Live Wedding Painting | Richmond, VA

by Benjamin Keys

Kathryn + Aaron
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
30 x 24 in. | Oil on Canvas

Architecture is one of Ben's first loves when it comes to painting.  Having been trained to paint en plein air along the streets of Chicago and Italy, he cultivated a love for painting architecture.  It's always a joy (and a challenge!) when we're invited to paint a breathtaking chapel, cathedral or synagogue!  Kathryn + Aaron's wedding was not only a joy, but also so inspiring as the chapel of the University of Richmond's campus is just lovely!  The two celebrated their love with a ceremony there on campus and followed with a reception at the John Marshall Ballrooms.  The original plan was for Ben to capture the exterior of the chapel, however it turned out to be a rainy day, and we made the last minute decision with the couple to capture the interior and their vows as the subject for their live painting.  So many times, the rain plan creates SUCH a gorgeous painting ... and we can hardly believe it was our Plan B!  Rain can be so disappointing, but we are honestly so thrilled with how Kathryn + Aaron's painting came together!  We hope this painting will bring a lifetime of joy as they remember the moment they become One!  

Live Wedding Artist, Ben Keys, captured K+A's wedding ceremony inside the gorgeous chapel at the University of Richmond campus.

Live Wedding Artist, Ben Keys, captured K+A's wedding ceremony inside the gorgeous chapel at the University of Richmond campus.

Kathryn + Aaron ordered a custom set of stationery that features their live wedding painting!  

Kathryn + Aaron ordered a custom set of stationery that features their live wedding painting!  

Ceremony Venue: University of Richmond's Chapel, Richmond, VA || Reception Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms, Richmond, VA || Planning: Bryce of Roberts and Co.  || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas

Danielle and Drew

by Benjamin Keys

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Staunton, VA
18 x 24 in. Live Wedding Painting
12 x 16 in. Painting from Photos

We just delivered two paintings to newlyweds Danielle and Drew.  The first, a scene of this sweet bride and groom saying their vows, and the second a portrait of them standing before Anne Hathaway's Cottage.  The Anne Hathaway Cottage in Virginia is actually an exact replica of the original Anne Hathaway's Bed and Breakfast that is in England.  The original cottage in England was the residence of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.  This was the perfect venue being that the groom's family lives in England!  The charming gardens and cozy cottage with a thatched roof created the most intimate backdrop for this couple and their family and friends.  It was an absolute honor to capture this day for Danielle and Drew!    

Danielle and Drew, Live Wedding Painting | 18 x 24 in. Oil on Canvas |  Anne Hathaway's Cottage , Staunton, VA

Danielle and Drew, Live Wedding Painting | 18 x 24 in. Oil on Canvas | Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Staunton, VA

Danielle and Drew, Wedding Portrait | 12 x 16 in. Oil on Canvas |  Anne Hathaway's Cottage , Staunton, VA

Danielle and Drew, Wedding Portrait | 12 x 16 in. Oil on Canvas | Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Staunton, VA