Live Wedding Painter – New Trend

Live Wedding Painter – New Trend

What is a ”live wedding painter and artist” you ask? It’s an artist who is trained to capture moments and events while painting them on canvas using oil paint in real-time. This is such an exciting time to get married with this trend finally catching on in Toronto!

This wedding trend has been in Europe for some time now and is becoming a tradition around the world for those getting married in this day and age. It’s about time, as I have been waiting for the wedding painter-artist trend to finally make its mark.

Brides-to-be are going back to old traditions, keepsakes and momentums. Did you know there are many trained artists all over the world, who specialize in painting live events? It is becoming a staple and is highly sought out from brides and individuals celebrating events they want to capture.

Your guests will love this artistic element added to your wedding day and will be excited to see if they are in the painting! Within hours, you will be able to see the results, making your special day even more memorable. 

Live Artist | Live Wedding Artist | Live Event Artist

Olga Pankova is a Russian artist currently living in Toronto, Canada. She is Canada’s Leading Live Painter. Her portrait paintings go far beyond merely capturing a faithful likeness. Her physical process of applying paint with a brush creates a unique dynamic energy, impossible to replicate through any mechanical process. Capturing detail is a cornerstone of Olga’s style.

Olga is an internationally recognized artist with works held in private collections in Canada, USA, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada and the U.A.E. Olga is the recipient of a number of awards. As a live artist, Olga fuses live art to create incredible works while allowing the viewer to experience the moment with the artist.

Olga graduated from The Republican Art Collage “P.Benkova” as an Artist-Designer from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Hence, she is the recipient of a number of industry awards as well as having placed 1st in a number of art competitions.


How the process works to obtain a live wedding painting from Olga.

Olga arrives an hour before the start of the event and she begins to sketch and paint the background. She will identify  the important details of who to include in the live painting ahead of time. As the guests arrive, they love seeing the transformation of watching themselves appear on canvas.

As a Toronto portrait artist, Olga is available for creating beautiful portraits in oil, acrylic and watercolors. 

Her biography is here: Live Wedding Painter Olga Pankova.

Below are just a few of her incredible live masterpieces.


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We look forward to working with you and your families to plan and design your perfect wedding day.  much love…xo


Royal Wedding on a Budget

Royal Wedding on a Budget

Your wedding doesn’t need to have a Royal Wedding price tag to be “Meghan and Harry” memorable.

Setting a budget can be one of the most difficult aspects of planning a wedding.  If flipping through wedding magazines has you convinced a beautiful wedding must cost the equivalent of a down payment on a house, then you need to read this. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you say “I Don’t” to debt.

The key to keeping costs down may seem pretty obvious, yet can be difficult for many couples. Set a budget. A real budget. Be reasonable, and be honest with yourself. Being unrealistic or exceeding your budget will leave you in wedding debt after the big day. Everyone wants a memorable wedding, but don’t start your lives together with unnecessary debt.  These tips will help give you a realistic idea of how to set a wedding budget that won’t rival the “Kardashian-West” wedding.

The Venue

Venue is a big deal. It is also a major cost.

When choosing your venue, consider doing something unexpected. Most of the popular venues in big cities will cost you a big part of your budget, and often require separate ceremony and reception spaces. Do you have a family member with a beautiful backyard? Or a friend who owns a restaurant you could rent for a discounted rate? We love this renovated cathedral in Millbrook, Ontario. It is located less than 2 hours from Toronto. The cathedral lends a classical elegant beauty, while providing enough space for ceremony and reception to take place all together.

The Design

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Design your wedding with intentional and minimalistic elements. Allow each piece to stand out and add to the overall design, without being overwhelmed.

A major design cost is often the florals. Work with your floral designer to choose flowers and greenery that is cost effective while maintaining the overall aesthetic you want. Allow your florals to be an accent to your other design elements, rather than basing your entire design around them. A simple bouquet of greenery lends a natural, whimsical aesthetic to your overall look while keeping costs low.

The Dress

Say yes to the dress. Say no to the crazy price tag.

Very few people can tell the difference between a custom made designer gown, and a well altered off-the-rack dress. Working with a talented seamstress allows you to take a less costly gown and make it look as if it were made just for you. Another option is to have a vintage dress altered to suit your style and needs. Your Mothers’ dress can look vintage-chic without looking out dated with some minor adjustments.

The Cake

You have to go for a tasting.

Deal with the cake after all decisions about dress style and reception décor have been made. These elements can serve as a blueprint for the design and structure of your wedding cake. Choose a cake that’s compatible with the style of the venue, the season, your gown, the flower arrangements or the menu. If you want colorful accents (such as sugar flowers or icing ribbons), give your baker fabric swatches. The cake should be part of the wedding, not a glaring sideshow.


The Theme

Delve a little deeper.

When it comes to choosing a wedding theme that’s unique and personal, just treading the water won’t do you any good. You need to get into the details. If you want to have a vintage-themed wedding, for instance, decide on a specific period, like the 1920s or 1960s. If you like rustic decorations, which kind of rustic are you talking about? The elegant or rugged kind? With a clear brief, it will be easier for vendors to understand your vision. If your theme is too general, different vendors might have different interpretations, and the results may not look harmonious together.


