A guest blog by David Austin Wedding Roses
Leonora, previously known as ‘Ella’, is one of David Austin’s newest varieties and is already proving to be a wedding favourite with brides. She is the epitome of classic elegance and understated style, befitting of a small intimate occasion or a regal celebration.
Leonora’s formation is truly outstanding and can we boldly say, pretty perfect! Large white buds unfurl to creamy, ivory relaxed blooms – her petals creating a multitude of white tones as they open and catch the light.
Filmed in the soft September light, a new rose star was born. Leonora (Auswagsy), previously known as Ella, took centre stage in the bridal bouquet. You can dress and style Leonora in so many ways. She is incredibly versatile and is set to become the Queen of white roses. Elegantly perfumed, she has a medium fresh scent to add the finishing touch. This is a rose that any bride will be proud to hold on her special day.
Did you know that the name Leonora means ‘light’ and ‘compassion’?
From structured wreaths to floral faffing, you can have so much fun with Leonora. She will work with you in whichever way you wish. So the David Austin team asked some floral friends to get to know Leonora – up close and personal!
Steph from @fairynuffflowers got creative designing a beautiful wedding wreath, bouquet and centrepiece to complement. Simple, stylish but so well curated.
“I absolutely love to use Leonora roses in wedding bouquets. The combination of incredible scent and the most beautiful, ruffly blooms makes them absolutely perfect for my brides (and for me as I always order extra). The beautiful shape makes Leonora incredibly versatile too, ideal for both formal, structured bouquets, and for more relaxed hand-tied arrangements.” – Steph @fairynuffflowers
Leonora then went to visit Alicia of @flirtyfleurs in Washington State. The classic green and white story continued but with a different take – the feathery, lime green fern leaves add a formal, sophisticated vibe. Add an inky, midnight blue backdrop and wow, Leonora suddenly has attitude!
“Leonora (Auswagsy) is a phenomenal rose as it opens into a perfectly shaped round bloom filled with blousy petals. I’m always in search of a great white garden rose to design within wedding work and Leonora is an excellent rose to fill this need – a splendid hue of pristine white, large bloom size, a beautiful cupped shape and long-lasting.” – Alicia @flirtyfleurs
For Floral Designers
If you have not used Leonora before then give her a go and share your styling with us by tagging your image #leonorarose. We guarantee you will enjoy using her and will fall in love with her as much as we have. Part of the beauty in a David Austin Rose is to see how they naturally open from a closed bud to an open bloom. So we recommend letting nature take its course and allow your blooms to open. Leonora can take up to 4 days to open and once open has a fantastic vase life.
So here we leave you with some more Leonora musings and wedding inspiration to enjoy from @davidaustinweddingroses. We hope, that looking to the future, weddings will flourish from a small, intimate affair through to larger celebrations where family and friends can come together and celebrate two people’s love for one another. In the meantime, Leonora is ready and waiting to share her love too.
Photography and styling by Janne Ford Photography