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On since 2022

Last update: February 2024

Based in Essex, England, Kirstybowks Bespokes Live Drawing is an illustrator providing real-time entertainment at weddings and other special events. Owner Kirsty strives to create unique keepsakes that will forever capture the magic of each couple's special day.
Services Offered
This talented artist sketches live during the wedding celebrations, documenting the big emotions as well as the day's quiet, intimate moments. These beautiful illustrations add something unique and lovely to the record of each client's milestone day. Kirstybowks Bespokes has three illustration packages that feature between 2 and a half hours and 8 hours of coverage. Kirsty usually draws during the drinks reception, capturing some of the fun and spark of the day in her trademark playful style. Once the celebrations have come to a close, newlyweds can send Kirsty a copy of their favourite wedding photo. The artist will transform the snapshot into a beautiful illustration of their love.

Frequently asked questions

Type of entertainment offered:

For adults

What is included in the wedding package?

- Live drawing for 2.5hrs/4hrs/8hrs intimate package/wedding bell package/ultimate package) - A5 illustrations of your guests created during the live drawing session

How far in advance should I contact you?

I get booked up well in advance so the earlier you book the better chance of availability (especially weekend weddings). Secure your booking today for a small deposit of £50

What other services to you provide?

Other (Additional hours added to base package priced at £100 per hour. Will travel further than Essex but travel surcharges apply and will be quoted at time of booking)

Are you able to travel?

Yes, i cover all of Essex without a travel charge. Other areas are subject to a travel surcharge

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, the charge depends on the distance and will be included in your personal quotation at time of booking

Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?


How long is the act?

Intimate Package is 2.5hrs of live drawing. Wedding Bell Package is 4hrs of live drawing. Additional hours can be added at £100 per extra hour

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

Set up consists of introductions to your guests to take photos so that I can create the illustrations while your guests continue enjoying the event (they don't have to sit and pose)

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


Do you do open-air acts?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

£100 per additional hours. Base package required to be booked as minimum and additional rate applicable to any additional hours requested

What are the forms of payment?

Bank Transfer
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Georgia B. Sent on 21/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just amazing!

We hired Kirsty for our wedding in Essex in October and we were so excited as we loved her illustration style! She was so professional and responsive right from the beginning. On the day she was the talk of the wedding! Everyone loved their illustrations and also commented on how lovely and friendly Kirsty is :)
We’d definitely recommend Kirsty!
Bethany C. Sent on 08/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing!

Kirsty was at our wedding in July and was absolutely fantastic. She is so lovely, friendly and super easy to work with. Our guests absolutely loved their illustrations and we cannot wait for our detailed one to come through. She travelled all the way down to Wolverhampton from Essex to work with us. Absolutely could not recommend her enough ❤️
Bethany C. Sent on 02/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing experience!

The experience was perfect. Kirsty was professional, easy to get hold of, and amazing at her craft. Our guests loved the drawings and I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
Abi K. Sent on 09/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A huge hit!

We done the wedding bell package and then opted to add 2 more hours on. Kirsty was Fantastic! It was such a cool thing to have going on so many people commented on it. We had some guests who dont normally have photos taken so this was great for them too. What ive also found amazing is that for something 'simple' Kirsty managed to capture personalities and the people. We could tell who everyone was. Excellent value for money and highly recommend by us. We also had a drawing of our venue done before the wedding. Kirsty made everything seem effortless (which is a real testiment to her talent as they really arnt). She is also a wonderful and kind person who was lovely to have at our wedding.
Thanks so much
Hayley A. Sent on 03/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful illustrations that our guests loved!

