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Trend Alert: Wedding Portraits (like, the painted kind)

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog, Entertaining & Inspirations | 6 Comments

Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding PortraitThe 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.

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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.
Custom Wedding Illustrations
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!
Adorable his and her portraits
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?

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Anna
    January 25, 2013

    When my future brother-in-law proposed this idea as a wedding gift, I was nervous. Luckily his friend is a really talented artist, so I think if you find the right person it’s an amazing unique and personal gift.

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    • The Blogsmaid
      January 25, 2013

      Yes! Totally think the right artist is key!

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  2. HandMade Wedding Invitations
    January 29, 2013

    I’m getting mine illustrated by an artist friend! Excited 😀

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    • The Blogsmaid
      January 29, 2013

      Would love to see it after your wedding!

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  3. Claire Jones
    February 1, 2013

    I’ve been doing bridal and wedding art at Beautiful Moment for about a year now, it’s interesting how every artist interprets the couple . Totally agree with the google search of hideous portraits. Mine combine pencil and watercolour or ink and are quite romantic. I had a fantastic response to them at a wedding fair I did. With the popularity of vintage I think maybe traditional timeless things like art make great presents and memories.

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    • The Blogsmaid
      February 4, 2013

      That’s a great point about the “Vintage” connection. I just love these things that you’ll have for ages past the wedding day!

      Reply

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