Emily, a 29-year-old from Portland, OR, and Sasha, a 32-year-old from Moscow, Russia, are one of the couples starring on 90 Day Fiance's seventh season, which is airing its season finale on TLC on Sunday.
Emily met Sasha, a personal trainer, when she joined a gym in Russia, where she was living after finishing college.
As they dated, Emily was able to tutor Sasha in English, and after a couple of years together, she got pregnant.
One day, the couple got takeout for dinner and Sasha proposed marriage to her in an elevator. Emily said it was such a huge surprise but she said "yes." Afterward, Emily applied for a K-1 visa so they could live in America together.
But Sasha had a lot of baggage. Specifically, Emily learned that Sasha was already twice divorced and has a son with each of his two ex-wives.
"Sasha just made mistakes in the past and he happened to marry those mistakes, but we're different. Our relationship it perfect," Emily said in a TLC video.
Although there was a pattern of Sasha getting women pregnant and the relationships falling apart, Emily insisted, "I am going to be Sasha's third wife. This is his third child with another woman, but we're going to last."
In the premiere episode of 90 Day Fiance's seventh season, Emily was just over 39 weeks pregnant, so she was unable to travel back to America to have her baby. The baby was due in just four days and Emily didn't want to leave her fiance behind.
Emily's family was concerned Sasha would eventually leave her for Wife No. 4 and she'd be stuck raising a child alone, but Emily had confidence in Sasha and their relationship.
Emily told Sasha that he was all she had and she needed him, so Sasha promised he would stay with her and take care of her. Sasha insisted he wasn't going to divorce again because he's "actually a good guy" and wanted to prove that to his new fiancee.
Emily and Sasha were then shown meeting up with Sasha's first ex-wife, Masha, at a restaurant when Emily was nine months pregnant.
Emily said Sasha married Masha at age 22 and they welcomed a son named Daniel together. Emily said their relationship was "doomed to fail," and Sasha claimed it was because Masha was "a difficult" and "crazy" person.
After the divorce, Emily claimed Sasha met his second wife "a few years" after he divorced his first wife and the pair also welcomed a son.
Sasha said everything was okay in the beginning, but when he became more muscular due to landing a job in fitness, the wife was no longer attracted to him. Sasha therefore divorced her and began looking for someone else.
Emily wanted to meet Masha so they could establish a friendly relationship and Masha would trust her going forward with Daniel. Emily was hoping Daniel would be able to visit her in the United States once she and Sasha moved there together.
Masha, however, had a different story about her breakup from Sasha, alleging to the cameras Sasha had left her for another woman.
"Sasha and I dated for a year. Then we were married for a year and got divorced because he met his second wife. She got pregnant, and he came to me and said, 'I want a divorce,'" Masha claimed.
Masha wasn't happy about the idea of Sasha leaving the country when he had two other children to worry about and take care of. She called him a selfish man.
"Where the wind blows... a man flies," Masha vented to 90 Day Fiance's producers during a recent episode. "His family will not keep him. His children will not keep him.. Men only think about themselves."
After a long and apparently exhausting conversation, Masha gave her blessing for Daniel to visit America, as long as that's what Daniel would like to do.
"I don't know if Sasha will leave Emily the way he left his first two wives. He left me for his second wife," Masha told the cameras.
"She was also good, kind, calm. But still, he left her for his third. I think America is the next step forward in his life. And Emily is just an excuse."
Emily later welcomed her son with Sasha in a Russian hospital via Caesarean section because the baby was not positioned correctly to be delivered the natural way.
Sasha, who remained by Emily's side throughout her labor and delivery, said in a confessional he didn't even remember where he was when his first two children were born.
Sasha immediately broke down into tears when he saw his son for the first time. He called his baby boy "beautiful" and was overwhelmed with emotion.
Sasha and Emily named their son Dave, and Emily called him "perfect."
When Sasha's K-1 visa to come to America was finally approved, unfortunately, he and Emily were still waiting for their son's Russian passport.
Six months of time had passed following David's birth, and Emily couldn't help feeling a little resentful because Sasha hadn't applied for the passport right when their son was born like he was supposed to.
Emily admitted she and Sasha fought often about his mistake.
Emily was also exhausted from taking care of the baby all on her own since Sasha apparently worked "all the time" from 5:30AM to 11PM. Emily said she and Sasha had no time as a couple and she felt very isolated and alone. Emily was also sad Sasha hadn't been able to bond with his child.
Emily said Sasha spent about five hours a week with his son, so she was worried Sasha may not be able to handle the responsibilities of being a father while she works a day job in America.
Sasha had always been the working parent while his exes stayed home with his children, so Emily pointed out Sasha had a lot to learn -- from changing diapers to taking the baby on daytime strolls.
"Speak to him, play with him. He can't just be in the chair all day," Emily said.
"Okay. Do I have a choice?" Sasha asked.
Emily wanted Sasha to take advantage of the time he had with his baby, but Sasha thought Emily was worrying too much and he didn't deserve to be nagged.
Sasha said Emily was constantly finding reasons to argue, which is what happened in one of his past relationships when a child was welcomed into the picture.
Emily alleged Sasha had a dismissive attitude, and she was hoping to see more emotion from him, especially when it became time to move to America.
As for Emily, she was overwhelmed with emotion. Not only was she sad to leave Sasha's parents and feared traveling a long way with an infant, but Emily knew she'd have to find a new job and a place for her family to live since Sasha wouldn't be able to work.
Emily and Sasha then said goodbye to Sasha's parents at the airport and it was an emotional moment for all involved.
"Everything will be fine," Sasha's father told him while they embraced. "We all love you. You did all this. Everything is for a reason. It's not in vain, understand? You grab your luck and you hold it."
Sasha promised his parents that he wouldn't let them down, and then his father said, "We want you to live a good normal life. Not like we do here."
Once the couple arrived in America, Sasha met Emily's mother Karen and sister Betsy at the airport in Indiana.
Emily was so happy to be reunited with her family, her were even more thrilled to meet David, who was already grown and big.
Sasha's 90 days in America had begun, and Emily knew they had a lot to do. Sasha really believed America is the land of opportunity, and so he planned to work as a personal trainer and fitness model to buy a house and nice cars.
Sasha looked forward to a happy life with Emily and their son.
Emily and Sasha planned to stay with Betsy until they found a place of their own, but it turned out Sasha and Betsy didn't really get along. For example, Sasha didn't approve of the unhealthy food Betsy was buying for the household.
Betsy also thought Sasha was pushing Emily to get back into the gym and return to her pre-pregnancy weight. Emily apparently even feared Sasha might leave her for a more fit woman.
Sasha felt trapped in Betsy's home because it was clear Emily's sister didn't like him. Sasha said he felt like he was in a prison and things were just getting worse and worse.
Emily told Betsy that Sasha was just in a bad mood and it was going to take time for him to get used to life in America. Emily said Sasha's concerns were coming from a place of love, but Betsy insisted that's what everyone says who's in an unhealthy relationship.
Betsy wanted Sasha to return to Russia, and this was not how Emily had imagined her first week in America playing out. Emily didn't know what to do, but she begged Betsy to give Sasha a chance.
Emily didn't want the situation to become more awkward, so Emily said they could move out. However, their savings were quickly depleting.
"I think it's better if we get married ASAP," Emily said.
"Yeah, sure," Sasha said with a sigh.
"Yeah, sure? That's all you have to say about us getting married? Yeah, sure?" Emily asked.
Emily seemed upset but quickly realized Sasha just didn't know what "ASAP" meant.
While Emily always wanted a big, beautiful wedding, she said it would be okay to have a small wedding because she loved Sasha and wanted to be his wife. Sasha agreed they didn't need all the luxuries of a fancy wedding because it was just about them as a couple.
Emily then went shopping for a wedding gown and fell in love with a lace dress that wasn't too ostentatious.
Betsy suggested Emily should try on something more carefree and casual, but Emily asked her sister not to be a "debbie downer."
"I am happy for you. I'm just nervous," Betsy said. "I think you have the right dress. I just hope you've got the right groom."
