1 May 2011

Royal Wedding Flowers Shane Connolly Blooming Bouquet

Shane Connolly was the royal wedding florist of choice for Prince William and Catherine Middleton (Kate).
Catherine, now also the Duchess of Cambridge was very involved in the big day and chose each flower based on its meaning.

Kate Middleton's Wedding Bouquet

The Bouquet  included:
Lily of the Valley - meaning happiness
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy - Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle - the emblem of marriage; love.
Sweet William – Gallantry

The myrtle stems in the bouquet were from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria, in 1845, and from a plant grown from a spring used in Queen Elizabeth II's wedding bouquet, which had been rooted and grown into a shrub. This is an ongoing tradition in the British royal family. Prince Albert's grandmother presented Queen Victoria with a nosegay containing myrtle, when she came to visit. Queen Victoria planted some of the myrtle at their family retreat, Osborn House and it is still growing there today. Her daughter, Princess Victoria was the first bride to carry sprigs in her wedding bouquet, in 1858.

The Flowers at Westminster Abbey

Connolly turned Westminster Abbey into an English garden by creating an avenue of trees (English Field Maples and Hornbeams) and an alter overflowing with greenery cut from the royal estates. This was a special request of the Queen by Price William. Even the flowers were from Windsor Great Park, truly making it a family affair. There were Azaleas (a Chinese symbol of femininity), white lilacs (first love), rhododendron and wisteria. The effect was both sentimental and very elegant.



All of the flowers will remain on public display at Westminster Abbey until the 6th May. After that, whatever cannot be replanted is donated to charities.


http://www.shaneconnolly.co.uk/ now shows by royal appointment crest.



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