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Harry & Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Revealed

Harper's Bazaar logo Harper's Bazaar 5/16/2018 Carrie Goldberg

a woman sitting at a table with a vase of flowers: Florist Phillppa Craddock © Getty Images Florist Phillppa Craddock Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may just be the most decisive couple when it comes to wedding planning. The two have narrowed down a date–May 19th, fast approaching–a venue, St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle, taken their engagement photos, sent out their invitations–which means they've narrowed down their guest list–and the bride made it easy for herself when it came to a bridal party, and decided to forgo a maid of honor. Her bridesmaids, reportedly, will all be children, per British tradition, and they'll be accompanied by page boys. Last week, Kensington Palace confirmed that the bride will be escorted down the aisle by her father, and that her mother, Doria Ragland, will be instrumental in the final weeks of wedding planning and accompany Meghan to St. George's Chapel the morning of her wedding.

Harry and Meghan have also chosen a cake designer (Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes will be making the couples lemon-elderflower wedding cake), and reportedly, Meghan has chosen which designer to work with on her dream gown.

And so, it comes as no shock that the couple were quick to narrow down a florist for the big day. The floral designer will be responsible for decorating St. Georges Chapel (although given its dramatic look and feel, it needs very little to impress) as well as the bride's bouquet, bridesmaids personal flowers, the floral décor at the reception to follow the ceremony, and the evening's more formal reception. Florist Phillippa Craddock will be tasked with achieving the bride and groom's vision for their wedding day, CNN reported.

a woman sitting at a table with a vase of flowers on a plant: Phillippa Craddock in her shop at Selfridge’s in Central London. © Getty Images Phillippa Craddock in her shop at Selfridge’s in Central London. a large building with many windows: The interior of St. Georges Chapel © Getty Images The interior of St. Georges Chapel

Per the report, Craddock plans to stay relatively traditional, but infuse romance and elegance into the look, sticking to seasonally appropriate blooms. According to CNN, she'll stick to "white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the chapel's floral displays." Per Craddock's site, her work runs the gamut from classic floral design to inventive, moody and at times, edgier color palettes and floral installations. Given the royal family's love for flowers, many of the plants and blooms featured will be sourced from the royals own Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park. 


Per Kensington Palace, Craddock plans to use plants and flowers that are in season and blooming naturally around the time of May 19. Craddock is no stranger to the stresses of royal and high-brow clientele. While self-taught, she has been in business nine years, and counts the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hampton Court Palace, and designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior on her client roster. Her home base is her own flower shop, located as a shop in shop within Selfridge's.

In mid April, People reported that the floral arrangements will also pay homage to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. The couple has reportedly asked Craddock to include white garden roses in the flower arrangements and bouquets as an ode to her, given that the bloom was her favorite. Last summer, a temporary garden was opened at Kensington Palace; called the "White Garden," a large assortment of various white roses were planted to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Diana's passing.

a woman standing in front of a building: Harry & Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Revealed © Getty Images Harry & Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Revealed According to People, Craddock has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the couple, "Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront." Per royal tradition, Meghan's bouquet will likely also include myrtle. 

Traditionally, in a royal wedding custom dating back to Princess Victoria, royal brides typically carry at least one sprig of myrtle in their clutches. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, and every royal bride, The Duchess of Cambridge included, has embraced the tradition of adding it into their bouquets–and Meghan will likely follow suit.

Related: Meet the Florist Designing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Flowers [Provided by Inside Edition]

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