Taking floral inspo from the royal wedding: 5 key ways to work in those covetable creations
How to channel those scene-stealing arrangements from Meghan and Harry’s big day into yours.
The fairytale flowers that adorned St. George's Chapel for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding were breathtaking. Florist Philippa Craddock worked closely with the couple to design the floral scheme for their ceremony and kept sustainability and seasonal inspiration at the forefront of the design. The abundance of lush greens and crisp, seasonal white blooms added elegance and charm with its clean colour palette and wildly romantic display. Seasonal flowers like peonies, garden roses and foxgloves were layered in the archway, textured amongst the richness of the greens, creating a canopy for the couple's romantic exit from the chapel. Not only were these covetable creations bonafide scene-stealers, the newlyweds donated all of their flowers to hospices after their big day, spreading smiles across the nation.
If you can't get those gorgeous arrangements out of your mind, here are 5 ways to add florals with that same aesthetic to your big day.
Think crisp white blooms and leafy greens
In this case, less is more and I'm talking about colour! A simple palette of white and green adds a fresh, clean and feminine vibe and is very on-trend for 2018, like this elegant bouquet from Want That Wedding, and this simple and wild table arrangement from Rock My Wedding. With less colour, the eye is naturally drawn to the movement and shape of the arrangements. Climbing greens bring a wild and organic element, which can be beautifully contrasted by white blooms anchored into the leaves. To get this look, try using a variety of seasonal white flowers, such as garden roses, foxgloves and peonies, along with sprawling greens such as myrtle and ivy. Layers and texture will give the wild and natural romance we adore from this floral fairytale come true.
If you're looking to tackle your own arrangement this season, here's how to make your own beautiful bridal bouquet from foraged florals.
Canopy yourselves under a floral arch as you say "I do". Not all of us are working with a royal budget and can recreate the floral arch display at St. George's Chapel, but we can still make some magic! A simple arch made of pipe or wood, cornered with leafy greens and pops of white flowers will make all of your guests and all Pinterest lovers swoon. Like this simple and elegant arch by Vanessa Schmidt. A lot of florists can build floral arch installations that will make your heart skip a beat and won't break the bank, or if you're like me, don't be afraid to consider tackling this as a DIY with the help of a handy family member. (Looking at you, Dad!) Take some inspiration from these gorgeous floral arches featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow and June Bug Weddings.
I was definitely inspired by the couple's use of all local and seasonal blooms. Going with flower farms in your area will not only will increase the longevity of your flowers, but it also leaves a smaller carbon footprint and supports those great local business around you. Get in touch with some nearby flower farmers to find out what's in season around you.
Flower hair, don't care
I might be a little biased here, since one of my specialities is bespoke flower crowns, but the trend of crowning ourselves with flowers is still going strong. Meghan and Harry's flower girls were all adorned with fairy-like crowns made with white roses, similar to this crown from Wedding Sparrow. When it comes to choosing a crown style for your adorable flower girls, think soft and delicate. Crowns created with a single row of white flowers such spray roses with a few greens are the perfect royal, down to earth touch. And sure, why not! Here's a simple and delicate crown handmade by yours truly with baby's breath.
Sharing the beauty
Repurpose your wedding flowers! Blooms for the big day can cost a fortune and are then often tossed in the trash at the end of the night. Heartbreaking, right? When I read that Meghan and Harry donated their flowers to hospices after their wedding, well, I just thought how thoughtful and special! You, too can repurpose your blooms thanks to companies like ReBloom Flowers, which picks up your arrangements, donates them to a charity of your choice and then recollects them and composts them after your flowers have spread their joy. The Violet Heart Project also helps repurpose florals by donating them to hospitals, hospices, and long-term care facilities.
Lady Hayes is a designer, photographer and mama, known for her beautiful floral inspired projects and lifestyle. Her love of flowers shines through her couture crafted Flower Crowns and Petal Pop, her line of Floral Confetti with sun dried roses and gold confetti glitter. Stay connected! Visit Hayes over on her Instagram or visit her website to shop and say hi!