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Flowers, Royal Wedding

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When I read that the aisle of Westminster Abbey will be lined with trees for the Royal Wedding, my first (horror-struck) thought was of Melissa River's over-the-top winter forest ceremony. But, thankfully, Kate and Will's decor sounds much more...thoughtful. Working with Shane Connolly and the Middleton's family florist Emma Sampson to design the floral story, Kate chose six English Field Maples and two Hornbeams from the royal estates to grace the abbey. "The symbolism means a lot to [Kate] and the sourcing has been hugely important," Connolly told People. Among the flowers selected for the event will be Azaleas, lilacs, rhododendron, and wisteria, most of which will come from Windsor Great Park. All of the arrangements will remain in Westminster until May 6 for the public to view, after which the flowers and plants will either be donated to charity or replanted. —Phillip B. Crook

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