The Flowers

Know your own mind.

Before you get too excited about the flowers you’ve fallen in love with, you need to do the maths. Some floral arrangements may simply be a little unrealistic in terms of price so it’s a good idea to work out how much you have to spend on the flowers before you start looking. Keep your spending under control by using more expensive flowers sparingly.



Style Director, Planner, Designer and Floral’s – by Francesca, xo | Wedding Cake  and Dessert Bar – Sweet Couture Cakes by Adele | Venue – Millbrook Cathedral |Vintage Candelabra’s – Southern Charm Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Chairs, tables, linens, dinnerware, couches, bar table – Perfect Party Rentals | Wedding Dress – One Love One Dream Bridal | Makeup – Cassandra Campbell Beauty | Hair – Priceless Beauty | Officiant – Rev. Barb Takeda | Videographer – RC2Films | Photography – Jill Hamilton Photography | MODELS | Andraes Schettini, Amanda Wagg |

XO from RC2 Films on Vimeo.


When we design weddings for the modern bride, here’s what we do:

  • bouquets
  • floral and greenery crowns
  • table settings design
  • centerpieces
  • boutonnieres
  • corsages
  • flower wands
  • flower baskets
  • take the month you are getting married into account
  • backdrops
  • arbours/chuppah’s
  • venue views, interior bones
  • rentals ie. chairs, linens, cutlery, chargers, linens
  • select beautiful candles
  • create your dream wedding
  • make sure your day is seamless and memorable

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  • full wedding planning
  • partial wedding planning
  • month of coordination
  • day of coordination

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We look forward to working with you and your families to plan your perfect wedding day. After all, at by Francesca, xo Weddings and Events, your are FAMILY. much love…xo


Patone Wedding Shoot

Patone Wedding Shoot

Design Trends

Designers and florist look for colors and floral’s that will create the most impact on a table and in a brides hands. YNeutral backgrounds capture the lush tones of this years’ patone wedding colour; the many shades and hues of purple. Florist and designers quickly gathered their thoughts to create their own masterpiece. Below, we walk you through the steps to pull this magnificent shoot together with just a little help from other creatives in the community.


Jill Jago Photography was called upon to assist us in capturing the many shades of this fabulous colour trend for 2018. Behind the scenes, we had been designing this styled shoot for 6 months trying to get just the right contrast of shades to ensure we captured the look.

Things to consider

Excited as we were to get started, there were so many factors to consider. How many shades could we incorporate into the design along with how to make them flow effortlessly.

In conclusion

Pleased with the final results, we are happy to share the color textures and flowers. Linens and place setting add elegance with soft candles alongside of the simple palette of dinnerware. Get inspired and create these beauties and tag us in your post.


  1. roses in the colour quicksand
  2. carnations fancy funza
  3. chrysanthemums
  4. phlox
  5. scabiosa
  6. tulips supreme
  7. gunny
  8. parvifoglia
  9. israeli ruscus



much love…xo



Wedding Planning: by Francesca, xo

Styling and Design: by Francesca, xo

Styled Shoot Director: by Francesca, xo

Styled Shoot Producer: by Francesca, xo

Flowers: by Francesca, xo

Photography: Jill Jago Photography

Rentals: Perfect Party Place

Planning a special event, getting married or celebrating a birthday and want to wow your guests with a beautiful backdrop?


a) Our beautiful Donut Stand

b) Our gorgeous Macramé Hanging

Rentals Costs:

Either can be rented plus a security deposit that will be refunded upon which ever item you choose is returned in good standing condition.

A special note from owner Francesca Schettini.

Hello! I wanted to take this moment to thank you for reading our blog. We appreciate all the support we receive from the community and wanted to make this blog a special one considering the beautiful Patone colour of the year. We hope you enjoyed the inspiration for your wedding day.

In case you haven’t visited our site before, feel free to visit our services and rentals.

Have a question?

Drop us an email to


much love…xo




Photographer: Haley Photography   


Family Cottage Wedding

Family Cottage Wedding

Family Cottage Wedding

Maddy and Josh decided to get married on September 23rd, 2017. Filled with cotttage traditions, music and great food  the wedding couple decided this was the place they wantedd to say their “I do’s”. The happy couple called us to design their entire wedding from linens to backdrops and floral’s. Full wedding planning was in gear to fill this cottage with more memorable moments to share with family and friends

The Design

Wanting a simple down to earth wedding, the bride and groom requested a minimal backdrop as nature would be the key elements. This beautiful family cottage has many memories to share with their loved ones. One key element in planning this wedding was the absence of her beloved mother. We designed the entire wedding around her mothers favorite things. Music, family, the cottage and her love for sunflowers. We made sure no detail was overlooked so Maddy could feel her mothers presence on her wedding day.


Join us for this incredible emotional journey of a daughter and mother’s love. xo

Wedding Planning, Event and Floral Design: by Francesca, xo Weddings and Events

Catering: Hawley Crescent Culinary Services

Event Rentals: Encore Tents

Photography: Lindsay Oosterhof Photography