Great depths of love in Yucatán cenote wedding

The couple exchanged their vows using signs to say “I do”. Photo: File
The couple exchanged their vows using signs saying “I do.” Photo: Courtesy

A well-dressed couple from Spain exchanged wedding vows 10 meters below the waters of a cenote in Yucatán. 

Barcelona newlyweds Ina Sapezanskaia and Rafael Guillermo García exchanged their vows while submerged in the Noh Mozón Cenote near Tecoh.

Both the bride and groom on Monday opted for formal white traditional wedding attire instead of wetsuits. 

After the wedding, the couple returned to Mérida and toured the Paseo de Montejo on a horse-drawn carriage, as is traditional. 

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The underwater ceremony was coordinated by Yucatán Dive Center and Buzos Técnico Deportivos de Yucatán.

This was not the first underwater wedding held in Yucatán. The first recorded “cenote wedding” took place in 2014. Video below in Spanish.

Yucatán’s destination wedding industry had been steadily growing before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of hotels and haciendas in the state offer a wide range of wedding packages and experiences. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.