Millions of viewers all around the world tuned in to witness one of the most watched and talked about royal weddings of our generation over the weekend. One thing that really drew much attention (for us florists atleast) were the extraordinary floral creations designed and constructed by famed English florist Philippa Craddock @philippacraddock
From the bridal bouquet to the enormous floral installations lining both external and internal walls of the St. George's Chapel we watched in awe as the wedding unfolded.
Prince Harry handpicked several flowers the day before the wedding from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet. The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.
The Bride's bouquet was a petite design, pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style with delicate blooms also including scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon. The Bridesmaids' flowers replicate the flowers used in the bridal bouquet.
Keeping to royal tradition the bridal bouquet was later left to rest on the grave of the Unkown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. The Wattle flower was represented on behalf of Australia.
Some of the royal wedding flowers that adorned St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturdaywere sent to a new home: St. Joseph’s Hospice in London. The health care facility announced on Facebook on Sunday that the staff had just received the “very special delivery” of “beautiful bouquets made from the royal wedding flowers.”
Accompanying their announcement was a photo of a patient with her arms full of the greenery. “A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock,” St. Joseph’s wrote. “Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.”