Inspiration & Trends

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! {}

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. {} 

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! {} 

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!) {}

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!{}


Sarah Beth | Charlotte, NC

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

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Florida’s Wedding Favor Trends

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As we kick off the 2015 wedding season we are excited to talk about some of the hot wedding trends in Florida this year. I am sure we can all relate to attending some weddings where we are given a favor in which we either throw away or even forget to take home. As brides and grooms continue the trend of personalization and uniqueness we fall upon the ingenious idea of, edible wedding favors. Yes, you can eat that once forgettable gift and enjoy after all the wedding fun is over.  Brides and grooms are taking this opportunity to reveal their individualism through their favorite treats.

With kisses sweeter than honey and knowing they are ‘meant to be’ Florida couples are reaching out to their local honey farms to jar their own honey with a personalized note to send home with their family and friends. Bee-Haven Honey, is a family owned and operated Central Florida honey farm that allows couples a variety of honey to choose from when jarring with love. For convenience this local treasure is open 24 hours to purchase out front at their “Honey Shed” or in bulk with easy online purchasing available. Nothing is sweeter than saying thank you with a jar of honey!

If your couple is into baked goods then we highly suggest taking a look at the works of The Pastry Studio in Daytona Beach, FL for their take on custom sugar cookies and macaroons. The Pastry Studio is not only a local favorite, but has been featured in many popular magazines such as ‘Brides’, ‘Wedding’, and ‘Occasions Bridal Magazine’. The Pastry Studio’s popularity does not end there they have also been featured on TV shows such as Oprah, HGTV, and MTV. The Pastry Studio is most known for their couture wedding cakes and luxury special event cakes and once you see their work you will see why many seek after this local shop.

We know that many of our couples today are health conscious that is why we adore the simplicity of using our states locally grown fruit uniquely as wedding favors. Whether it is oranges paired with a unique label or bags of strawberries adorn with thank you notes, each are yummy and perfect for that Florida spring or summer wedding. Lastly, our couples that do not share a sweet tooth but rather a palette for spirits, ‘Personal Wine’ has just the treat by personalizing mini wine bottle labels for your guest to enjoy even after the reception is over. So it seems to be the sky is the limit to the edible favors conglomerate. Overall, these unique Florida favors are an exciting way for couples to communicate who they are as a pair and leave their guests with a lasting impression they can truly indulge in.

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