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




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


Micro-Wedding Trend 2018

Micro-Wedding Trend 2018


Micro-wedding are small intimate wedding between the bride and groom and immediate family. It consists of no less than 2 and no more than 40 guests, 10-minute ceremony, a few photos and dinner afterwards at their favorite restaurant or a private room.

Some brides don’t need a bouquet and the idea of corsages and boutonnieres are non-existent. The entire bridal party is omitted along with the flower girl and ring bearer. Couples are considering getting married at city hall, the town court house even their favourite park. Planned on a smaller scale, their are still elements of tradition and last typically 5-6 hours.


Embracing a micro-wedding

Planning a wedding takes a great deal of time, energy and money. The couples are overwhelmed and consumed with their everyday life. Acommodating the needs of everyone else has shifted and they are pleased with combining elements they want.

Micro-weddings are more affordable on the budget and are less stressful to plan. It doesn’t mean micro-weddings don’t come with their own headaches.


Here’s what you should know before you embarque on the new trend.

Not for everyone

Not everyone in the family will be pleased you’re having an intimate wedding. Feelings might get hurt when you limit the guest list and is to be expected. Remember why you made this decision and make sure you don’t sway from the pressure.

The more you are both confident about your decision and the reasons why, your family and friends will understand. You can ease the change by sharing your photo memories in a small gathering after the honeymoon. Inviting them for cocktails to view the video and pictures of your special day is ideal.

In conclusion

Remember this new trend doesn’t have to be complicated, it just needs to reflect what you both want and don’t want. You don’t have to follow tradition, you just need to follow your dreams of what you envisioned your special day to be and that means you don’t need to empty your bank account to accommodate those who want more.

Need more information, click here to view our micro-wedding services.

Wedding Planner: by Francesca, xo

Event Designer | Floral Designer: by Francesca, xo

Cake: Sweet Couture Cakes by Adele

Wedding at The Forth

Wedding at The Forth

Our sweet couple Areen and Perry held their intimate wedding at The Forth on the Danforth. We filled the space with the bride’s request of merlot and pastel flowers accented by modern elements in white and birch. On the list of must haves were ethnic food, music, hometown traditions to celebrate with family and friends. I think we gave them just that!

Wedding Planning: by Francesca, xo

Event and Floral Design: by Francesca, xo

Photography: Fotozio

Venue: The Forth

Cake: SweetCoutureCakesbyAdele



From the TEAM at by Francesca, xo, thank you for choosing us to be part of your special day.

much love…xo