Arte by Doug & CheyAnne
Wow, where to begin! I’ve known Jonathan for the last 14 years and he recently stood in my wedding, so it was a great honor for me to be a part of his, especially since he upstaged me on the location and had his in Tuscany! Jonathan and Rhonda chose Certaldo, a 13th century medieval village, as their place to exchange vows and it was just the absolute perfect setting for them. It was a quiet morning of prep as CheyAnne and Rhonda headed down to the salon outside of the village walls where she would also change in to her hand-made, one-of-a-kind dress made specifically for her using 200 year old lace and 100 year old fabric – made by the very talented Mimi in New York City. Jonathan made sure his shirt was perfectly pressed, his pocket square folded just right, and then slipped on his exquisite pair of black Salvatore Ferragamo shoes that he purchased just days before in Florence. As he patiently awaited for his bride’s arrival he felt as if something was missing, so he wandered into the courtyard of his hotel and found the perfect red flower waiting to be plucked for Rhonda. Even though Jonathan knew what the dress looked like, you would swear he was seeing it for the first time when she tapped him on the shoulder for their First Look! I can honestly say that in the 14 years I’ve know Johnny, I’ve never seen him as happy as he was on this day. I can’t say that I blame him either, because Rhonda is such a sweet, genuine and caring person and I’m so very happy that they found each other. The ceremony was filled with emotion as Johnny even managed to make me tear up with his heart-felt vows. Even the translator seemed to well up with emotion! It was the perfect Tuscan day filled with family, friends, great food and wine, and memories that will last us all a lifetime. Rhonda and Jonathan, thank you both so very much for taking us on this journey with you guys, trusting us with your memories, and allowing us to be a part of your lives. CheyAnne and I both truly wish you all the best and we can’t wait to see y’all again!
I also want to add that I decided to bring along 7 rolls of medium format film to document their day and that film is currently being processed. Stay tuned for the film version of this Tuscan wedding! And thanks to Aaron Hogan with Eye Wander Photo for lending me his Hasselblad. Looking through that viewfinder is something special to see!