Philippa is a self-taught florist based in central London, with a studio in Fulham and a flower shop in Selfridges. Starting her business nine years ago, Philippa's client list now includes the V&A, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and British Vogue. Using seasonal flowers and greenery, Philippa works with local growers and fair-trade suppliers. Her diverse team have backgrounds in photography, metalwork, carpentry and fashion; each one shares her passion for flowers and her down-to-earth approach to floristry.
Philippa will direct a team, including florists from St George's Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the displays at St George's Chapel and St George's Hall. The floral displays in St George's Chapel will be created using locally sourced foliage, much of which will be taken from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May. These will include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn.
For those who followed Meghan's now deleted Instagram account you'll know she loves nothing more than a gorgeous bunch of flowers - particularly peonies.
In 2016, Meghan wrote of a bouquet of the blooms: "I bought these peonies for myself yesterday because they make me so endlessly happy." It is thought Harry frequently sent Meghan floral bouquets whilst they were dating.
Meghan's mother Doria affectionately calls her "flower".
The Royal Parks will also supply some pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows, which will be incorporated into the floral designs. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse environment.
After the wedding, the couple have arranged for the flowers to be distributed to charitable organisations.
British Vogue wrote: "Phillipa Craddock transforms weddings with her opulent and English countryside florals. She works closely with clients to interpret exactly what they want and is adored by her brides who profess that she makes "the whole process so easy".
An overview of displays created by the florist for a country wedding.
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"I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers," Philippa Craddock said. "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."
With Philippa at the helm, it is going to be simply beautiful!
A very Happy Easter to you all! :)