Kate’s Bridal Bouquet (jewel version)
Today was probably the most beautiful day in recent memory… so beautiful I didn’t come inside until 8:45 this evening after an entire day in the garden. I had a little fun making myself a bouquet with the flowers that were in Princess Catherine’s (I like that title better than Duchess of Cambridge) bridal bouquet yesterday. I was a bit critical of the bouquet, then I read about the actual flowers chosen. The flowers, being ones that can be gathered from the garden, including mine, have special meaning…
- 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
… and the fragrance is delightful. Needless to say, I have changed my mind about the bouquet… it was perfect! The dress was perfect too and I find the story of the lace as fascinating as the meaning and tradition behind the bouquet. The lace on the dress detailed a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, and was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. I need a close up of the lace… off to find a pic… I’m sure there’s one out there somewhere!!
Edit: No close up of the lace that I can find, but this photo (photographer unknown) shows a bit more of the detail than any other photograph I’ve seen yet. I’m sure close ups will surface soon. I failed to mention that veil… maybe the most perfect of all including the dress and the flowers!