Laura + Chris | Wilmington, NC

by Benjamin Keys

Laura + Chris
Cape Fear Country Club
Wilmington, North Carolina
24 x 30 in. Canvas

One of the highest compliments we've ever received is when Laura + Chris were planning their wedding and chose their date around Ben's availability!  Ben captured Laura's sister's wedding with a live painting (see Elizabeth's gorgeous painting here!) last year and their family was determined to have Ben celebrate with their family again!  Each live painting is special, but having the opportunity to paint for each sibling brings on a whole new level of meaning to us!  Laura and Chris' wedding day was indeed special, and Ben was welcome almost like family!  It was so fun to see and recognize so many guests and family members, too!  Cape Fear Country Club was a lovely backdrop for their day!  Laura chose the most beautiful color pallet that included deep fall wine shades popped with feminine lavender notes.  The hanging chandelier was an absolutely stunning centerpiece for their reception!  Honestly, being part of their day was a true honor and highlight to our year!  Cheers to this sweet couple and the opportunity to celebrate another joyous day with their family and friends!     

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Laura + Chris' first dance surrounded by their family and friends at Wilmington, NC's Cape Fear Country Club.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Laura + Chris' first dance surrounded by their family and friends at Wilmington, NC's Cape Fear Country Club.

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Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Laura + Chris' first dance at their reception held at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Laura + Chris' first dance at their reception held at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC.

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Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC || Reception Venue: Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington, NC || Photographer: Treebird Photography || Dress Designer Ellis Bridal, via The Wedding Dress Shoppe || Hair: Jamie Warzel || Makeup Danielle Forte || Flowers Design Perfection || Band Right to Party || Cake Imaginary Cakes

Live Event Painting | New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Founders' Gala

by Benjamin Keys

NHRMC Founders' Gala
Air Wilmington Hangar
Wilmington, NC
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

It was truly an honor for Ben to capture the New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Annual Founder's Gala back in January.  The Annual Gala was hosted at Air Wilmington Hangar which is literally an airport hangar that has been transformed into a wonderful event venue space!  The event raised over $200,000 to support pediatric pulmonology patients at Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  This year's Gala theme was inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night.  Salt Harbor Designs assisted with the event design which included a magnificent floral installation that mimicked the very brush strokes of a huge print backdrop of Van Gogh's piece.  Needless to say, this event theme was perfect for Ben to capture with a live painting!  At the end of the evening, the painting was auctioned and proceeds donated towards NHRMC.  Ben had the pleasure of meeting the highest bidder and hearing the story of how their lives have been forever touched by the medical team at NHRMC.  We are so thrilled to know that this painting will be hanging in such a special home! 

Live Event Painter, Ben Keys, captures the Annual NHRMC Founder's Gala in Wilmington, NC.

Live Event Painter, Ben Keys, captures the Annual NHRMC Founder's Gala in Wilmington, NC.

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Ben Keys, capturing the NHRMC Founder's Gala in a live event painting.

Ben Keys, capturing the NHRMC Founder's Gala in a live event painting.

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Event Host: New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC || Event Venue:  Air Wilmington Hangar, Wilmington, NC || Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs || Photography: Christopher Warren || Live Event Painter: Ben Keys, Wed on Canvas