Inside the relaxed royal wedding of Zara and Mike Tindall

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips depart after their Royal wedding at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Mike and Zara Tindall after their Royal wedding at Canongate Kirk on 30 July, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It's been 10 years since the most relaxed royal couple walked down the aisle and became husband and wife.

Zara and Mike Tindall married on 30 July 2011, in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, with a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the Queen's official home in Scotland.

Florist Paul Thomas was the man entrusted with making the church and the Palace a floral paradise, fit for the Queen's granddaughter. 

But he told Yahoo UK it was actually a certain member of the public who has become the most significant memory of the day for him.

He said: "The morning we were working on the entrance of the chapel there were fans, crowds of people arriving, we were there about 6am. There was a woman in a wheelchair, she'd been at every royal wedding I think since the Queen, it was so amazing.

"My partner went over and gave her a rose.

"That was the lasting memory of the day for me."

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Flowers are bundled on the street as workers arrange them outside Canongate Kirk on the morning of the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Flowers bundled on the street as workers arrange them outside Canongate Kirk on the morning of the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A man waters flowers at Canongate Kirk ahead of the wedding in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011, between Zara Phillips, granddaugter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and England rugby star Mike Tindall. The couple, both world-beating sports stars, tie the knot at Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk in a private ceremony mid-afternoon that has little in common with that of Phillips' cousin, Prince William, when he married the former Kate Middleton three months ago. AFP PHOTO / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)
One of the team waters flowers at Canongate Kirk. It was the second royal wedding of 2011. (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Workers do finnishing touches prior to the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Workers put finishing touches prior to the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Workers arrange flowers outside Canongate Kirk on the morning of the wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Workers arrange flowers outside Canongate Kirk. Mike and Zara have been married 10 years this year. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Thomas has become a firm family favourite for Princess Anne and her children, and was pleased to get the call booking him and his team for Zara's big day.

He said: "I was absolutely thrilled. It was lovely, I had done Zara's 21st birthday at Windsor a few years before so it was lovely to keep that connection.

"I'd also done Peter Phillips's wedding reception."

He said he first worked with them for Peter's 21st birthday.

Of Zara's brief he said: "She wanted it to be quite relaxed, very lovely, very white. She was pretty laid back over it. We gave her lots of ideas and options.

"That reflected her, she is very easy going. I remember Mike Tindall being there, and I had to bring my dog, and my dog jumped up and sat on his lap. It was such a relaxed meeting. I'll never forget that."

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Captain Mark Phillips and Zara Phillips arrive for the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Captain Mark Phillips and Zara Phillips arrived together for the Royal wedding. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Zara Phillips arrives for the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Zara's flowers on the day were relaxed but very white. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 30:  Guests arrive to the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk. Many royals are expected to attend including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.     (Photo by Dylan Martinez - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Fans crowded outside the church in Edinburgh on the big day. (Dylan Martinez - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Despite the pressure of a royal wedding, Thomas said the day ran "like clockwork".

He said: "[There were] No hiccups on the day, it went like clockwork. It was a beautiful day, it was up in Edinburgh, it was lovely to be up there. 

"I remember we had to do a lot of the work on the previous days, we could not leave it all to the last minute, but it was incredibly warm. 

"The reception was in the quadrant of Holyroodhouse in a marquee but with a clear roof. It was like a green house. We had to get everything ready, and keep it in a wine cellar.

"As the sun moved around we could get flowers out.

"We had to work with it. In the end it just looked beautiful, the way the sun moved, it just finished as the reception started."

Flowers arrive at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, as preparation are made for the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.   (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers arriving at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, as preparation were made for the wedding. (David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers inside Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh where the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall took place.   (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Zara wanted mostly white arrangements. (David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crowds look inside Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh where the wedding of Zara Phillips and  Mike Tindall took place.   (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Inside the church at Canongate in Edinburgh, as the couple chose a Scottish wedding. (David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crowds line up to look inside Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh where the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall took place.   (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crowds got a glimpse inside after their wedding. (David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Tindalls have become a popular family, welcoming three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas, and their lack of royal titles makes them more relatable.

Reflecting on his time with the couple, Thomas said: "I did not meet with Mike much, I met with Zara and Mike the first time, but I did not work with him much after that. 

"Zara I have met on a few occasions. 

"You are very aware at first that they are royal but they do not come over like you think they would. 'Normal' isn't the right word, but easy going, and a pleasure to deal with."

Thomas and his team still work with the Tindalls, and have also worked on Princess Eugenie's wedding and the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor.

The Tindalls live in Gloucestershire on the Gatcombe Park estate, which was given to Princess Anne when she got married, but don't carry out royal duties.

Watch: Mike Tindall loves looking after his son!

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