A Floral Introduction – Tess

A Floral Introduction – Tess

Opulent and dramatic, David Austin Tess is a true red rose. Effortlessly elegant with deep carmine ruffles, her breath-taking beauty is a sight to behold. Tess is the ultimate rose for a classic red rose wedding, evoking passion and theatre wherever she is placed. If you’ve set your heart on a striking red rose for your bridal bouquet, look no further, Tess is it!

Red roses are a symbol of true love throughout the world so we can think of no better flower to celebrate a wedding. Being such a bold and dramatic hue, it takes some careful planning to style red rose bouquets in a tasteful manner that befits their dramatic nature, so read on for everything you need to know about using Tess in your wedding flowers.

Red Rose Bridal Bouquet

What Are The Characteristics of Tess?

Tess is a generous, velvety textured red bloom, with a richly ruffled rosette that opens to reveal a shimmering golden stamen and a subtle scent of tea. Tess benefits from a super long vase life and slowly evolves from tight bud to perfect rosette, gradually darkening in colour. Tess is a classic beauty and her velvety deep red petals unfurl and captivate like no other rose.

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What Style of Wedding Does Tess Suit?

Reminiscent of classical period romance, Tess brings a nod of nostalgia to wedding flowers, which can be enhanced or set off depending on your personal style. If you’re all about historical inspiration and have chosen a period venue, bring out Tess’s distinctive charm with green foliage and antique accents (think calligraphy, wax seals and imagery of iconic historical art).

Tess can also be styled in a totally different genre for brides who prefer a bold modern approach. Let her be the star of the show, with little adornment in the way of other flowers or styling accents for a striking minimalist look that’s sure to turn heads.

Bold Bridal Bouquet
Photographer: @jessicamangia_photography

What Colours Work Well With Tess?

Before we talk colours, consider showcasing Tess alone to shine in all her opulent ruby red glory. As you can see from this refined red rose bouquet, her beauty can be truly appreciated when there are no additional flowers and foliage to distract the eye. You could still add colour elsewhere in your wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses in delicate hues such as cream, champagne or blush all look incredible with red.

Bride With Red Roses

If you wish to introduce more colour however, look to shades either side of red on the colour wheel (known as analogous colours). Pairing red roses with flowers in tones of orange and pink gives Tess a youthful feel that’s fresh and unique. 

Smelling The Roses
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We also love combining Tess with the fuchsia tones of Capability along with a dash of Miranda to achieve a wonderfully striking wedding bouquet.

Red And Pink Bridal Bouquet
Photographer: @jessicamangia_photography
Bold Wedding Flowers
Floral Designer: @bowsandarrowsflowers


Wedding Roses: David Austin Wedding Roses | David Austin Cut Rose Growers: @alexandrafarms @rosaprimaroses @greenvalleyfloral @agrirose @tambuziroses @vanliernurseries| Planning: @weddingsparrow | Design & Styling: @joyproctor | Florals: @bowsandarrowsflowers | Photography: @lauragordon | Videography: @yeattes_productions | Venue & Rentals: @theivyrosebarn | Hair, Make-up: @annabreeding| Models: Cole – @hihellocole, Kim –  @auntie.kimm, Shelby – @shelbyjean.model | Bridal Gowns: @ouma_bridal,  @kinsleyjamescouturebridal , @moniquelhuillierbride via @carinesbridal, @lillie.maecollection | Bridal Shoes: @bellabelleshoes | Floral Assistants: @ademisa.Mx , @MollyMuscaria | Rings & Jewellery: @susiesaltzman  | Event Rentals: @emersonjamesrentals |  Linens: @bbjlatavola | Stationery: @arabellajune / @esperanza.atelier | Candles: @nadiaandco

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