Kirsty is amazing! We hired her to draw live illustrations of our guests at our drinks reception and everyone loved it. Something they had never seen before at a wedding and it gave them a memento to take home and keep forever. We had such lovely feedback from our guests about Kirsty and I'm so glad we hired her for our wedding. The drawings are all amazing and I love the style and likeness to our guests. If you're looking for something a little different for your wedding then Kirsty is your lady! Thank you Kirsty!
Stacey T. Sent on 29/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Super friendly and efficient

Kirsty was organised, efficient and kept us well informed for the day. Her art work was admired by our guests and all who had their portraits drawn were very happy.
Maddie W. Sent on 20/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect For Every Special Occasion

If you are looking for that extra "something" to help your special event become even more memorable, then Kirstybowks Bespoke Live Drawing is definitely worth considering.
Kirsty came to a recent 80th birthday party, which took place in our garden on a gloriously warm July evening. She provided some absolutely beautiful little illustrations of our guests and sat in the garden, enabling people to come and watch her as she completed each drawing. Everyone was delighted at the opportunity of receiving a small momento of the occasion and all commented on how unusual it was to have this kind of activity provided, rather than a photographer.
Kirsty was professional, considerate and helpful and took time to discuss exactly what we wanted from our event. Highly recommended!
Maria S. Sent on 14/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing illustrator and great fun!

I was a guest at my best friend’s wedding and Kirsty provided cute illustrations for the guests during the afternoon. The way she captured the resemblance of the people she was illustrating was amazing and everyone that was lucky enough to get an illustration (myself included) were very pleased and couldn’t stop talking about it. Great addition to your wedding as entertainment but also providing great memory keepsakes for other to cherish and remember the day forever.
Gemma H. Sent on 19/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our guests LOVED their illustrations!

I was so excited to find Kirsty after discovering wedding guest illustrations on Instagram. Our guests absolutely loved their drawings and they made the most perfect favours. It was also lovely to have Kirsty as part of our day, she was so easy to work with through the whole process.

My only regret is not booking her for longer! If you're debating which package to go for, definitely choose more hours so more of your guests can enjoy her gorgeous illustrations of them!

Thanks so much Kirsty ☺️
Jordan N. Sent on 19/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding guest entertainment

This was one of the highlights of the wedding. My guests raved about the service and were amazed with the outcome. Absolutely outstanding and good value for money
Hayley B. Sent on 15/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect gift for guests!

So we hired Kirsty for our wedding and purchased the wedding bell package. Kirsty was professional from the moment I booked her. Kirsty booked a Zoom meeting where we discussed what we would like and kept in contact throughout our wedding journey. Kirsty turned up early on the day, set up and our guests absolutely loved the drawings. We were so happy with the outcome and our guests kept saying what a great idea it was and how they've never been to a wedding with an illustrator.
We cannot wait to have a picture drawn of us in our wedding dress to treasure forever.

We would 100% recommend Kirsty, trust me your guest will be blown away.

Thank you so much Kirsty. xxx
Zoe Sent on 05/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

One of the best decisions you'll make for your wedding day!

When we saw Kirsty's work, we knew we had to have her as part of our big day! We knew we didn't want to have favours on the tables, so this was a perfect and quirky alternative.

In the run-up to the day, we met with Kirsty online so that we could go through any final details. She was friendly, professional and we knew we were in good hands.

On the day she turned up in plenty of time, and managed to create lots of gorgeous drawings of our guests.

So many people commented on what a lovely touch, and what a great idea it was.

Kirsty - thank you for providing us with such a unique and fantastic service!
Nicki F. Sent on 22/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing guest portraits!

We kept Kirsty as a surprise from our guests, no one knew we were having a live illustrator and everyone absolutely loved it and we had so many compliments about it being sich a lovely keepsake for them of our day. Kirsty was great, very friendly, on time and made some lovely portraits for our guests who have all framed their pictures
We can't wait to send our bride and groom photo to her and get our portrait back!
Francesca D. Sent on 31/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best addition to any wedding!

Kirsty is incredible! She is so professional and talented, and provides such a unique form of entertainment for weddings! All of our guests absolutely loved the idea of this, and it was fantastic that they got to take away a little memento from our wedding day, and we loved getting to see all of the illustrations laid out! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for wedding entertainment!
Joanne M. Sent on 07/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful wedding addition!

Kirsty was amazing from start to finish - a very talented professional who was a real hit with our guests!
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