A Guide to Wedding Roses from The Real Flower Company
There’s something so romantic, beautiful and ethereal about a classic English scented rose – like a snowflake, each one is subtly different, filled with character and charm and that vital ingredient, scent. Yet most of the roses mass-grown today stay tightly cupped and have been genetically modified to remove their scent gene. Hampshire-based flower farmer Rosebie Morton, from The Real Flower Company, is on a mission to change our experience and perception of this most wonderful English bloom. Over the last twenty years, Rosebie has been growing scented roses, seasonal flowers and foliage on the company’s sustainable South Downs farm and out of season on their sister Fairtrade eco-farm in Kenya.
The Real Flower Company have now launched a range of ‘ready-to-wear’ bridal bouquets and wedding flowers including buttonholes, bridesmaid’s bouquets, table flowers and flower crowns, designed to take the hassle out of choosing your bridal bouquet and making your wedding arrangements. The collection can be ordered seven days or more in advance and The Real Flower Company’s expert florists will aim to match the images you see on their website as closely as possible so you know exactly what you are getting for your special day.
We caught up with The Real Flower Company to find out more about their favourite wedding roses and to discover more about the collection:
White, Cream & Blush Wedding Roses
When you think of wedding roses, heritage English rose breeder David Austin often comes to mind. The Real Flower Company have been chosen to be David Austin’s official bouquet supplier in the UK, an accolade we’re extremely proud of. We’re also David Austin’s chosen UK cut-stem supplier so if you are using a florist to create a bespoke arrangement for your wedding day that includes David Austin’s sumptuous roses, they are likely to have come from us.
If you are searching for a beautiful ivory blush rose for your bridal bouquet or wedding flowers, then look no further than David Austin’s Keira. Keira’s frilly wedding-dress petals frame her cup-shaped blooms – and each flower is subtly different in tone, with clotted cream outer petals revealing a blush raspberry ripple centre. In our David Austin Keira Garden Bridal Bouquet, Keira is complemented by soft, whimsical foliage and aromatic herbs and finished with a luxurious double-faced satin ribbon.
For something greener and flowing, take a look at our Country Garden Cascade Bridal Bouquet, which combines beautifully scented Snow Ballet and Cream Piaget roses with green bell, ferns, daisies and larkspur. Cream Piaget is often mistaken for a peony because of its size and shape but unlike a peony, it also has an exquisite scent.
Pastel and Pink Wedding Roses
When it comes to wedding flowers, soft blush pinks and pastel tones are a favourite here at The Real Flower Company. Our Sugared Almond Bridal Bouquet is a scent sensation, with a cornucopia of our favourite blush and pastel Fairtrade scented roses including Caramel Antike, English Miss, Everlasting Lavender and Vitality, complemented by sweet-smelling stocks and freesia.
There are some dreamy pastel roses in David Austin’s collection and Juliet, with its milky apricot ruffled blooms, is a firm favourite with brides. In our David Austin Rose Knot we combine Juliet with ivory Patience and blush cream Keira roses to create a line-up of the very best to please any David Austin devotee.
For something timelessly romantic, then a head-to-head arrangement of your chosen rose, offset simply with touches of green foliage, always looks unforced and elegant. For our Belle Romantica Bridal Bouquet, twenty show-stopping Belle Romantica roses are tied head-to-head to acccentuate their beautiful colour and form.
Coral Wedding Roses
When it comes to coral wedding roses, then look no further than Romantic Antike, an eye-catching scented rose in the most delicious tones of coral. For a more vibrant flame coral, we love Rene Goscinny. In our Romantic Coral Bridal Bouquet, we combine these showstoppers with blush Antigua spray roses, seed heads, flowering lavender and stocks.
Red and Burgundy Wedding Roses
Signifying everlasting love and romance, red roses have fallen in popularity in recent years but we felt our collection of bridal bouquets wouldn’t be complete without romantic red. We’re so pleased we decided to include our favourite red rose, the velvety Deep Secret, in our collection and it’s proved to be a best-seller. We’ve given Belle Romantica a modern update in our Wild Abandon Bridal Bouquet, which as the name suggests is a wilder, looser, asymmetric arrangement that provides an up-to-date setting for classic red roses.
Pink Wedding Roses
We find that brides often choose their wedding flowers to match their personality, and rich and vibrant David Austin Darcey Bussell roses are popular with brides who want to make a statement. David Austin’s Kate, named for the Duchess of Cambridge, is a suitably regal magenta while David Austin’s Carey is a timelessly classic pink. We combined these three enduringly romantic pink roses with flowering lavender, purple clematis and green bell in our David Austin Jewel Bridal Bouquet.