Ben Keys

International Fine Art Live Wedding Painter based in Charleston, SC



Melinda + Scott | Live Wedding Painting

North Carolina

July 22, 2015

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Mint Museum
Charlotte, North Carolina
24 x 36 in. | Oil on Canvas

We counted down the days and months leading up to Melinda and Scott’s wedding day since the day they commissioned Ben to create a live wedding painting.  Not only are they the absolute sweetest bride and groom, but they chose Ashley of The Graceful Host to assist with the planning and design for their Mint Museum wedding.  We’ve been following The Graceful Host on Instagram (@thegracefulhost) for quite some time and truly, can’t sing enough praises after having worked with her!  Ashley placed such attention to each and every detail, executed with both perfection and steeped with meaning and significance.  I will never forget Melinda’s reaction as she viewed the reception space for the first time … making this painting even more special to capture!  Ashley coordinated an incredibly talented team of vendors together to create a dream wedding at the Mint Museum.    The reception was full of light and pops of bright color with sparkling gold accents throughout.  The florals were overflowing with beauty, some of the most beautiful orchids we’ve ever seen!  Wow Factor Cakes created a both modern and delicate wedding cake, inspired by the embroidery detail on Melinda’s gown.  Throughout the night, the dance floor was packed as Sol Fusion Band rocked the house!  

Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas' Custom Stationery | Photo by Jen Keys
Live Wedding Painting featured on Wed on Canvas’ Custom Stationery | Photo by Jen Keys

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC || Planner: Ashley of The Graceful Host || Photographer: Lori of Capture Me Candid  || Band: Sol Fusion via East Coast Entertainment || Cake: Wow Factor Cakes || Florals: New Creation Flower Company || Catering: Best Impressions || Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier via Nitsa’s Apparel || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ||  Bridesmaid dresses: BCBG, Monique Lhuillier, and Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway || Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink || Linens: Nuage Designs (linens + pillows) and Party Reflections (linens) || Rentals: Party Reflections (Draping, Uplighting, and Chairs) and AFR (Furniture and Chairs)  

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