What did we all think then?! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot last Saturday and I’m sure, like me, many of you spent Saturday morning catching snippets of the Royal wedding of the year, and what a gorgeous wedding it was.
As a florist, I was obviously thrilled to see THAT fantastic archway that adorned the entrance of St Georges Chapel, and even more thrilled to learn that the flowers were mainly either British or Fair-trade. Philippa Craddock and her team did florists across the land proud, and also sparked a major interest in florist forums everywhere about the eco friendly way forward for large scale structures.
The flower choice was just beautiful, and I loved that the flowers for Meghan’s bouquet were picked, and included forget me knots, one of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers. It is a truly wonderful idea to include flowers with meaning, and something I actively encourage. Other flowers included were astilbe, sweet peas, lily of the valley and the traditional sprig of myrtle! The archway also included peonies (we guessed they’d be somewhere!), roses, delphinium and nigella. Classic white and simply stunning.
The cutest army of bridesmaids wore circlets of white roses and lily of the valley, and carried matching miniature bouquets with astilbe and sweet peas.
Inside the church, the intersection of the nave was decorated with a trio of archways in matching flowers, and were once again absolutely stunning.
I only wish we could have seen inside the reception at Frogmore Hall!
A team of around 25 florists had a hand in creating these stunning displays, showing their sheer skill and dedication as they worked through the night (it’s what florists do you know!), to produce these amazing displays.
I’m sure that trends were set on Saturday with dress, veil, shoes and many other things, but I sincerely hope that The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have started a trend with their flowers too. Locally sourced produce, when it is available is amazing, and large scale archways produced without the use of oasis is just what the environment ordered!
One final trend which I would LOVE to be set, is what happened to the flowers after the wedding! . Meghan’s bouquet was laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier, and the rest of the amazing displays were split into bouquets and delivered to local residential homes and women’s refuges – what a simply amazing idea. The face of the lady below simply says it all…
We wish The Duke & Duchess of Sussex every happiness, just in case they happen to be reading this blog!
We’ll be back soon, it’s Chelsea week after all!