This week I've been shooting the White Zone story for the March/April issue. I wanted to create a really romantic look with roses, and called on the help of David Austin Roses who, I think, supply the prettiest cut roses around. I used 330 stems of their Patience, Juliet and Rosalind varieties and with the help of florist Jamie Aston (who has star status here at Brides HQ), they were arranged in a selection of vases for the tables. The overall effect was soft, pretty and very chic. I hope you'll think so too!
What I love about David Austin's cut roses is that they have the natural charm of classic garden roses. As they open, they take on the form of a pretty rosette and look like blousy peonies. They are roses like the ones our grandmothers knew, not those you see in the supermarkets which are grown to look pretty in bud. Ideal for bridal bouquets and arrangements, they look great en-masse but also work well when combined with other flowers. One tip is to mix them with cottage garden flowers, herbs and foliage, rather than hard-shaped modern flowers.
David Austin Roses are available all year round, and there are five varieties in light pastel shades to choose from (though I hear that Darcey, a new variety in deep red is to be launched next year!). Log onto www.davidaustinroses.com and see the selection for yourself. Your florist should be able to source them for you, or if you prefer, you can arrange a full bridal package through David Austin Roses. Call 01902 376301 to arrange your personal consultation.

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