Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enlists top florist Philippa Craddock's services for the royal wedding, breaking away from tradition yet again.
While Harry's father and brother tapped Royal Warrant holder Shane Connolly for their royal wedding blooms, he and his American bride are choosing to go in a different direction with the stylish and trendy Craddock.
According to Vanity Fair, Queen Elizabeth even met with Markle and offered her palace staff to take the lead on the wedding blooms. Instead, the couple turned to the London-based Craddock, who is known for her fair-trade designs and being a favorite of top fashion houses in the world.
A Very Floral Royal Wedding
It's not surprising Markle has a good idea of the floral arrangements she wants for her special day. After all, the former Suits star is well-known for her love for flowers, even sharing photos of pretty bouquets on her now-deleted Instagram account.
"Meghan has been very hands on with all elements of the wedding, but especially the flowers," a source close to the royal family tells Vanity Fair. "She met with the Queen and some of her staff at Windsor back in February to have some early discussions about what could be done at the church and at the receptions in terms of flowers. She seemed to have a pretty clear idea of what she wanted then."
With the royal wedding inspired by the spring season, a lot of fresh blooms are expected to transform St. George's Chapel and St. George's Hall.
"It was lots of spring time whites and pastels and very romantic flowers," the source continues. "I would say her vision was very fashionable and fairy tale if you know what I mean."
Kensington Palace reveals that Craddock is planning to use plants that are in season such as white garden roses, peonies, foxgloves, beech, birch, and hornbeam. Pollinator-friendly plants from the Royal Parks will also be part of the floral arrangements.
About Philippa Craddock
Created in 2009, Craddock's brand places an emphasis on discretion, warmth, and creativity, according to the official website. The company supplies blooms to the Kensington Palace, among others, plus enjoy a slate of high-profile clients including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Hermes, Jo Malone, Lancôme, and British Vogue.
"I am excited and honored to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers," Craddock says in an official statement. "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."