Weddings

Made for Each Other

SILHOUETTES and weddings seem made for each other. There is something about the romance and nostalgia of the art which accords well with the mood of a wedding, while the array of hats and fascinators make for some truly spectacular silhouettes.


Framed bride & groom silhouette

A full-length silhouette of the bride and groom, cut freehand by Charles during the reception then left on display for the reminder of the day.


What to expect

A couple get their silhouette cut at a wedding

The artist will usually begin with some mix'n'mingle work during the reception, cutting portraits of your guests. The cuttings will provide a buzz of interest and create an opportunity for members of both families - who may not have met before - to get to know each other. Weddings often have quite long receptions, to give the photographer time to pose a series of formal shots, so this is also an ideal time for the silhouettist to be working. Before long many of the guests will be coming up to you saying:

Look what I've had done!

Before you sit down for the meal make sure the artist has an opportunity to cut your own silhouettes. Sometimes the hardest people to pin down at a wedding can be the bride and groom!


Video Interview: "Entertainment at weddings"

This impromptu video was recorded at a wedding in Buckinghamshire some years ago.
It shows Charles talking about his work and cutting silhouettes of the bride & groom.

Before you sit down for the meal make sure the artist has an opportunity to cut your own silhouettes. Sometimes the hardest people to pin down at a wedding can be the bride and groom!


The meal

If you wish, the artist can continue working at the tables during the wedding breakfast. This can be a busy time. As well as making sure no key family members (for instance those seated at the top table) have been missed, he will go around the room taking requests. As most people will have seen him already there is a lot of pointing at those who haven't yet been "done".


A wedding montage

Alternative Photography

A natural by-product of cutting a silhouette is a white off-cut, or negative copy, left behind by the artist. These are traditionally kept by silhouettists in much the same way that a photographer keeps his negatives. If you wish, these can be scanned and digitally arranged after the event to create a record of all silhouettes cut at an event. You will have a lot of fun picking out familiar features and working out who is who.

Although these can be made after any event, they are particularly popular for weddings. You will receive an individual A3 giclée print in an edition of one, signed by the artist and ready to frame. Most people order them beforehand, but they can usually be ordered after the event if you prefer.

There is a larger version of this print in Using a Silhouettist,
abridged form Charles' book Mastering Silhouettes



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