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Annapolis US Naval Academy Live Wedding Painting: Paige and Matt

August 22, 2018

A Classic Naval Academy Wedding for a Classic Navy Couple

I KNEW Paige and Matt’s wedding was going to be a special one from the moment my bride contacted me. A classic US Naval Academy big day complete with a ceremony at the Chapel and reception at the Historic Ogle Hall (which happens to be the Alumni Association)? Say no more! But, it was really those two lovebirds that made it so darling and special. I still miss their live wedding painting staring back at me from my studio wall! So without further ado, take a trip down memory lane with me as I break down my process for creating Paige and Matt’s darling Annapolis live wedding painting!

A US Naval Academy Chapel bride and groom walking up the aisle.

Paige and Matt walking up the aisle after their ceremony! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

Painting the Ceremony and US Naval Academy Chapel

I would say about 50% of my couples request that their ceremony be painted. And that’s exactly what Paige and Matt requested! The ceremony is the reason why we’re all here for a wedding, right? But, this particular ceremony live wedding painting (and location) meant a lot to me. And so, I knew I had to give it my all!

A bride and groom at the US Naval Academy Chapel altar.

The gorgeous US Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD. Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

 

US Naval Academy Chapel bride and groom enjoying a private moment after their wedding ceremony.

Paige and Matt enjoying a private moment after their ceremony! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

I usually start my live wedding paintings from scratch while on site at the wedding and then take them home to complete details. This time, I actually got Paige and Matt’s permission to start one very important element of the painting in the studio prior to their big day: the iconic stained glass window in the Naval Academy Chapel!┬áThe colors involved and the intricacy of the lines needed to make it look like stained glass deserved a little extra love.

It Gets Personal

While I was painting this window, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional! My maternal grandpa was a Marine during WWII. He unfortunately died in the 70s, and so I never got to meet him. My birthday (November 7th) is actually the day he died! My grandma always believed God took my grandpa but gave me in return to try and make it up to everyone. But, while I was painting this window, and creating the details of Christ walking on water with the anchors flanking him, I couldn’t help but think my grandpa would be so proud! And, from what I’ve heard about him, he would have totally crashed Paige and Matt’s wedding (in a fun way, of course)!

 

 

Live painter Brittany Branson painting a wedding in Annapolis

At the reception at Historic Ogle Hall live painting! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

 

Live painter Brittany Branson painting a likeness of the bride and groom at a wedding in Annapolis

Working on the likeness of the bride and groom! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

 

Live painter Brittany Branson painting a likeness of the bride and groom at a wedding at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis

Painting the foundation of the likeness of the bride and groom! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

Paige and Matt opted to go for a faceless, “artsy” look. Again, I’m all about it! Faces are a fun challenge, but sometimes it’s funner (yes, I totally used funner) to leave it to the amazing photographer to capture true faces!

A completed live wedding painting at the US Naval Academy Chapel

Paige and Matt’s completed live wedding painting at the US Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis!

 

US Naval Academy bride and groom posing with live wedding painter Brittany Branson

Paige and Matt being the best couple ever and posing with me and their live wedding painting! Image by Michelle Landreau of Morninglight Photography.

Paige and Matt, thank you so much for having me be a part of your amazing day!

Are you ready for your own live wedding painting experience? Let’s do this! Head on over to the Live Wedding Painting portion of my site to learn more, or email me at ByBrittanyBranson@gmail.com to get the party started!

Still not convinced live wedding painting is awesome? Check out 3 Reasons Why You Need To Hire A Live Wedding Painter For Your Wedding!

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