With the help of the amazing team at Elizabeth Duncan Events, Lauren and Ken exchanged vows in what I’m personally calling one of the coolest ceremonies ever! I really should say one of the coolest weddings ever, as the reception took place on a ship! At the top of their “must have” list was getting married in Dilworth Park right in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall. Completed in 1894, the building’s gorgeous “Empire style” architecture served as the jaw-dropping inspiration for Lauren and Ken’s Philadelphia City Hall live wedding painting!
When discussing what elements of the big day would make it on to the canvas, Lauren quite had her heart set on capturing the ceremony and grand architecture of City Hall. And so, I arrived a few hours early to start sketching out the numerous columns, windows, and details!
The Elizabeth Duncan Events and Dilworth Park teams did an amazing job of sectioning off a huge portion of the park just for the wedding party, guests, and vendors. But, that didn’t stop some friendly strangers from politely being a part of the wedding!
The groom’s men and women paid a bit of homage to their reception later being on a ship by wearing compasses in lieu of floral boutonnieres! And in lieu of floral bouquets, the bridal party each walked down the aisle holding a sign with a portion of the Bible’s “Love is patient…” quote. They then attached each sign, in order, to the couple’s ceremony structure at the end of the aisle to complete the verse!
As I always do, I took the painting home with me to add in all of the details and complex colors of City Hall.
Thank you so much to Lauren, Ken, and the Elizabeth Duncan Events team for having me along for the fun! Pennsylvania is officially checked off my Live Painting in 50 States list!
Did you miss the exciting news? Check out my recent blog post about my goal to live paint a wedding in every US state here!
Brittany Branson is a live painter, wedding and floral artist serving the Annapolis, Maryland, Washington, DC and beyond