Live Wedding Painting | Andrews, NC

by Benjamin Keys

Jessica + Ryan
Hawkesdene House
Andrews, NC
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

We are so excited to share Jessica and Ryan's live wedding painting that Ben captured of their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.  As we were working with Ashley of The Graceful Host to finalize the subject of their reception painting, we realize that the traditional first dance moment wouldn't capture the beauty of the florals and decor under the tent.  Due to the layout of the venue, the first dance moment would have missed capturing all of the event details that Jessica + Ryan loved planning and seeing come to life.  We then pitched the idea of having Ben capture the cake cutting, which was placed in the center of the tent and surrounded by a perfect view of the reception details.  We were so thrilled with how their painting came together!  Ben loved capturing the details of their lush greenery arrangements and the chandeliers that made for such a romantic evening.  Ashley has such an eye for styling and planning events, that we just knew this was the best decision!  Needless to say, we love it when couples have creative ideas and allow us to think outside the box alongside them.  Cheers to this incredible couple and their gorgeous North Carolina mountain wedding day!

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Jessica + Ryan's cake cutting during their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.

Live Wedding Painter, Ben Keys, captured Jessica + Ryan's cake cutting during their reception at the Hawkesdene House in Andrews, NC.

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Hawkesdene House, Andrews, NC || Planning: The Graceful Host || Florals: New Creations Flower Co ||  Rentals: Party Reflections + Nuage Designs + Classic Event Rental || Stationery: Elisabeth Rose || Live Wedding Painter: Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas || Gown: Bellissima || 

Melinda + Scott | Live Wedding Painting

by Benjamin Keys

Mint Museum
Charlotte, North Carolina
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

We counted down the days and months leading up to Melinda and Scott's wedding day since the day they commissioned Ben to create a live wedding painting.  Not only are they the absolute sweetest bride and groom, but they chose Ashley of The Graceful Host to assist with the planning and design for their Mint Museum wedding.  We've been following The Graceful Host on Instagram (@thegracefulhost) for quite some time and truly, can't sing enough praises after having worked with her!  Ashley placed such attention to each and every detail, executed with both perfection and steeped with meaning and significance.  I will never forget Melinda's reaction as she viewed the reception space for the first time ... making this painting even more special to capture!  Ashley coordinated an incredibly talented team of vendors together to create a dream wedding at the Mint Museum.    The reception was full of light and pops of bright color with sparkling gold accents throughout.  The florals were overflowing with beauty, some of the most beautiful orchids we've ever seen!  Wow Factor Cakes created a both modern and delicate wedding cake, inspired by the embroidery detail on Melinda's gown.  Throughout the night, the dance floor was packed as Sol Fusion Band rocked the house!  

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Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas' Custom Stationery |  Photo by Jen Keys

Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas' Custom Stationery | Photo by Jen Keys

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC || Planner: Ashley of The Graceful Host || Photographer: Lori of Capture Me Candid  || Band: Sol Fusion via East Coast Entertainment || Cake: Wow Factor Cakes || Florals: New Creation Flower Company || Catering: Best Impressions || Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier via Nitsa's Apparel || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo ||  Bridesmaid dresses: BCBG, Monique Lhuillier, and Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway || Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink || Linens: Nuage Designs (linens + pillows) and Party Reflections (linens) || Rentals: Party Reflections (Draping, Uplighting, and Chairs) and AFR (Furniture and Chairs)