Betsy told the cameras Emily tended not to make the most sound decisions and she just hoped Emily wasn't making a big mistake by marrying Sasha.
The sisters, however, ended up having a magical moment in the bridal shop when Betsy cried after Emily put on a veil.
90 Day Fiance's latest episode showed Emily and Sasha's beachside wedding in Portland, OR.
Betsy still didn't think the wedding was a great idea, but she decided to support her sister and give Sasha a chance to earn her trust. Betsy just hoped history wouldn't repeat itself and that Sasha was "in it for the long haul."
The night before the wedding, Betsy asked Sasha to promise to love her sister forever, and Sasha said, "Of course I promise to love her, if she will not stop loving me."
Sasha vowed to love Emily and do his best, and he told Betsy he's not the type of guy who cheats on his wife. Betsy hoped Sasha would prove her wrong and he'd be a wonderful husband and father who takes his marriage very seriously.
In the caption of her post, Emily expressed regret over how TLC had edited her relationship with Sasha, insisting viewers didn't get to see the real Sasha.
"For a while, I was disappointed that the world didn't get to meet the Sasha I know. The man I know is always thinking about how he can be a better provider for his family. The man who sees something in the store and says, 'I want to send this to my father, son, brother, etc,'" Emily wrote alongside the slideshow of photos.
"The man who doesn't have a lot of possessions because he's so giving. I remember asking why he was always giving his clothes away to his brother, and he'd say, 'Because it's better that he has them than me.'"
Emily continued of her husband in her post, "He would work split shifts but still come home on a long metro ride to check on me. He's the kind of man who will help others and expect nothing in return. He's never afraid to chase his dreams."
"When his family calls, he answers. I love you, and I'll forever appreciate you for all you've done. I've come to terms with everything. I'll keep the real you to myself. @alexander.g.larin #90dayfiance," she concluded.
In the comments section of her post, Emily revealed Sasha gets along better with her sister Betsy now and he's "the most determined person" she's "ever met."
In response to criticism Sasha didn't seem like an attentive father on the show to David, Emily said, "I know I've also been guilty of scrolling on my phone while my son is playing. Sasha has also told me to put my phone down and vice-versa. My inattentive moments weren't recorded."
Emily also insisted the past should not define Sasha considering he's twice divorced and had welcomed a child with each of his two former wives.
"God knows if I married the person I was with at 21, I'd be in the same situation," Emily wrote.
When a follower noted the 90 Day Fiance franchise is "heavily edited for dramatic purposes," Emily responded, "They film hours and hours the good and the bad, and it's up to them what they air... and they love to air the bad."
Earlier that week, Emily revealed to the world she and Sasha were celebrating six months of marriage, meaning they had tied the knot in August 2019.
"6 months married. Since we never took a honeymoon, I was thinking of planning a short get away here in the US. I want to celebrate new jobs and making it through immigration paperwork (even though we aren't quite done)," Emily captioned a happy selfie of the couple.
"I don't want to blow a bunch of money, so I was thinking Miami or So Cal would be fun. Where would you vacation in the US? #90dayfiance #honeymoon."
Emily moved to Volgograd in January 2016, according to Starcasm, and began dating Sasha in June 2016.
The first photo of them looking like a couple on social media was posted by Emily on September 2016.
"Missing you already," Emily captioned the picture. "See you soon in #Moscow babe #love."
In December 2016, Emily wrote that she couldn't wait to move to Moscow.
Emily reportedly moved to Moscow not long after that post because most of her photos from 2017 were taken in Moscow, and Sasha is present in many of them.
Emily and Sasha announced their engagement on Facebook on February 27, 2017.
The 90 Day Fiance couple welcomed their son together in Russia in November 2018.
Emily, Sasha and their son moved to the United States in May 2019, according to Starcasm.
After Emily and Sasha wed in America during the 90-day requirement of Sasha's K-1 visa, Emily changed her name to Emily Larina -- the traditional Russian feminine version Sasha's surname -- on Instagram on February 17, 2019.
