Samantha & Steve were married in 2013 on a gorgeous day in Portsmouth, NH overlooking the Piscataqua River. They hired their favorite reggae band - Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad - to play at their reception and it was off the hook. For their first dance, they jammed out to the band's own "Love You More" - a song they've loved for years when they've heard it at concerts. And on their wedding day, it was performed for them.
But after the wedding, when the photos came back, something was missing.
And Steve wanted to capture it. He reached out to me back in the springtime and asked for my help. We got together and talked about the possibilities. We decided a one-of-a-kind painting would be the perfect way to recreate this memory.
As I got to know them, I can say that these two are an absolute joy to be around - so full of life and love, it was contagious. And we never let on to Samantha about Steve's surprise for her.
The painting I created for them tells of this moment they experienced. It was a time when two lovers shared their passion on their first dance. It was a time when they were free and united. It speaks of how their bodies were moved by the music.
Steve surprised Samantha with the painting this past September for their one year anniversary, and she was speechless. It brought tears to their eyes.
That expression of love was captured forever in vibrant paint.
I wish Samantha and Steve all the best and happiness in the world!