A foolproof guide to WHY YOU NEED a wedding painter (even if you’ve never heard of live wedding painting!)


April 29, 2021

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Hunting for that one-of-a-kind touch to elevate your oh-so-sought-after Vogue-worthy wedding? Let me drop some paint-dappled wisdom on ya.

Now, I *know* you’ve been scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for hours, getting those bridal feels from all the glitz and glam. You’ve seen those live wedding painters, right? It’s the newest “it” thing, but not all are created equal. Honey, I’ve been mastering this art for years.

**Why Watercolor Wedding Painting, You Ask?**

Oh, sweet friend (yeah, I’m talkin’ to you, Ms. Loves-All-Things-Art), imagine the most pivotal, heart-fluttering moments of your big day translated onto a canvas with the dreamiest, delicate strokes of watercolor. It’s *not* just about capturing the event; it’s about capturing the feeling, the very essence. Your love story deserves more than a quick snap on a phone. It deserves a masterpiece.

**Here’s the Tea ☕️ (or should I say, paint water?):**

You fear that your magical day might blur into a distant memory, or worse, get captured in some cliché way that doesn’t feel… well, *you*. I get it. That’s where I come in, with my brushes, passion, and a lil’ touch of magic.

But why me? Well, for starters, I don’t just paint. I pour emotion, love, and a sprinkle of fairy dust onto each canvas. I’m talking about raw, authentic feels that will make you wanna cry happy tears every time you glance at it.

**Your Desires Are My Command! 🎨❤️**

You’re all about experiences and memories. Your home is your sanctuary, filled with personal touches that scream YOU. So, why shouldn’t your wedding day be immortalized as a one-of-a-kind piece of art? Spoiler: It absolutely should.

**Let’s Paint the Town (or, erm, your wedding)!**

Whether you’re wearing a dreamy Carolina Herrera or that oh-so-stunning custom Oscar De la Renta, your wedding is more than just a day; it’s the prologue to your forever love story. And what better way to immortalize it than through the strokes of my brushes?

**Drop Me a Line, or Maybe a Brush Stroke?**

Ready to add a splash of color to your big day? Let’s chat. Because, like I said earlier, every beautiful story deserves a beautiful canvas.

Most brides don’t even know this is an option! I sure didn’t!

But no matter HOW you remember your wedding day—the first day of the rest of your life—you want it to be TIMELESS and BEAUTIFUL…

and UNIQUE. ⁣

In my own experience, brides want three things.

  1. To feel beautiful on the day she marries the man of her dreams

  2. To have an amazing time (and know that her guests had a great time too!)

  3. Have BEAUTIFUL memories of the start of her happily ever after

    Did I mention, CONGRATS ON the ENGAGEMENT! That bling is lookin’ gorgeous on your hand!

…but if you’re like most brides, you’re thinking “ I’ve learned more than you wanted to know about all things wedding…

…when all I really want to do is snuggle up with my fiancé, Netflix and CHILL, and get excited about the MARRIAGE part! I don’t have time to choose something ELSE for my wedding!

^^ OMG I would’ve said the same thing when I was planning my wedding, working full time as a teacher, and totally overwhelmed.

Because of that? I started painting weddings to give brides a totally different and TIMELESS way to remember their beautiful day.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know your most precious memories are being captured uniquely and timelessly?

As a busy bride-to-be (not to mention everything else on your plate)—you’ve got your hands full thinking about all things WEDDING all the time, and if you have to figure out one more thing you just might lose your cookies!

You just want your day to be perfect…I mean really, is that too much to ask!?

You want to feel nostalgic when you look back on the best day of your life

So you’re up again, spending your time diving into photographers, videographers, trying to find which style fits you best and will create EXACTLY the picture you want to remember for the rest of your life.  Will you ever be able to choose?

Wait a sec… 

Is that a truly unique and timeless painting of MY ceremony that landed in my freshly manicured hands?! 


I got to WATCH it be painted?!

LIVE WEDDING PAINTING: a uniquely styled painting that tells your story beautifully and the perfect way to remember the best day ever

In this blog, I’m sharing my very own foolproof guide to hiring a wedding painter for the bride who WANTS something different, but feels a tad overwhelmed on how to make it happen. (I SEE YOU!)

