Nick and I attended an event recently that showcased vendors to prospective brides and grooms. After a little time went by, I wondered where Nick wandered and sent him a text. This is how I first became familiar with Live Wedding Art; Nick had been upstairs captivated by a live painting which recreated the musical performance and beautiful venue setting.
Taylor in Action Painting the Wanderloft Event @ The Loft On Pine
While most every bride and groom have a photo album to reminisce from, and however talented a photographer may be, photography mostly captures a camera’s objective viewpoint of the evening, with limited room for the more subjective interpretation allowed by a paintbrush—which gives the artist the ability to recreate the joyous feelings, vibes and emotions felt throughout the evening. Afterwards, what’s cooler than having a one-of-a-kind piece of art to fill your home with the same joy and excitement you felt on your wedding day?
I’m so excited to have Taylor & Tony on The Guide sharing with you guys what Live Wedding Art is all about.
Get to know Live Wedding Art
I’m Taylor with Live Wedding Art. We create a portrait-focused painting of our couples weddings, live on-site throughout their wedding day celebration. It’s me the painter, and my good friend Tony the studio manager/business manager/photographer. We’ve been in the business of painting weddings for three years now. The idea came about because I’ve been painting live at events for years and we wanted to see if the concept could work with weddings. We’ve tinkered and developed our process and approach through experience, and now have a beautifully polished live wedding painting service from conception to completion.
What kind of paint do you use?
We use non-toxic M. Graham Acrylic paints throughout the live painting process. We chose M. Graham not only for their highest quality paints, but also for their story. Paints are their family passion and have been for generations, and they use only the highest quality pigments available. We have 4 package options and our top package, the Premier, includes 30 extra hours of studio development post-event. That studio creation is done with M. Graham’s oil paints.
For one, it’s a hand-painted documentation of the details of a wedding. It’s not through the digital eye of a camera, it’s through the the eyes of a real human being, through an artist’s eye.
How long does it take?
I begin painting three hours prior the ceremony to get the background landscape completely painted en plein-air, as I see it. Then as the ceremony takes place, I figurally sketch the subject’s shapes while Tony takes photos for reference. Then throughout cocktail hour and the reception I bring the portraits in the painting to life off of those photos. The whole Day-Of element takes about 8 hours. The different package options receive varying amounts of time in-studio and additional fine art add-ons.
What are your package options?
We offer the basic painting, which is the process I just described. That’s called the Day-Of. We also have three package options called the Classic, the Deluxe and the Premier. These options include a hand-built, hand-stretched canvas, custom framing, more development time in-studio, two full size gallery quality prints (one for each side of the family), and small prints for the couple’s guests. The options go up in size and value as you go up through the packages. All artwork is paper backed, wire backed, shipped and ready to hang within one month of the wedding date.
What goes into painting Live?
A lot of energy, excitement and execution. We’ve got our process down pat. Leading up to the wedding, it takes coordination between Tony, the couple and their coordinator to bring together what and who they’d like featured, venue logistics and vantage points for a smooth day of set up. When Tony and I arrive, we frame the composition, keeping in mind all creative ideas discussed in the initial consultation with the couple. Throughout the wedding day, the energy is awesome from the time my brush first hits the canvas, to the build up of the ceremony and throughout cocktail hour and the reception. I feel the pressure of creating a great painting not only of the couple, but for the couple and their guests on their most special day. The excitement is the best part. Our couples and their guests all get to see the artwork go through all stages, building the scene, the development of the portraits within, to all details coming together by the end. Everyone is happy to stop by the easel, converse throughout the creation, witness the painting’s details progress and by the end of the night, see the painting looking perfect and recognizing their family members and friends on canvas just as they were that day. It’s a blast.
Why is this a special touch and different than photos?
I feel that this is a special touch in a few different ways. For one, it’s a hand-painted documentation of the details of a wedding. It’s not through the digital eye of a camera, it’s through the the eyes of a real human being, through an artist’s eye. For two, it’s the best of both worlds. We couple the hand-painted element with the accuracy of photography. It’s a painting with detail at the level of photography. For three, it’s got a classic art energy to it. This sort of painting documentation has been taking place for centuries. Before photography there was hand-painted art. It’s got a timeless element to it. And Lastly, It’s an interactive entertainment element. Guests love to watch it come together in front of their eyes. The aspect of having a painting being worked on live, throughout the day is such an interesting addition to an event. It’s a conversation piece. It’s something to watch grow and develop. It’s thought provoking. It’s classy and elegant. I love seeing how it adds to the feeling of a wedding, and I love being a part of it all.
I STILL can’t get over that these painting are done live in the moment, it’s something you truly have to see with your own eyes. It’s incredible. Seeing it first hand was such an amazing experience. It’s something so creative and unique for your wedding day and 2 for 1 package because not only are you providing entertainment for your guest, you also end up owning a one of a kind piece of art (featuring you, your spouse, & loved ones) of your wedding day. If you are looking for that “WOW” factor for your special day, get in contact with Taylor and Tony.
Thank you guys for sharing your amazing talent on The Guide!