Live Wedding Painting | Nantucket, MA

by Benjamin Keys

Katie + Bill
The White Elephant
Nantucket, MA
24 x 30 in. Canvas

If there's one location that's been on our destination wedding wish list since day one, it's NANTUCKET!  When Katie called to inquire if Ben was available, we were over-the-moon excited to hear all the details of their dream coastal wedding day.  Having vacationed to Nantucket for years together, and Bill being from a family of avid sailors, Nantucket was the perfect location for their celebration.  Needless to say, Nantucket did not disappoint.  We loved how Kate + Bill's wedding day highlighted the best of Nantucket, from the waterfront view overlooking the harbor to the little details like the oyster bar made out of a skiff that was open during cocktail hour ... every detail allowed for guests to appreciate this couple's love and connection to each other even more!  That's one of the reasons that we love destination weddings.  The couple is able to share their love and connection to a place with their closest friends and family.  What a gift to the couple and the guests!  Katie and Bill decided that the cocktail hour would be the best backdrop for the painting as it allowed for Ben to capture everyone enjoying the gorgeous waterfront view during the day.  Ben has always loved painting the coastal landscape ... check out benkeys.com to see more of his non-wedding paintings ... and the view from the White Elephant was such an iconic Nantucket seascape!  The guests loved watching their live painting come together and we are so thrilled to share the finished painting.  Thank you so much to Kate of Plan it MV and to Jocelyn Filley for sharing their gorgeous wedding images!  

Nantucket, MA was the perfect destination for K+B's destination wedding.  Ben was so thrilled to capture their cocktail hour overlooking the iconic waterfront view with a live wedding painting.

Nantucket, MA was the perfect destination for K+B's destination wedding.  Ben was so thrilled to capture their cocktail hour overlooking the iconic waterfront view with a live wedding painting.

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Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, capturing Katie + Bill's cocktail hour overlooking the harbor at The White Elephant on Nantucket Island, MA.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, capturing Katie + Bill's cocktail hour overlooking the harbor at The White Elephant on Nantucket Island, MA.

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Reception Location: The White Elephant, Nantucket, MA || Planning: Kate of Plan it MV || Photography: Jocelyn Filley || Florist: Of the Vine || Band: The Sultans

Live Wedding Painting | The Dewberry, Charleston, SC

by Benjamin Keys

Britt + Alex
The Dewberry
Charleston, South Carolina
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

T H I S.  A candid bar scene moment was the subject Ben captured for Britt + Alex's live wedding painting.  Britt fell in love with a few of Ben's older paintings that had a brushy, loose feel and requested Ben approach her painting similarly.  She also was open to considering a more unique moment, instead of the traditional first dance.  Don't get us wrong, we love traditional moments that are so classic and timeless, but it sure is fun and refreshing to receive total creative liberty to paint what comes.  This painting wouldn't have been possible without Blythe of Yoj Events, who not only created a spectacular reception, but let Ben have so much freedom to just create.  The result was so fresh and alive.  Thank you so much to Britt + Alex, who trusted Ben to capture their story of their wedding day with brushstrokes.  We hope this painting will bring a lifetime of joy as you remember your gorgeous reception at The Dewberry in downtown Charleston.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Britt + Alex's wedding day with a unique bar scene moment.  

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Britt + Alex's wedding day with a unique bar scene moment.  

Reception Venue: The Dewberry, Charleston, SC || Planning: Blythe of Yoj Events || Florals: Stephanie Gibbs Events || Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas