Always on the look out for the unusual, the quirky and the different when it comes to wedding entertainment, this has to be up there on the list of "must haves" when it comes to not only finding a unique way to capture your big day, but also entertain your guests at the same time!
I found out about Stuart from a Facebook wedding group and felt I just had to share his story with you.
Interestingly , speaking to Stuart I found he comes from my old stomping ground in the North West.
Chatting with Stuart he tells me:
It all began one Sunday afternoon in Ramsbottom , at the Northwest's best craft shop Clark Crafts. It had been a quiet day in the shop so I decided to take a canvas outside and get some attention for the shop from the car boot sale opposite.....
I painted outside and made as much noise as possible. It got the shop a little more attention and we published the picture on our facebook page. A couple of days later I received a message from a local lady asking me to paint at her wedding. I was nervous at first but I gave it a go.
It was a success and the bride loved it. It was an amazing experience to be at someones wedding. its incredible to share the most of intimate days and to be paid to capture it is an honour. I was booked for my next wedding at the first one and since then it has gone from strength to strength.
I arrive into the venue an hour before the bridal couple is due to sit down and I sketch out the room.When the guests sit down I draw them and when everyone is seated I can begin to paint...
I only get as long as it takes to eat and the speeches so I have to be fast. Near the end I allow a supervised child or two or the bridal couple etc to paint an item on a table...it makes it more personal and interactive and provides the photographer with a great shot.
I finish the painting early into the evening and leave it on display for the evening guests to see. Sometimes I stay later and paint in the first dance too.
I can also leave some of the canvas blank for the guests to sign. The image can be used for the thank you cards and one bride used the image to have a cushion printed which looked amazing.
Prices depend on travel. Canvases are usually 24"x30" but I can be flexible to the couple's requirements."
What a great way to save those special moments , I also found out that if you've already tied the knot, Stuart can paint from your wedding photos, what a good idea for an anniversary present too.
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