Francesca + Justin | Charleston, SC

by Benjamin Keys

Francesca + Justin
Wingate Plantation
Charleston, South Carolina
30 x 24 in.

Cheers to Francesca + Justin’s 10th Anniversary celebration. After an intimate vow renewal, they welcomed their family and friends to celebrate, including US! That’s right, we were guests for once!!! We started the evening with champagne gorgeously styled in Justin’s vintage car ... followed by a delicious al fresco dinner with incredible music underneath chandeliers the sweet southern oak trees at Wingate Plantation. It was a dream Charleston evening ... and we loved celebrating with them. Francesca and Justin have been dear friends since we moved to Charleston ... we’ve watched our business grow and been there for each other personally and professionally over the years.

Charleston Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Francesca + Justin’s intimate Vow Renewal at Wingate Plantation.

Charleston Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Francesca + Justin’s intimate Vow Renewal at Wingate Plantation.

Venue Location: Wingate Plantation, Charleston, SC || Design: Pure Luxe Bride || Photographer: The Happy Bloom || Videography: Dock House Digital || Florals: Petaloso || Calligraphy: J. Lily Design || Rentals: Event Works + Ooh! Events || Lounge: 428 Main || Lighting: Charleston Uplighting || Catering: Lewis BBQ || Bar Service: Squeeze Cocktails || Sweets: Holy City Waffles || Music: The Charleston Wedding Band || Invitations: Shutterfly || Beauty: Pampered and Pretty XO || Gown: Monique Lhuillier via BHLDN || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas

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