Francesca and Charlie

Francesca is my cousin-in-law and one of my favorite people. Charlie is a great guy and friend. I’m really excited for their wedding next June!

The  process leading up to the proposal, and the proposal itself, required months of secrecy and scheming, spanning two continents. Briefly, it went like this:

  • We went to India for Maria (Francesca’s sister) and Varun’s wedding.
  • While in India, Charlie, Varun and I snuck to a jewelry store to pick out an engagement ring. Charlie had it custom made for Francesca.
  • When Maria and Varun came back to the U.S. on vacation, they brought the finished ring with them.
  • Charlie planned the proposal to take place in Little Italy during The Feast. We scoped out the area so I could get photos of it, and decided on the steps of Holy Rosary.
  • Ben (Franceca’s brother) and I wore disguises so we wouldn’t be spotted by Francesca, and photographed/videoed the proposal.

This was our disguise. We were trying really hard not to stand out.

And the proposal happened like this:

She said “YES!”

Francesca was undecided about the engagement shoot location for a long time. And after several conversations discussing the pros and cons of here and there, she decided she wanted sunflowers in the photos. It was a fun and unique idea. I was really excited about the shoot.

The engagement session took place at Sunrise Farm in Burton.

Congrats again, Francesca and Charlie! I’m so happy for both of you.

Just for context, Fra is a teacher.

  • October 1, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    Francesca - Justin, I LOVE the photos! I am so blessed that you are doing our wedding photos. I am 100% confident that you will deliver beyond perfect photos. I could not have even dremt of such perfect engagement photos…I am excited to see wedding day photos. You have such a God given talent. I am speechless with how much I love them. Thank for your talent. Everything you do is a work of art 🙂 Many thanks, Francesca

  • October 1, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Charlie - WOW! Thank you so much Justin, these are amazing! I can’t believe how great they turned out. This sure was a lot easier than photography in India! So glad everything worked out the way it did. Thank you again. Charlie

  • October 2, 2012 - 5:20 am

    Maria Childs - Homerun for JK!!! Beautiful photos. Francesca – you guys look so good!!! What a cute idea!!

  • October 9, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    maresss - gorgeous, fun and touching! justin you are an outstanding photographer but it sure helps to have such a beautiful couple!

  • July 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Francesca and Charlie » Justin Ketchem Photography - […] this wedding. I was really excited to be photographing it. I had the pleasure of photographing Charlie’s proposal last year as well as their engagement session.  Fra and Charlie are such wonderful people and […]

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