Shane Connolly was the designer behind The Duchess's bouquet. His book on wedding flowers has always been one of my favourites. So, when I was reminded of the Duchess' wedding, I found myself pouring through his book again for the first time in a long time.
One wedding in particular stole my heart. It's titled fete champetre. I love it still -- ten years later.
Is this not the most wonderful setting for the croquembouche under a circular garland of lilac in shades of lavender and amethyst ?
And these ? An avenue of lilac garlands suspended from beribboned birch poles. Divine.
The bride, the flower girl and the pageboy
The flowers? Auriculas (like Camilla's), parrot tulips, jasmine, hellebores and vines.
I love, love how the flower girl and the bride share a garland rather than the their own bouquets ! It's so exquisite.
Shane's description "18th century ladies often used flowers in place of jewelry to adorn themselves. This brooch corsage manages to preserve modesty and make a novel alternative to a bouquet when worn with a sensual and elaborate dress. Love the fritallarias. Gorgeous!
Because the bride isn't carrying a bouquet, Shane has enbellished her hair with flowers.
The Maid of Honour wears a gorgeous headdress of auriculas, hellebores and jasmine. How very Jane Austin!
The guest tables consist of baroque tulips, lilacs and sprigs of whitebeam displayed in upturned straw sunhats. So charming.