On August 26, 2016, Alex Ovechkin and his fiancee Nastya Shubskaya announced they were married. Holding hands and wearing wedding rings, the two lovers confirmed the news with an Instagram post. “This is happiness,” Ovechkin wrote. The news was corroborated by a Washington Capitals spokesman.
Nastya changed her last name to Ovechkina on Instagram, but no photos of the wedding surfaced. Now we may know why. Judging by a recent Instagram post, Alex and Nastya are holding their actual wedding this summer.
On Monday, one of Ovechkin’s best friends, rapper T-Killah, posted a photo of the two hanging out at a banya or a Russian sauna.
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“Sanya’s wedding is coming up, what should I get him?” T-Killah wrote on Instagram as translated by Graham Dumas. Sanya is a nickname for Aleksander. Ovi cheeses goofily in the background.
The two friends are at the Sanduny Banya in Moscow. They both are wearing hats to keep their hair from frying in the extreme heat in the steam bat (approximately 176 degrees Fahrenheit). Ovechkin also visited the same banya in 2014.
Meanwhile Nastya Ovechkina posted a photo with several beauticians. “Got my beauty-shots done with,” Nastya commented.
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This all corroborates with a KP.ru story last year. A family friend of Ovechkin’s said last summer that the couple “had a wedding ceremony. The wedding itself will be in a year.”
The Russian tabloid Teleprogramma (imagine a combo between the TV Guide magazine and Soap Opera Digest) wrote an unsourced story in March saying that Ovechkin and Ovechkina were planning a “magnificent celebration in Moscow” this summer.
“The couple decided to have a grandiose celebration gathering friends and family. Ovechkin teammates from Washington Capitals will join the festivities, he is hiring an interpreter specifically for them.”
Translations by Graham Dumas.
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