Normally on the amazing wedding weekend vendor checklist: a fabulous photographer, a vibrant videographer and excellent entertainment. But what about adding a live artist?

Meet Agnes Russo, an event painter from Los Angeles, who recently used her canvas to memorialize two breathtaking destination weddings at The Breakers.

Agnes Russo Agnes prepping her painting at Michelle & Justin’s wedding this past February in the Mediterranean Ballroom.

We got a chance to sit down with Agnes and get an inside look at how she transforms your wedding – complete with décor, design and your favorite people – into a work of art.

Q: How does it work?
A: I come early to set up my easel, and I sketch the background elements for the painting. By the time the guests arrive, there is a vibrant sketch on the canvas and I can start focusing on painting in the people. I take photos of the special guests that the bride and groom choose and place them into the foreground of the painting, carefully creating a balanced composition. I pay special attention to their body language and try to capture their characters with natural poses.

Agnes Russo

Q: What is it like painting at The Breakers?
A: Last February I was invited to paint a luxurious wedding in Venetian Ballroom. With the breathtaking view of the ocean and the ceiling was covered with orchids, there was plenty of beauty to paint. As I was wondering around on my break, I walked into the Mediterranean Ballroom, to my total amazement. I was speechlessly starring at the walls and the ceiling with the magnificent frescos, and I remember thinking: ” I wish I could paint his room one day!” and a year later here I am, doing just that for Michelle and Justin’s gorgeous wedding (photos above). It is a great experience to be part of these beautiful occasions, and share the joy with everyone. (See the final product below)

Agnes Russo

Q: How did you begin live event painting?
A: I am from Hungary, where I grew up in small cities where I painted a lot. I was trained in traditional fine art in Budapest, and when I moved to Los Angeles in 1995, I started to work in the movie industry as an illustrator, creating concept sketches, posters and set design. One day I was drawing a presentation sketch for a big event, and the client loved the illustration so much that she asked me to paint on-location during the event. That was my very first “Live Event Painting.” This has become a wonderful passion of mine, and a new profession that I love.

Agnes’s finished painting from Michelle & Justin’s wedding in the Mediterranean Ballroom…

Agnes Russo

And the before and after from Vanessa and Taylor’s destination wedding in the Venetian Ballroom…

Venetian Ballroom before

Venetian Ballroom after

Book Agnes to paint live at your wedding by calling her at (310) 404-1309 or, visit her website here.

9 comments
  1. Jenny Apr 19, 2011 / 12:02 pm

    These paintings are spectacular. Agnes clearly has a gift for capturing the ambiance of an occasion. And, technically, her work is beautiful.

  2. Mike Apr 19, 2011 / 01:11 pm

    What a great idea: with all the expense of a wedding, and much of it ultimately becoming just a faded memory, couples can enjoy a painting like this on their 50th anniversary.

  3. Catherine Apr 19, 2011 / 02:07 pm

    Agnes is a wonderful artist whose work portrays the joy and celebration of the weddings she paints. My own daughter’s wedding may be on her schedule soon.

  4. Jeff Kolodny Apr 19, 2011 / 02:48 pm

    Very Cool!

  5. Samantha Apr 19, 2011 / 11:50 pm

    Amazing talent and so realistic! A great combination of entertainment as well as having something so genuine to remember such a special day by.

  6. Andrea Apr 25, 2011 / 11:33 am

    What a great idea! A photograph never could capture the true essence of such a beautiful ballroom together with the celebrating guests. Agnes is a very talented artist!

  7. […] One really unique thing that Justin and Michelle had at their wedding reception was to have a live event artist, Agnes Russo. The Breakers Blog shows the incredible progression of her work AND the finished painting from their wedding!! […]

  8. […] One really unique thing that Justin and Michelle had at their wedding reception was to have a live event artist, Agnes Russo. The Breakers Blog shows the incredible progression of her work AND the finished painting from their wedding!! […]

  9. Pauline May 14, 2011 / 07:48 pm

    How unique and such a treat to have a live painter at your wedding! Moreover, Agnes’ work is simply exquisite. I cannot imagine how one would not treasure this beautiful piece of art for a lifetime and beyond.

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