Live Wedding Painting | Andrews, NC

by Benjamin Keys

Jessica + Ryan
Hawkesdene House
Andrews, NC
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

We are so excited to share Jessica and Ryan's live wedding painting that Ben captured of their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.  As we were working with Ashley of The Graceful Host to finalize the subject of their reception painting, we realize that the traditional first dance moment wouldn't capture the beauty of the florals and decor under the tent.  Due to the layout of the venue, the first dance moment would have missed capturing all of the event details that Jessica + Ryan loved planning and seeing come to life.  We then pitched the idea of having Ben capture the cake cutting, which was placed in the center of the tent and surrounded by a perfect view of the reception details.  We were so thrilled with how their painting came together!  Ben loved capturing the details of their lush greenery arrangements and the chandeliers that made for such a romantic evening.  Ashley has such an eye for styling and planning events, that we just knew this was the best decision!  Needless to say, we love it when couples have creative ideas and allow us to think outside the box alongside them.  Cheers to this incredible couple and their gorgeous North Carolina mountain wedding day!

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Jessica + Ryan's cake cutting during their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Jessica + Ryan's cake cutting during their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Hawkesdene House, Andrews, NC || Planning: The Graceful Host || Florals: New Creations Flower Co ||  Rentals: Party Reflections + Nuage Designs + Classic Event Rental || Stationery: Elisabeth Rose || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas || Gown: Bellissima || 

Live Wedding Painting | Palm Beach, Florida

by Benjamin Keys

Lara + Louis
Henry Flagler Museum
Palm Beach, Florida
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

One of the many advantages to traveling across the country for live wedding paintings is the opportunity to see some of our country's most beautiful wedding venues.  The Henry Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida is at the top of our list of favorite venues in the country!  When our bride Lara reached out, we were just so thrilled to hear she had chosen this breathtaking historic venue to be the backdrop for their reception. The Pavillion's architecture has this Old World charm creates the most romantic setting.  Ornate architecture also happens to be one of Ben's favorite backdrops for live paintings as it's not only challenging, but also feels as if you're documenting a portion of history.   Lara requested Ben to capture a very unique moment, and this moment was a first for Ben!  She explained to us that there would be a special waltz, choreographed with her family, that would be shared following the toasts.  This waltz was inspired by Lara's namesake from the 1960s film Dr. Zhivago.  There is an iconic waltz moment at the end of the film and Lara's parents loved the idea of incorporating this dance into their wedding day!  Needless to say, we loved hearing the sweet backstory and Ben was thrilled to capture this unique moment in their live painting.  This waltz, together with their moment, was absolute perfection and a true Hollywood moment.  Lara's organza ball gown was unforgettable as they twirled, dipped, and waltzed during their gorgeous wedding reception.  Ben was also inspired by Lara + Louis' floral design that gave such a soft romantic touch to the setting.  Lauren of Lauren Daversa Events coordinated the day beautifully for this amazing couple.  We considered it such an honor to be part of this amazing couple's wedding day and are just thrilled to share their finished live wedding painting!  

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Lara + Louis' waltz with their family during their reception at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Lara + Louis' waltz with their family during their reception at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL.

Reception Venue: Henry Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL || Planner: Lauren Daversa Events || Photography: Jessica Loren Photography || Floral Design: Xquisite Events || Gown: Lazaro via Chic Parisien