The painted wedding portrait: a tradition as time honored as the act of representing human likeness in 2-dimensions. No one quite did it like the Dutch- the most famous being Van Eyck’s wedding portrait, laden with symbolism and detail. Obviously, sitting for hours (or days) having your portrait painted in oil, etc fell out of favor once the more practical (and cost efficient) camera portrait came into play, but, sigh, I do so yearn for ye olden days.
So, I have been pleasantly surprised to see the art of the wedding portait make a bit of a mini-comeback and hope to see growth in it’s future. True, a google search of the term “painted wedding portrait” yields thousands of HORRIFIC images, but, when couples get it right, they REALLY get it right. And you needn’t have it plastered all over your stationery or thank you notes: a custom illustration or painting is a sweet addition to the home to commemorate a moment in time.
I was totally delighted when we were at our friend Heather’s wedding and saw her AMAZING wedding portrait that she and Jonathan had done the day before the wedding by a local artist.
For couples seeking something more symbolic, Jolly Edition with add in elements to her illustrations that have special meaning to you (in this case the pillow he’s carrying and the elements of the bride’s bouquet.
And I just adore these more “abstract” his and her portraits from this wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes done by this artistic groom! I love how they each have their own backgrounds!
So, an idea to tuck away for the future! Who knows perhaps it will be your first joint piece of art in your new marital home?