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The Art of a Wedding |Live Wedding Painting & Commissions

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I am so excited to share this post with all of you because I absolutely love art…and of course, weddings! Art is such a beautiful expression of one’s creativity and each work tells a unique story. I am thrilled to share some incredible artful options to document your beautiful wedding day!

The artists featured below are either based out of Charlotte, NC or local to the southeast (with a love for travel!). Each artist is so very talented and offers a wide range of services, from live wedding painting to custom commissions. Check out their websites for additional information on how you can incorporate their masterpieces into your special day.

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Evelyn Henson | Charlotte, NC

Evelyn is such a sweet, talented, and vibrant artist! Her work is fun, creative, and colorful and she is led by the motto “painting is a celebration of life!”  Evelyn loves creating pieces specifically for her customers. Check out her amazing commissions including wedding bouquets and illustrated wedding maps! {http://www.evelynhenson.com}

Lulie Wallace| Charleston, SC

Lulie is exceptionally talented and her work brings sunshine in to every space. She strives for her paintings to reflect who she is as a person and she is attracted to “joyful, thoughtful people.” Check out this commission that she painted of a beautiful bride’s bouquet! There is not much better than a Lulie Wallace original…but a Lulie reflecting your own personalized wedding memory? Priceless. {http://www.luliewallace.com} 

Ben Keys: Wed on Canvas| Charleston, SC

Talk about unique wedding entertainment! Ben Keys paints on scene at your wedding to create a work of art that you will never forget. He captures the once in a lifetime moments that you will treasure forever. Ben sets up his easel and paints a scene of your choice—the ceremony, reception, and first dance to name a few. Ben is amazingly talented and his work speaks for itself! {http://wedoncanvas.com} 

Preston Springer | Charlotte, NC

Preston is extremely gifted in his abilities to create truly unforgettable pieces for you to cherish for years to come. He loves to paint commissions including (but not limited to) wedding bouquets and special venues. His wife, Deedie, of Springvine Design is a brilliantly talented floral designer so together they are quite the artistic team! (…more on this couple to come, so stay tuned!) {http://www.prestonspringer.com}

Tesh Parekh| Raleigh, NC

Tesh creates one-of-a-kind paintings as a live event artist and “painting life as it happens is his passion.” He paints with oils as well as watercolors to create a piece that is both stunning and uniquely “you.” His gift of capturing unforgettable memories in such a beautiful work is one of the best possible gifts that you could give yourself or others!{www.liveweddingpaintings.com}

CHEERS!

Sarah Beth | Charlotte, NC

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Websites+Vendors: {above}

Photographs: Lulie Wallace {Minette Hand Photography} | Evelyn Henson | Ben Keys | Preston Springer & Springvine Design | Tesh Parekh

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I had the opportunity to visit Hayden Olivia Bridal and Bridal Suite Charlotte.  Kate, one of the amazing and talented consultants, gave me a tour of both spaces and I could not wait to share my experience with all of you!

Hayden Olivia Bridal is a chic bridal boutique located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, NC. I was captivated from the moment that I stepped off of the little elevator into the beautiful boutique. From the charming exposed brick walls to the gorgeous floor to ceiling blue silk drapes, I knew I was going to love this place. The couture gown and accessory selection is stunning and Hayden Olivia offers some of the most unique gowns from designers including (but not limited to) Hayley Paige, Modern Trousseau, Ines Di Santo, Monique Lhuillier-Bliss and Jim Hjelm. I am swooning over the lovely 2015 collections.

Spotlight: I learned that the Modern Trousseau gowns can be personalized to the brides desires. I {l o v e} that these gowns can be customized—from design elements to couture fit! These gowns are handcrafted in the USA with the most luxurious Italian silks, French laces and intricate beading and detailing.

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There are some fabulous events and trunk shows coming up at Hayden Olivia Bridal:

  • Marisa Trunk Show | Spring 2015 Collection | January 15-17
  • Blush By Hayley Paige | Spring 2015 Collection-Runway Sizes | January 22-24
  • Monique Lhuillier Bliss Trunk Show | Newest Styles | January 29-31
  • Winter White Event | Incentives, custom options, & white must haves | February 5-7
  • Week of Little White Dresses | Rehearsal, Get Away, & Honeymoon | February 17-21
  • Modern Trousseau Trunk Show | Spring 2015 Collection | February 26-28

Located at the same address as the bridal boutique is the stylish “Bridal Suite Charlotte.” It is a unique space designed for the bride and her bridal party to get ready together on the “Big Day!” The modern studio is equipped with a media center, full marble kitchen, large mirrors and styling chairs. Various catering options are offered through local cafés and the kitchen is fully stocked with a beverage and champagne bar. How fun is that?! Bridal Suite & Co. offers in-house alterations, last minute bridal gown and attendant steaming, personalized robes and oxford shirts, etc. The amenities are endless…just check out their website for more information on services and pricing.

Bridal Suite Charlotte is an awesome venue that can also be rented for bridal showers, luncheons, and pre-bachelorette parties before heading out for a night on the town!

CHEERS!

Sarah Beth | Charlotte, NC

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Websites:

http://haydenolivia.com/

http://bridalsuitecharlotte.com/

Photography Credits:

Jeremie Barlow | Smitten & Hooked  | Cunningham Photo Artists

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