Live Wedding Painting | Palm Beach, Florida

by Benjamin Keys

Lara + Louis
Henry Flagler Museum
Palm Beach, Florida
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

One of the many advantages to traveling across the country for live wedding paintings is the opportunity to see some of our country's most beautiful wedding venues.  The Henry Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida is at the top of our list of favorite venues in the country!  When our bride Lara reached out, we were just so thrilled to hear she had chosen this breathtaking historic venue to be the backdrop for their reception. The Pavillion's architecture has this Old World charm creates the most romantic setting.  Ornate architecture also happens to be one of Ben's favorite backdrops for live paintings as it's not only challenging, but also feels as if you're documenting a portion of history.   Lara requested Ben to capture a very unique moment, and this moment was a first for Ben!  She explained to us that there would be a special waltz, choreographed with her family, that would be shared following the toasts.  This waltz was inspired by Lara's namesake from the 1960s film Dr. Zhivago.  There is an iconic waltz moment at the end of the film and Lara's parents loved the idea of incorporating this dance into their wedding day!  Needless to say, we loved hearing the sweet backstory and Ben was thrilled to capture this unique moment in their live painting.  This waltz, together with their moment, was absolute perfection and a true Hollywood moment.  Lara's organza ball gown was unforgettable as they twirled, dipped, and waltzed during their gorgeous wedding reception.  Ben was also inspired by Lara + Louis' floral design that gave such a soft romantic touch to the setting.  Lauren of Lauren Daversa Events coordinated the day beautifully for this amazing couple.  We considered it such an honor to be part of this amazing couple's wedding day and are just thrilled to share their finished live wedding painting!  

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Lara + Louis' waltz with their family during their reception at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Lara + Louis' waltz with their family during their reception at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL.

Reception Venue: Henry Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL || Planner: Lauren Daversa Events || Photography: Jessica Loren Photography || Floral Design: Xquisite Events || Gown: Lazaro via Chic Parisien 

Live Wedding Painting | Middleburg, Virginia

by Benjamin Keys

Stephanie + John
The Salamander Resort + Spa
Middleburg, Virginia
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

The first connection I (Jen) have with a client is everything.  As Ben pours so much of his creativity and heart into each painting, it's important that we connect with our couples and commissioners.  And oh did we connect with bride Stephanie and her sweet mom.  A connection so strong that, if I may say, Stephanie chose her wedding date based on Ben's availability!  For over a year we planned and counted down the days to their Spring wedding at The Salamander.  Stephanie and John's wedding day was one of the most creative and unique receptions in which they set the tone with their first dance: a classical Viennese Waltz!  This was the moment Stephanie and John requested Ben to capture for their live painting.  Their first dance was like something from the Cinderella movie - elegant and just oh-so-romantic!  This sweet couple is no doubt, so in love!  Following their first dance, guests were also invited after a seated dinner to join them in an evening of waltzing.  Accompanied by the President's Orchestra Band (... yes, President Obama's orchestra!) and one of the most acclaimed Waltz instructors from Austria, it was truly one of the most elegant, old-world evenings you could imagine ... and truly one of the most unique receptions we've ever seen!  Following the reception, Ben brought the painting back to our studio here in Charleston for finishing touches.  Once the painting was complete, Stephanie and John decided to make a special trip down from Washington, DC to pick up their painting!  We clinked champagne and unveiled their finished piece and celebrated afterwards with dinner.  We had so much fun hearing more about their wedding day and getting to know them, and quite honestly, found ourselves wishing they lived in Charleston!  I share these details as it reminded us that Wed on Canvas is FAR MORE than JUST a job ... it's about connecting with couples and creating a painting that speaks so much to their heart ... AND ours!  For Ben, there's just something so rewarding, and dare I even say, Sacred, when it comes to creating a piece of art that means so much to our couples.  Words just can't express how dear our client's are to us - and Stephanie and John will forever hold a special place in our hearts!  Cheers to this amazing couple!  What an absolute honor to capture their reception with a live wedding painting.

Ben captured Stephanie + John's elegant First Viennese Waltz in a live wedding painting during their reception at The Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. 

Ben captured Stephanie + John's elegant First Viennese Waltz in a live wedding painting during their reception at The Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. 

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Salamander Resort + Spa, Middleburg, Virginia || Florist: Holly Chapel || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas