What will I receive?
I start drawing just before the ceremony or from the Bridal party getting ready and I continue until the dancing is well underway, so there will be between 15-20 sheets of A3 drawings which typically include the ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast, cake cutting, first dance, music and dancing. The work is completed in the week following the wedding and along with an illustrated title page the pages are presented in a bespoke portfolio made by a skilled bookbinder to match your wedding colour scheme as closely as possible. These will be sent by special delivery 4-6 weeks after the wedding.
Do you need a table and chair or any other requirements?
I prefer to stand and to keep moving about so that I can capture as many little details and snippets of conversation as possible! I take a short break for lunch, usually at the same time as the photographer and musicians, but occasionally I’m seated with guests for a longer drawing of the wedding breakfast.
How far do you travel?
I’m based in Frome, Somerset but I’ve drawn at weddings all over the UK and abroad. There is an additional charge for travel and accommodation expenses.
Do you draw individual guests?
I draw as many of the guests as possible, usually in groups chatting and as part of the overall atmosphere of the wedding day, but I don’t draw individuals as an illustration to take away on the day as I prefer to blend in unnoticed rather than as an entertainment! All the completed sheets of drawings go into the portfolio to tell the story of the wedding, although lots of couples tell me that they have individual drawings framed.
How much do you charge?
£1850 from the ceremony onwards or £1950 from the Bridal party getting ready - until the dancing at the end of the evening. The bespoke portfolio is included in the price and will typically include individual sheets of drawings from each part of the day: ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast, musicians, cake cutting, speeches, musicians and first dance. Travel and accommodation is additional, depending on distance.
“The collection encapsulates the colour and vibrance of the day as I remember it, while presenting some wonderful exchanges and vignettes that I would, otherwise, be unaware of. Your talents are extraordinary, Sarah, and so is your humorous, punctilious attention to detail. Those illustrations are more ‘alive’ than any photo and we just love them. Thank you again, so much, for creating these treasures. They are irreplaceable.”
“Thank you for such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful wedding gift – you have really captured our day and we are delighted, it feels such a treasure. We were overcome when we received it; the words you have noted brought the entire day back – the joy on our faces and everyone else’s is marvellous. I really pity anyone who doesn’t have an artist at their wedding. Your talents are unsurpassable. Thank you.”
“We loved seeing your images of the day. We have seen quite a lot of photographs now, but the drawings are something completely different. You have caught all the colours and atmosphere of the day so well, both in the pictures and the words. We are particularly pleased that you recorded the speeches in such detail, and we loved the other snatches of conversation – we can tell who they are! It’s hard to pick out other favourites, but the group looking at the fountain works superbly and you have even managed to capture that unique cake. Let me say again how pleased we were with all the drawings and how you captured all the key points and atmosphere of the two days. Also everybody enjoyed meeting you.”
“What can we say but thank you? We received your drawings this morning and we are absolutely delighted… not only are they beautiful, they also capture the mood with wonderful accuracy. Our wedding day was fantastic – we had a brilliant time and we were thrilled you were able to be present to record the proceedings. Thank you for working so very hard as we enjoyed ourselves. Having the drawings is so special for us… You are truly gifted. We are so glad to have had you record the day.”
“Thank you for your wonderful sketches. We were delighted to receive them and feel that you have truly captured the flavour of the day. We were also delighted that you stayed for the evening and you were certainly unobtrusive, we hardly noticed you sketching away. It helped complete the day’s events, especially as we did not have a videographer in the evening. Many people have come to me to say what an original idea it was and are anxious to see your sketches. Thank you for your enthusiasm. You have a real gift and it has been an honour to be present when you were sketching. We greatly value your wedding sketches; they will be a wonderful and unique inheritance.”
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