3 Reasons You Should Have A Live Painter At Your Wedding

painter's canvas in a garden under a gazebo

Are you on the fence about hiring a live painter for your wedding? Are you wondering why you should make room in your budget for it? Or maybe you’re just wondering what the heck the benefit of having one is? Well my friend, it’s your lucky day! I’ve got 3 amazing (if I do say so myself!) reasons why you HAVE to have a live painter at your wedding!

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Artist Brittany Branson live painting a bride in Washington, DC. Image by Kelly Hornberger Photography.

#1: A Live Painter Helps Preserve Memories

Maybe you’ve heard a photographer say something like “you need to have great pictures because they last long after your wedding is over.” Well, they’re right, and paintings do too! Like your pictures, your wedding painting will be proudly displayed in your home for years to come, and will bring back all those warm, fuzzy feelings you had on your wedding day every time you see it! Trust me, I had a live painter at my wedding! Heck, I’m staring at the painting now!

#2 It Can “Create” A Memory

You see, the fun thing about live painting is, unlike the photographer, we live painters aren’t limited to capturing exactly what we see as it’s happening! Perhaps you would love a painting that shows both your ceremony and reception, even if they were in two very different locations? Totally possible! Or, perhaps you have a family member or friend (heck, even your pet!) who wasn’t able to physically be at the wedding? Ask your painter to add them in as a tribute! The painting is a creation for you.

#3: It’s Trendy

Even if you aren’t the trendsetter in your group of friends, you still want your wedding to be fun, beautiful, and not look super dated. What better way to have that than to have a live painter? Trust me…it’s trending, it’s fun to watch, and it’s definitely something all of your friends and family will talk about!

Oh, you wan’t a bonus reason? Oh, ok.

#4 It Helps Make For A Killer “Thank You” Card

Ask the painter to take a high quality photo of the painting once it’s finished, and then use it on your thank you cards! Your guests will get a kick out of seeing the final piece, and they’ll smile as they get a moment to re-live your special day all over again.

So, as you can see, there are so many reasons why hiring a live wedding painter is an absolute must. No matter your reasoning, it is definitely worth the investment, and something that you’ll cherish forever!

Does this all sound too good to pass up?

If you’re interested in having me live paint at your wedding, just shoot me a message now! Out of state? Oh, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check out my recent blog post about live painting in every state here!

Lauren and Ken’s Philadelphia City Hall Live Wedding Painting

philadelphia city hall live wedding painting

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!

artist brittany branson live painting in front of philadelphia city hall
Painting in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall

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!

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Lauren walks down the aisle
bride and groom exchange vows during Philadelphia City Hall wedding
Lauren and Ken exchange vows!
philadelphia city hall live wedding painting in progress
Working on the Philadelphia City Hall live wedding painting

As I always do, I took the painting home with me to add in all of the details and complex colors of City Hall.

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Lauren and Ken’s Philadelphia City Hall Live Wedding Painting
philadelphia city hall live wedding painting
Lauren and Ken’s Philadelphia City Hall Live Wedding Painting

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