Chita Gets Crafted

Wedding of the Year: Chita Johnson and Lane Craft reception features killer dance moves, rap spectacular

Wedding of the Year as KHOU's Chita Johnson and Lane Craft get hitched

Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, first dance
Chita Johnson and Lane Craft take time out for a kiss at their wedding reception. Photo by Al Torres Photography
 Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bridal party
The bridesmaids looked pretty in pink as they prepared for the wedding. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bride and groom down the aisle
The happy couple walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Paul Wall
Paul Wall led a surprise rap session at the wedding reception. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, father-daughter dance
Chita Johnson and her father, Paul Johnson, wowed the crowd with a killer dance number. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Chita with her dress getting ready
Chita Johnson wore a strapless white wedding gown by Ines Di Santo. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, the groom and his wedding party
The groom, Lane Craft, and his groomsmen. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bride and groom
The happy couple pose for a photo at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Bun B
It was a surprise appearance by Houston-based rapper Bun B and others that sent wedding attendees into overdrive.  Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, on the dance floor
The couple performs their first dance. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, wedding toast
The happy couple make a toast. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, wedding cakes
The multi-tiered wedding cake and groom's cake in the shape of a Longhorn were made by Three Brothers Bakery. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, media photo
Back: Jonathan Gillis, Drew Karedes, Marcy de Luna, JmacGlobal, Ron Trevino, Andy Cerota. Front: Brad Driver, Julie Weaver, Katherine Whaley, Sonia Azad, Rekha Muddaraj, Lily Jang, Crystal Kobza Baldwin, Mia Gradney Courtesy photo
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, fireworks
Fireworks erupted outside the River Oaks Country club at the wedding reception for Chita Johnson and Lane Craft. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, getaway car
The happy couple left on a honeymoon to an undisclosed location. Photo by Al Torres Photography
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, first dance
 Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bridal party
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bride and groom down the aisle
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Paul Wall
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, father-daughter dance
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Chita with her dress getting ready
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, the groom and his wedding party
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, bride and groom
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, Bun B
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, on the dance floor
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, wedding toast
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, wedding cakes
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, media photo
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, fireworks
Houston, Chita Johnson wedding, June 2016, getaway car

Heavy storms and gray skies gave way just as wedding bells at St. Luke’s United Methodist church rang for KHOU meteorologist Chita Johnson’s wedding to landman and longhorn rancher Lane Craft this weekend.

Gleaming rays of sunshine beamed through large church windows as the equally radiant bride, wearing a strapless white gown by Ines Di Santo, walked down the aisle escorted by her father Paul Johnson. In a heartfelt touch, the bride wore a “borrowed” veil from her mother, who shares the same name as her daughter and who wore the veil 38-years-ago at her own wedding.

A teary-eyed Johnson and Craft exchanged vows as St. Luke's senior pastor Thomas J. Pace officiated the ceremony in front of a gathering of 379, including the bride’s parents and brother, who flew in from California, and her extended family from Tennessee.

Standing at the altar beside the happy couple was the wedding party of a dozen bridesmaids and a dozen groomsmen including the groom’s sister and jewelry designer Lauren Craft, the groom’s brother Landon Craft, former KHOU reporter Courtney Zubowski Haas, KHOU news producer Erin Garza, and WFTS Tampa Bay’s Katie McCall.

After the nuptials, guests headed down the road to River Oaks Country Club for a spectacular reception. Wedding planner Stephanie Milam of From This Moment On left no detail to chance. Stunning white flower arrangements by Events In Bloom graced the ballroom and tables. Both the multi-tiered wedding cake and colossal groom’s cake in the shape of a longhorn were made by Three Brothers Bakery. The band, The Society, flew in from California for the joyous occasion. 

"I'm most looking forward to walking down the aisle with my dad—and to our father-daughter dance," Johnson told CultureMap prior to wedding time. And with good reason. Johnson and her father wowed as they danced to a compilation of songs starting with “My Girl.” As the faster-paced “Soul Man” began to play, Paul threw off his tuxedo jacket and showed off his killer dance moves, even doing the splits, as the dynamic duo had the entire ballroom on their feet.

But it was a surprise appearance by Houston-based rappers Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Bun B that sent wedding attendees into overdrive. The trio, backed by the band, performed Beyonce's hit song "Check On It" as the crowd went wild. Johnson's brother, Adam Johnson, also got into the act, rapping to OMI's song, "Cheerleader," adding custom lyrics for the new couple that he wrote especially for the wedding.

Beyond the grand entertainment and the beauty of the decor, what everyone took home from the majestic evening was the adoration between the lovely couple, who departed for their honeymoon to an undisclosed location early Sunday morning.

Johnson and Craft met in early 2014 when former KHOU sports director Butch Alsandor and Craft’s uncle, Galveston Country Club head golf pro Donnie St. Germain, set the couple up on their first date. 

Celebrating the big night were several of Johnson's fellow KHOU on-air personalities including: Channel 11 Morning News anchors Lily Jang and Ron Trevino, weekend evening anchor Rekha Muddaraj, Drew Karedes, Len Cannon, Sherry WilliamsMia Gradney, Darby Douglas, and meteorologists Mario Gomez and Brooks Garner, along with chief meteorologist David Paul.

Also sharing in the special evening were KPRC’s Andy Cerota, WFAA Dallas’ Sonia Azad, ABC13’s Katherine Whaley and Miya Shay, former Houston Texan Chester Pitts and LaToya Pitts, Dr. Eric Haas, 97.9 The Box’s JmacGlobal, Dr. Neil Badlani, Jeff McShanNick Scurfield, Chris WadleyMelanie and Lee Loyd, Stevie Bingham and Brett Schulick, Erica Rose and Galen Gentry, Crystal WallTamara WashingtonBrad Driver, Julie Weaver, Amanda Abiassi, and Jonathan Gillis.

Scenes from the wedding day (Video by Luxe Films Houston): 

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