On Sunday, Kensington Palace released another tidbit of information about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming royal wedding: The couple had chosen florist Philippa Craddock to create the church flowers for their wedding.
“The displays in St. George’s Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves,” the statement read. “The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn.”
Kensington Palace also clarified: “The Royal Parks will also supply pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems.”
In other words, these flowers are going to be pretty different than your average prim and proper arrangements. And across various outlets, the decision by the couple to go with a so-called “fashionable” florist was widely remarked upon as a departure from previous royal weddings.
However, the statement seemed to follow a pattern set by Kensington Palace’s previous announcement that London-based bakery Violet Cakes would create the couple’s wedding cake. Both announcements featured a professional yet somewhat casual portrait of the business owner in question, as opposed to a stock image of the couple. And in both announcements, spring florals, as well as dovetailing interests in sustainability, were emphasized. Perhaps then Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be worthy of Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge? Or, like the Queen’s own wedding dress, will it thoughtfully feature symbolic English flowers? As for that piece of information, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Below, take a look at some of Philippa Craddock previous floral designs.
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A larger take on our hand-tied Shelley; working with the brilliant @lizlinkleterevents at Kensington Palace, with this beautiful alcove installation (it is one of my all time favourite free standing designs – for the textures, tones and movement). We are lucky to be working with Liz again this year …. it is always exciting when we receive a LL brief; former @alexandermcqueen, her creative direction in event and set design is extraordinary and brilliant