Live Wedding Painting of sweet southern wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina.

by Benjamin Keys

Hannah + Evan

Saint Mary's Chapel
Raleigh, North Carolina
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

It is with so much joy that we share Hannah and Evan's finished painting that was created live on their wedding day.  As an artist herself, Hannah found it important for Ben to have total creative freedom in how he captured their wedding day.  Hannah chose the moment of them both exiting the Chapel at Saint Mary's School, where she attended for years.  The Chapel holds such a sweet place in their families heart, making their live painting so meaningful for Ben to capture.  We loved that she wanted to focal point of the painting to be on just her and Evan as they exited the Chapel for the first time as husband and wife.  It didn't take long to recognize Hannah's gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown.  The Eden lace features gorgeous chiffon embroidered rosettes, a perfect fit for her southern wedding.  Brides and Bouquets created statement florals for the day, including the wreaths and greenery for the Chapel entrance.  Following the ceremony, guests continued over to a tented cocktail hour leading up to a seated dinner inside Saint Mary's School.  Orangerie Events created and designed a spectacular event from start to finish, each detail steeped with meaning.  For example, Hannah and Evan's wedding cake and hanging dessert bar centered around a honeycomb and bee theme, one of her father's favorite hobbies.  Almond Leaf Studios was commissioned to photograph the day, and did so with absolute grace and artistry.  We had so much fun planning for Hannah and Evan's wedding day, that I (Jen) have to say that I will miss talking with Hannah's sweet mother.  What an absolute honor to be part of their wedding day by creating a painting that will mean so much to their family year after year.  

Hannah & Evan captured by live wedding painter, Ben Keys, as they exited Saint Mary's Chapel.

Hannah & Evan captured by live wedding painter, Ben Keys, as they exited Saint Mary's Chapel.

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Hannah designed the sketch featured on her wedding invitation suite of Saint Mary's Chapel. 

Hannah designed the sketch featured on her wedding invitation suite of Saint Mary's Chapel. 

Here is the exact moment Hannah commissioned Ben to capture for her and Evan's live wedding painting.  We teamed up with Almond Leaf Studios to be sure we had the perfect shot of them exiting the Chapel!

Here is the exact moment Hannah commissioned Ben to capture for her and Evan's live wedding painting.  We teamed up with Almond Leaf Studios to be sure we had the perfect shot of them exiting the Chapel!

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Artist palettes were the perfect touch!

Artist palettes were the perfect touch!

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Hannah + Evan's reception was also held at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hannah + Evan's reception was also held at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Live wedding painter, Ben Keys, capturing bride and groom's ceremony exit from Chapel.

Live wedding painter, Ben Keys, capturing bride and groom's ceremony exit from Chapel.

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Saint Mary's School || Photographer: Almond Leaf Studios || Videographer: Heart Stone Films || Planner: Orangerie Events || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys, of Wed on Canvas || Gown: Modern Trousseau via Hayden Olivia Bridal || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan || Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank || Hair: Studio Etica || Makeup: Makeup for Your Day || Catering: Belle's Catering || Cake + Desserts: Sugar Euphoria || Reception Desserts: Sweet Water Ices | Invitation Design: The Bride + One and Only Paper || Paper Products: Little House Shoppe || Florals: Brides and Bouquets || Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting || Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade || Rentals: Party Reflections || Band: Evolution Party Band

Melinda + Scott | Live Wedding Painting

by Benjamin Keys

Mint Museum
Charlotte, North Carolina
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

We counted down the days and months leading up to Melinda and Scott's wedding day since the day they commissioned Ben to create a live wedding painting.  Not only are they the absolute sweetest bride and groom, but they chose Ashley of The Graceful Host to assist with the planning and design for their Mint Museum wedding.  We've been following The Graceful Host on Instagram (@thegracefulhost) for quite some time and truly, can't sing enough praises after having worked with her!  Ashley placed such attention to each and every detail, executed with both perfection and steeped with meaning and significance.  I will never forget Melinda's reaction as she viewed the reception space for the first time ... making this painting even more special to capture!  Ashley coordinated an incredibly talented team of vendors together to create a dream wedding at the Mint Museum.    The reception was full of light and pops of bright color with sparkling gold accents throughout.  The florals were overflowing with beauty, some of the most beautiful orchids we've ever seen!  Wow Factor Cakes created a both modern and delicate wedding cake, inspired by the embroidery detail on Melinda's gown.  Throughout the night, the dance floor was packed as Sol Fusion Band rocked the house!  

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Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas' Custom Stationery |  Photo by Jen Keys

Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas' Custom Stationery | Photo by Jen Keys

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC || Planner: Ashley of The Graceful Host || Photographer: Lori of Capture Me Candid  || Band: Sol Fusion via East Coast Entertainment || Cake: Wow Factor Cakes || Florals: New Creation Flower Company || Catering: Best Impressions || Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier via Nitsa's Apparel || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo ||  Bridesmaid dresses: BCBG, Monique Lhuillier, and Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway || Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink || Linens: Nuage Designs (linens + pillows) and Party Reflections (linens) || Rentals: Party Reflections (Draping, Uplighting, and Chairs) and AFR (Furniture and Chairs)