Olga and Gennadiy worked together for nearly two years, but had never really taken tan interest in each other until a mutual friend had a birthday party where the pair didn't know anyone else but each other. They believe it was fate pushing them together for in the beginning, they felt they had to talk, but by the end of the evening, they could not stop talking. The whole night was spend talking, dancing and getting to know each other and a couple of days later, Gennadiy asked Olga out on a date. From that day, it did not take the two long to figure out that they were meant to be together and after seven months, the two were engaged.
In late December of last year, Olga was getting ready for what she thought would be a typical romantic dinner in the city of Philadelphia. They went to Parc, a face French Bistro which was nicely decorated with artwork and flowers. Throughout dinner, Gennadiy didn't drop any hints and the only thing that Olga noticed was out of the ordinary was that her love didn't eat much. She on the other hand, knew Parc was famous for their desserts so could not miss out on the raspberry tart. It turned out to be the best dessert ever, for when it was brought out, right next to the tart on another little plate was a box neatly set in the middle. When Olga opened it, to her surprise and shock, she discovered there was a diamond ring inside. Whe looked up to see Gennadiy had already fallen to one knee. He took her hand and told her how much he loved her, how she was the most beautiful woman in the world, and that he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. After all of that, he finally asked her to marry him and of course, without a doubt, Olga said YES!
Finding the perfect ring for Olga was a difficult task for Gennadiy. Her father is a jeweler, so Gennadiy knew he needed to make sure the ring was of the highest quality. After extensive research about the diamond industry, especially about the four Cs, he settled on where he would buy from. He spend many hours looking for a perfect diamond and finally settled on a beautiful round stone. The diamond is internally flawless, nearly colourless and is exquisitely cut. The setting also proved to be tricky. Since he is not a fan of a solitair set, he found a gorgeous platinum halo ring from a Danhov collection. The tiny diamonds around the principle stone make it all the more beautiful and sparkly!
When Olga and Gennadiy wrote to tell me all the things they love so we could find somethings to help make the shoot special, Olga's love for wine, strawberries and chocolate jumped out at me! They brought the wine and I brought the goodies.
Even though it might sound cliche, Olga feels she and Gennadiy fit together like puzzle pieces. Over the time that they have known each other, they have learned to finish one another's sentences. He is the most loving, caring and selfless man she has ever met in her life. Shortly after they started dating, she went back to school and he has been there for her through everything. Every long day he makes seem a little bit shorter just by calling to say hello. Every failure he makes seem like an accomplishment with words of encouragement . Every mistake Olga makes, Gennadiy helps make it into a lesson learned. Even in tim of hardships, he never doubts her bu t more importantly, never doubts their love. She knows that no matter what they face in the future, they will always have each other to lean on. He makes her feel like the luckiest girl in the world, but more importantly, he is also able to get along with Olga's mother, which apparently not many people can do!!!
The first time Gennadiy kissed Olga, he knew they had something special.He couldn't sleep at all that night thinking about how lovely that first kiss was and he couldn't wait to see her again. She has such an amazing and caring heart that he believes only a few people in this world have. He loves how her beautiful smile can brighten up a room, even in the darkest of times. Her sense of humour makes him laugh for hours and he says her intelligence can only be matched by a few. Gennadiy loves how they can spend countless hours talking about anything and everything. The small things she does - like stop by his work to hive him a kiss or decorate his car at 2am for his birthday - make him happy and feel so lucky to have her in his life. She is incredibly observant and loves to surprise him with a present or small getaway. She will always listen to his problems and gives him sound and honest advice. When Gennadiy's father was in the hospital, his father told his mother that seeing Olga was the best medicine he could have during his stay.
Olga and Gennadiy - congratulation on your engagement. You are both so lucky to have found each other and the way you speak of your love and respect for each other is divine. I loved our shoot for all the love you two exude, and despite the howling winds, grey skies and raindrops, I think we captured some of that magic you two share. xxx