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I wanted something unique to use on or alongside my husband’s 60th birthday cake. Ideally something I could re-use as he had 3 parties resulting in 3 different birthday cakes! I also wanted something we could keep long term as a memento. I was delighted to meet Gillian from ‘The Essence of You’. Using a photo of my husband playing guitar as reference she made a brilliant, detailed likeness of him. He was very impressed as were family and friends. Thanks Gillian - you added a special element to my husband’s 60th Celebrations.

Marg P

I saw some examples of "Captured the Essence" work through a friend and then went to a Christmas Fair that they were exhibiting at to discuss my idea. The products on display at the Christmas Fair were good quality and clearly were created by someone with an Artistic Bent and amazing eye for detail. I found that the two pieces I requested were made to excellent standards, to a high degree of likeness and of good value. They were intended as a thoughtful gift and they achieved this.


Steve J

We loved the model of us, it looked great and we were really impressed with the level of detail Gillian managed to capture - the lace on my wedding dress was fantastic and she even got my jewellery spot on. It was a talking point of our wedding with a lot of people commenting on the cake, it is also lovely to have the model as a souvenir of the day!

Michelle R


I must write to say how nice it was to have a model of myself on my retirement cake, it really is a unique gift and a wonderful reminder of my friends. The model is now displayed indoors and is a real conversation piece!

George L

The model was perfect for the cake and has now been kept as a fond momento of a memorable occasion.

Sue W