London based florist, Shane Connolly has today been confirmed as the floral designer for the royal wedding later this week. Shane Connolly holds a Royal Warrant, and is a supplier of flowers for royal events. He has designed flowers for numerous royal events including the Queen’s 60th wedding anniversary dinner and Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding in 2005.
Mr Connolly will be heading a team of florists to create the wedding designs, including the florists from West Minster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Six members of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies will also be helping to decorate West Minster Abbey. Shane Connolly is known for his use of organic and seasonal materials as well sustainable methods in his designs, using plants and trees where possible rather than cut flowers and foliage.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have ordered eight 20ft high trees in planters for West Minster abbey, to create an indoor woodland. The trees are English Field Maple and Hornbeam and will stand in specially designed planters made by craftsmen at Highgrove, which is the Prince of Wales’s Gloucestershire residence. The trees will be planted in Highgrove Gardens after the wedding. Many of the flowers are being sourced from Royal estates including Windsor Great Park and Sandringham Estate. The flowers and plants selected include azalea, beech, blossom, euphorbia, lilac, rhododendron and wisteria. The couple have sourced additional flowers from English growers.
The couple have chosen flowers themed around the language of flowers. All flowers have meanings and in Victorian times they were used to convey secret messages. Shane Connolly is the perfect choice for their theme as he has wrote a book entitled The Language of Flowers. The flowers and plants in West Minster Abbey are to be left on display until 6th May for public viewing and then donated to charities or replanted.