29 April 2011

Lily-of-the-Valley, Lace and Music

The bride carried a bouquet with Lily-of-the-Valley. She wore a beautiful dress with lace and they played lovely music.
Well, I can only be talking about the wedding of Kate and William.


Here is some information about the bouquet from the official Royal Wedding website.


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.


Have a wonderful day!

xoxo Ingrid


Home and Lifestyle said...

Of course I have seen the Royal Wedding and the wonderful little bouquet of the bride!

Interesting to read more about the tradition of flowers!

Wish you a wonderful weekend! Many hugs, Ingrid

Tiina said...

How interesting:).Been following the Royal Wedding in television here in Finland too.So beautiful couple,wish them all the happiness.

Fru C said...

Åhh jag har missat allt om Årets bröllop....hoppas det finns på nätet.

Romantik och liljekonvalj- me like!

Valborgskram på dej//

Rajson said...

Intresant! Tyckte buketten var oväntat vacker och enkel!

flowersandhome said...

You just take the prettiest pictures! I heard the story about the myrtle today on TV. What a fairytale wedding it was!

Anonymous said...

I finished watching the Royal Wedding earlier. It was romantic and beautiful. Thank you for the information regarding kate's bouquet and the language behind the flowers. Ah! Romance...
Have a great weekend,

Frances said...

Thank you, Ingrid, for these words about that beautiful bouquet. It's lovely to learn about what the language of the chosen flowers was.

I woke up early enough to watch the wedding ceremony on television and thought it truly beautiful. Visually, and the music was also beautiful, and how I do hope this newly wedded couple will live happily ever after.

Don't you?

Northern Beauty Seeker said...

Lovely photo and thank you for sharing the history of the bouquet.

Loved the wedding!

Ms. S

Lilla Blanka said...

Hej Ingrid!

Underbar blog! ♥
Hittade dig via FB :)


Georgianna said...

Oh, Ingrid, aren't all these details fascinating and so romantic? Your photo of the Lily of the Valley is so sweet. Ours have not bloomed yet – very late this year but I can't wait as we have them all throughout the property. I was reading that they are very expensive for florists to get in some parts of the States which surprised me as here they are really like weeds, dare I say?

Wishing you a lovely weekend! xo – g

Isobel said...

I love the symbolic language of flowers and I thought that the simplicity of the wonderful flowers, lace etc was such an elegant counterpoint to the pomp of a royal wedding. Such perfect perfect choices. Thanks for an interesting article.

Mimi said...

Nice to learn even more about Kate's bridal bouquet. I wrote a post on her bouquet as well.

Moa said...

Liljekonvalj är så vackert.. stod o tittade på mina små som är på väg upp o konstaterade att de var mycket färre än förra året..? varför undrade jag. Bröllopet har jag oxå missat men ska titta runt på webben så jag jag blir lite uppdaterad.. sånt är kul och inspirerande. Ha det gott/Moa

Dronninghuset said...

thank you for your greeting !! nice to hear from you. hope you have had a blessed weekend with the Royal wedding. love your picture of "liljekonvall" (in norwegian)..... greetings from Tove

angie said...

awwwwww!!!You just take the prettiest pictures!!! hugs, angie

Lisa Gordon said...

Fantastic and interesting information Ingrid, and as always, such a beautiful photograph!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to learn more about this special wedding! :)
Wishing you a lovely day,

NinaH said...

Nu haver jag njutit rosa, ljusblå och lila arrangemang (föregående, missade inlägg! Och så på topp detta inlägg med ljuva liljekonvaljer lika ljuvt arrangerade!! Uhm!!
Kul läsa om den kungliga brudbuketten!
PS Lugn! (angående tejpen) Jag är inte desperat!;-) Men väldigt sugen! Blir nog tillfälle finna så´n- tids nog!;-)....Ds

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Thanks for sharing with us the information about the flowers in beautiful Kate's bouquet. Wasn't she a lovely bride?! Your blog is beautiful, full of soft loveliness. I'm in your group for the SITS class on blogging and wold really love, if you have the time, for you to visit and tell me what you think I should do to make my blog better, especially that header. I've tried a ton of different pics but am never satisfied... thanks so much, Mary


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