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 

A live wedding painting at Charleston's iconic Lowndes Grove Plantation

by Benjamin Keys

Ashley + Blake
Lowndes Grove Plantation
Charleston, SC
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

As locals to Charleston, Ashley and Blake's wedding day was overflowing with chic Lowcountry style with a pop of prep.  Their ceremony and reception were both held at Charleston's iconic Lowndes Grove Plantation, tucked away on the upper Peninsula.  Lilly Pulitzer herself would have approved of everything from their color palette to the gold pineapple table accents.  One of the most unforgettable moments was when Ashley and her father arrived in a horse drawn carriage, just before walking down the aisle.    (Every girl's DREAM!)  Ashley and Blake commissioned Ben to capture their ceremony overlooking the gorgeous coastal landscape of the Ashley River.  Following the ceremony, Ben relocated under the tented reception to continue painting for guests to enjoy.  Needless to say, we are so pleased to share their finished live wedding painting!  

Ashley + Blake, 24 x 30 in. Live Wedding Painting at Lowndes Grove Plantation

Ashley + Blake, 24 x 30 in. Live Wedding Painting at Lowndes Grove Plantation

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Artist, Ben Keys creating a live painting during Charleston wedding.

Artist, Ben Keys creating a live painting during Charleston wedding.

Ben Keys, Live Wedding Painter of Wed on Canvas

Ben Keys, Live Wedding Painter of Wed on Canvas

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Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, SC || Coordinator: Stunning and Brilliant Events || Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography || Videography: Reel Weddings || Florals: Branch Design Studio || Catering: Patrick Properties || Hair + Makeup: Charlotte Belk || Linens + Rentals: EventsWorks, Ooh Events, Snyder Events, All Mist || Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings || Photobooth: Shutterbooth || Band: SoulFish  || Horse + Carriage: Charleston Coach || Cake: Travis Biernacki