Guest review by Tracey Mathieson of the Foxtail Lilly, florist and vintage store
When brides - and their mothers - come to talk to me about wedding flowers they usually have their own ideas but are also looking for help. This book, a stunning showcase for the beautiful cut flower roses from David Austin, will help me help them. The images are a real inspiration for the bride-to-be, with dreamy displays in churches, on cakes and on dresses to name just a few (below).
There isn't a lot of writing in this slim volume, it’s more like a luxurious magazine. The photographs convey the sheer beauty of each cut flower variety, from pastel hues to rich raspberry shades. I’ve had the pleasure of working with these flowers on lots of weddings and they’re real beauties,
The text details the style, shape and scent of individual David Austin cut flower rose varieties. I found it very interesting to hear how the blooms were named, for instance 'Miranda' was inspired by Prospero's beautiful daughter in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and ‘Juliet’ is named after the romantic heroine in Romeo and Juliet. Their latest, ‘Kate’, was named in honour of the Duchess of Cambridge, in celebration of the Royal Wedding.
The hand tied bouquets that are shown contain herbs and foliage to compliment the delicate beauty of the roses. Plenty of ideas there. The material chosen to go with the roses is good: Clematis, Veronica, wax flower (Chamaelucium) and Eucalyptus parviflora on the front cover - lovely. Other bouquets use stocks, Anemone and Astrantia as mixers, good choices. But not asparagus fern – so old fashioned!
The back of the book has a themes A-Z page as well a checklist and Ask The Experts feature to help the bride with her floral designs.
Wedding Roses is published by David Austin Roses.
• Gorgeous pictures of lovely roses in bridal settings
• Text is short but useful and to the point
• Will help any bride ensure that her wedding flowers are universally admired
• Features only David Austin’s cut flower varieties
Order Wedding Roses direct from David Austin Roses In Britain, or direct from David Austin Roses in North America.
Tracey Mathieson will be running a series of seasonal floral workshops at Foxtail-Lilly in Northamptonshire in the run up to the holiday season.