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 | Charlottesville, VA

by Benjamin Keys

Courtney + Ian
Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards
Charlottesville, Virginia
24 x 30 in. | Oil on Canvas

Pippin Hill is one of the most relaxing and romantic wedding venues that we've ever captured.  Despite hurricane Matthew threatening rain, Courtney and Ian's wedding day was a perfect Fall day overlooking the gorgeous view of the vineyards and rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Courtney's mother commissioned Ben to capture their wedding day as a surprise to the couple.  As it turns out, there were many incredible surprises she had planned ... including hiring the UVA's acapella group for a flash mob performance during the ceremony!  Following the ceremony, guests headed over to Pippin Hill to enjoy a cocktail hour on the lawn as the sun set against the mountains.  The acapella group joined for a second performance while guests sipped on wine.  We can see why Courtney's mom wanted to capture this exact moment for their live wedding painting.  It was so lovely to return to Pippin Hill and really exciting to be able to capture the view the venue has to offer.  Karson Butler Events created an incredible event, we have always been fans of their work but it's even more spectacular first hand!  We are so excited to share an image of their finished wedding painting! 

Live wedding painter, Ben Keys, captured Courtney + Ian's cocktail hour at Charlottesville's Pippin Hill overlooking the gorgeous mountain view.

Live wedding painter, Ben Keys, captured Courtney + Ian's cocktail hour at Charlottesville's Pippin Hill overlooking the gorgeous mountain view.

Wedding Photographer:  Aaron Watson Photography || Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA || Church: Holy Comforter Catholic Church || Officiant: Fr. Peter Gori O.S.A. || Wedding Coordinator: Karson Butler Events || Florist:  Southern Blooms || Hair & Makeup Artist: Hue House Salon and Spa || Videographer: Ian Creations || Band: Millennium, Washington Talent Agency || Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards || Wedding Cake: Poppies Gourmet Cake || Dessert Table: Pie Chest || Late Night Snack: Carpe Donut || Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V & Lighting || Transportation: Albemarle Limosine| || Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom’s Wear: Trunk Club Custom || Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas || Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy