An artist friend recently pointed me in the direction of a spectacular idea for capturing the beauty of a wedding celebration—a live portrait painting during the event.
No doubt, gifted photographers work tirelessly to come up with innovative and beautiful shots of all aspects of the wedding, but a painting of the wedding serves as a stunning and timeless reminder of the day. My friend Katherine Gressel took her artistic skills up the Hudson to Osborne Castle at Cat Rock. In this magestic setting Katherine’s task was to create an extraordinary work of art representing the beauty and joy of a wedding ceremony and celebration. She started painting as the preparations were in full swing, beginning the artistic process that would continue through the day. Finishing the work after the wedding was over, Katherine presented the couple with an extraordinary rendering of their festivities, forever reminding them of the day and spectacular venue. The creative process was captured by wedding videographer Nathaniel Armstrong.
Since speaking with Katherine, I have learned that there are artists who make live portraiture a part of their professional services, creating works around weddings, parties, galas, and other events. While many couples can’t afford a professional artist, there are countless art students who would relish the opportunity to be involved with such a unique commission. This would be an unforgettable gift for any happy couple.