Post # 1
The only thing I wasn’t thrilled by, was Kate’s bouquet- was it queen anne’s lace? I love queen anne’s lace, but there seemed to by patchy spots, and just did not look very tailored…
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
The station I’m watching said it was Lily of the Valley and “Sweet William”. I have no idea what that second one is, I’ve never heard of it.
Post # 4
@bakerella: Thanks! Did you like it?
Post # 5
It was okay. I wish it had been bigger. I didn’t think it was show stopping at all. I think it’s something that you could get anywhere…. It was sort of bland.
Post # 6
I agree- I was very underwhelmed by the bouquet. 🙁
Post # 7
Agreed! I knew her bouquet would be smaller than Diana’s by far but this thing was practically a nosegay. It needed to be bigger to match up to the grandness of the Abbey.
Post # 8
@ohheavenlyday: It just sort of blended into her dress too. I wish she had had SOME pop of colour. I thought she would do something a bit trendy with her look while still bordering on the conservative elegance. Apparently I was wrong.
Post # 9
@bakerella: Yeah I agree. Very underwhelming. I mean, it didn’t need to be a huge poofy bouquet with a train like Diana’s, but that bouquet looked a little…wilted.
Post # 10
The Bride’s Bouquet
The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
Post # 11
Myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. All royal brides carry in their bouquet a sprig of myrtle that is cut from a plant in Queen Victoria’s garden on the Isle of Wight. The plant was sprung from a sprig that Victoria carried in her own bouquet.
Post # 12
I thought they said the bouquet was crepe myrtle….I didn’t hear the other flowers, but it looked like lily of the valley in there too.
Just saw it…myrtle,lily of the valley,sweet william and hyacinth. Interesting combo! I have all of them in my garden.
Post # 13
I like the idea of having a small, ethereal bouquet, and I was impressed with the whole thing. It was all beautiful.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
I love lily of the valley. I thought it was classy and not too showy. Very pretty!
Post # 15
@SandyToes: I agree with your comment; underwhelmed. In fact, it looked like it was just baby’s breath or something! Disappointing.
Post # 16
@NatDawn: I agree!! My FI actually came out and said: “IS she just carrying baby’s breath?!” Very underwhelming. I thought it looked fake, actually.