When you start planning a royal wedding, you must assume the sky is the limit for budget and bling. This is why I find it so charming that Prince Henry and Meghan Markle chose to use local and sustainably grow flowers for their (and everyone else’s!) big day.
To quote their florist, Philippa Craddock,
“The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront."
Amazing, the flowers could have been sourced from the far corners of the globe, brought in on royal transport, literally any flower you could possibly imagine. Instead this wedding was sort of a “Slow Flowers” inspired affair. The bride and groom chose to highlight flowers grown in the region and in the royal gardens; full of family meaning, tradition and history.
|Queen Victoria's Wedding, with Myrtle in the Bouquet|
The touching references to Harry’s Mom, Lady Diana, with her favorite Forget-Me-Nots brought tears to many an eye. Intriguingly, the tradition of adding a stem of Myrtle to the bouquets was also part of the ceremony. This tradition goes back to Princess Victoria’s wedding in February of 1840. Myrtle represents love, fertility and innocence. (Maybe I need some at my desk! Lol.)
|American Princess Large, top view|
Meghan’s mono-chromatic white bouquet style will be buzzing for the foreseeable future, and the “straight from the garden” aesthetic will surge in popularity, not only in weddings but in all things floral.
|American Princess Large|
Today we are launching our own interpretation of the bouquet, myrtle sprig and all!