In Russia, their home, it is illegal for Daria and Olga to marry. Knowing they wanted to spend their lives together, they decided to elope to Mexico.
Why did you elope to Mexico
We are from Russia, and same-sex marriages are forbidden here. So once we were clear we wanted to spend our lives together, we started to look for a country where we could get married.
The pandemic brought some challenges to our plans as we initially wanted to get married in Europe. But luckily, Mexico was open and visa-free. With friends’ help, we found Mango Weddings & Events who arranged everything for us.
Talk to us about the elopement day.
After being made even more beautiful than ever by our makeup lady, we went to this magical private cenote by taxi. It was a super hot day, and once we hit the place, Dasha started sweating badly. We had to keep drying her with a towel every ten seconds.
Our playlist was on, and the magic began: we entered the place together, stood on a sunny spot to listen to some kind and inspirational words Anna of Mango Weddings had to say. It was very touching, and sure enough, we were dropping some tears already.
Then the vows, oh, the vows.
It was utterly surreal to be reading them surrounded by palm trees, tropical birds, and cenote pond waters. It felt completely out of time and space and yet so close to each other. We then did all the official signing stuff after the judge saying a lot in Spanish, of which Olga understands nothing.
Then we just enjoyed ourselves in the sun, walking around with our non-intrusive great photographers doing their magical time-stop art.
Finally, we changed dresses to swimming suits and took a swim right there in the cenote, somewhat of a sacred water ritual feeling.
What are your favorite moments?
O: Definitely reading the vows for me. I started crying with the first word and couldn’t stop being overwhelmed with emotions, gratitude, and happiness that such a beautiful person is so deeply and genuinely in love with me.
D: I’d say the moment when I put the ring (“token of my love”) on her finger and said, “I do.” When the most beautiful, brave, smart and tender woman became my wife.
Do you have any advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Care more about what you are going to say and which mood you bring into the day. Looks are important but really secondary. Also, do connect to your photographer beforehand to ensure they do not interfere with the ceremony.
Photography by Conie Suarez Bravo