Royal wedding florist reveals display was kept fresh with buckets
Royal wedding florist reveals her jaw-dropping display was kept fresh with invisible BUCKETS and tiny vials full of water – as she donates the leftover flowers to women’s refuges
- Philippa Craddock shared an update on her Instagram page on Sunday night
- Revealed the floral display will be dismantled and donated to charity
- Also told fans she kept flowers fresh with buckets and tiny vials of water
The royal wedding flowers have been recycled for charity, it has been revealed – and needed buckets and vials of water to stay fresh on the big day.
The jaw-dropping floral display at St. George’s Chapel Windsor – by trendy London florist Philippa Craddock – has been divided up into hand-tied bouquets and delivered to women’s refuges and hospices across the capital.
Philippa shared the update on her Instagram page on Sunday night, just hours after her installation was seen by millions all over the world watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
And after one follower asked her she had managed to keep the flowers fresh without using foam, she replied: ‘Buckets and vials full of water, all incorporated into the structure.’
Harry and Meghan’s florist Philippa Craddock shared an update on her Instagram page on Sunday night, just hours after her installation was seen by millions all over the world
Philippa also shared a pictured of her ‘A-team’ comprising at least 26 staff as they posed on the steps of the wedding chapel
Romance: The jaw-dropping floral display at St. George’s Chapel Windsor – by trendy London florist Philippa Craddock – has been divided up into bouquets and donated to charity
The decadent floral displays in St. George’s Chapel were created using locally sourced foliage, much of which has been taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Writing about the display at St. George’s Chapel in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane said: ‘I walked in, through the “cascading hedgerow” that was wreathed around the church’s west door, and caught the full impact of the floral arrangements within.
‘So overpowering was this that, to be frank, I wasn’t sure whether I should be taking notes or gathering pollen.
‘If the guests had stayed in their pews for long enough, they would have ended up producing their own honey.’
Philippa’s staff were pictured last week transporting a huge delivery of artificial flowers from her depot in London to Windsor ahead of the big day.
Just one day earlier, Philippa took to Instagram to reflect on her starring role in the wedding of the year.
She wrote: ‘Taking a quiet moment in the garden before I head into town to start a marathon of a week ahead, it is such an exciting week.’
Showstopper: The decadent floral displays in St. George’s Chapel were created using locally sourced foliage, much of which has been taken from local gardens and parkland
Tricks of the trade: After one follower asked Craddock how she had managed to keep the flowers fresh without using foam, she replied: ‘Buckets and vials full of water, all incorporated into the structure’
In an interview with The Times earlier this month, she revealed that working with the royal couple had been an ‘absolute pleasure’.
‘The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun,’ she said.
It was revealed in March that Craddock had been hand-picked by the couple to deck out Windsor in stunning blooms for their May 19 nuptials.
Kensington Palace officially announced the news via a series of tweets describing in detail how society favourite Craddock was chosen for the hotly-contested role.
Described by Tatler as ‘a floral mastermind’, Craddock claims to be able to create any bride’s dream – from ‘a secret garden in a palace’ to ‘an outdoor botanical romance’.
What was in Meghan’s bridal bouquet?
Meghan’s bouquet featured a tribute to Diana as well as a nod to Queen Victoria
Astilbe: Meaning ‘I will be waiting for you’ or ‘I’ll still be waiting’, symbolizing patience and dedication
Lily of the Valley: Latin name- Convallaria. Symbolises sweetness and the return of happiness. It is also the birth flower of May.
Astrantia: Symbolises strength, courage and protection.
Forget-me-nots: Diana’s favourite flower
Myrtle: A royal custom going back to the reign of Victoria
Sweet peas: Meaning ‘delicate or blissful pleasure’
Her extravagant displays in St George’s Chapel today featured foliage from Windsor Great Park, including beech, birch and hornbeam branches, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.
Speaking earlier this year about being chosen for the Royal Wedding on May 19, she said: ‘I am excited and honoured. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.’
Philippa’s wedding flower displays start at £5,000 but can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds – amid unconfirmed reports the Royal wedding floristry bill could be in the region of £1,000.
Who created the wedding flowers at St. George’s Chapel?
Kensington Palace released images of the jaw-dropping floral display in St. George’s Chapel ahead of the couple’s arrival – featuring peonies, asparagus and foxgloves.
Sue Barnes of Lavender Green Flowers – who was responsible for the Countess of Wessex and Pippa Middleton’s wedding flowers – told MailOnline FEMAIL: ‘The outside is very natural and the designs inside are in classic stone urns on stone plinths, and are fairly structured.
‘The colour scheme is beautifully fresh and green with beech and birch foliage and some white roses.
Floral display: Kensington Palace this morning released these images of the jaw-dropping floral display in St. George’s Chapel, featuring peonies and asparagus
Commenting on the display, Sue Barnes said: ‘The outside is very natural and the designs inside are in classic stone urns on stone plinths, and are fairly structured’
‘The exterior designs are a courageous backdrop for photographs constructed on a scaffold frame for safety.
‘The scale is enormous and it is designed to soften the fairly austere facade and create a naturally beautiful first impression.
‘There are beautiful Garden and cultivated Roses in cream and white, stocks, stephanotis, nigella, scabious, foxgloves, astilbe, Asparagus fern, beech, birch and some peonies.’
Peonies are believed to be Meghan’s favourite flowers, and featured heavily on her now-deleted Instagram page.
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