Kiersten and Franco De

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How We Met

After a long day of helping my friends win a pageant, some friends of mine decided to celebrate by going out to a friends and having some fun. About two hours into the hang out, a guy I had never seen before made eye contact with me, and went the opposite direction of me. Deep down I really hoped he would say hello…and it happened! After a few minutes, he came back to introduce himself. We had lots in common–like living in a small town, being involved in same activities, and knowing the same people.

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At the end of the night, he asked for my Snapchat. I didn’t hear from him for a couple of weeks, until one day I was helping host a concert at my university. A new friend I had met that day introduced herself and said she was from Vega, Texas. When she said that, I remembered that guy from the hang out (Franco) was also from Vega. Cailey, my new friend from the concert, told me to go ahead and reach out to him and get to know him because he had a cool background. So, I did. And now, we are engaged with a snap streak of 2,059 days.

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How They Asked

For many months, we had it on our calendar to witness our good friends Jenna and Kale get married in Lake Powell. Jenna and I met through photography, (we are both photographers, but I asked her to do my college senior photos), and we shoot weddings together now.

Due to changing her wedding plans to an elopement style, the wedding got cancelled. However, Franco and I decided to keep our plane tickets and explore Arizona (we are from Texas). With Franco’s grandparents getting older and being in South Africa, he had a great idea to get our pictures taken by horseshoe bend as soon as we arrived. We literally had a whole Photoshoot planned an hour after arriving.

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We freshened up at the hotel, and headed that way where I saw one of my favorite photographers in the nation–Jenna Knott! I was so happy and excited, but also frustrated because there was 60-70 mph wind. I remember Jenna was getting me ready to take a portrait photo of me to begin with. She told me to look at the canyon, and embrace it. I did, and she told me to turn around. When I turned around, I saw Franco on one knee. Even with the wind and the people there, everything seemed so still. The first thing he told me not to do was cry (and I definitely did) and then asked to marry me. Easiest yes ever.

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Special Thanks

Jenna Knott
 | Photographer
Jenna York
 | Planning