Live Wedding Painting | Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

by Benjamin Keys

Brittany + Jonathan
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Charleston, South Carolina
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

This sweet California couple fell in love with the South and decided to celebrate their wedding at Charleston's Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  The lawn of the Veranda House was the backdrop for their gorgeous, alfresco reception.  Brittany and Jonathan commissioned Ben to capture their first dance, which was accompanied by her father singing and playing guitar ... does it get any sweeter!  Ben was so inspired by the incredibly creative event design by Pure Luxe Bride.  He was able to set up his easel in a perfect location that allowed him to capture the unique lounge rentals and guests seated in front of the gorgeous plantation home in the background.  We always love working with Pure Luxe Bride because they allow Ben to truly be the artist and even set up wherever he feels is best to capture the best live painting.  Brittany was so excited about her Southern wedding and we are so pleased with her truly Southern Wedding Painting.  As guests were seated, dining alfresco underneath the edison bulbs and the Spanish Moss ... it was an absolutely unforgettable evening!  Cheers to this incredible couple ... now we just wish they lived closer!  We are so excited to share these incredible images that Dana Cubbage Weddings snapped from their day!  

Brittany + Jonathan commissioned live wedding painter, Ben Keys, to capture their reception at Charleston's Magnolia Plantation.

Brittany + Jonathan commissioned live wedding painter, Ben Keys, to capture their reception at Charleston's Magnolia Plantation.

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Brittany + Jonathan commissioned Ben to capture their first dance with a live wedding painting.

Brittany + Jonathan commissioned Ben to capture their first dance with a live wedding painting.

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Veranda at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC || Planning + Event Design: Pure Luxe Bride || Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas || Florals: Branch Design Studio || Cake: Sablee || Wedding Gown: Essense of Australia via Blush Bridal Couture || Hair + Makeup: Ash & Co || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm via Bella Bridesmaids || Rentals: EventWorks + Snyder || Catering: Salthouse Catering || Paper: Dodeline Design || Men's Attire: Hickey Freeman || Band: Travis Allison Band

Live Wedding Painting | "Joaquin down the aisle" at Magnolia Plantation

by Benjamin Keys

Dana + Russell

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Charleston, South Carolina
30 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

Sweet Dana and Russell said "I do" at Charleston's Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  You would never be able to tell from their smiles that day that it was not only raining, it was downpouring with flooding rising, the weekend of hurricane Joaquin.  I think it's safe to say that there wasn't a single wedding vendor able to sleep this weekend, knowing all the weddings and events in the line of this storm.  Thankfully, Dana and Russell's wedding was on Friday, making it possible for their entire team of vendors to navigate safely to Magnolia Plantation.  (As a side note, I have to say how incredibly proud I am to be part of the Charleston wedding industry that weekend.  I saw a community arise and businesses come together for the one purpose of doing everything humanly possible for these couples.  In fact, one of our photographer friends actually volunteered to photograph a wedding that the contracted photographer wasn't able to attend due to closures and flooding!)  Cayleigh Hopkins of Ooh! Events (Now currently a lead planner with Sage Innovations!)  so beautifully coordinated Dana and Russell's vendor team that you would have hardly known there was a major storm overhead!  Ben was honored to capture the newlyweds during their first dance inside the Carriage House.  Dana opted for a unique 30 x 30 inch canvas that turned out to be perfect for the symmetry and design of the draping and hanging floral centerpieces.  Dana's ballgown was the most dreamy gown for her Magnolia Plantation wedding!  The Richard Bell Photography team captured the day perfectly and we are thrilled to share their images.  Needless to say, it was an honor to be part of Dana and Russell's wedding day and we hope their live wedding painting brings years and years of joy as they remember their first dance surrounded by family and friends!

Live wedding painting at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens by Charleston artist, Ben Keys.

Live wedding painting at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens by Charleston artist, Ben Keys.

Ceremony + Reception Location: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, South Carolina || Planning: Cayleigh of Ooh! Events || Photography: Richard Bell Photography || Videography: Dock House Digital || Cake: Cakes by Kasarda ||  DJ: Pinnacle Charleston || Florist: Out of the Garden || Caterer + Bar: Cru Catering || Dishware: Polished Table Top || Hair + Makeup: Ziba Salon || Live Wedding Artist: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas || Photobooth: Shutterbooth