With regular visits to their Fulham-based store, Pippa Middleton has sparked endless rumours that she has chosen Lavender Green Flowers for her big day. Speculation reached fever pitch when the florists' van was pictured dropping off a delivery at Pippa's home last weekend, just two weeks before her wedding to James Matthews.
It wouldn't come as a surprise, then, if Pippa did walk down the aisle with a bouquet made by Lavender Green Flowers. The company, run by managing director Sue Barnes, has over 25 years' experience decorating weddings and is recognised as one of the very best florists in London. The Countess of Wessex chose the British brand for her wedding to Prince Edward in 1999.
Flowers like sweet pea and jasmine are popular for flower girls
Speaking exclusively to HELLO! Online, Sue shared her thoughts on the latest wedding flower trends. While she doesn't follow specific trends and instead works to each bride's vision – "No two weddings are the same," said Sue – she did reveal that she's seen a desire to bring the "little details" to life. "Brides love it when their guests are enchanted and surprised, and when they see something different. We work hard to ensure there are beautiful surprises and special touches throughout the day," said Sue. "We have designed some beautiful flower girl accessories, for example, which are exquisite – very fresh and different, incorporating flowers like sweet pea and jasmine.
"Another little detail, which can seem really unassuming, is who you give your buttonholes to. Why not include other family members or friends and incorporate a particular flower, for example heather for Scottish relatives? It's the little details that can really make your guests feel special and appreciated."
Pippa is said to have chosen Lavender Green Flowers for her wedding
Pippa, a former party planner, will have put a lot of thought into her big day including what flowers she'll use. The Middletons are, after all, known for their appreciation for the symbolism and language of flowers. Sue noted: "Summer brides are very fortunate in terms of picking their wedding flowers as there is so much in season. Sweet peas and peonies have just come in and are often a popular choice in our floral designs. Sweet peas in particular smell amazing and look beautiful in a bouquet as they are a lot softer and very romantic."
Experts at Bridebook.co.uk added: "Considering Pippa's elegant style and the current trends within the wedding industry we expect to see at least one, if not more, of the following: hanging floral and foliage canopy within the marquee, large striking displays at the entrance and a flower arch over the church entrance, and understated tones such as whites, pale blush matched with accents of green or brighter florals. Expect to see lots of peonies – a wedding favourite due to it's beauty and symbolism for a happy marriage!"
The Countess of Wessex used the florists for her 1999 wedding to Prince Edward
Experts at the wedding app and website, used by one in five UK brides, also said: "We are willing to put our money down that gypsophila will be incorporated into the florals in some way. Symbolising festivity (Pippa was an event planner after all!) we're hoping to see these as flower crowns on the flower girls, and incorporated into the bridal party's bouquets. Finally, the groom and groomsmen buttonholes. It's possible the groom will opt for a buttonhole flower such as hyacinth, a delicate white and fragrant flower that symbolises the love for games, perfect for sporty James!"
For more information visit bridebook.co.uk and lavendergreen.co.uk.