From her impeccable Alexander McQueen gown to her Cartier tiara, Duchess Catherine Middleton pulled out all the stops to accessorize for her Friday nuptials to Prince William.
When it came to her bridal bouquet, Middleton, 29, enlisted designer Shane Connolly, the florist who decked out their Westminster Abbey venue with eight maple trees.
Comprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, the bouquet "draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers," according to a statement released onthe Official Royal Wedding Web site.
As a nod to her new husband, Middleton included 'sweet William' blooms. Keeping with royal tradition, stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 were also added.Middleton's bouquet was a stark contrast to that of the late Princess Diana, William's mother. For her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles, Diana selected a cascading arrangement of three orchid varities.
After celebrating with her new husband Friday, Middleton is expected to leave her bouquet on the grave of the First World War soldier, a tradition started by the Queen Mother in 1923.