The painting is the culmination of portions of their less than perfect wedding day, back in 2006, in New London, New Hampshire. As Marcia detailed in an email, '"Our wedding was outside. During the ceremony, it was blowing like crazy and by the time the cocktail hour came around there was a full on torrential rain storm; our wedding photos have ominous black clouds in them. The tent almost blew over. My sister was stuck in the transportation museum and no one could find her for an hour, so she missed all the pictures. My father got hit in the head with a barn door when he tried to close it. The flowers flew off the cake (you can see in the photos). My mother was running around telling everyone, 'It wouldn’t be Marcia’s wedding without drama.' We found out later from my aunt that a tornado was 25 miles away. Miraculously, the sun came out as we went into the main tent."
It was the wedding cake that became the highlight as Marcia said, 'the food at our wedding was less than stellar." She wanted me to depict the imperfections of the day, the stormy sky, the blown off flowers from the cake, and the sunlight coming back out. She sees that day as a metaphor for their ten year marriage. Which brings me back full circle to the paintings I started in 2005, a year after my own wedding, exploring the imperfect cake, much like our imperfect relationship, as counter to everything we see on social media and on our much-anticipated wedding days. Interestingly, this is not the first imperfect cake I've painted.
Marcia and Lee are humorous, charming, and seem to embrace all that life offers at face value. This painting truly embodies their relationship and I was honored to create such a meaningful work on such a special milestone.
As for their reaction? Marcia almost cried upon seeing it, and Lee sent me this text upon receiving his gift: "I LOVE the painting! The colors are amazing! Love the blown off flower petals. Takes me right back! Can't wait to frame and put it up! Love it! What a special treat!"
Congratulations Marcia and Lee, and here's to decades more of imperfections, love and friendship! Do you have a wedding day, perfect or imperfect, that you'd like to commemorate through a Wedding Cake Portrait? I'd love to talk to you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or browse my gallery of Wedding Cake Portraits at weddingcakeportraits.com.