’t mind.”

“Nicole always asked me ‘would it be OK?’ I honestly think people make such a big deal about it,” he explained. “I didn’t care at all. Like you start putting energy out there where it shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t affect us getting married. It was totally fine. But I didn’t see the dress until the very last moment.”

When the Dancing With the Stars pro finally saw Nikki in her dress for the first time at their August 2022 Paris nuptials, the first thing he thought was “wow”—however he had plenty of other things on his mind.

“I was thinking about all my vows and what I need to say,” Artem admitted. “It’s actually very stressful because it’s a one-take wonder, right? It’s a one-time type of a deal. You don’t want to mess it up. You just want it to be exactly perfect and I think when I saw Nicole walking through, like, ‘Wow. This is exactly what’s supposed to be.'”

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev’s Cutest Pics

Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev, DWTS
Long before the two paired up in real life, Nikki and Artem were dance partners during DWTS‘ 25th season back in 2017. Here, Artem kisses the Bella twin’s hand for a promotional shot.
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
Just weeks before the pair would go on to publicly confirm their romance, Artem made several appearances on Nikki’s Instagram Story and Instagram Live videos before and during Total Bellas‘ March 10 episode. Why? The Bella twin explained that Artem would be joining her in live tweeting the episode, though that wasn’t the only reason for his social media cameo. “I have a special guest who had a really fun Sunday fun day with me,” she told fans in the Live video, before explaining they spent the afternoon enjoying ramen and non-alcoholic beer together.
Nikki Bella Artem Chigvintsev Instagram
Artem followed Nikki’s adorable Instagram post with one of his own the following the day. The scenic shot pictures a giddy-looking Nikki smiling and covering Artem’s face while his arm is wrapped sweetly around her waist. 
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
Trailing Total Bellas‘ fourth season finale, the WWE star took to Instagram Sunday night, March 24, with an adorable snapshot that sees her planting a sweet kiss on the DWTS pro’s cheek—and looking about as smitten as he does. The photo seemed to reemphasize what the final moments of Sunday’s episode already confirmed: that Nikki and Artem are, in fact, doing the romance thing. “Well after that season finale,” she wrote in the post’s caption, adding that her and Artem’s relationship is the “first thing I’ll be talking about” during Wednesday’s upcoming episode of The Bellas Podcast. Stay tuned!
Artem Chigvintsev, Nikki Bella
Artem and Nikki hold hands during a daytime date in Washington, D.C.
Artem Chigvintsev, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Birdie Joe Danielson
Brie posted this cute pic of her, Birdie, Nikki and Artem grabbing breakfast together in NYC in April 2019.
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
Nikki and Artem cuddle in bed with her pup Winston.
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
The two are muy caliete!
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
The WWE beauty celebrated Cinco de Mayo early with a romantic trip with her man.
Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
Nikki and Artem cuddle up while in Disney with Brie and Bryan.
Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev
Artem made his first appearance on the Bellas’ podcast in May 2019 and the lovebirds didn’t shy away from talking about their relationship.
Nikki Bella, artem chigvintsev, Instagram, April 2020
Nikki snapped a screenshot of her and Artem on Total Bellas!

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