Royal florist focused on clients
Florist Shane Connolly has been appointed the artist director of flowers for the royal wedding, a role that comes with huge expectations as the eyes of the world will fall on his arrangements for the big day.
The 47-year-old flower designer from Belfast said he will be treating the occasion "like any other wedding" and felt lucky to be involved after being asked by Prince William's office in December last year.
Speaking about the anticipation surrounding the wedding blossoms, Mr Connolly insisted fulfilling the expectations of his royal clients was his number one priority.
"The pressure from the world isn't important, it's what they think that's important," he said.
"I feel quite a lot of pressure but I feel that I'm completely in tune with the client.
"I just want to do my best for her (Kate), and for Prince William, and that's all I want to do."
Recognised for his "elegant and natural approach to floristry", Mr Connolly's sustainable and organic values match those of Miss Middleton, who he describes as a "dream client".
He runs Shane Connolly Flowers with business partner Jamie Marlar in west London and holds a Royal Warrant awarded by the Prince of Wales, which marks him as the official supplier of flowers for royal events.
Not unfamiliar to the pressure of grand events, he was commissioned to arrange the flowers for the marriage of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.
"The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding was very much an understated wedding, more than this one, but the approach has been exactly the same," he said.