The countdown has officially begun! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are set to exchange vows at St. George’s Chapel in just one month’s time, and royal watchers are dying to know all the details, from what gown she’ll be wearing to which stunning tiara she’ll choose. But one thing we may know is whose beautiful blooms will be decorating the chapel on Oct. 12.
The happy couple have reportedly looked no further than celebrity florist Rob van Helden, who The Times says will be creating the stunning floral displays. And clearly the job is in very capable hands – Rob has worked with royal family friend Elton John in the past, and if anyone knows how to decorate with flowers, it’s Elton! He’s also found a fan in Canada-born royal Autumn Phillips, who is quoted on the florist’s website saying, “Thank you again for the most marvellous flowers and all your efforts.”
“Shapes of arrangements are important to me,” the Holland-born florist says on his website of his aesthetic. “I am a perfectionist and pay great attention to detail, but I also like designs to look natural and not contrived. I love to work with a mass of one type of flower, as this is the way in which flowers tend to grow in the wild, and I particularly like to try to incorporate fruit, vegetables and herbs in to my work."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 19 in a stunning ceremony at the same venue that will see Eugenie say “I do” this fall. Not a detail was missed in the selection of the blooms used in the floral arches lining the entrance to the Windsor Castle church, and the couple chose to honour his late mother, Princess Diana, by choosing her favourite white roses, as envisioned by Philippa Craddock, Kensington Palace’s go-to floral designer. And when it comes to the princess’s big day, whichever flowers she chooses will also be rife with meaning.
When Sarah Ferguson’s 28-year-old daughter takes her romantic walk down the aisle, she’ll also be holding on to a beautiful bouquet. As per tradition, royals are to carry a sprig of myrtle in their arrangements as like Queen Victoria did in 1840, as it represents love and unity. The plant comes from a 170-year-old garden, which was originally given to Victoria in the 1800s by Prince Albert’s grandmother. If Eugenie looks to her mother for inspiration, she’ll have lily of the valley, roses and gardenias to choose from – plus a unique shape, as Sarah’s bouquet was in the shape of an ‘S,’ something no royal bride had done before her.