Nessa Wrafter is joined by Marade and Athena from Rebel Rebel, a unique floral design company situated in the heart of Londonʼs
east end, who help you pick a unique flower for your wedding day.
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Nessa: I'm joined by Marade and Athena from Rebel Rebel who have a really unusual flower design company. Hi ladies.
Nessa: So tell me about Rebel Rebel. What’s the whole concept? What does the business do? What do you both do?
Marade: We do flowers and we do the whole even if you want. But mainly we do structures of flowers.
Nessa: So how long has Rebel Rebel been going then?
Marade: Nine years.
Nessa: Wow! So Rebel Rebel was originally event was it?
Nessa: And then you brought the flower inside too.
Athena: We always did flowers but we did mainly events and we didn’t have a shop. So we didn’t do many brides because people didn’t know we existed. But now we have shop and people could see us and come in and check us out so it’s different.
Nessa: And your bride needs somewhere to sit down and she needs to talk everything with you and to see who you are actually.
Athena: Because the shop can give you really strong impression of the sort of style and what thing you're likely to do.
Nessa: Yeah. Well that’s the reason that I came over to talk to you because the stand is amazing. And you’ve obviously got a real eye for the sort of vintage style of things, but you’ve made a bit quirky as well. Did it take you long?
Athena: But actually part of the reason for looking at the Vintage field photographs was because brides gets so used to want the absolutely current fashion and don’t look any further behind. And actually in the 1900s people had bouquets that were bigger than them. I mean they are huge, huge things. And really went for flowers and we’ve had massive dahlias or chrysanthemums and extraordinary things. And I think it’s nice to actually just point out that you don’t have to go for rose necessarily, but we obviously do those too. But there are lots of alternatives.
Nessa: Fantastic! And I suppose it means that you're going to bring your own personality into it a lot more if you don’t just go with what’s fashionable if you really look sort of back into history and all the different trends as well.
Marade: Well exactly! And actually just talk what you really like. If you do like flowers, what flowers do you really like and work around that because flowers are generally pretty essential to your day and certainly essential to your photographs that you're going to live with for the rest of your lives. So they’ve got to be right really.
Nessa: So what’s your favorite wedding you’ve ever done?
Athena: Favorite wedding we’ve ever done—oh my God I don’t know. What do you think?
Marade: Actually, we did a fantastic girl the other day who was just having daisies.
Nessa: That’s crazy I just thought of daisy when you said you can have any flower you want. I was like daisies would be pretty difficult. That must have been hard.
Athena: Quite ridiculously it took me a really long time to recognize—actually her name was Daisy. But she did actually just have daisies dotted everywhere. And it was the sweetest—I won’t say it my absolute favorite. But they were completely personal and very, very simple. And sometimes just an enormous abundance of one really special flower is lovely as anything else.
Nessa: So the moral of the story is be true to yourself and what flowers you love.
Marade: Yes, absolutely. And if flowers are important to you think about what flowers you want before hand before you even decide when you get married because otherwise you will be married and they won’t be available then.
Nessa: Yeah. We don’t have a winter wedding I suppose if you want summer flowers, it’s pretty basic thing. But most people don’t think about that.
Athena: People book when the wedding is going to be and then they say we want peonies. And you go, well sorry you can’t have that.
Nessa: Good luck! You're not going to get any here. Fantastic! Well it was lovely to chat to with you guys. And I love the company. I love the design. I think you guys are great and I hope it goes really well for you.