"I haven't changed the name on my passport yet. But I wanted to take this username before anyone else. Also, I love my fam #family #happiness," Emily captioned a photo of Sasha, herself and their baby.
Emily made it clear she was living in America in October 2019, and then one month later, she hinted her relationship with Sasha was still going strong by defending him on Instagram.
Emily took to her Instagram Stories and denied that Sasha got his second wife pregnant while still married to his first wife, Masha, according to screenshots captured by 90 Day Fiance Instagrammer John Yates.
Emily posted alleged photos of Sasha and Masha's Russian divorce certificate as well as what appeared to be the Russian birth certificate of Sasha's second child.
"Sasha and Masha's divorce certificate from 2012," Emily wrote on one document, which appeared to be written in Russian.
And on another document, Emily claimed, "Sasha's second son wasn't born until 2014."
Considering there was allegedly a two-year gap from when Sasha and Masha divorced and when his second wife welcomed her baby, the documents -- if valid -- appear to demonstrate Sasha was no longer married to Masha when he got his second wife pregnant.
Emily also shared a slideshow of photos of her son David, some of which also featured Sasha, on November 17 on Instagram, which was a few days after the90 Day Fiance episode showing his birth aired on TLC.
"I'm so glad the world got to meet our perfect, sweet David Alexandrovich Larin. He is the sweetest baby I could ever ask for. Thank you Dr. Vitaliy Vladimirovich for your kindness and making me feel safe while I was giving birth in Russia. Thank you nurse Galina (I don't know your patronym you wouldn't let me address you so formally) for your support during the labor," Emily wrote.
"Our little baby is quite an international guy. He's Russian/Ukrainian/Armenian/Irish etc. I think he'll grow up to be a diplomat. P.s. Sasha DOES remember where he was the day his other sons were born. He's told me many times. He was just exhausted. #90dayfiance #babyboy."
As for Sasha, he hinted he was in the United States by posting a photo of himself driving a car, which he had captioned, "Exploring... new places. Our land is so interesting."
When Sasha thanked a couple people for being able to explore in his Mercedes Benz, Emily commented, "And Emily!"
Emily's comment suggested Sasha should thank her as well for his new opportunities in America.
In mid-December, Sasha gave away he was still living in the United States by posting a photo of himself next to an American flag. He added hashtags such as "far from home," "michigan," and "great lakes."
And then on December 12, Sasha posted a selfie with Emily and wrote alongside it, "Sometimes you need to clean your mind from negative emotions. The best way is just walking around and enjoying the beautiful nature #anotherland #nature #walking #fitnesseverywhere #enjoinglife #lifeisgood #cleanyourmind #america #usa #lifemotivation #90dayfiance #90dayfianceseason7."
As for Emily, she conducted a Q&A session with her followers on Instagram on mid-December and gushed about Sasha, showing they're still an item.
When asked how she and Sasha are doing as well as their baby, Emily replied, "All I can say now is Sasha is a great father. The baby is doing great!"
One fan hoped Sasha is spending more time with his son, and Emily assured the person, "He's a very good father."
Emily also made it clear she loves Sasha enough to give up her life in the United States.
"If Sasha would've been denied a visa to the US, would you have stayed in Russia to be with him?" a follower asked.
"Yes," Emily replied.
Emily also revealed she'd "maybe" be interested in starring on a 90 Day Fiance spinoff with Sasha but she doesn't want to welcome another baby for about five years.
As for whether she regrets appearing on Season 7 of 90 Day Fiance, Emily replied, "Yes and no. I'm so glad to have an amazing video of my son being born. They did cut out a lot of our back story. Too complicated I guess."
In late December, Emily shared a photo of Sasha and their son poolside.
"Father and littlest son @sasha.90.day.fiance I miss summer!! I need to move to where it's warm all the time. #summer #boys," Emily wrote.
On January 1, 2020, Emily conducted another Q&A session with her followers in Instagram Stories and revealed she does not think Sasha will cheat on her and they were saving up for a trip back to Russia.
Emily also shared she and Sasha moved out of her sister Betsy's place.