Announcement Of Prince Harry's Engagement To Meghan Markle

Bakers, Florists, and Invitation Makers: The Crew Behind the Royal Nuptials

Meet the men and women planning the wedding of the year in just 173 days.

On May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle at St. George's Chapel, officially becoming husband and wife. Of course, there's plenty of planning and preparations to be done in the lead up, which is where these hard-working men and women come in. Be it baking, printing, or floral arranging, this crew is crafting one big, beautiful happily ever after.

THE CAKE WPA Pool/Getty Images THE CAKE California native Claire Ptak, a pastry chef and owner of Violet bakery in London, has been tasked with creating the centerpiece confection. (Ptak reportedly met Markel when she was featured on the actress' now-defunct lifestyle site, The Tig.) Unlike royal wedding cakes of yore — which have always featured fruitcake — the couple has requested a lemon elderflower base in a nod to the bright flavors of spring. It will be topped with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Curious foodies needn't trek all the way to London to sample Ptak's creations: In 2015 she released a cookbook, "The Violet Bakery Cookbook." Samples of Ptak&#39;s work — a colorful tray of mini candied cupcakes — from the Covent Garden food market. Cate Gillon/Getty Images Samples of Ptak's work — a colorful tray of mini candied cupcakes — from the Covent Garden food market. THE INVITATIONS WPA Pool/Getty Images THE INVITATIONS The London workshop of Barnard and Westwood — which has been charged with royal invitation-making since 1985 — printed Prince Harry and Meghan's invites in March on a machine dating back to the 1930s that is affectionately known as "Maude." In a nod to Meghan's heritage, the invitations were printed with American ink on British card stock. The invitations — which bear the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales — were die-stamped in gold and black, burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edges. WPA Pool/Getty Images The invitations — which bear the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales — were die-stamped in gold and black, burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edges. THE FLOWERS DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images THE FLOWERS Philippa Craddock, a self-taught florist and frequent supplier to Kensington Palace, will design the church flowers for the wedding. A favorite of fashion brands like Alexander McQueen and Vogue, Craddock prefers to source her flowers locally, with an eye toward in-season varietals. She'll use the same approach for the royal wedding, with much of the foliage coming from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate. The arrangements are expected to include white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves. THE PHOTOGRAPHY PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images THE PHOTOGRAPHY A former assistant to legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino, Alexi Lubomirski will be the official wedding photographer. Born in England, raised in Botswana, and currently living in New York, Lubomirski's fashion pictorials and celebrity portraiture have appeared in Allure, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, and various international editions of Vogue. He's also published two books of his work, "Diverse Beauty" and "Alexi Lubomirski - Decade." Interestingly, Lubomirski is actually a prince on his Polish side, a fact he learned at the age of 11. In 2014, he published the book "Notes for a Young Prince" (later retitled "Princely Advice for a Happy Life") meant for his two sons. Lubomirski has already worked with the royal couple, snapping their official engagement portraits back in December. &quot;It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,&quot; Lubomirski told <a href="https://www.eonline.com/ca/news/926299/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-s-engagement-photographer-spills-details-on-joyful-shoot" target="_blank">E! News</a> of the couple. Handout/Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Image Lubomirski has already worked with the royal couple, snapping their official engagement portraits back in December. "It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love," Lubomirski told E! News of the couple. THE MUSIC JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images THE MUSIC James Vivian — an organist and director of music at St. George's Chapel, where he's served since 2013 — will direct the wedding's music. He was previously director of music at the historic Temple Church in London, where he and the choir released the album "A Festival of Psalms" in 2011. The London-based gospel group, The Kingdom Choir, will perform led by founder and conductor Karen Gibson... WPA Pool/Getty Images The London-based gospel group, The Kingdom Choir, will perform led by founder and conductor Karen Gibson... ...as will 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (who reportedly <a href="http://time.com/money/5252291/meet-the-19-year-old-cellist-who-just-got-booked-to-play-the-royal-wedding/" target="_blank">got a personal call from Meghan</a> herself asking him to perform). In 2015, he and his sibling performers, The Kanneh-Masons, made it to the semi-final round of &quot;Britain&#39;s Got Talent.&quot; And in 2016, Kanneh-Mason won the BBC Young Musician award. Handout/Kensington Palace via Getty Imag ...as will 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (who reportedly got a personal call from Meghan herself asking him to perform). In 2015, he and his sibling performers, The Kanneh-Masons, made it to the semi-final round of "Britain's Got Talent." And in 2016, Kanneh-Mason won the BBC Young Musician award. Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas rounds out the list of performers, accompanying the service&#39;s orchestra. Thomas, who specializes in baroque, released her debut album, &quot;Eternal Light,&quot; in 2007 and performed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in London. She is also known as a TV host, appearing on various BBC channels. Handout/Kensington Palace via Getty Imag Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas rounds out the list of performers, accompanying the service's orchestra. Thomas, who specializes in baroque, released her debut album, "Eternal Light," in 2007 and performed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in London. She is also known as a TV host, appearing on various BBC channels.



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