What does a live wedding painter do?

A live wedding painter PAINTS YOUR WEDDING.  Each has different offerings, but the bulk remains the same.  You work with your painter to choose THE EXACT MOMENT you want painted, and your painter paints it.  It’s really that simple.  Choosing the ideal moment may not be easy , but thats why live wedding painters are professionals and can guide you through the process and make the BEST decision for you and your fiance.

Typical live wedding painting packages include one painting and 4-6 hours of live painting and entertainment for your guests (talk about including TRADITION and a heaping spoonful of charm!

Why hire a live wedding painter? 

A live wedding painter is highly attuned to the exact moment the bride wants painted. My goal as a live wedding painter isn’t working to make sure every moment is taken care of, but instead ONE special and timeless memory that can hang on your wall forever and be passed down as an heirloom for generations.

Because of that, live wedding painters are laser-focused.  We are there to not only help make sure that your day is perfect, but ensure that PERFECT HAPPILY EVER AFTER moment is captured beautifully.

The pro is that we’re not all over the place trying to capture 502472847 moments as “special” but are instead working hard to capture one SPECTACULAR moment.

How do I find a live wedding painter?

I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but GOOGLE.  I’m a preferred vendor of Brides of Oklahoma, so I would definitely recommend looking at Brides of Oklahoma or whatever your equivalent is.

Also–google! Search #liveweddingpainter on Instagram. (Click here—I’ve done it for you!) And if there’s a wedding painter you love (like me, for instance), most will travel and you will simply pay the cost of that travel.

Why does it matter? 

AH such a good question, and I’m going to briefly refer back to the two blogposts I’ve written on WHY ART MATTERS (click here for part 1 and here for part 2).

In a nutshell, art matters because it is good for our minds, bodies, and souls.  Not only do I firmly believe this, but statistics show that it’s absolutely true.

I’m getting a photographer/videographer though… Do I still need this?

Capturing your wedding with photos is beautiful! It’s a precious way to remember your day. I’m not discounting the value of photographs (I’m a photo fiend over here, I mean, have you seen my bookshelves?!!) But the VALUE that ART adds not only to your life and your day, it’s priceless.

Let’s also not discount the fact that the photographer is there to blend in and take photos, and the live wedding painter is there to ENTERTAIN your guests and draw them to fall even MORE in love with your special day and remember it vividly. Who doesn’t want to STAND OUT right?!

LASTLY, the moment I capture as a live wedding painter can be a moment captured by the photographer OR a totally different moment (so potentially something ENTIRELY DIFFERENT from your photos). Live wedding painters use a mix of photos, plein air (which means basically what we see in front of us), and our imaginations to create your painting.

But I’m not an art collector

Imagine you’re going on a boat.  The captain has A TON of pressure on him.  He has to make sure you’re safe, your taken care of, and that your experience is memorable.  He’s over here singing “Come sail away” but he also wants to be sure your sailing is smooth, your trip is enjoyable, and most importantly, that you VIVIDLY remember it and enjoy talking about it for years to come.

Why is it so expensive to ride on the boat? Because the captain has a TON of pressure on him to ensure everything is perfect…

AND he’s doing it in front of all the guests on the ship.

Live wedding painting is very similar in that respect.  My goal is to make your day perfect, make sure you feel taken care of and beautiful, and that your day is enjoyable.  BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, my goal is that this painting helps you to step back into your wedding day and remember it VIVIDLY for the rest of your life, and create a painting that is so treasured it’s passed down through the generations.

Painting in front of a group of people isn’t easy, but the promise is real—I’m good at what I do, and if you’re nervous about it, check out my happiness guarantee.

So WHY HIRE A LIVE WEDDING PAINTER?! Because your future self deserves it! 🙂

If you’re ready to book your live wedding painting (or book a free consult call with yours truly) click here!  

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Bringing your wedding day to life, thrilling your guests with a show-stopping live wedding painting experience, and creating a timeless keepsake that honors your sacred bond and will warm your heart every time you look at it – it’s what I do best.

Hey, I'm Courtney.

From behind the easel, I serve timeless brides who still embrace the unexpected by creating heirloom painting experiences that are immersive, one-of-a-kind, and thrilling to watch.

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