A Bride Used Her Brother to Prank the Groom During the ‘First Look’

Val and Heidi Zherelyev were initially married in a private California ceremony. So years later, when the two decided to have a wedding in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona with all of their family and friends, Heidi made it one to remember.

On the day of the wedding, Val was “super jittery and super nervous,” Nichole Cline of KevinChole Photography told The Knot. Heidi’s solution? Sending her brother, dressed up in a friend’s old wedding dress, in her place for the first look photos.


“He was perfect,” Cline said about Heidi’s brother, Eric. The internet seems to agree, as Cline’s Facebook post of the moment has nearly 30,000 likes and 14,000 shares.

Cline admitted that she had a tough time capturing Val and Eric because she was “laughing hysterically” underneath her breath.

Everything worked out in the end, though. Cline called Val’s reaction “utterly priceless.”

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