Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Blooms!

A great video describing the process, origin, and design of the pretty, pretty royal wedding flowers!  I love this modern couple.  Besides the fact that Kate chose to have her dress made by one of my two very favorite designers (the AMAZING Sarah Burton who had the near impossible task of carrying on the Alexander McQueen label after his untimely death last year...and who is miraculously performing the task to perfection), they sourced ALL of their flowers from the various royal properties.  Nothing was imported.  The resulting designs reflected their heritage, kingdom, natural beauty, and commitment to sustainable practices. The video is gorgeous...tons of lily-of-the-valley, white lilac, and euphorbia.  I would have given almost anything just to be part of the giant floral team that pulled this off.  It would have been fascinating just to be their water girl or floor sweeper and watch the process! 

Kate's bouquet?  Petite and elegant, very tasteful and traditional.  The bouquet almost echoed the French lace overlay on her dress, being composed of a collection of meaningful but tiny blooms.  Love how the small scale of each bloom produced the overall lace effect.
I highly doubt that the meaning behind the floral varieties in the bouquet escaped the detailed princess.  Together, the meanings seem to really sum up what we know about William and Kate:
  • Myrtle:  love, joy
  • Lily-of-the-valley:  purity, sweetness
  • Sweet William (awww!):  gallantry
  • Hyacinth:  games and sport
The mastermind behind all of it was Shane Connolly, "Supplier of Flowers for Events, by Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales".   Report over for to drink a boatload of coffee after my middle of the night wedding vigil.  Happy weekend!

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