Commissioned Watercolor gift painting the Merion Tribute House

September 2, 2015By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Custom Watercolor Gift - Painting of Merion Tribute House by Hand-Painted Weddings Custom Watercolor Gift - Painting of Merion Tribute House by Hand-Painted WeddingsI love the creative ideas clients come to me with for commissioned watercolor gifts! This client is the mother of the bride. The idea was for a surprise anniversary gift for her daughter and son in law.

Their wedding invitation used thermography for the text and was a simple text only design printed on a thick white board. The idea was to paint their reception site on their invitation. They got married at the popular gothic style castle in the Philadelphia suburbs called the Merion Tribute House.

I met with the client in person and we excitedly went through her wedding photos from her daughter’s wedding. I shared a couple of sketched layouts and we decided to go with the layout above because it was the most colorful. The Merion Tribute house, being castle like, has a lot of gray stonework, so zooming in on the beautiful red door, stained glass windows, and greenery around the entrance brought a lot of nice colors to the watercolor. As you can see in one of the zoomed in photos, I added some silver metallic watercolor to the windows which added a nice shimmer to the piece.

What I liked about this project was that it was very similar to what I create for clients for their wedding invitations but it was almost like a retrospective because the wedding had already occurred.

To read more about Commissioned Watercolor Gifts, click here. Contact me for a custom quote.

Lily Commissioned Watercolor Painting

June 12, 2015By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Lily painting by Hand-Painted WeddingsHappy Friday! Today I’m sharing a commissioned watercolor painting of this pretty golden lily plant I created awhile back. I’m pretty surprised I didn’t share this painting earlier…I think it was because this painting was a surprise birthday gift for someone and I didn’t want to spill the beans!

I love the overall warmth of this painting as well as the depth and perspective in the background. This commissioned watercolor painting was created based on a photograph the client took at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Side note…I’m totally that person taking crazy amounts of photos at the Flower Show too!

The weather has turned exceptionally warm and sunny this week in Philadelphia and this painting seems to resonate with that warmth. If you are you interested in purchasing a commissioned watercolor, contact me for more information. Have a wonderful weekend!

Vintage Purple Feather Bride Portrait

May 15, 2015By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Vintage Purple Feather Bride painted by Hand-Painted Weddings

A special Friday treat for you…a bridal portrait illustration fitting for a purple, vintage wedding. This bridal illustration is inspired by the Vintage Purple Feather Invitation in the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop.

This pursed lips bride is all about the accessories, while wearing a simple (and comfortable) drop waist wedding dress. I was definitely inspired by Daisy from Great Gatsby with this illustration, I have to admit. I just love the blonde bob haircut along with the large, pink hair fascinator, which matches the bride’s belt and shoes peeping out from under her dress.

I think a vintage wedding is a lot of fun! There are loads of inspiration in doing an era themed wedding. And let’s admit it, there is something surreal about your wedding day, so why not conjure up another decade for your theme and be playful. One of the things I like to encourage brides to remember for their wedding is lightness. It is so easy to get bogged down with all the heavy decisions along the wedding planning process, so I try to remind couples that it is a celebration and a bit of whimsy is sometimes just the thing to get the focus back on the most important aspect of the wedding…joy.

Have a beautiful weekend everybody!

Vintage Purple Feather Bride painted by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Meaningful Hand-Painted Gifts

November 3, 2014By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Commissioned Watercolor Family Portrait by Hand-Painted WeddingsEvery year I feel like it gets harder and harder to get meaningful gifts for friends and family around the holidays. Lives get busy, people already have so much “stuff”…it can be such a tricky thing!

With that in mind, taking a handmade approach can totally be the answer around the holidays, and now is the time to start planning for those gifts, because they take time! If you don’t have the skills or time to make your own gifts, consider hiring an artist. There are so many options on Etsy. Here at Hand-Painted Weddings, we have done some lovely commissioned watercolors as anniversary gifts, baby shower, and birthday gifts for clients. These gifts are priceless keepsakes for years to come. If you are interested in more information on hiring me to paint gifts for you, contact me here.

Commissioned family portrait watercolor by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Work in Progress: Commissioned Watercolor Succulent

August 21, 2012By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors, Work in Progress

Here is a sneak peak of a commissioned watercolor I am currently working on. This is a 5″ x 7″ painting that I am working on from a beautiful photo that the client provided. It has been a lot of fun to work on! The colors are fantastic!

Succulents have been on my wish list to paint for awhile. I just might end up doing a succulent wedding invitation in the near future!

If you are interested in my commissioned watercolor services, please keep in mind that the subject matter doesn’t have to be wedding-related; the skies the limit! Contact me here for more information.

Paintings by Hand-Painted Weddings.


Commissioned Watercolors: Wedding Walk

July 9, 2012By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Yes, it rained on our wedding day, so by default I am one of those people who says that rain on your wedding day brings good luck. It is funny how that works, right…you don’t want to wish rain on your wedding day, but if you get it, it’s good luck. Lucky for me I had a wonderful photographer who captured rain really well!

This is one of my favorite portrait photos from our wedding. The funny part is that I had no idea this photo was taking place during this photo. Note: I probably wouldn’t have hiked up my dress quite that much if I had known. But I like that this photo is real; it’s natural. I also love the colors in the trees! I loved the color so much that I thought it would be a beautiful watercolor painting. My only problem was that I liked the composition on the black and white photo better than the color version, so I used both photos to create this watercolor. It was a fun challenge!

I am offering commissioned watercolors at a special rate of $200 per commissioned watercolor at a 6″ x 9″ size (horizontal or vertical layout) plus shipping, and at $325 per commissioned watercolor at a 8″ x 10″ size plus shipping. This price will likely increase in the future, so act fast! One restriction being that if there are more than 2 people in the photo, the price will increase (Please inquire). To read more about commissioned watercolors go here.

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Hoffer Photography.

Commissioned Watercolors

June 18, 2012By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

I love painting, as you have probably noticed. This is why I am offering commissioned watercolors based on your wedding photography. This would be a great idea for an anniversary gift or for close family members as a sweet thank you gift. It would also be fantastic framed and hung as home decor. It would look beautiful amongst a collage of wedding photos, or simply by itself.

I can crop in, as I did in this example, or match the original photo. Since this is the first time I am offering commissioned watercolors, I am offering at a special rate of $200 per commissioned watercolor at a 6″ x 9″ size (horizontal or vertical layout) plus shipping. This price will likely increase in the future, so act fast!

Get creative! This could be a painting based on a portrait, a photo of a piece of jewelry, a photo of your reception or ceremony site, etc. The skies the limit!

My style is as shown here, a loose, yet realistic interpretation of the photograph. For more information, email me at

Please note: If there are more than 2 people in the photo, the price will increase (Please inquire).

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Hoffer Photography.