David austin rose and textured blooms

The Divine David Austin Rose

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A pretty, soft and sweet scented bloom that makes every brides heart flutter, the divine David Austin rose. It always feels like wedding season for me when my studio is filled with the fragrance of this incredible gift from Mother Nature. Available in a range of colours with the most popular tones for weddings being white, cream, pastel pink and apricot.

They are a speciality bloom, famous for their many intricate petals.  They need a little extra love, care and attention as these petals can be delicate. For wedding florals, they shine in bouquets, buttonholes, hair and cake flowers and table centrepieces. Here are some gorgeous examples to use as inspiration, so get ready to start pinning!

David Austin roses mixed with soft silver suede foliage is a match made in heaven.  I love this combination from The Floral Palette.

David Austin rose and silver suede

David Austin rose and silver suede | the floral palette

David Austin roses can be wired individually, as a cluster for a floral headband or used to create a full floral crown.  They a pretty just on their own or with accents like ribbon, berries, textured foliage or feathers like this cute creation by The Flower Dispensary.

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David Austin rose hair flowers

David Austin rose hair flowers | The Flower Dispensary

Our hero bloom looks amazing teamed with deeper hues like plum, magenta and burgundy.  The ranunculus in this bouquet by Daisy Lane Flowers is stunning with apricot David Austin roses.

David Austins and ranunculus

David Austin rose and ranunculus | daisy lane flowers

David Austin roses can be used as buttonholes, but as mentioned before, they are a delicate bloom.  For this reason, some florists prefer to use a standard rose for buttonholes as they withstand getting squash by seat belts and family members hugs on the wedding day!

David Austin rose buttonhole

David Austin rose buttonhole | the flower dispensary

For something a little different, why not mix David Austin roses with all types of different textured blooms and even succulents.  I could look at this bouquet by edith & may all day, as your eye dances around soaking up all the detail.  I find the colour palette also unique and beautiful also.

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David austin rose and textured blooms

David austin rose and textured blooms | edith & may

These stunning roses can be a little more expensive than other flower varieties, so a great idea is to mix them with good value blooms like carnations.  Fern Wedding Florist has created a stunning design here mixing the two.

David Austin rose and carnation

David Austin rose and carnation | Fern Wedding Florist

Breaking free of the traditional all round posy, Floralesse adds a fern collar to their design, creating interest and framing the bouquet.

David Austin rose and fern

David Austin rose and fern | Floralesse

Wow!  What a wedding cake.  If you love flowers and have a sweet tooth, than this one is for you.  So many blooms of David Austin rose cascading down a huge six plus tier wedding cake.  This would certainly leave an impression with your guests.

David Austin rose cake flowers

David Austin rose cake flowers | Miss Maggies Flowers

David Austin roses are often grown naturally outdoors.  A lovely way to use them is as a feature in a just picked garden posy style bouquet.  These bouquets are less structured, wild and carefree, great for rustic style wedding and venues.

David Austin rose garden posy

David Austin rose garden posy
| the rose and radish

I know they are on the wish list of nearly every bride-to-be.  But you need to get married in summer, autumn or spring if you want David Austins at your wedding.  Sorry winter brides, like all outdoor roses they are pruned back over the colder months.  Talk to your wedding specialist florist today about how to incorporate David Austin roses into your big day.



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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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