That sweet, simple bouquet.
Lily-of-the-valley -– Return of happiness
Sweet William –- Gallantry (and undoubtedly chosen for their reference to Prince William)
Hyacinth –- Constancy of love
Ivy — Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle – the emblem of marriage; love. (The stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 are traditionally used in all royal wedding bouquets.)
The entire wedding was a study in understated elegance. I loved Kate's gown, the stunning dress worn by her sister, Pippa, and the simple, beautiful wedding band made from rare Welsh gold given them by the Queen. But my favorite part of that wedding was her bouquet. Diminutive, pure, simple, perfect.
Can you just imagine how heavenly that bouquet must have smelled? The only flower I might have added to this bouquet would have been a sprig of white lilac. Weren't the Sweet Williams a romantic touch? I think William's mother, the lovely Diana would have liked that! ( I'll bet she called her sweet little son 'Sweet William' from time to time.) And I think she would have loved her new daughter in law!
Best wishes to the happy couple!
(I'm off to the garden store...yes, I'm going to find a sunny spot in the garden for some Sweet Williams! When you plant them from seed, it takes two years before flowers bloom. Maybe just in time to greet a new royal baby?)
note: credit for information on the significance of the wedding bouquet and photograph goes to www.hollywoodlife.com