Sweden’s Prince Carl Phillip married Sofia Hellqvist this weekend at Stockholm’s Royal Palace. Who can resist a royal wedding? Lavish settings and nearly-unlimited budgets make royal weddings a wonderful source of wedding inspiration. Watching a bride become an actual princess seems to prove that fairy tales do come true. Of course, what transfixed us about Sweden’s big event was the wedding flowers.
Flower walls of vibrant pink blossoms served as backdrops for both the ceremony altar and the head table at the reception. Outside, extravagant, deeper pink flowers decorated stone columns at the front of the palace. The bridal bouquet included cream and coral garden roses with sprigs of myrtle. Cuttings from the same plant have been carried and worn in the hair of Sweden’s royal brides for over a century.
We were charmed by the small bouquets carried by the bridesmaids and flower girls. The compact, rounded style is known as a nosegay or posy bouquet. At this wedding, the smaller bouquets were composed with flowers also found in the Princess Sofia’s bridal bouquet. This is a sweet and feminine style to keep in mind if you have a lot of young girls in your wedding party.
Lots more Swedish floral inspiration and royal wedding photos here and here. And this video offers a behind-the-scenes peak with the wedding florist (in Swedish). How exciting it must be for floral designers to be a part of history.