Ben Keys

International Fine Art Live Wedding Painter based in Charleston, SC

Inquire 

arrow
Legare Waring House Live Wedding Painting of reception

Miranda & Caleb’s Legare Waring House Live Wedding Painting

Live Wedding Painting

January 10, 2024

Learn more

... and this is Jen!  Welcome to our blog where we share our adventures creating  Live Wedding Paintings across the world.

Hi, I'm Ben!

arrow

How to choose the moment for your live wedding painting?

Stuck on the moment?  This guide includes 10 questions we ask our couples to help them decide on the details for their Live Wedding Painting.

COMING SOON!

Grab the guide:

Legare Waring House is a Charleston wedding venue tucked away under the Live Oaks, overlooking Ashley River. Located on the historic Charlestown Landing, this lush property is actually a State Park! As a Live Wedding Painter, Ben has had the opportunity to paint here many times over the years.

A Live Wedding Painting of Legare Waring House

The southern home faces a grand Avenue of Oak trees that makes the most beautiful ceremony backdrop for weddings. Over the years, it’s obvious to see why all of our couple’s have chosen the ceremony landscape for their live wedding paintings. The truth is: Legare Waring House makes a great painting from every vantage point!

Though Ben has painted the Avenue of Oaks many times, we were so excited that Miranda and Caleb decided to switch it up! They chose to have Ben capture their first dance during their reception! It was important for Miranda to have the architecture of the Legare Waring House included in their live wedding painting.

Knowing they would have so many great photos of the ceremony, Miranda thought their first dance would be great opportunity to include their family and friends surrounded by this lovely southern scene.

The Perfect Wedding Gift: A surprise Live Wedding Painting

Planning the details for Miranda and Caleb’s was honestly just so, so special! Miranda’s sweet sister chose Ben to create a Live Wedding Painting as her wedding gift to Miranda and Caleb! Unveiling this incredible surprise during a Bridal shower, Miranda was moved to tears with joy and excitement!

And it’s the smallest world ever: Miranda and her family are from Farmville, NC … which is just down the road from Ayden, NC, where I (Jen) grew up! To make it an even SMALLER world: One of Miranda’s bridesmaids present at the shower had ALSO booked Ben to create a live wedding painting of her wedding! And they had no idea! We love these small town connections and how serendipitous that two best friends booked the same live wedding painter for their Charleston weddings!

A rainy wedding day at Legare Waring House

They say it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day … and Miranda and Caleb received some of that good luck! During our planning, we always have a Rain Plan for each live wedding painting. Sometimes rain will change the location of the ceremony or mean that the reception is then tented. These changes could mean that the background changes and perhaps the couple want to consider a different subject for their live wedding painting.

Miranda decided that if it rained, she still wanted to have their first dance captured. But instead of including the tent over the dance floor and reception area, she wanted to have Ben remove the tent from the painting. For her and Caleb, including as much as the landscape, trees, and architecture were more important than the clear tent that would block the view.

We always say that the beauty of a live wedding painting is that Ben is able to bend reality a bit to capture the feeling of the day. We love that rain or shine, Miranda was able to have their live wedding painting include their first dance in front of the beautiful Legare Waring House!

Miranda & Caleb
Legare Waring House
Charleston, SC
24 x 30 in. Live Wedding Painting

Legare Waring House Live Wedding Painting of reception

Creative Team:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Legare Waring House, Charleston, SC • Photographer: Kim Graham Photo • Videographer: Nebo Productions • Floral Design: Creech’s Florist • Hair: Micki Hairartistry •  Makeup: Galya Makeup Artistry • Music: David Fox via Bunn DJ Company • Tent: Charleston Tents

reader faves

browse by destination

Charleston

Florida

Virginia

Browse
Categories

New YorK

Let's paint something beautiful
arrow

Search

Learn more

Ben and Jen here!  We are so happy to share Ben's Live Wedding Paintings, our wild adventures painting live across the United States and abroad!

Welcome!

arrow

Hello