Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have chosen a local florist from west London to arrange the flower decorations for their wedding, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The couple are ever so keen to burnish their green credentials and just as they highlighted issues of sustainability opting for seasonal ingredients for their wedding cake, they have selected seasonal blooms instructing Fulham florist Philippa Craddock to use flowers and plants — branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves — that are in season and blooming naturally in spring. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn.
The Royal Parks will also supply some pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows, which will be incorporated into the floral designs. The palace statement said: “These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse environment.
“After the wedding, the couple have arranged for the flowers to be distributed to charitable organisations.”
Craddock, whose client list include fashion brands Hermes, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and British Vogue magazine will coordinate a team, including florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the displays at St George’s Chapel and for St George’s Hall.
The floral displays in St George’s Chapel where the couple will tie the knot on 19 May will be created using locally sourced foliage, much of which will be sourced from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May. These will include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn.
Craddock who according to her website is self-taught set up the business in 2009 operating from a studio in Fulham and was appointed Selfridges’ only in-store florist in 2014. They also supply the V&A, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House and Hampton Court Palace. Other clients include Jo Malone, Lancome, Space NK and Fortnum & Mason.
She said: “I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers. 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.”