If you didn't leave the last wedding you attended with a strip of photo booth photos in your purse, did the wedding even happen? If you can imagine, the latest wedding trend is even more retro: live painters.
According to and , hiring an artist to capture your nuptials in real time is one of the biggest emerging wedding trends of 2017 — and we're all about the idea. Don't get us wrong. We love a good photo booth, but the photo strip usually gets tucked away in a book, or worse, lands in a miscellaneous drawer (sorry, newly betrothed). But a real, live piece of art? You'd see it every day and get to relive one of the happiest moments of your life.
Another perk: The entertainment it provides for guests. Imagine your friends and family getting to watch the painting evolve throughout the reception!
Here's how it works: "I like to arrive about four hours early if the venue permits it to paint the background," live painter told . Once the ceremony begins, in goes the bride, groom and wedding guests surrounding them.
This time-lapse video shows the process from start to finish:
The trend is getting so big that you can already shop by style, whether you're looking for something more abstract…
…or something a little more realistic: