Ever wish you could keep your bridal bouquet as beautiful as the day you walked down the aisle? Working directly from a photograph, Pittsburgh-based artist Ashley Cecil will illustrate a gorgeous replica of your bouquet. We caught up with Ashley about how she got into bouquet illustration, creating a family keepsake, and her love of poppies and peonies.
How did you get the idea to begin illustrating bridal bouquets?
During the summer of 2015, I did a “DIY artist residency” that involved painting bird, bug and botany specimens at several museums here in Pittsburgh and three local high-end florists. Friendships were forged with the florists who hosted me to paint their arrangements, including Stephanie at The Blue Daisy Floral Designs. We kept in touch, and at some point it dawned on me that florists such as Stephanie have a highly engaged audience of individuals who are in love with their wedding bouquets and want to savor them for a lifetime. I floated the idea of the bouquet paintings to Stephanie and two other florists and got an overwhelmingly warm response. That was the beginning of it.