An iconic wedding dress designer like Elizabeth James (circa The Parent Trap)
*cue that top hat toss during the couture bridal fitting*
inspired a young girl I wanted to be a fashion designer –
I even taped together a pink and green cap-sleeve polka-dotted midi dress for my second grade teacher because I wasn’t allowed to sew yet …
– and consequently, I understand how much time you put into that iconic wedding dress decision.
Because whether it was a love at first sight kind of thing or you mulled it over for what felt like ages – your dress (just like the feeling of your wedding day) should be commemorated in a way you’ll enjoy forever.
Taking What I’ve Learned
In the same way, that dress you didn’t know you needed THAT EXACT ONE until you donned it, you don’t know how much you *need* something until you see it in person.
Most importantly, instead of burying the lede like I normally do…
Let me just tell you right here and right now – a live wedding painting (or a commissioned painting of your wedding) might seem extra – but I assure you, it’s THE THING you’ll treasure for decades to come.
“OH MY HEART! Look at my dress! I didn’t realize how much I would love and cherish this painting until I saw it. BRB, recommending you to all of my friends.”^^^
Things I’ve overheard from actual clients while live painting.
As a live wedding painter, I’ve had the privilege of painting some iconic wedding dresses. Above all, your dress is more than the thing you wear when you say I do.
And in this post, I’m sharing some of the most iconic wedding dresses I’ve painted and why you need a live wedding painter to document your dress.
Millia London at Musee du Lourve, Paris
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This iconic Millia London couture gown is fit for a queen — and the most beautiful bride who is ready to have a traditional silhouette with a very modern look.
I mean, that pink is gorgeous. It’s everything.
The original image, captured by Redamancy Photo Film at Musee du Louvre inspired this iconic wedding dress painting.
Who wouldn’t happily run around Paris in this wedding gown!?
Marchesa at The Ritz, Paris
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Marchesa and Marchesa Bridal have a solid place in my heart. The florals, patterns, embroidery — each dress is so unique and beautiful. Each dress tells its own beautiful story.
This painting is from a beautiful shoot for Flutter Magazine, painted with permission from photographer KT Merry, and featuring an amazing team:
- LOCATION |Ritz Paris
- PHOTOGRAPHY |KT MERRY
- DESIGN |Joy Proctor
- FASHION STYLING |Gabrielle Hurwitz
- FLORAL DESIGN |Florésie
- HAIR & MAKEUP |Harold James
- VIDEOGRAPHY |Zen Film Works
- GOWN ONE |Monique Lhuillier
- GOWNS TWO – FIVE |Marchesa
- EARRINGS & BOW |Jennifer Behr
- SHOES |Bella Belle
- MODEL |Lada Salish
Monique Lhuillier in Lake Como, Italy
My love for Monique Lhuillier began long ago while I was searching for my own wedding dress. Her timeless silhouettes and luxurious fabrics caught my eye without even trying.
Sophia Bush and Grant Hughes were married at the Philbrook Museum of Art in June, and when I saw this dress by Monique Lhuillier how could I NOT paint it?!
As someone who doesn’t love the spotlight myself, I’m just in awe of the way @sophiabush and @grant_hughes_ used their wedding to draw attention to all that’s happening in Tulsa — so much love and kindness.
So as a thank you from Tulsa, I wanted to paint something in return. And tell me this dress doesn’t deserve *all* the paintings.
I’m thinking I need a vow renewal just to be able to wear one of her dresses.
Planning and Design @alison_events
Photography @normanandblake of the
Wedding Dress @moniquelhuillier
The lines on this iconic wedding gown is as stunning as ever. Light plays on the dress creates a dreamy feel, meanwhile KT’s image maintains the timeless classic chic that Monique Lhuillier is famous for.
- GOWNS |Monique Lhuillier
- ART DIRECTION + STYLING |Carrie Goldberg
- PHOTOGRAPHY |KT MERRY
- CINEMATOGRAPHY |Peyton Frank
- PRODUCER |Muzam Productions
- PLANNING |Lake Como Weddings
- HAIR STYLIST |Brian Buenaventura
- MAKEUP ARTIST |Victor Henao
- MODEL |Théa Ros
- FASHION ASSISTANT |Lexx + Co
- PHOTO TEAM |Chad Keffer
- PHOTO TEAM |Benjamin Rosser
- PHOTO TEAM |Fabrizio Vigano
Valentino in Tuscany
Valentino — an iconic brand in and of itself. Valentino is luxury brand I’ve know about since I was a child shuffling through my mother’s InStyle and Vogue magazines.
And PS — if you haven’t checked out the rest of Kate Upton’s look from this iconic wedding, click here and check it out.
PHOTOGRAPHY | KT MERRY
EVENT DESIGN & PRODUCTION | Lisa Vorce
VENUE | Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
RED GOWN | Valentino
FLOWERS | Tuscany Flowers
CEREMONY DRESS | Valentino
HAIR | John Ruggiero
MAKEUP | Tracy Murphy
ENGAGEMENT RING | Anita Ko
TUXEDO | Cicchini Custom Clothier
MADE OF HONOR GOWNS | Christy Rilling Studio
BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS | Needle & Thread
GREENHOUSE | Michelangelo Greenhouse
MUSIC | The Soul Brothers and The Kitts
Amsale at Villa Cetinale, Siena
Capturing the movement and light of this pink gown from Courtney Bowlden’s photograph was a total dream! It’s one of my favorite wedding gowns and paintings to date.
