watercolour painting
Live Wedding Painting
A photograph depicts things as they are in real life, but a painting has the opportunity to capture the moment or heightened feelings of your special day. Furthermore a live painting by an exceptional artist is a great way to entertain guests and see the memory of the event unfold on your memorialise your special day. Not only do you get a keepsake that you can hold onto forever, but it's an experience for you and your guests to enjoy seeing a moment captured in real-time on paper. Children are also fascinated by the process.

If you have a pet or a family member or friend who has passed away, live wedding paintings provide a beautiful way to honour thier memory and include them in your special day.

I paint on “Arches” 100% cotton cold pressed paper 140lb using Daniel Smith artist grade professional paints. These materials are considered the gold standard and highest quality in watercolour painting. This gives the best texture, durability and colour pigment on the paper.

I paint in one size 13 x 19.5 inches (A3) - £499 with a clear white boarder around the edge. There may be a moderate additional charge for travel expenses outside Greater London. The price includes a full consultation, professional watercolour painting, frame with mount in a glass display, upto to 7-8 hours of live painting and travel*. Only a 10% desposit is required to secure the booking.

Please send me your email address for a full information pack about my service


11.7 x 16.5 inches with an additional clear white border




Contact me

Contact me via "Contacts" section at the bottom of the page to discuss your requirements

Place Order

Make the purchase or place a 10% deposit to secure your booking

Questionnaire & Agreement

Complete my questionnaire about your event to assess logistics

Live Painting Event

Arrive 2 hours before the event and paint for upto 7 hours.

The process is very simple – here is how it works:

1. Contact me via "Contacts" below to see if your date is available and we can discuss your plans for your event. I also send you a full information pack. Please book early as I get booked up quickly.

2. If content you can make the purchase and to secure the date or place a deposit with a 14 day cooling off period.

3. I'll send you my agreement and a questionnaire to get all your contact info, venue info, planner contact, times, etc. Then I'll handle it from there! I'll be in contact with your planner, organiser or venue manager to figure out the logistics of where I'll be located during the event so you stay stress-free when it comes to the date of your event.

4. On the day I'll arrive about 1-2 hours before the start of the event, ceremony or the reception (whichever moment you'd like to be painted) to set up and get started on sketching the background and composition. I'll continue to sketch and paint while the event is occurring and afterwards I may or may not be moved to a different spot to continue throughout the reception so your guests can view and interact with me while they enjoy the remainder of the event.

5. My time is around 6-7 hours but I’m flexible in order to capture the right moment and finish the painting! I'll be taking photos and videos before and throughout the event to make sure I capture everything to reference when continuing the sketching/painting. These will be deleted after the event.

6. At an appropriate point at the event you may wish a big reveal to the guests and take home a completed painting in a frame to cherish forever.

7. All packages include a finished watercolour painting to take home by the end of your event. I'd be happy to make any additional adjustments at home and post securely to your address.

8. Any travel expenses will be calucated on a mileage basis and agreed before the booking. I can travel thoughout the UK .

9. If you decide to cancel your event for any reason, I will retain your deposit or if paid in full, 10% of your payment. If I have to cancel before your event for any reason, you will be fully refunded. Rescheduling may be available if my calendar is open on the new date.

10. Please contact me so I can send you a full client information pack including my terms, questionnaire and referral money back scheme.



1. How much does it costs to hire a live painter?

I paint in one size 13 x 19.5 inches (A3) for £499 with a clear white boarder around the edge. There may be a moderate additional charge for travel expenses outside Greater London. The price includes a full consultation, professional watercolour painting, frame with mount in a glass display, up to to 7-8 hours of live painting and travel*. Only a 10% deposit is required to secure the booking.

2. Can I chose my scene?

Yes, you chose a scene of your choice for the day. Do you want a painting to focus just on the bride and the groom and venue? Or do you want more family members? The first kiss? Or even a member of the family or pet to may have passed away.

3. Do you travel?

Yes anywhere in the UK. I'm based in South London and may charge a moderate travel fee based on a fuel mileage rate. I will always try to keep costs down and avoid an overnight stay if possible. I don't believe weddings should be unnecessarily expensive.

4. How far ahead can I book?

I would suggest to save your date sooner than later. I can hold your date for a period of time at your enquiry until you decide. You only need to provide a 10% deposit to secure your booking

5. What deposit do I need to pay

You only need to provide a 10% deposit to secure your booking and is refundable up until 3 months before your wedding. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to your wedding. Contact me below if you would like to save your date

6. Are you insured?

Yes I have full public liability insurance. You cancellation policy will be detailed our agreement

7. Many living wedding painter use canvas and acrylic painting, why do you paint in watercolour?

This is basically down to preference, but watercolours is my preferred medium because is renowned for its light, bright, and translucent qualities. The vibrant but soft nature of watercolours captivates the viewer’s eye in ways that are much different from, let’s say, the thick nature of oil or acrylic paints. It provides a much more natural and accurate depiction of the scene with an artistic feel. I also love the blend between colours and texture when used properly on the finished painting. Finally my painting are all presented in a glass frame with mount which will compliment any home environment.

8. When will I receive my painting?

I will aim to present your painting on the day or if necessary additional studio time may be necessary free of charge. The painting will be delivered to you securely using tracked delivery.

9. Can my guest watch you paint?

Absolutely that's the point. I make an effort to actively engage your guests. On some occasions guest even contribute their artistic touch to your painting. Don't fret, though. If they happen to place a colour in an unintended spot, I can lift off the paint or paint over it.

10. Does my painting come with a frame?

Yes my price includes a black, white, oak or rustic frame with white mount and glass display - not a cheap plastic Perspex display!

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