For lasting impressions of their wedding, some couples are turning to painters to help preserve memories. Here are three beautiful ways to commission a unique work of art that marks the beginning of your happily ever after. FRAMED MEMORIES THE WEDDING DAY Working in quick-drying acrylic paints, artist Jennie Lou Pitts has made a unique career of painting wedding festivities live, including a recent reception at Ashton Depot. While some couples opt to have the ceremony painted, focusing on the spiritual side of their union, others invite Pitts to paint their wedding reception. There, Pitts is happy to chat with guests as they watch the painting’s progress, becoming part of the entertainment. “People get to take this piece home that’s a direct expression of their moment, their marriage,” she says. “Oftentimes it’s a gift from the groom to the bride.” Based in Denver, the former Texan travels to the Lone Star State 15 to 20 times a year to paint weddings; check out her website for a cool time-lapse video of the process. Paintings done on-site, from 24 by 18 inches, begin at $1,500 plus travel expenses. Follow Pitts on Instagram@jennielouart or visit jennielouart.com. THE BOUQUET When it comes to fresh flowers, beauty is fleeting. That seems especially so with bridal bouquets. In spite of the effort and expense that goes into creating them, their full glory can be enjoyed for only a few days. Artist Darla Lyon, who has been painting Western art for 30 years, has found a creative way to get more mileage out of wedding-day flowers — painting them to preserve their beauty. Lyon’s passion for painting wedding bouquets began after her own daughter got married. Working on photographic prints on stretched canvas, she paints in oils over the image, bringing out colors she thinks are worth embellishing and adding texture to create a painting. Check out her Etsy shop, PaintedBouquetStudio, for samples. Paintings from 12 by 12 inches begin at $322. Visit dlyonartist.wixsite.com/paintedbouquetstudio. HOME SWEET HOME Husband-and-wife team Jeff and Carrie Cocanour — he’s the artist, she manages the business — specialize in watercolor home portraits, including newlyweds’ fi rst homes. But Jeff has met many other requests, too, including whimsical “save the date” cards. Engaged couple Andi Rowntree and Scott Barnes recently commissioned both. Artistic license allows Jeff to add details that might not be present in the photographs he typically works from — sprucedup landscaping, a dog in the window, a favorite ride parked outside. He also has done portraits of old family homes, with grown children painted as youngsters playing in the front yard. The artwork, painted on thick cold-press watercolor paper, is copyrighted so it can’t be reproduced, but the Cocanours recently began offering note-card prints of home portraits to clients, too, perfect for penning all those thank-you notes. Home portraits from 18 by 12 inches begin at $200; note-card prints, $2 each. Visit cocanour.com.
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