This dress is complete with a one-of-a kind flair that AMV Weddings is famous for showcasing.
Photography: Courtney Bowlden
Venue: Villa Cetinale @cetinale
Workshop Host| AMV Retreats @amv_retreats
Planning, Styling + Design| AMV Weddings @amv_weddings
Florist| Flowers Living @flowersliving
Furniture/Tabletop Rentals| Preludio Noleggio @preludiodivisionenoleggio
Hair/Makeup| Madeline Eleanor @ByMadelineEleanor
Cakes| Sweetie Pie Cakes @sweetiepie.love
Stationary| Inquisitive @inquisited
Menswear| Bucco Couture @buccocouture
Linens| Nuage Designs @nuagedesignsinc
Shoes| Harriet Wilde @harrietwildeshoes
Jewelry| Victor Barbone @victorbarbonejewelry
Cookies| Sadie May Cakes @sadiemaycakes
Styling Mats| Lindale Studios @lindalestudios
Styling Accessories| Curated Trove @thecuratedtrove
Ceremony Gown| Amsale @amsale
Ceremony Accessories| Megan Therese Couture @megantheresecouture
Models| @bianca_senatore + @francescobrunetti
Hanneke Peters Couture in Switzerland
TELL ME YOU LOVE A COLORED WEDDING DRESS WITHOUT TELLING ME YOU LOVE A COLORED DRESS.
The way this red dress catches the light is magical, and it quite literally SHINES on top of that crisp white snow.
This bride stands out in the most beautiful way. She chose a wedding dress that matched her style and tells its own story.
Vivid Symphony captured this beautiful wedding, and I’m so thankful to have gotten to work with them to paint it.
“Your wedding should be a story of who you are. A collection of everything you love. A library of memories”-Jessie Westwood, Founder of Studio Sorores
Valentine Bridal at The Mansion at Woodward Park, Oklahoma
Valentine Bridal is designed by Sonni Jackson, an Oklahoma native and couture wedding designer. She tailors each dress to her clients’ needs and desires, and each one is totally unique and totally stunning.
If you want a jaw-dropping head-turning gown for your wedding day, you need to check out Valentine Bridal.
PLANNING + COORDINATION: POPPY + PRIM
PHOTOGRAPHY:ASHTON MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHY: SEVIER MEDIA
LIVE PAINTING: COURTNEY KIBBY
FLORAL DESIGN: FRENCH BOUQUET TULSA
DRESS: VALENTINE BRIDAL
MAKE-UP: LIPS AND LINZ
HAIR: BRAIDS FOR HER
INVITATION SUITE: THE LETTER BOX SHOP
RENTALS: PARTY PERFECT
See more of the shoot here.
Phillipa Lepley in England
About her dress, on Love My Dress bride Charis says:
“My Phillipa Lepley dress was the most amazing experience to create because I was able to place every petal and pearl on the cape with the ateliers. My mum sadly passed away several years ago so the incredible team at Phillipa Lepley designed and embroidered a beaded magnolia hidden into my Lily of the Valley cape. I also loved having a tulle cape because it still felt bridal but was much easier to wear and not feel constricted by.”
Anais Anette at Southern Hills Country Club, Oklahoma
Effortless and classic, Anais Anette creates beautifully timeless dresses that truly look effortless. Painting this one for Hope and Teddy was a dream come true. Not only were the wedding ceremony and reception stunning, but this dress is a total DREAM.
Simple in the front, with a modern low back. Hope looked effortlessly beautiful, which is how exactly how you want to look on your wedding day.
Stay tuned for a full post on Hope and Teddy’s wedding coming soon!
Carolina Herrera at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
About her gorgeous wedding dress, Dawson thought she knew what she wanted until she found the exact one she wanted.
To find her wedding dress, Dawson went to bridal stylist Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride for help. “Funnily enough, I thought I had an idea of what I wanted until we walked into Carolina Herrera and found THE dress,” Dawson shares. She expertly completed her ceremony gown with white Prada heels. And on the morning-of, she got ready with beauty team Claire Balest and Kelli Patten, who made the bride feel like the best version of herself.Over the Moon
Painting these clean lines and the intricate details on her Carolina Herrera gown was so much fun! Read more about their wedding here.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC KELLEY
PLANNING BY EASTON EVENTS
Credits for this amazing wedding:
Planning + Design: #EastonEvents @eastonevents
Floral + Design + Decor: @myrtieblue
Catering + Venue: @watercolor_weddings
Custom Bar: @heathalanray
Custom Linens: @stradelydavidson
Paper Products: @dearelouise
Hair + Makeup: @ClaireBalest @kelli_teamclairebalest
Publication: @OverTheMoon #OTMBride
WHY HIRE A WEDDING PAINTER?
Let’s cut to the chase. Your dress tells the unique story of you. Your wedding dress is typically one of the first things you fall in love with when planning your wedding, and it deserves to be commemorated in a place of honor in your home.
Your dress is a work of art.
You need to capture your own iconic wedding dress as the fine art piece that it is.
What better way to make your wedding dress truly stand the test of time than with a painting?
While these are iconic wedding dresses, here’s the real secret:
YOUR DRESS IS ICONIC BECAUSE IT’S YOURS.
So >> Let’s paint it.