Live Guest Portraits: A Unique Wedding Experience

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April 25, 2024

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“You don’t see this kind of love every day.”

These were the words of the wonderful wedding planner Merilee of Ever After Events, who had the pleasure of designing and producing a mesmerizing San Diego wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The celebration was elevated with a unique twist – live guest portraits. This innovative form of entertainment, also called live portrait painting and wedding guest painting, not only captivated the guests but also served as personalized keepsakes, making the event truly unforgettable.

PHOTOS BY GARRETT RICHARDSON

“Working with Courtney was amazing. Not only was she down to earth and kind, but her talent also shone brightly through the live experience she provided at our wedding. Our guests were so impressed, and all of our friends framed her work—truly the best wedding favors ever! Not to mention, the ceremony painting she created was breathtaking. Courtney also crafted a special piece featuring my late mother and me, which I cherish daily.” — Molly, bride

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: A Dream Wedding Venue

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is a stunning venue nestled in the heart of San Diego, California. The Spanish-style architectural masterpiece, surrounded by lush, scenic gardens, offers a romantic and idyllic setting for a garden wedding. The venue’s outdoor spaces, intimate courtyards, and grand fireplace add a touch of elegance. A watercolor wedding portrait by a skilled wedding watercolor artist like myself transforms it from just a wedding venue to a cherished destination.

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A Love-Filled Ceremony

The couple’s love was tangible, filling the verdant lawn with an atmosphere of joy and happiness. One of the most touching moments was when Molly and Justin exchanged their vows. Their promises to love and cherish one another were sincere and heartfelt, leaving the audience and even the live artist, who captured the scene in watercolor portraits, deeply moved.

A Starlit Reception

The reception was a spectacular affair, held under a canopy of twinkling stars. The decor, theme, and entertainment, featuring a dance floor surrounded by vibrant colors, were meticulously planned and executed, making for an unforgettable evening. Key moments, such as speeches and toasts, were amplified by the romantic setting, creating memories that would be cherished for a lifetime.

Capturing Memories

The wedding was beautifully captured in photographs, thanks to the talented photographer Garrett Richardson and videographer West Coast Wed’s keen eye and unique style. Memorable moments were frozen in time, giving the couple a collection of images they could look back on fondly.

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Floral Arrangements: Love in Full Bloom

The wedding featured a vibrant palette of pinks, greens, and whites, reflecting the garden party theme. Floral arrangements were abundant, adding a lush, romantic atmosphere. Unique floral decor and bouquets, alongside floral paintings, brought a touch of personal style and elegance, contributing to the overall aesthetic of the garden party.

A Unique Guest Experience: Live Guest Portraits

Live guest portraits added a unique, personal touch to the wedding. This interactive art form, including mini portraits and live portrait painting, not only entertained the guests but also provided them with a keepsake, making the event truly unforgettable.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Courtney and our entire experience together. Our guests were thrilled, and my husband and I were overjoyed. Her live artwork is truly incredible, and Courtney herself is so personable and a delight to work with. I would recommend her to EVERYONE!!” — Molly, bride

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A Fairytale Endings

The wedding, a perfect blend of love, joy, and unique experiences, left an indelible mark on everyone present. As the couple embarked on their journey of togetherness, they left behind memories of a day filled with laughter, love, photo by Nashville based wedding photographer Garrett Richardson, video by San Diego Videographer West Coast Wed and live art, including live portraits and mini portraits by Courtney Kibby.

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Painting Your Wedding is an Honor I Don’t Take Lightly

Being a part of such a special day was an honor. Witnessing Molly and Justin’s palpable love was a heartwarming experience. The joy, the love, the unique guest experience of live art, including live guest portraits and watercolor portraits, everything about this San Diego wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was magical. The addition of live guest portraits and watercolor portraits truly set this event apart, making it an unforgettable celebration.

“100% MUST HIRE!! You will be so happy that you did. Courtney is so beyond talented and her work is a precious gift to last a lifetime!! Our guests were floored by their watercolor portraits! Every one of them has it framed at home! Also, the way Courtney captured our ceremony was so spot on! The love was there- in every stroke. I can’t wait for our future children to look back and truly experience our wedding day!” – Molly, bride

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Share the Love

Weddings are all about sharing love and creating memories. If you’ve been a part of a wedding that featured unique elements like live guest portraits, we’d love to hear your story. Share your experiences and get in touch with us on social media, celebrating those special moments with mini portraits and live guest portraits. It’s these personal touches, such as live guest portraits and mini portraits, that truly make a wedding unforgettable.

Not all weddings are created equal. Some stand out for their unique elements, making them unforgettable. This San Diego wedding, with its live guest portraits, was one such celebration. A beautiful blend of love, art, and unique experiences, it was truly a wedding like no other.

Check out the team behind this day on Instagram:

Wedding Planner: @everafterevents
Venue: @theinnatrsf
Photographer: @garrettrichardson
Cinematography: @westcoastwed
Florist: @grandfloral
Officiant: @msgr.rossetti
Music: @dartcollective
Cake: @sugarandscribe
Stationer: @scribblesinc.in
Watercolor Artist: @courtneykibbydesigns
Hair: @wendyrmcgill
Makeup: @ashleyfierromua
Rentals: @catalogatelier
Rentals: @tbdsandiego
Lighting: @brillianteventlighting
Social Media: @sdcontentcreator

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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.

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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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