This past Friday I had the opportunity to spend most of my day watching the coverage of the Royal Wedding. I can honestly say I was completely captivated. My husband on the other hand could have cared less. I loved Catherine's wedding dress, the regal carriage, prancing horses, the crowds of commoners, and above all the Royal Wedding Flowers.
I thought the dainty bouquet of all white flowers was very fitting. The delicate flowers coordinated perfectly with the lace on her dress. The shield-shaped wired bouquet continued with royal tradition while the size let Catherine's own style show. It was very elegant with out being extravagant.
Catherine's bouquet was made mostly of lily-of-the-valley, sprigs of the Queen Victoria's myrtle shrub, white hyacinth and 'sweet William' in honor of her new husband. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
Meaning of the Flowers
Sweet William means gallantry, lily-of-the-valley is return of happiness and purity of heart, hyacinth represents constancy, while myrtle is the emblem of marriage and love.
The myrtle also honored the late Queen Victoria with stems from a myrtle she planted in 1845. It’s said to be royal tradition to include the stems.
I believe the Royal Bouquet will inspire many brides to choose smaller, garden style bouquets. Regardless what type of flowers you choose, your bouquet should make you feel like a princess.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.