An ode to old-fashioned roses – wedding inspiration using garden grown roses


Old fashioned bouquet of roses

Last week Mr Rigg and I spent a week away in the Perigord region of France, staying in a rustic little gite on a goat farm.  One of my enduring memories from our holiday is of beautiful, big blousy roses clambering everywhere in all shades of pink and peach.

I thought it would be nice to showcase some rose inspiration for weddings evoked by our trip, so I have been busy scouring the internet to bring your my favourites.

I don’t think of myself as a huge rose fan, probably because I immediately think of those tightly closed bud roses in a deep blood red colour, which aren’t really to my taste.  But there are some gorgeous roses out there that I do love – the more old-fashioned and garden-grown style with big loose blooms in pretty shades.  I hope you enjoy my ode to roses…

Mix old-fashioned roses with other garden finds..

I love this mixture of the hot pink blousey roses with the orange sherbet coloured rosehips – I think arranged in an eclectic collection of jugs and vases they would make lovely wedding centrepieces.

Jug of garden grown roses

A bridal bouquet of soft pink roses of varying sizes…

Choose a selection of different sized and styles of roses in a similar colour and intermingle them with other locally grown flowers, such as zinnias, daisies and even some tendrils of jasmine.

Wedding bouquet of old fashioned roses #

A simple bridesmaids bouquet of pink and white roses…

Again, a lovely use of different sized roses, but here they go from large loose blooms to the more tight bud roses.

Pink and white bouquet of roses

Romantic peach coloured roses for a ‘picked from the garden’ look…

Keep it simple with one shade, like these peach coloured old-fashioned roses simply arranged with a few pieces of green foliage.  Elegant yet ideal for a garden party wedding.

Bridal bouquet of peach coloured garden roses

Brightly coloured garden roses that look like they come from your granny’s garden…

If you are busy collecting vintage and retro crockery for your wedding why not fill some larger jugs with loose arrangements of colourful garden roses.  Although brightly coloured, these old-fashioned roses (they remind me of the sort my granny grows!) look beautiful and natural together.

Jug of bright garden grown roses

Big pastel coloured roses for a luxurious and romantic bridal bouquet…

These large roses in pastel shades such as apricot, blush pink and buttercup yellow look fabulous tightly bunched together for a stunning wedding bouquet.  I think I would substitute the white binding and pearls for a mass of colourful ribbons like this spring bouquet.

Bridal bouquet of old fashioned roses

Have an outdoor wedding ceremony beneath an archway of clambering roses…

If you are planning to get married outside in a garden setting, why not try and find a venue with an existing rose arch, such as this pretty one at Huntstile Organic Farm or have your photos taken beneath the lovely rose and clematis arch at Gants Mill & Garden.  If you’re having your wedding at home, why not plan ahead and grow some roses especially for the day (if you have the time!).

Arch of climbing pink roses

A modern romantic bridal bouquet with garden grown roses…

This bouquet feels quite modern and chic, yet at the same time it combines old-fashioned roses that have that ‘picked from the garden’ look and pretty additions such as ferns amongst the foliage.

Modern romantic bouquet of garden grown roses

Garden grown and wild roses for a homemade bouquet…

If you are having a relaxed wedding and you’re planning to put together your own homemade bouquet, pick a selection of garden grown roses for a loose bouquet and if you spot any wild roses or dogroses add a few in – make sure you cut them as last minute as possible as in my experience they don’t last that long.

Bright garden grown roses

Subtle single bloom table decorations…

For a wedding reception with long trestle tables arrange various small vases down the middle and fill with single blooms of old-fashioned roses in different colours.  So simple but very striking and beautiful.

Small vases with a single old fashioned rose

Scented garden inspired bouquet of roses, lilac and jasmine…

If I’ve correctly identified the lilac and jasmine that I think are amongst this bouquet of roses, it would make for a stunningly scented bridal bouquet with a very English feel.  Perfect for an afternoon tea or country garden wedding.

Romantic garden rose bridal bouquet

A still life inspired rose wedding table arrangement…

This arrangement of roses and ranunculus reminds me of a still life painting, with the soft hues of pink and apricot, the silvery green leaves and dark wood background.  Paintings aside, wouldn’t this make for a pretty table arrangement?

Still life inspired rose wedding table arrangement

Lush garden inspired bouquet with old-fashioned roses and tendrils…

I love the curling tendrils that spread out from this garden inspired bouquet, and the lush feel of the soft blousy roses against the vibrant greens.

Old fashioned garden rose and tendril bridal bouquet

Pewter jugs filled with garden grown roses and seed heads…

Wow, these roses look incredible – just look at the size of them and those layer and layers of paper thin petals.  How I’d love to be able to grow roses like this!  Rich coloured garden grown roses arranged in a pewter jug and dotted with new poppy seedheads is, for me, a gorgeous combination.  These would look stunning on wedding reception tables.

Pewter jug with garden grown roses

A bouquet of blush and peach roses and rosehips…

I thought I would finish where I started, which is with this simply beautiful rose bouquet from a blog where I found lots of inspiration for today’s post – Greedy For Colour.  I think this would make a lovely bouquet for a down-to-earth bride, simply arranged and tied with twine (no fancy ribbons or pins needed here).  Along with the garden grown, old-fashioned style roses, I love the addition of the orange sherbet coloured rosehips – they make it that bit more interesting.

Bouquet of blushed pink roses and rosehips

I hope you’ve enjoyed my round-up of rose inspiration and as always I love to hear from anyone incorporating any of these ideas or who has been inspired by something I’ve shared – do leave your message in the comments box below.  Do check out the Flowers page on the directory for a great list of florist around the country supplying and growing seasonal, British flowers for weddings.

Who else loves old-fashioned or garden-grown style roses?  Do they bring back special memories, like spending time in your granny’s garden as a child?  Are you planning to have these kind of roses in your wedding bouquet?

Why not take a look at my ode to violets for some inspiration for using these pretty purple flowers at your wedding.

Images: (1+2) Greedy For Colour; (3) Studio Choo; (4) Frolic Blog; (5) Magnolia Pair Photography via Snippet and Ink; (6) Greedy For Colour; (7) Terrain Garden; (8) Ivy Clad; (9) Rylee Hitchner via Once Wed; (10) Greedy For Colour; (11) Country Home; (12) Rylee Hitchner via Once Wed; (13) Fleur Chicago; (14) Ingalls Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; (15) Farouche via Pinterest; (16) Greedy For Colour


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