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live guest paintings

Welcome to a fun little corner of Emily Paints Events, where memories are captured live in wonderfully fun watercolour portraits. The importance of preserving special moments that last a lifetime is what it's all about. Providing guests at events with beautiful and professionally painted portraits - whether a wedding, corporate event, or private party our skilled artists (Emily & Ama) will paint the excitement and individual personalities of your guests - leaving them with keepsakes that are treasured - and not left on the table.

How many times have you been painted? Often this is the first time guests have experienced the joy of having their portrait painted.

Receiving a portrait is a special experience making you feel appreciated, but knowing it was created in only minutes adds an awe-inspiring element. Guests will be touched by the level of attention and care to detail that each artist puts into their work. Creating something so memorable will leave everyone feeling treasured.

...its an experience!

"We had an amazing experience with Emily at our wedding and would highly recommend her. She is very talented and really added some charm to the event."

aazir, groom



meet the artists

Hi! I'm Emily, portraits are my absolute favourite subject to paint. My watercolour portraits are more focused on realism but with a "storybook" quality to them.

Hello! I'm Ama, I love imagining intricate worlds with my watercolour paintings inspired by the people and whimsical moments I cherish in life.

Guests arrive at the painting station as they arrive to the event or cocktail hour with clear signage explaining what is happening. We take a photo of the guest(s) - up to 2 people can be in each painting, and one portrait is allowed per guest.

We start painting right away! Each portrait takes approximately 5-6 minutes. When finished the artwork is placed into a protective sleeve and displayed on our table.

During dinner we work through our collected photos and once they are completed they are displayed on our table for pickup after dinner.

*tip*: We recommend your MC or DJ let guests know we are doing portraits - this way all photos can be taken during cocktail hour. Once dinner begins we are working as quickly as we can to ensure they are completed by the time the dance floor opens!

how things work


Events up to 120 Guests
Approximately 4-6 hours on site

Events up to 60 Guests
up to 4 hours on site

Events Up to 180 Guests
Approximately 6-8 hours on site

frequently asked

How many portraits can be painted?

Each person within a painting takes about 5 to 6 minutes. guest portraits are typically available for events with fewer than 200 guests to ensure everyone who wants one can be painted with our two artists.

what is needed from the venue?

we require an 8 foot table, and two chairs for the artists. we bring our own black table linen and supplies.

what if guests don't pick up their portraits?

Once we have completed all the portraits the remaining portraits will be left at the venue for pickup, or we can coordinate with your event planner for a predetermined pickup location on site. once we have left the venue we are not responsible for the artwork.

what does the booking process look like?

we require both a signed contract an 20% invoice payment to secure your date, with the balance being due one week before the event. Once your booking form is filled and your date is checked for availability the documents will be sent to you - and if you have further questions we can set up a chat before the paperwork is completed.

is this service only for weddings?

not at all, although we love weddings we are also available to paint for other gatherings and corporate events such as launch parties, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, corporate events, etc.

our wedding has 300+ guests, can you do guest portraits?

Please contact us with your details for a custom quote. It is possible, but in order to accommodate so many guests we may require an additional artist.


photography & Videography on this page so kindly provided courtesy of Gold House Studios.