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Live Event Painting | Manolo for the Brides

One Way to Have a Picture-Perfect Wedding

For brides and grooms who want nuptial documentation that goes beyond the usual wedding photographs and wedding videos, there’s something called live event painting. Have you heard of it? Because I hadn’t, unless you could the court artists who sketch the accused and everyone else in trials where cameras are verboten, but that doesn’t lend itself to a joyful image of a moment in time. Live event painting is like courtroom artistry with fewer dour judges and more happy couples… not to mention fewer benches and more centerpieces. Here’s an example, from Event Painting By Agnes:

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If you hire Agnes, she comes to your wedding, where she creates a fine art painting as the matrimonial action unfolds. If you’re wondering how she can do that – get the background and so on with people milling about – Agnes arrives at the reception good and early to lay down the scenery so she can focus on the bride and groom and so on once the party actually starts. Her painting is developed and perfected as the night progresses, which means you don’t end up with a perfect representation of a single slice of existence, but rather a sort of amalgamation of events.

Guests, according to Agnes, dig watching an artist at work, especially if they’re in the painting. She can, if you wish, make sure to include specific relatives or friends so that the finished work is personal. Rather like the ultimate perfect wedding photo that is impossible to actually get. That’s the element of live event painting that appeals to me – had I even known about it prior to my own wedding, I don’t know that it’s something I would have sprung for myself. But if there’s a wedding reception image that you can’t imagine living without, live event painting might just be the way to get it.

5 Responses to “One Way to Have a Picture-Perfect Wedding”

  1. Toni June 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    That’s really cool. I’m terribly curious what something like this costs.

  2. sheila foley June 17, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Toni’s right. It is cool for wedding guests, the bridal couple and the painter. I know because I am alive event artist. I charge $1500 plus travel expenses. I paint large (24×36 or so) and I do end up “tweaking” the piece in my studio after the event. Brides and grooms don’t want to lug a painting home (or on the honeymoon) with them anyway.

  3. Lindsay July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    this is so beautiful. if i could paint like that man o man i wish i could! the lighting is amazing. so sweet and pretty :)

  4. jessica October 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    This is a very cool thing for guests to watch, as well as a fabulous keepsake. I am a live event artist living in central new jersey. I travel across the country painting on site at receptions. My fee ranges from $1,000-$2,000 for a 24 x 36 inch acrylic painting. The painting is dry and ready to be taken home at the end of the party.

    I had a live event artist come to paint at my wedding on oct 18,2009, and this was my favorite aspect of the wedding! The painting is hanging in my living room and I adore it : )

  5. Christa Terry October 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    @ Sheila and Jessica Thanks for weighing in and sharing your links!