Photo via: sashastolemyheart

Evgeny Kuznetsov is now officially a married man. The 19 year-old Caps prospect got hitched today to Anastasia Zinov’yeva, his girlfriend for less than a year, in a small, quaint ceremony at Trakor’s 7,500 seat arena. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was even in attendance, flying from Moscow to Chelyabinsk to make a wedding banquet held later in the day at Beryozka. Below the fold, RMNB’s Fedor Fedin translates the account of KP.ru reporter Alexey Mikushin, while we also share cute photos and video from the day that was.

Zhenya behind the wheel of a new ivory Porsche Cayenne. Nastia wearing the wedding dress. He in the designer shirt, wide satin blue ribbon belt, with the cufflinks and bow tie of the same color. He has the looks of someone ready to go to Hollywood and be the star of some romantic movie. Anastasia’s dress has a train. She wears bracelets and a cross on a chain some experts priced at about $10,000.

“Evgeny, the bride should go on the left side, and you should be on the right.” — the registrar gives the newlyweds a hint.

“Well, I’m doing it for the first time, so I don’t know all these things — and, I’m sure, this is the last time,” Kuznetsov says as he takes Nastia under her arms and stares into her eyes. “I only came to the Traktor arena for the practices and games. This time for a wedding. I’m not used to it.”

And, by the way, Evgeny and Nastia are pioneers — they’re the only ones so far who have registered their marriage in the Traktor arena. Registry offices can’t handle all the newlyweds. In fact, there are 30 to 40 ceremonies going on so the government decided to widen the county lines. Now there is one alternative place to get wed in each district — Young Watcher’s Theatre, Dramatic Theatre, Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Before signing the registration, Evgeny said that he didn’t want any hullabaloo surrounding his marriage ceremony. Yet there may have been more journalists than relatives in attendance.

The signature is entered into the registration book, the rings are exchanged, and the marriage certificate is handed out. Zhenya wipes his lips after kisses time after time and laughs:

“I’m going to eat all of your lipstick.”

The couple decides not to go on a sightseeing tour they had planned. Instead, they go out to the hotel complex on Smolino Lake right away, together with 120 guests.

Additional photos and video:

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Via sashastolemyheart

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Via sashastolemyheart

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Via sashastolemyheart

Via sashastolemyheart

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Paul Perminov

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Paul Perminov

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Photo credit: Artem Ustyuzhanin

Additional reporting by Chris Gordon and Ian Oland.

  • Peter

    So my friend Drew goes, “is his best man a bear???”

    And I have to tell him, “No, Drew. That’s a man in a bear suit.”

    I mean, honestly.

  • http://www.japersrink.com/ EmilyB

    Woulda been cooler if that was Ovi in the bear suit.

  • Christophe

    Gotta love the pimped-out bic pen he’s using to sign the license/certificate.

  • Danni

    Cute wedding. Lots of little things made me laugh, like the guest wearing plaid to a wedding? Silly Russians. They look happy and sure about it. However my grams always said you never truly know someone until you’ve been with them for more than 3 years, which I agree, so I hope it works out for them. :)

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian

    The mascot was certainly a nice touch. Honestly, the only way this could have been better is if Evgeny flew in Wes Johnson to be the official of ceremonies. That would have been rad!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastgoodnite/ greta

    best part: that righteous femullet on the lady in the white jacket.

  • Backstrom2Ovie

    damn shes pretty sexy for a Russkey! Kuznetsov needs to come to Washington to help my caps out!!