(Closed) Kate’s bouquet- Queen Anne’s Lace?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree- I was very underwhelmed by the bouquet.  🙁 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@bakerella:

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@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 # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/tag/homepage/page/1

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Bee Keeper

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I like the idea of having a small, ethereal bouquet, and I was impressed with the whole thing. It was all beautiful.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • 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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@SandyToes: I agree with your comment; underwhelmed. In fact, it looked like it was just baby’s breath or something! Disappointing.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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.

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