Kate Middleton’s Wedding Bouquet-the aaaaaaah factor!

Beloved Flower Lover,

The London Flower Lover

The small all-white bouquet had  four flowers types:

  • Lily-of-the-Valley: This delicate, fragrant flower signifies sweetness and renewed happiness. The flowers are very traditional wedding symbols. Ideal  for two people starting a new page of  life together after living together for so long.
  • Hyacinth: A very fragrant flower. The white hyacinth signifies “constancy.” Again, a very important energy to cultivate when starting a new page of life together.
  • Sweet William: Understandable, Obvious and even humorous !
  • Myrtle: Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has had a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet. The myrtle comes from a tree which grew from a cutting of Queen Victoria’s own bridal bouquet myrtle. Since then, each royal bride has included a sprig from the original plant in her bouquet, and they then plant their sprigs in Queen Victoria’s garden as well.  The tradition is that the bridesmaids plant the sprigs in the garden. Myrtle roots very easily indicating a good life ahead.

So yes, it was a small and understated bouquet and made almost entirely from lily of the valley, and so seasonal it could have been pluck from gardens on the way.  Its really interesting that florist Shane Connolly has already  pointed to an environmentally friendly way approach to the wedding  resisting “green bling” with out-of-season lilies and roses.

What a lovely message about the power of seasonality.  The trees – field maples and hornbeams, made Westminster Abbey feel fresh and spring-like, and brought with them hints of a uncomplicated, old-fashioned country wedding. A lovely aaaaah factor!

The Buy British Trend was boosted by the  use of all British flowers delighted everyone. Everything was grown by UK growers or cut from the royal estates.

Some people had mixed feelings about al of the flowers,  in accordance to “language of flowers”, a floral code made popular by Queen Victoria. So t lily of the valley means “trustworthy”, myrtle “hope and love”, hornbeams “resilience”, and field maples “humility and reserve”. lilac is for “youthful innocence” or “disappointment”, depending on which version you believe, or just how distrustful you are. Anyway, this couple like all couples have the ability to make a good life for themselves if they choose to. That aside, as tradition dictates, The Duchess of Cambridge’s bridal bouquet was laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior inside Westminster Abbey after the  Royal Wedding ceremony was completed. The tradition began in 1923 following the wedding of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – the future Queen Elizabeth – to the Duke of York, who later became George VI.

There was so much to say aaaaah about and we certaintly did in our team

Congratulations Kate and William, we wish you a long and happy life as we do to all couples (married or not)!

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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