Myrtle means marriage. Though some elements of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding bypassed royal tradition, the bride’s bouquet included one particularly well-known historic touch of a sprig of myrtle.
According to the palace, the bride’s bouquet was crafted by Patrice Van Helden Oakes, the sister of floral designer Rob Van Helden. The arrangement included Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles and white spray roses. Some romantic structure was added to the bouquet with the use of trailing ivy for a rather unique shape.
The palace also revealed that sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House were plucked to be included in the bouquet as part of the royal tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s reign. The concept first started in 1858 when Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, got married.
Eugenie’s bridesmaid flowers were mini bouquets comprised of spray roses and Lily of the Valley, created by Rob Van Helden to correlate directly to Eugenie’s bouquet.
Though Eugenie married at the same exact venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the bouquet aesthetic was vastly different. London-based high fashion florist Philippa Craddock concocted a simple floral cocktail that included sprigs of myrtle, forget-me-nots and flowers hand-picked by Prince Harry that morning.
Follow along with The Knot as we continue our coverage of Eugenie and Jack’s Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle.