A year after getting married, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Nastasiya Ovechkina threw a lavish wedding Saturday near Moscow, Russia, with family and many famous friends in attendance.
The ceremony, held at Barvikha Luxury Village, featured an outdoor portion where the couple exchanged vows amid some rain, then moved indoors to the banquet hall for the reception. They entered with big smiles to "Play That Funky Music."
White, cream and light pink roses covered the arches where they exchanged vows and the theme continued with the same flowers throughout the indoor space, including in arrangements hanging from the ceiling and blanketing a wall behind the bride and groom's table.
Ovechkin's teammates Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, and former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk attended the wedding, as did a number of Russian celebrities. Famous Russian crooner Joseph Kobzon performed at the reception, serenading the couple during the first dance.
The wedding date, July 8, was significant to them for two reasons. It's a holiday in Russia known as the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, and, of course, Ovechkin wears No. 8 for the Capitals.
The two married in August 2016 and Ovechkin, 31, announced the news on social media. Ovechkina is a model and the daughter of actress and director Vera Glagoleva, and shipbuilding entrepreneur Kirill Shubiskiy.
In an interview with Wedding Magazine in Russia that came out on their wedding day, Ovechkina shared some details about Ovechkin's proposal, which wasn't the elaborate production put on by many other couples.
"I was in the shower and I heard that Sasha started knocking on the door," she told Wedding Magazine. "I screamed: 'I'm taking a shower!', but he kept knocking. Angry and all covered in foam I wrapped myself in a towel and opened the door. I saw Sasha standing on one knee with a ring."
Ovechkina, who had a cartoon sheep-themed bachelorette party based on the "little sheep" meaning of Ovechkin's name, went on to describe their relationship and what led them to marriage after they began dating in 2015.
"We are trying to do everything for each other," she said. "He often tells me that I am his friend, girlfriend, lover and wife. That is the most important thing, because when the kids grow up you would only be with that person one on one. At this current moment, I understand that this the person that I need and I'd like to spend the rest of my life with him and I see us getting older together."