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Live Wedding Painting at Villa Balbianello in Italy

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Landing on the docks at Villa Balbianello was like stepping into a fairytale.  This 18th century Italian villa built on a promontory on Lake Como with its carefully cured garden is the ideal luxury destination wedding venue.

I was there to captrue a young American couple’s afternoon ceremony and I couldn’t have been happier to paint here.  Gemma and her team from My Lake Como Wedding made sure all the details where in place: florals, aperitifs, table settings and caterers ensuring the couple’s day was truly unforgettable.

They chose the Loggia for their ceremony with its ivy covered arches and breathtaking view of the lake.  I arrived about 3 hours before to set up, sketch the scene and paint the afternoon glow and would continue through the evening.  One of the things that I enjoyed about painting in such a festive moment was being able to talk with the guests and family members, answering questions about the painting and chit chatting about Italy. Most of the painting was done that evening and the final touches were painted in the studio in the following weeks.  Looking forward to my next Lake Como wedding!

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Choosing Your Live Wedding Painter in Italy

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How to Choose the Perfect Live Wedding Painter

You’ve just set your wedding date in Italy, Europe or maybe the UK and you’re starting to organise and think about the many details it’s going to involve: flowers, favours, your color theme, entertainment, catering, you know what I mean.  Whether you’re a recently engaged couple or an experienced wedding planner specialised in destination weddings, how do you go about choosing the right Live Wedding Painter for your special day?

Here are a series of points to keep in mind when hiring a Live Wedding Painter:

  1. Visit their website.  Is it neat, organized?  Does it have personality and a style of its own?  Does it look happy?  Does it communicate serenity?  Does the painter look friendly and natural?
  2. Have a look at their gallery of paintings and ask yourself,  Is this a style that I like? Would I want their work hanging in my home?  Is it cheerful and fresh?
  3. Have they got an online shop?  What does their feedback say about them as a person.  Are they “super easy to work with” and is their customer satisfaction rating 5 stars?
  4. Where are they located? Will they travel to my venue?
  5. If you’re having a international destination wedding it may be a plus to have an Live Painter that speaks different languages and be able to communicate and interact with your guests.
  6. Contact them with any of your questions and notice the tone they answer you in.  Do they answer you right away? Are they courteous.
  7. Ask them for references and or images of other live painting events they have painted.
  8. Once you’ve decided which one is the best for you, you’ll want to ask them for their pricing.  But beware of low pricing!

Event painting is lots of fun for your guests but it is a skill that takes professional training and thousands of hours to hone. A professional Live Wedding Painter arrives 3-4 hours prior to the start of your event in order to set up and start sketching and painting the background of your painting.  He or she will continue painting for another 4-5 hours and will eventually complete your painting in the studio the following weeks adding precious details and finishing touches.

In the end you’ll have a one of a kind work of art that captures your special day on canvas.

If you have a personal experience hiring a Live Wedding Painter in Italy, Europe or the UK please share it with me in the comments below.

Thank you!

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5 Advantages of Hiring a Live Wedding Painter

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I bet the majority of you ‘couples to be’ have never heard of what a Live Wedding Painter for Luxury Weddings is or does.  You’re not alone.

Live Wedding Painting has been on the rise in the United States for the past 8 years as the New York Times has said.  However it is a relatively unknown profession in Europe & the UK.  Let’s keep it simple: a Live Wedding Painter is a professional painter that you hire to paint your wedding celebration or reception as it takes place, right before your eyes.

So what are some advantages to hiring a Live Wedding Painter for your wedding?

  1. A Live Wedding Painter can paint a scene or scenes from your wedding in such a way as to capture the feeling of your special day. Whether it’s the first dance, the cutting of the cake or the wedding ceremony itself.  Once finished, your painting becomes a fine memory of your wedding day and takes you back to the happiest moment of your celebration.  There can be literally thousands of photographs of you taken by friends and family but there will be just one live wedding painting.
  2. A Live Wedding Painter adds an original touch of elegance to your wedding entertainment.  Many people have never had the opportunity to observe a painting take place.  It is something truly magical to see it unfold before their eyes.  A Live Wedding Painter arrives at the venue at least 3 hours before the guests in order to start sketching the venue.  So by the time guests arrive they can already see the painting start to take shape.
  3. Your Live Wedding Painting will be a keepsake for generations simply because it’s painted with high quality archival materials which mean: professional quality acrylics or oil paints on canvas.  I’ll get into the difference between acrylics and oils in another article.
  4. Upon talking with your Live Wedding Painter you can have the freedom to compose and edit in or out guests that you may or may not want in your final painting. For example, you may want the cake table in the same room as the main dance floor or perhaps centrally located.  You and your Live Wedding Painter work closely to choose the best possible composition and scene(s) to paint.
  5. A Live Wedding Painter always paints people looking happy and with a slight brushstroke they can seem younger or even slimmer if necessary.

Live Wedding Paintings are all about elegantly capturing your dreams, your day on canvas while entertaining your guests and creating a one of a kind keepsake memory of your special day.

Raise your hand if you’re going to hire a Live Wedding Painter for your wedding in 2016 and leave your comment below.

Thank you.

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