Love is on the air in Houston. The hearts of TV viewers all over town are breaking as KHOU ace meteorologist Chita Johnson has announced that she is officially off the market.
Johnson is engaged to her beau of a year and a half, landman and longhorn rancher Lane Craft, who popped the question Tuesday after a leisurely dinner at his home.
The moment of excitement was a true surprise for the popular Channel 11 weather forecaster. While Johnson had a feeling a proposal was in the near future, she couldn't help but think it would happen over the long holiday weekend. The couple just returned from a romantic getaway in Turks and Caicos.
"This was his way of letting me know that he loves me for the real me, without all the glam and the cameras. He's the kindest person I know."
"We went to all these nice dinners, had walks on the beach... I thought he’d propose and it didn't happen. Then, on our last day, he rented a private boat. The crew served a great lunch with champagne, and I really thought it was going to happen. And it didn't," Johnson tells CultureMap.
Back home in Houston, Johnson called her parents, who reside in California, for solace. They assured her that it’s all about timing. “They told me it would happen when it’s supposed to happen.”
And so it did.
Johnson and Craft, who are active in the community and regularly spotted around town at events, spent an easy evening at Craft’s home last night. "I went to his place for dinner, dressed down and with no make-up. I was sitting on the couch when he came over and got down on one knee," she says.
Craft’s low-key proposal couldn't have been more thoughtful. “We're always dressed up and out in public. This was his way of letting me know that he loves me for the real me, without all the glam and the cameras. He's the kindest person I know."
The handsome couple met when they were set up on a date by Craft’s uncle, Galveston Country Club head golf pro Donnie St. Germain, and former KHOU sports director Butch Alsandor in early 2014.
Of her upcoming nuptials, Johnson says that while California is a natural choice since her family lives there, a local wedding is not out of the question. "Lane has a lot of relatives here. We may have it in Houston — a big, fun wedding with all our friends and family."
Johnson adds, "Everyone has been so supportive. I've never felt so much love."
Makes you wonder if there's something in the water at Houston TV news stations.