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A Royal Bouquet

The Royal Wedding was nothing less than spectacular. An event that all alive on Friday will remember. “From  impeccable Alexander McQueen gown to her Cartier tiara, Duchess Catherine Middleton pulled out all the stops to accessorize for her Friday, April 29, 2011 nuptials to Prince William.”

As a floral designer, I could not help but be excited to see what flowers the future Queen of England would choose to carry. “When it came to her bridal bouquet, Middleton, 29, enlisted designer Shane Connolly, the florist who decked out their Westminster Abbey venue with eight maple trees.

Comprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, the bouquet “draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers,” according to a statement released on the Official Royal Wedding Web site.

As a nod to her new husband, Middleton included ‘sweet William’ blooms. Keeping with royal tradition, stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 were also added.

Middleton’s bouquet was a stark contrast to that of the late Princess Diana, William’s mother. For her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles, Diana selected a cascading arrangement of three orchid varieties.

After celebrating with her new husband Friday, Middleton is expected to leave her bouquet on the grave of the First World War soldier, a tradition started by the Queen Mother in 1923.” 

A beautiful bouquet, simple, stylish, elegant and suited perfectly to match her Alexander McQueen dress. Kate’s bouquet encompasses tradition, timeless elegant and a personal touch. A perfect ensamble if you ask me!

Article Source US Magazine 

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Fleurty Fridays: Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley – “The Flower of May”

Meaning of Lily of the Valley: Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you’ve made my life complete, humility, happiness, love’s good fortune. The legend of the Lily of the Valley is that it sprang from Eve’s tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as “The Flower of May.”

The sweet, precious clusters of bell-like flowers which defines the Lily of the Valley flower is so lovely. The sweetly scented blooms make it so unique and a perfect spring flower. This flower is often referred to as “The Flower of May” as it symbolizes the change in season from the cooler spring to the warm months of summer.  Most commonly found variety is featured in white, but you may be fortunate enough to find the variety which comes in an adorable, pale pink flower.

The season of the Lily of the Valley is limited, but if you are lucky enough to enjoy these blooms for your wedding bouquet or wedding arrangement, you will fall in love. When you incorporate bridal bouquets with Lily of the Valley, its delicate, lively, little bells prance with every bit of movement. The flower compliments a delicate, lace dress or a bride looking for an elegant and classic bouquet. Best when used in hand-held bouquets or small arrangements, Lily of the Valley shines.

Contact Atlanta floral designer, Le Bonne Fleur, for questions or more inspiration for your next elegant wedding bouquet.

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