This is the final painting from the wedding and I’m pretty happy with it The interesting problem was to capture the essence of the event which was spread over a few hours, with changing light from daylight to night time, strong light to mood lighting including uplighting under some trees and down lighting in other places. After the ceremony the chairs were quickly removed and everyone started to mingle. The huge doors on either side of where the happy couple were standing were opened and the room changed its shape. What I decided was to darken around the edges of the picture as if the evening was wrapping around them and they were standing in a cocoon of warm light. It allowed them to be a natural focus (aside from placement) and gave the painting a looseness that would have been more difficult with even bright lighting. Those flashes of red and orange came up beautifully against the rich blues too. As best I could, the painting encompasses aspects of the whole evening, around the physical set up of the ceremony. But most importantly, it strives to be warm, and mysterious and a beautiful moment in time.