Picture the scene: it’s your big day and as you walk down the aisle, a talented artist takes their first steps too, putting brush to canvas to document your dream day as it happens.
Over the next few hours, your wedding painter will perfectly preserve your wedding day. We think live wedding paintings make the most memorable and beautiful wedding memento or gift, so we asked live painter Stephanie Paints Things to share the five best moments for you to capture…
“I am the professional live event painter behind Stephanie Paints Things. I paint pictures of weddings and parties while they are happening. Every artist has a different style and way of working, but I paint one complete picture from scratch at the venue, on the day. Here are the top five scenes that I am asked to create in live wedding paintings:
I’ve painted all sorts of ceremonies. They are always really popular and my favourite scene to paint. You can have a painting of you saying your vows, exchanging rings, sharing your first kiss… You could have the moment you walk down the aisle to meet your groom, or you both walking up the aisle as newlyweds.
There’s usually lots of lovely décor that you will want to remember from your big day. I like painting in daylight so I can see all the details well. It’s also easier to paint in your friends and family during a formal event when I can see who is who!
2. Outdoor ceremonies
These always make brilliant paintings, but make sure you have a good backup plan if it rains. Lots of venues have amazing outdoor settings for ceremonies, and natural features come across well on canvas.
3. Afternoon receptions
Daytime receptions are great for showing of an impressive venue and creating a less formal painting of your party. I can paint you and a few of your guests mingling with drinks in a fabulous setting.
4. Portraits in the grounds of the venue
Some venues have fabulous features that you will only find if you go exploring, and they may not be part of the formal plan for the day. A portrait in the grounds of the venue can make for a lovely intimate painting, and can include a unique or special setting like the amazing tree house that I painted at Bressingham Gardens, or the bandstand at Colchester Castle…
5. Evening receptions
The first dance is a great moment to capture from the day. Live wedding paintings in the evening can be really atmospheric, too. Features like flowers, table decorations and moody lighting always feature strongly in these paintings.
It is harder to focus on specific guests at big parties when it’s dark and everyone is moving around though, so I might not be able to get all the VIPs into this sort of painting.
Whichever scene I paint, your dress is a big feature and it’s good to pick a view where you will both be standing up to show your outfits at their best! I can also use a little bit of artistic license to move things around and try to include everything you want in your painting to make it as magical and meaningful as you wish.”