The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding florist Philippa Craddock has opened up about the mammoth task of arranging the flowers for the royal couple's wedding – as well as the one thing that went wrong as she prepared for the big day. "It was much warmer than we were expecting it to be… there was a particular flower that we weren't able to use so we substituted it for something else. But just keeping completely relaxed was important," she said in a video published by Country Living magazine.
Philippa created the beautiful blooms for the big day
The theme of Meghan and Harry's floral arrangements was seasonal, local and sustainable, featuring branches of beech, birch and hornbeam along with white garden roses, peonies - which are Meghan's favourite flowers - and foxgloves sourced from Windsor Great Park. Where possible, Philippa used flowers and plants that were in season and blooming naturally in May.
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At the time, she said in a statement: "I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers. Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront."
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Of course, the palace is now preparing for another royal wedding – that of Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank on 12 October. It's thought that we won't know which florals she has chosen until she walks down the aisle, but there is one royal tradition she may follow - having at least one sprig of myrtle in her bouquet.The custom dates back to 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Myrtle, the emblem of matrimony, symbolises love and hope.