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Francesca and Forrest | Carlton Landing Proposal | Lake Eufala Photos


Moments before they got engaged!

Francesca and Forrest | Carlton Landing Proposal | Lake Eufala Photos

Forrest pulled off the perfect proposal…and seeing after this blog post, you’ll understand why!

Jonathan and I set our alarms for 5:45AM this past Friday morning. We hurried down some breakfast, drove a little over two hours south, and pulled up to one of the most scenic spots on Lake Eufala for what we hoped would be the perfect Carlton Landing proposal! With a little under an hour to kill before our couple arrived, we took our test shots and perched ourselves in the rocking chairs waiting for the “go time” text from Forrest’s sister, Amy! They would be heading our way under the guise that they were taking family photos with Forrest’s family and everyone else was just “running late!”

Before we jump in to all the precious details of the photos, I’m excited to have Forrest’s perspective of how this all came to be…

My best friend & roommate from college is Francesca’s cousin, Matthew. Francesca went to Ohio State for undergrad and flew down to Norman for the OU vs. Ohio State football game on Sept 17, 2016. I met her when she came to our Norman rent house, and decided I was going to go for it (even though Matthew told me she was strictly off limits), and the rest is history. We went to Bevo on Friday night and as soon as she got off her party bus I grabbed her hand and took her 2-stepping. Best night of my life!

The moment she walked into our rent house in Norman, I knew she was the one. So much so that I told my other roommate, Mason, that I was going to drop everything and go for it. When she left Norman to fly back to Ohio, I told my mom to come over (she was across the street at the Beta house) and told her immediately I was going to marry Francesca.

(Side note – both Mason and Matthew were able to be a part of the celebration after their Carlton Landing proposal! I know it meant the WORLD to both Fran and Forrest to have such dear friends, who were there from the beginning, there to celebrate along with their families!)

There is something completely captivating about Francesca’s smile and attitude. She literally lights up a room with her smile, positivity, goofiness, and energy. So much so that upon seeing her for 15 minutes I knew I was going to drop everything to experience that for the rest of my life. I can’t wait for you to feel it too! Over the last 4-5 years I have only learned to love her more, for the way that she receives happiness while serving others, the drive and ambition she has to become a dermatologist, her adventurous spirit, and most of all her faith in Christ. In addition to all the things she is, I also love the way she makes me feel. She looks up to me as her rock, foundation, and support, and that responsibility has made me grow up a lot. I view everything in a different lens now with her at my side.

The sweetest words!! This is the 26th precious couple I’ve had the honor of celebrating through proposal photography, and it couldn’t have been more picturesque or emotional! Jonathan and I were BOTH crying watching this all go down – first during the proposal, and then again after Francesca fell to her knees upon finding out her ENTIRE FAMILY flew or drove in from out of state for the big weekend!

Getting to be a part of this day was a dream – everything from the setup to their families, and of course the cutest MFP proposal couple! I know they are going to have a ball wedding planning, and I can’t wait to see all that is in store as Francesca and Forrest start their lives together! Congratulations to the future Johnsons!

Don’t miss a cute little Instagram reel I put together with a few of my favorite shots, too!

Could it be any more perfect!? This is up there with Will and Bre’s lake proposal from 2017 as one of the best setups! She was totally stunned!carlton landing proposal carlton landing proposal at lake eufala carlton landing engagement engagement at lake eufala scenic lake proposal at carlton landingThis is the sweetest to me – Forrest had just told her that her entire family was in town and she DROPPED! couple hugs after celebrating carlton landing lake proposal What a STUNNER!!!! engagement photos on carlton landing at lake eufalaStill trying to piece together how everyone was there and she had no clue! Her entire family was literally down the street! family surprises future bride after carlton landing proposal family photos after carlton landing proposal family celebrates newly engaged couple at lake eufala and carlton landing What a crew!

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