Princess Eugenie says Jack Brooksbank's big day has arrived, and guests at St George's Chapel on Friday (Oct. 12) are being greeted with stunning autumnal flower arrangements lining the archways at Windsor Castle. Among the final details that are being revealed is the couple's chosen florist, Rob Van Helden. He used seasonal foliage and flowering branches for the striking blooms, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park.
"It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack, on their Wedding day," he said. "Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme." The arrangements feature a unique combination of Liquid Amber trees, roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries. "The whole floral design team and I wish Princess Eugenie and Jack our heartfelt congratulations and we hope they have a magical Wedding day."
“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."
The one flower that's sure to make an appearance as per a longstanding royal tradition is Myrtle. To represent love, fertility and innocence, brides like Eugenie's mom Sarah Ferguson, Meghan Markle, Princess Diana and the Queen have all included a sprig of Myrtle in their bouquets. The practice dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria's oldest daughter Victoria, and was plucked from plants that descended from those given to the late monarch by Prince Albert's grandmother in 1845.
The 28-year-old bride may also be inspired by her mother's bridal bouquet from her 1996 nuptials to Prince Andrew. The Duchess of York's design is remembered even more for it's unique "s" shape than the blooms within, but the spectacular arrangement was brimming with beautiful flowers, mostly gardenias (the prince's favourite!), lilies, lilies of the valley and veronica.