Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Royal Flowers - Kate Middleton's Bouquet
Like millions of others, I was up at 4am to watch the Royal Wedding. As a vintage dress fan, of course I absolutely adored Kate Middleton's dress. I thought it simple and elegant, tasteful, and perfect for her. The second I saw the lace bodice and sleeves, and the fullness of the dress, I immediately thought of Princess Grace, one of my all time favorite bridal gowns and was thrilled. It was definately "vintage inspired" with a fresh update.. I loved it!
But.. it would be too predictable for me to blog about the dress. So I thought I'd blog about another beautiful thing about the wedding, and another passion of mine ~ gardening and flowers.
The greenery in the Cathedral gave the entire atmosphere even more of a fairy tale effect, perfect for a real life fairy tale. It gave a "Spring" feeling, almost like an English Country garden. I loved that it was "ecological" and they used living trees, native to the area. Even nicer, the maple and hornbeam trees will be planted at Prince Charles estate after the wedding.
Kate's bouquet was fabulous. Simple, understated and elegant. It suited her perfectly and complimented her dress. Again, local native flowers were used, and seasonal ones. It too, looked like it was hand picked from an English Country garden. Each flower in Kate's all white bouquet was chosen for their meaning.
One of my personal favorite flowers is Lily of the Valley, so it was thrilling to see the fragrant flower in her bouquet. Lily of the valley signifies trustworthy, sweetness and renewed happiness, as well as the April flower. Very appropriate!
White Hyacinth, which also is incredibly fragrant stands for consistency. Sweet William was included, which was a charming touch honoring her groom.
The most sentimental and nostalgic though was the sprig of Myrtle. Myrtle signifies traditional innocence of a bride.
According to the Royal Wedding website carrying myrtle has been the ongoing tradition since Queen Victoria was given an arrangement of flowers with myrtle by Prince Albert's grandmother during a visit to Germany.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858. Each Royal Bride since then has had a sprig of Myrtle from the Osborn House which continues to grow from Queen Victoria's original plantings in 1845.
The Royal bouquet is never tossed. Instead, like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton will lay her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, a historic grave embedded into the church floor in 1920 to commemorate anonymous soldiers killed at war.