Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West dealt with wedding day snafus leading up to their lavish Florentine ceremony in 2014.
The reality star’s assistant Steph Shep—who’s been with the famous family since 2013—gave a rare look at some of the not-so-glamorous, behind-the-scenes moments of working under the personality in a new interview with Refinery29. This was particularly the case during Kardashian’s wedding week in Europe when Shep (short for Shepherd) was newish to the job.
“I didn’t even get to watch the ceremony because I was also filming,” the new COO of Kardashian West Brands said. “I often producer-cam the more personal moments for the show, when they don’t want full-on cameras around—so I was filming everyone getting ready.”
Then it was one hiccup after the next. “And then Caitlyn lost her suit, so I had to locate it; all the girls are getting ready, we’re getting Kim together, we’re in this castle; Kanye is down rearranging the floral arrangements and all this stuff, all while I’m trying to film,” she recalled. “I was in Adidas sweatpants and a T-shirt and hadn’t showered that day! And then I walked her down to the elevator so she could walk down that really long stone aisle, and then I ran back up and started filming her from the roof! That was the money shot for the show. Meanwhile, there was some security guy yelling at me, ‘You can’t film here!’”
Though she’s since become an integral member of the Kardashian family—she’s frequently photographed with Kourtney and Khloe as well—Shep had to prove her worth back then. “I remember just not sleeping that whole week,” she continued. “And then I came home and I got pulled over on Hollywood Boulevard and I just started crying to the police officer, like, ‘Please, I’m just exhausted, I gotta go home; you don’t understand!’ Truly. I went to bed at, like, 5 in the afternoon and woke up the next day at, like, 11 a.m. But it was all worth it, because it was the most beautiful day.”
The Kimye wedding has been experience a resurgence of sorts especially after Kim shared never-before-seen photos from her bridal shower just last week. “My mom and sisters surprised me,” the E! star wrote on her website. “I thought I was going to a meeting with my mom and she told me to wear white. I guess I should have known something was up!”
The couple will celebrate three years of marriage on May 24.