A Wedding Story in Flowers

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Today, I came home to a big box of books from Edward Hamilton Booksellers.  Among the finds was Harry & Meaghan: The Royal Wedding Album. 

It was a fun stroll down memory lane of a Celebrant-worthy ceremony.  One of my favorite parts of the ceremony—the carefully selected flowers—reminded me that many people give short shrift to the flowers for the weddings.  Yes, they pick “pretty flowers,” but I think there is a missed opportunity to select flowers with particular meaning.

Here are several examples of Meaghan and Harry’s utter thoughtfulness in selecting flowers:

“Working closely with Philippa Craddock—whose talent has led to commissions from leading fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior as well as British Vogue and Kensington Palace—Meaghan had a clear vision for her wedding flowers.   Her bouquet was small and natural in design with the added touch that some of the flowers were handpicked by Harry from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace.  Among the flowers were forget-me-nots, the favorite flower of Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, specifically selected as a way of including her in the celebrations.  Other flowers making up the bouquet were sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia. 

Also included in Meaghan’s bouquet was a sprig of myrtle, a flower that symbolizes marriage and love.  Sourced from the garden of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, myrtle has featured in royal bouquets since the marriage of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria.  The plant was brought to England from Germany where it was given to Queen Victoria by the grandmother of her husband Price Albert.  The (other) displays climbed around doorways, up the wall to the organ loft, and down the chapel staircase to produce an effect reminiscent of an English country cottage.

Following the wedding, the arrangements were distributed to charitable organizations and in keeping with royal tradition, Meaghan’s bouquet was placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. This reminded me of a favorite retro book, I Do! I Do! By Susan Waggoner.  In it, she includes a wonderful listing of flowers and their meanings.  Consider just a few:  bluebell/gratitude; daffodil/devotion; forget-me-not/true love and remembrance/; lavender/luck; lemon blossom/fidelity; lily of the valley/return of happiness; violet/modesty and simplicity.