Sunday, July 17, 2011

Will & Kate's Florist

Imagine you've just become engaged... so much to plan!
Now imagine you're going to marry a future king of England.
Well, of course you'll have help. Lots of it. And one of those helpers will be your florist...

Shane Connolly is no stranger to Royal events. The Duchess of Cornwall chose him to do the flowers for her wedding to Prince Charles in 2005. Shane is known for his "sustainable" approach to floristry, often incorporating live trees or potted plants into his designs.
Above, he selects plants in Windsor Great Park for the wedding of Prince William
to Kate Middleton, arguably the wedding of the century.

Rather than massing thousands of flowers,
Kate chose to use 20-foot Hornbeam and Maple trees in Westminster Abbey,
which were later donated or replanted. It was a perfect choice, making the vast interior of the Abbey more intimate and inviting.

Which is not to say there weren't any flowers....

Shane holds a Royal Warrant-meaning he is an official supplier of flowers for royal events. Having worked with several members of the royal family on events of varying size, he is well positioned to know their tastes, and perhaps even more importantly, what is appropriate for each occasion.

Not only must the royal couple's tastes be considered, but also, security!
Here, a bomb-sniffing dog checks out the blooms.

Kate's petite bouquet was composed of fragrant lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth and
which Queen Victoria planted in 1845.
As a nod to her new husband, her bouquet also included Sweet William blooms.

Bloomers Floral Design
Modern Design, Vintage Passion
122 South Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

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