Meghan and Harry's wedding flowers
by Dom Walbanke
Image: Floral decoration by celebrity florist Simon Lycett
Meghan covered her Instagram in pretty peonies, and they may be making an appearance at the royal wedding, says the florist for the Beckhams’ wedding.
In royal wedding preparations, Meghan has been pretty hands on – especially with the choice of flowers.
It’s no surprise given the new royal’s love of peonies, which anyone who followed her (now defunct) Instagram, would be well aware of.
But royal wedding flowers are steeped in tradition – including myrtle in the bouquet which stretches back a century – so who has the precious job of organising the displays fit for royalty? That responsibility falls to trendy London florist Philippa Craddock.
As you can imagine, Philippa boasts a pretty impressive clientele, including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Selfridges. Her Instagram is also filled with floral fabulousness – from flower walls and flamboyant bouquets to peony bunches.
And it will be peonies at the centre of attention, according to the florist for the Beckham wedding, Simon Lycett. ‘I am anticipating an abundance of seasonal plant material gathered from the ground of Highgrove and of Windsor Castle,’ he tells CS. ‘Knowing Ms Markle’s love of peonies, I would anticipate they too will feature throughout.
‘Smaller bouquets also continue to be popular, and though pastels and dusky antique shades continue to lead the way, pots of brighter bolder colours are creeping in.’
Simon himself has been at the centre of royal celebrations before, having been hand-picked for Charles and Camilla’s wedding in 2005. ‘For the Prince of Wales wedding, it felt essential that daffodils would be present. We were fortunate enough to obtain over 30,000 stems with which we created two spectacular decorations within Windsor Castle to greet guests. Each was topped with Prince of Wales feathers created from clipped green box wood.
‘Knowing His Royal Highness’s predilection for all things sustainable and environmental, we were proudly able to proclaim our decorations were created using 100% British grown plant material and involved no flower foam.’
But for your own big day, Simon advises: ‘Do your homework and find a florist that understands you, and with whom you would enjoy planning flowers for your special day. Be upfront with them when it comes to budget.’
Finally, don’t be afraid to be creative when it comes to hand-picking your petals. ‘We have been fortunate enough to create fabulous displays for many brides and grooms,’ he adds. ‘Victoria Beckham is possibly the only bride to have carried apples and blackberries within her bridal bouquet – but then she always was one to set the trend!’