The wedding of the year took place on May 19, 2018 with flowers orchestrated by 'floral mastermind' Philippa Craddock, a renowned florist located in London. As any bride knows, flowers set the stage for a wedding, and the royal wedding did not disappoint with an elaborate and elegant display! The couple decided to use plants and flowers from the Crown Estates and Royal Parks, chosen specifically for their pollinator-friendly properties. Palace officials added, “These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse environment.”
The wedding ceremony took place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and prominently featured a gorgeous flower display on the entranceway. Once inside the chapel, garlands were hung along the organ loft above the guests' seats. Other wedding flowers included white garden roses, which were used an homage to Harry’s mother the Princess of Wales, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the chapel's floral displays. Craddock’s goal was to stay fairly traditional, while also weaving in romantic and elegant influences and sticking to seasonally appropriate choices.
It is a tradition in royal weddings to use at least one sprig of myrtle in the bridal bouquets. Myrtle is known to symbolize hope and love, and every royal bride, including Meghan Markle, has embraced this tradition. Meghan's bouquet was on the smaller side, and featured sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and the stems were tied together with silk ribbons. Palace officials also said that Prince Harry picked several flowers from the private garden at Kensington Palace to add to Meghan’s bouquet, providing a romantic personal touch. Following the wedding, all of the flowers were donated to a number of hospices and charities in London.