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A love-story photo-shoot turned proposal!

Meet beautiful Russian couple Anya and Roma.

What started as a love-story photo-shoot, ended up with Roma on his knees holding a ring!

These two love-birds joined a recent Surf Еxpedition to Mozambique via Kruger Park, South Africa, organised by Unravel Surf Travel, June/July 2014.

Being an organiser and photographer for Unravel Surf Travel, Roma approached me in advance and told me about his plan to propose to his girlfriend, Anya, during our Surf Tour.

At more or less the same time Anya contacted me and booked a couple’s photo-shoot during the Surf Tour.

Obviously this was the perfect setup for a proposal! Anya would be convinced that she was getting ready for their couple’s photo-shoot, while Roma and myself were preparing for something far more special!

After an hour of taking beautiful photographs of the couple, we moved to a little beach-restaurant where Anya thought we would simply carry on shooting.

But as we moved onto the beach, in the gentle light of a setting sun, I stepped aside and Roma’s eyes started glinting mischievously.

He took Anya’s hand and opened his hand onto hers. At first she had no idea what was happening.

But then she saw the ring. At first there were no words. She had had no idea, but now it was clear. Roma wanted to marry her! She was surprised. She was happy. And I was quietly saying to myself “please say yes, please say yes!”

After a few moments, but what seemed like ages to Roma and myself, she finally said it. Softly. Yes.

There were lots of tears. There was laugher. And there were hugs all around!

It felt incredibly special to be a part of such an important moment in their lives!

They spent the rest of the night alone at their private dinner table on the sand, surrounded by nothing other than stars and the warm Indian Ocean waters along the coast of Mozambique…

All photographs by Jenya Zhivaleva

Place: Barra, Mozambique


Ross Taylor Surf Contest 2014, Buffels Bay South Africa

The Surfer Kids NON-Profit have become an integral part of the annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest. This was the fourth consecutive year that The Surfer Kids attended the event! It is without a doubt one of the highlights on the programme’s calendar and the kids look forward to this weekend all year long!

The event is held annually in Buffels Bay (South Africa) in memory of Ross Taylor, a local surfer who died of cancer. His final wish was that a surf contest be held in his memory, the proceeds of which would be donated to Hospice, after the care and support they had provided to him and his family in the final years of his debilitating illness.

The Surfer Kids is a Non-Profit Organisation operated by Unravel Surf Travel OUTREACH. The programme works with kids from a local rural primary-school and high-school. Its mission is to explore and teach life skills, using surfing and travelling as a medium, in a marginalised rural community.

The Surfer Kids Non Profit also offers  a voluntour program, a combination of volunteer work with the kids and a travelling experience in South Africa.

The Surfer Kids attendance at the Ross Taylor event has been made possible by the support of the organising committee. We would like to thank them for their crucial support, without which we would not be able to spend the weekend in Buffels Bay at the Ross Taylor Surf Contest.

To learn more about the The Surfer Kids go to our website or follow the programme on Facebook

Jenya Zhivaleva, co-founder of The Surfer Kids Non-Profit.

All photos by Jenya Zhivaleva, Your Foto Story,

Vanessa and Darryl’s wedding

Wedding photoshoot with beautiful Vanessa and Darryl.

Vanessa is the owner of the Besters’ Bridal Boutique in Knysna, hence the gorgeous dress and shoes, and Darryl is the artist behind Goldsmiths Knysna. It sounds like a match made in heaven.  Wedding rings were designed by the groom as a wedding gift. Their ceremony was special indeed. Lots of smiles, tears and laughter.

Venue Simola Lodge

Dress by Besters’ Bridal Boutique

Jewellery made by Goldsmiths Knysna

Cake baked by Cake Frills

Make up & hair done by The Art of Make-up by Karin Chan

Eye Lashes done by GLOW Skin & Beauty

Decor hire by SRT Special Events Hire & Functions

This photoshoot was a collaborative effort between myself and Eon Cotzee (Eonphotography).

All photos bellow taken by Jenya Zhivaleva (Your Foto Story)

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