Katherine + Cory | Live Wedding Painting

by Benjamin Keys

Private Residence
Lake City, South Carolina
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

There's nothing sweeter than a backyard wedding.  The location itself brings so much meaning to a wedding day, not to mention a place the bride and groom can revisit for years and years to come.  We had the honor of capturing Katherine and Corey's backyard wedding ceremony on canvas.  The ceremony was held in Lake City, South Carolina on Katherine's parents' property.  They couldn't have planned for more perfect weather!  Katherine walked down the aisle wearing a gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown and joined Corey surrounded by their closest friends and family.  Ben had a perfect view and captured their vows live during the ceremony.  After the ceremony, Ben transitioned his easel to the reception location and continued painting as the celebration continued!  One of our favorite moments of the reception was the spectacular fireworks show!  Such a wonderful way to end such a gorgeous celebration of Katherine and Cory's wedding day!  

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Venue: Private Residence, Marion, SC || Photographer: Collin M. Smith Portrait Photography || Videographer: Absolute Video || Band: The Mighty Kicks || Gown: Modern Trousseau

Vikki and Lee

by Benjamin Keys

Not So Hostel
Charleston, South Carolina
24 x 30 in. | Live Wedding Painting

Imagine a downtown Charleston backyard wedding with a cool September breeze, grooving to Garage Cuban Band, under twinkle lights.  Tucked behind Not So Hostel, Vikki and Lee had the most organic and artistic wedding day.  Lee is an accomplished musician (www.leebarbour.com) and Vikki is a rising singer and musician herself.  It was their passion for music that brought these two together.  (We think so highly of their talent, they actually performed at our own wedding!!)  Needless to say, their wedding was full of character.  Before sharing their first dance, the couple celebrated their first ping pong match as newlyweds.  (For the record, Vikki did take the victory!)  After a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Maya (100% vegan and LOCAL! ingredients), guests enjoyed a performance by a local stand up comedian!  We have never seen this at a wedding, and the guests loved it.  The guests were also gifted mason jars, that doubled in keeping this wedding a green event!  And of course, the one thing we knew would be incredible would be the music.  Garage Cuban band was so great, you will be able to find us at their next gig!  (Even if it means crashing a wedding, JK.)  Ben's live wedding painting perfectly fit the creative atmosphere and energy of the wedding.  The magnificent oak tree dating back to when Columbus arrived, along with the old barn and pick-up truck made for a great painting backdrop.  Lee's dad said, as he pointed to the huge oak tree in the painting, "Ben, you nailed it.  This is what it's really all about."  They were brought together and are part of a bigger picture, a bigger story.  There was something so sacred about that oak tree, as Lee and Vikki stood beneath it's security and covered by it's strength.  This is indeed, what it's all about. 

We would love to invite you to be part of Lee and Vikki's wedding day and see this painting go from start to finish! 

Vikki and Lee | 24 x 30 in. Live Wedding Painting | Charleston, SC

Vikki and Lee | 24 x 30 in. Live Wedding Painting | Charleston, SC

Vikki + Lee, Same Day Edit, courtesy of Film Anywhere Productions                            Song by Lee Barbour, Guinevere

Vikki's dad adds his own artistic touch to the wedding painting.  Photo courtesy of Adam Chandler Photography

Vikki's dad adds his own artistic touch to the wedding painting.  Photo courtesy of Adam Chandler Photography

Venue // Not so Hostel, Charleston, SC

Catering // Chef Maya

Photography // Adam Chandler Photography

Videography // Film Anywhere Production

Band // Garage Cuban Band