Otar+Misha: a breathtaking same-sex elopement in Copenhagen

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, Denmark, Real weddings
Otar+Misha: a breathtaking same-sex elopement in Copenhagen

Otar and Misha’s elopement in Copenhagen is quite special. It evokes deep emotions in me. I’ve always wanted to make clear that My Love for Weddings is a space for everybody, for all kinds of couples. For real people! So, before launching the blog, I asked the photographer Amanda Thomsen if I could feature the elopement here. Amanda agreed. She personally talked to Misha and Otar and sent me the photos. For technical reasons, I could not blog the wedding on the launch day.

Ever since, I’ve been “saving it for a special occasion”. At least, that was the excuse I found to shade my fear of not being able to keep up with the level of the gorgeousness of this wedding. The fear of not making a good job as a blogger. Well… I can’t postpone anymore. Amanda, who is also a very dear friend, is going to be away from Denmark for a while and I really want her to see her work featured here before she leaves.

Now, there are several reasons why Otar and Misha’s elopement will fill your heart, too. First of all, Misha and Otar had to run away from Russia – where LGBT people face legal and social challenges and discrimination – to get married in Denmark. This fact alone says so much about the duality of humankind. It shows how people can be intolerant and hypocrite. But it also shows that love doesn’t know rules, barriers, and borders. Makes me proud to live in Denmark, a country that recognizes everybody’s right to love and to become a family.

Misha and Otar had to run away from Russia - where LGBT people face legal and social challenges and discrimination - to get married in Denmark. Birds celebrating the freedom.  Photography by Amanda Thomsen.

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Second, their darling love story. They met dancing tango! How cool and sexy is that? They had felt something special, they were not sure, they finally met again..

Finally: their WOW wedding pictures, brilliant work of Amanda Thomsen. It is impossible to look at the photos and not to feel the passion, affection, happiness and intensity that connect the couple and the close friends and family that also flew all the way to Russia to celebrate them. Everything in the magnificent Copenhagen City Hall. I will now give the word to them.

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen
Otar and Misha: Gay Wedding, Same sex elopement in Copenhagen. Photography by Amanda ThomsenOtar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda ThomsenOtar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda ThomsenLove story

“It is a romantic story how we met — through tango. At the time I was getting tired of dancing with these women, so awkward, not the kind of eroticism I longed for, so Otar was one of the guys whom I asked to dance with me on facebook. And we did. A sparkle ran between us but he got afraid and the deal was postponed for another year and a half. Again the dance got us together, at a country-house, unexpectedly, some 100 km off Moscow.”

Otar interrupts, to correct:

“Everything was how you told, Misha, despite one thing: I did not get afraid, I just had different thoughts in my head at that time!!

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen.

 The decision to elope 

Misha explained that they decided to get married as soon as they found that Israel acknowledges same sex marriage. “We intend to move there eventually. Here in Russia – you see all the farce that can all of a sudden turn really dramatic. So I decided and he agreed.”

Why Israel? We asked:

“Misha is a Jew and I am not a bit. But we can make it there together as a married couple.”

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. The beauty of Copenhagen city hall. Details of the ceiling. Photography by Amanda Thomsen.

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Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

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Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

The wedding day

“On the wedding day, it was important for us that the event was sincere and everyone, everyone was comfortable. Planning was essential, although, among our friends and family, who were around, just being together would work already. Looking elegant was a big deal for us. See for yourselves how we got it around. Of course, we wanted to have good memories, that is why we made sure to get the best photographer we could — and not only she is a real professional, but an inspired one and a charming woman.”

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

After the wedding, Otar and Misha and their guests went to a restaurant for dinner. Then, a stroll around Wonderful Copenhagen – as Danny Kaye would put and I totally agree. The photos are also amazing and I will post them soon. I really mean it this time. Stay tuned. AND, leave your comments. I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts about this wedding? What’s the situation LGBT people in your country? Eloping is off course quite charming, but do you think people should have to do it in today’s world?

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen Otar and Misha: Same Sex Elopement in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photography by Amanda Thomsen

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Photography: Amanda Thomsen 

Location: Copenhagen City Hall 

 

 

I am Alessandra. Nice to meet you :) This is my story. In August 2008 I left my native Brazil, my darling friends and family, and a promising attorney career to go after my dreams of a better world and take a master program in human rights law, in Sweden. A lot has happened since… and after living in Lund, Paris and Geneva, I arrived in Copenhagen, in the end of 2011, to share my life with my beloved Danish boyfriend, now husband.I used to be the kind of girl who planned traveling around the world, getting to know different cultures, maturing while exposing myself to the unknown. Honestly, I don’t remember ever dreaming of wedding flowers or dresses. Until… Well, until my cherished viking surprised me with the perfect proposal and we decided to get married... Read more about me ->

Thank you, José Alberto! We absolutely agree.