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Friday, July 13, 2012



A wedding in July at a lake. 
The bridegroom hired me as an artist two months before
 to paint "something" for their wedding.

A wedding at the lake on a blazing hot day.
You can imagine what that does to a cake with lots of frosting:)
Choose not to enlarge the reflections in the bottle of champagne

Before the cake was served the painting was presented. Sorry no good pics of that.

Most of the work was gathering clues about what was important to them.
He had been compared to an untamed horse.
His fiancee chimed in that the movie "The Black Stallion" was one of her favorite childhood movies.

The bride-to-be was very frustrated in high school when one year all of her attempts to go to the prom were thwarted. As a last minute resort had borrowed a beautiful white dress with several layers of tulle from a friend.

The Wedding, © Oil, 24 x 30  St Germain

The mother, raised abroad, not knowing what a prom meant to here daughter, found out in a dream how significant the prom was.
She had a dream her daughter was sitting in a most gorgeous white embroidered dress at a table with many guests. The setting was heaven.

The host was standing at the head of the table. A guest came in, went straight to the daughter, hugged her, saying that if it not had been for her, "she would not have made it here."
Guests kept coming in, one after another, saying similar things.

My  impression was that they were adventurous, artistic, and both liked helping people.
They did not seem like a traditional pose to represent their marriage.
I studied a couple of horse movies to get some more inspiration.
A nocturnal setting and a peek of the river of life, since their life's goals seemed still to be enshrouded in mystery.

The big moment: of the bride's entrance with her father
 you would think this moment is not as significant on the beach by the lake,
but I saw several people crying.

An enlargement of the brides bouguet for Pink Saturday

On the wedding day itself, everything the painting represented was cast in a romantic light,
but I knew that I had given the couple a keepsake.



Joyful said...

What a great idea for a painting.

VioletSky said...

what an honour for you!
and how fortunate for them to have such a unique painting.

Gary said...

What a great painting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Betsy Grant said...

Yes, it's quite a lovely painting. Beautiful work!

Carol said...

I love weddings! Your painting is unique and beautiful!

LV said...

You are a very talented artist. You definitely gave this couple a real treasure and keepsake.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love both your photography and art! What a marvelous painting and I am sure they wrer thrilled. A lovely bouquet for PS as well. It was nice meeting you and thanks for visiting!

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

That is a beautiful post Jeanette and your work is a work of art, lovely! Hugs and thanks for your sweet comments and stopping by! Marilou

Stephanie V said...

I would treasure the thought and imagination that you have put into such a wedding memoir. It doesn't matter where the wedding is, I still cry. The hope and love are always there.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lucky couple!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a lovely idea to paint such a personal gift that includes both of them! An unusual setting! Refreshingly different!

Liz said...

Beautiful photos. Your painting is fantastic! Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

NatureStop said...

I love your Header and what a lovely painting.Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous shots!

Emille said...

Never thought of that opportunity till this bridegroom asked me:)

They're both artistic, so a traditional wedding pic wouldn't fit them!

Thank you! It was a great opportunity.

Isn't it interesting how things culturally develop? Music is so common at a reception, but not painting!

Thank you! Anything to stay away from cliche:)

Thank you, Friend! It was all worth it:)

Thank you for your kind comment, and also for visiting here! Have a great week!

Thank you, Friend! That I have memories at all reveals my age:):)

Thank you! Am still old fashioned in the belief that a wedding is a once in a life time thing!

I was lucky too, to have this opportunity!

Thanks, Gemma! As a teacher you probably know that artistic people think differently about things;)

Thanks so much, glad you like them! You have a great week too:)

Thank you for visiting here! How's life after Switzerland?

Thank you Friend! Have a great vacation time! Jesh StG

Leslie: said...

How awesome that you, as an artist, could do a painting for the bride & groom. I'm sure they'll treasure it forever! By the way, I love her dress.

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

a lovely wedding
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

The combination of art from the brush, and art of the heart..Love!!

The painting is interesting after reading the background of the Black Stallion.

Our daughter was married at a lake, and was rowed in a canoe to the place of the ceremony. Very unique how weddings can be. So personal. Nice photography too.

bettyl said...

What a grand day!

We were married on a boat on the ocean and it was quite an experience. I've seen many wedding parties taking photos by the water and it truly is an amazing sight.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Absolutely love the painting, your photography, and the heart that went into the preparation for this unique and wonderful gift.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice pictures and paintings.

We got married in the outside in the dusk of evening - I think the poor old photographer almost died when she found out about the lack of light!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

LifeRamblings said...

such a beautiful painting. well done Jeannette. congrats to the newly weds.

chubskulit said...


Aero 360's Arrows
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team.

eileeninmd said...

I love the painting, one of the reasons is I love horses. The photos of the bride are gorgeous. Well done.

Leah H. said...

Such a beautiful paint..

Visiting for MYM- hope you can stop by..

joy said...

Everything is beAutiful. The scenes, painting, words. Touching

HansHB said...

So good!

Müge said...

Romantic and passionate painting! I like it very much!