There are so many ways to commemorate your wedding day, from the rings and photos to the dress and flowers. But have you ever thought about a custom piece of art that you can treasure forever?
Over the past few years, I’ve had the honor of working with brides and grooms and their friends and families to create unique pieces of original artwork. It's delightful to give couples a special gift they can cherish long after their big day is over.
Whether it’s a creative guestbook or a one-of-a-kind piece of art to hang in their new house, I want to help you remember your day or celebrate your relationship in a unique way! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas or questions.
Here are some pieces I've done for weddings:
A good friend proposed to his future bride while they were on a walk in their neighborhood. This exact location is where they discussed spending the rest of their lives together, so is very significant to the couple. If you have a special place that is meaningful to you, I can paint it!
As a way to thank her mom for teaching her to reach for big dreams, this bride commissioned me to illustrate her reception site with swans and lily pads in the reflecting pool. The bride sent me a photo of the reception site, and I translated the image into ink on paper, and added my own swans.
This was the first guestbook I ever made - for my own wedding! Our guests liked leaving a unique imprint instead of just a signature. I used four colors of ink pads and freehanded the text in watercolor… I've since gotten better at text. :) My husband and I love having it on our wall now… every time we look at it, we spot a new name that we didn't notice before. It's a great way to remember all the love that surrounded you on your big day!
This bride sent me her palette inspiration: turquoise, celery, and coral. I imitated the font from her wedding invitation to paint the text, and used her colors. I chose some green thumbprint ink pads that coordinated with her palette, too. You can see the sample thumbprints and supplies that were sent along with the watercolor painting.
A beautiful, traditional example of a thumbprint guestbook tree. Sticking with a brown and green palette will lend a polished, classic look to the finished product. Again, I used the client's palette and imitated the font from their wedding invitation.
This 24x36" oil painting was based off photographs from the wedding. Here, a father walks his daughter down the grand staircase of the Grand View Lodge in Minnesota… a special memory and place that they will treasure for years to come.
These clients got married at the Bloemendaal House, part of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. They sent me a picture of the reception site and I completed this custom pen-and-ink illustration for them.
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