Tuesday 23 July 2019

Royal wedding: 'Autumn theme' for Eugenie and Jack's big day

Top London florist Rob Van Helden has decorated St George’s Chapel for #royalwedding2

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 1: Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive for the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 1: Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence arrive for the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The wedding flowers in St George’s Chapel will reflect the “rich and vibrant tones of autumn”, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have chosen floral designer Rob Van Helden to decorate the historic venue.

Foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park – the site of the York family home – have been combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries.

The designs will also include Liquid Amber trees, also known as American sweet gum trees, which turn brilliant yellow, orange and red before they shed.

“The designs will reflect the rich and vibrant tones of autumn,” a palace spokeswoman said.

Mr Van Helden said: “It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack on their wedding day.

The fallen floral display which has been blown over by the high winds on the West Steps outside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The fallen floral display which has been blown over by the high winds on the West Steps outside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

“Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme.

“The whole floral design team and I wish Princess Eugenie and Jack our heartfelt congratulations and we hope they have a magical wedding day.”

London cake maker Sophie Cabot has created a special red velvet wedding cake for the occasion, which she reveals the couple were keen to keep 'seasonal'.

The cake will consist of three tiers of red velvet and two of chocolate sponge cake covered with butter cream, white icing and decorated with sugar work with an autumnal theme.

Other ingredients include vanilla essence, vanilla bean paste and red food colouring to give the cake its distinctive hue.

Ms Cabot said about the couple: “They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top.

“It’s a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well – it’s a nice rich cake.

“Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal – it was a real joy.”

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were interviewed by ITV This MorningÕs husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. |: Royal Communications/PA Wire
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were interviewed by ITV This MorningÕs husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who quizzed them about wedding jitters, ahead of their big day on Friday. |: Royal Communications/PA Wire

Ms Cabot was initially invited by the office of Eugenie’s father, the Duke of York, to meet the couple and discuss their wedding cake in early July – after supplying decorated bespoke biscuits to one of Andrew’s Pitch@Palace events.

Proud father the Duke of York will walk his 28-year-old daughter down the aisle.

Mother of the bride Sarah, Duchess of York – who spent years as an outcast from the royal family following her split from Andrew, will also take centre stage for the high profile royal occasion.

The couple’s Order of Service revealed that Jack will not be wearing a ring and Eugenie will not promise to obey her husband.

A Gaelic Blessing will be sung by the choir, and Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform Bach’s Ave Maria.

Maid of honour Princess Beatrice – Eugenie’s older sister – will read an extract from F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.

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