Her Dream Awaits

May 08, 2017

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This past weekend I was lucky to be a guest at a most beautiful wedding. The bride is family in my heart and I got to witness perfect moments that will stay in our memory forever for all who attended. I have been taking her picture since she was a tiny tot and she has been in earlier posts to this site. I had started thinking about doing this painting before I even got to see the dress. Months before, I started taking images that I might use as a backdrop. A very important part was taken years ago when I took her senior pictures with her horse. Her wedding was going to be outdoors and would include a horse and carriage, but I wanted her's to be with her on that day as well.

 

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The rest of the background I used images that I took in the yard around the studio. I took the column photo at a local church that was attended by some of her family.

 

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I used a picture her mother had sent to me of the bride trying on her dress to figure out how I would need to pose her when she came to my studio for a bridal portrait. I took several different poses, but this one fit perfect into the painting.

 

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Finally I put together all of the images to create a photosketch that I used as reference for the digital painting. I took a little liberty with her bouquet, not knowing how her fresh arrangement would look for the wedding day. I added a few daffodils from the painting even though she didn't actually carry any in hers.

 

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I didn't tell her that I was doing a painting partly because I wanted it to be a surprise and partly because I was unsure if I would be able to finish it on time for her wedding and that it would look like I wanted. All things worked out and it was used at the reception next to the couple's cake. 

I am so happy that the weather turned out perfect for the day of their dreams and wish the couple a wonderful journey ahead!

 

 


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