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Wedding Supplier Spotlight: Leela Illustrates - Bringing Your Special Day to Life with Unique Artwork

At Mick Merriott Photography, I am always on the lookout for unique and talented wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire who can add a special touch to your big day. This month, I’m  thrilled to introduce you to Leela Illustrates, a local wedding illustrator whose live artwork can transform your wedding into a memorable and cherished event.

About Leela

Leela is a professional illustrator with a rich background in children's illustration. Residing in the picturesque town of Guisborough, North Yorkshire, she draws inspiration from the stunning local landscapes, including moorlands, forests, beaches, and charming towns and villages. This vibrant environment fuels her creativity and passion for art.


Leela's home studio, where she lives with her husband, young son, and their dog Ralph, serves as the hub for her artistic endeavors. She loves traveling for her work, embracing the opportunity to explore different places and meet new people through her art.

Unique Wedding Illustrations

Leela’s primary service is live wedding illustration, a delightful and unique way to capture the essence of your special day. She attends weddings and events to create live portraits of your guests, offering them a memorable and personalized memento. These guest portraits are not only thoughtful and fun but also serve as a unique gift that helps your loved ones remember your wedding day fondly.


On the day of your wedding, Leela takes quick photos of your guests, allowing them to continue enjoying the celebration while she works on multiple portraits simultaneously. This method ensures that she can produce about eight guest portraits per hour. For larger weddings, Leela completes as many portraits as possible on-site and finishes the rest in her home studio using the photos taken during the event.

Artistic Process and Personal Touch

Leela uses water colours and pen on professional water colour paper, typically cut to A6 size (postcard size). To protect the finished portraits, she places them in cellophane sleeves and often includes personalized backing cards or cute stickers, adding an extra touch of care and attention.


In her own words, Leela says, “I’ve found that live illustration is a great talking point at a wedding or an event. Guests love to show each other their portraits, and many portraits are framed after the wedding, serving as a lasting reminder of the day.”


Personalized Art for Your Unique Day

Leela loves working with couples during one of the most exciting times in their lives. She understands that every wedding is unique, and she strives to support your individual ideas, whether that means personalizing your packaging, prioritizing your parents, or even painting your beloved pets.


Her joy in creating art is palpable, and she hopes that her illustrations bring the same joy to you and your guests.

At Mick Merriott Photography, I believe that every aspect of your wedding should reflect your personal style and story. That's why I am  excited to spotlight talented local suppliers like Leela Illustrates, who can add a unique and personal touch to your big day.  The work that Leela produces would serve as a fantastic yet different keepsake to compliment your wedding photos.

For more information about Leela Illustrates, visit her website or follow her on social media. And don't forget to reach out to Mick Merriott Photography for all your candid and creative wedding photography needs!

Contact details for Leela

You can get hold of Leela via the contact form on her website at

You will also find Leela Facebook and Instagram as Leela Illustrates so why not pop over and have a look now. You'll be glad you did.

If you're looking for a North Yorkshire wedding photographer who appreciates creativity and individuality, feel free to contact me today to discuss how I ( and Leela)  can help make your wedding day unforgettable.


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