Weddings

This Is The Classiest Wedding Favor We’ve Ever Seen

Maggie Smith Kühn really knows how ~draw a crowd~.

1. If you’re not into the idea of a wedding hashtag, hiring a live event artist is a cool alternative way to capture your wedding guests.

2. Maggie Smith Kühn, 29, is an Atlanta-based party portrait artist who creates original watercolors of event guests.

Her recent post on Reddit — where she shared photos of a Kentucky Derby party she worked this spring — made the front page.

3. “Guests love to be painted, because we talk and they also have a spotlight moment in the party where it’s all about them,” Smith Kühn told BuzzFeed Life. “It’s so fun.”

4. “At the end, there is also that wonderful a-ha moment when I turn the finished painting around and they see it!” she said.

“It’s the best thing to watch their eyes light up!”

5. Smith Kühn, who said she does events 40-50 weekends a year, has been painting party guests for nearly 12 years.

Maggie Smith Kühn / Via Instagram: @iamnotmaggie

“I used to bring my sketchbook to parties in high school and draw people, mostly because I was shy in big groups but very comfortable with one-on-one conversations,” she said. “It helped me get to know people, honed my portrait skills, and made me a much quicker painter.”

She got her first paying gig in 2009 when she painted the first dance at a friend’s wedding.

6. Smith Kühn said each portrait takes 5-10 minutes “depending on how crazy the person’s outfit is!”

“I can paint 10-12 portraits per hour, max, when I do wedding portraits for guests, so I’ve done as many as 72 portraits in a night before!” she said.

7. She also loves to paint couples during their first dance, or she’ll paint them later (based on a photograph) at home in her studio.

Maggie Smith Kühn / Via Instagram: @iamnotmaggie

“Paintings can also do what photography cannot,” she said, “so sometimes people send me photos where they aren’t happy and they want them re-imagined, or they want family members/pets added in.”

8. “I love giving people a wedding memento that is exactly the way they imagined it would be!”

Maggie Smith Kühn / Via Instagram: @iamnotmaggie

9. “Everyone wants to know how other people see them,” Smith Kühn said. “Plus, it’s a very unique party favor, so there is a real ‘wow’ factor!”

10. See more of Smith Kühn’s work on her website and Instagram, and get info about hiring her (yes, she’ll travel!) here.

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