Rusev and Lana: An Engagement Story

C.J. Perry (WWE and Total Divas star “Lana”) looked ravishing in her Olia Zavozina custom gowns for her Malibu and Bulgarian weddings. Now she tells OZ Blog how it all came to be with her engagement story.


OZ Blog: How did Rusev propose to you?

C.J. Perry: Miroslav Barnyashev (Rusev) popped the question in our swimming pool in Nashville! At first, I thought he was playing a prank on me and I asked him if it was the real thing. Rusev nodded and I started screaming for a straight 10 minutes. It was perfect. I loved that I never looked at the ring. He completely took me by surprise! You can watch the proposal on season 6 of Total Divas on E! network.


OZ Blog: How did you choose what to wear in your pictures?

C.J. Perry: Initially, I wanted to dress up as circus acts but Rusev refused to do it. The next best thing was to dress like “Nashvillians” who were inviting our guests to a Malibu and Bulgarian wedding. It was a way for us to tie both weddings together. In the end, I was thrilled with the outfits and final pictures.

Olia Zavozina and CJ Perry

OZ Blog: How did you decide to wear Olia Zavozina?

C.J. Perry: Olia Zavozina and I meet years ago through church and I called her immediately once I was engaged! I knew Olia would design a unique and beautiful dream dress for me. As it turned out, Rusev wanted to have a wedding in Bulgaria and I wanted my wedding in Malibu, California. We couldn’t decide on a location so we went with both! Now Olia had to make two wedding dresses… I had a vision and she made it a reality.

OZ Blog: What was your inspiration for your theme?

C.J. Perry: It was important for me to have a country feel to our engagement pictures. At first, everyone laughed at me (you can see the photo shoot unfold on Total Divas); however, Rusev and I love country music and Nashville and decided to have a photoshoot around that theme.

OZ Blog: Do you have any engagement photo advice for other brides?

C.J. Perry: It’s your wedding so do what you and the groom desire. Create your own traditions. Be unique and dare to be different!

Catch more of C.J. and Miroslav’s wedding journey on season 6 of Total Divas currently running on E! network and streaming on Hulu.

Video: Olia Zavozina On Designing for Lana






5 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

5 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning

Josiah Loyarr, co-founder of the design firm Ninth & Everett, offers 5 tips for stress-free wedding planning.

Weddings can be stressful to plan, but working with the right people can transform that stress into excitement!

We love our job and have had the honor of working with clients throughout the country, showing them that planning the biggest day of your life can actually be fun!

Here are our top 5 tips on making your planning process less stressful:

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Richard and Hayley: An Engagement Story

Richard and Hayley: An Engagement Story
PHOTO: Aly Greer

OZ Blog: How did Richard propose to you?

Hayley: I used to live in Nashville and my favorite spot in the city is at the top of the pedestrian bridge.

My other favorite spot is the rooftop of Acme with a moonshine lemonade in hand. That’s where I thought we were headed when his friends asked if we could walk over the bridge to see Nissan stadium.

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6 Steps to Finding My Dream Dress

erika grace powell--6 steps to finding my dream dress

Life is all about fusion. Why should a wedding dress be any different?

noun: fusion; plural noun: fusions
1. the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity.
synonyms: blend, blending, combination, amalgamation, joining, union, marrying,
bonding, merging, melding, mingling, integration, intermixture, intermingling,
synthesis; coalescence

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Olia Live: Olia Talks About Designing for CJ Perry’s 2 Weddings

Olia Zavozina talks about designing for the wedding of C.J. Perry (WWE and “Total Divas” Lana) and Miroslav Barnyashev (WWE Superstar Rusev).



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See all the pics and read about C.J’s and Miroslav’s circus-themed wedding in the 2017 Winter edition of Inside Weddings on newsstands now! And don’t forget to subscribe to Olia Live on Youtube to receive notifications when new videos are posted!