A New York City Florist Proves You Can Decorate a Wedding Without a Single Flower
What's a wedding without flowers? Well, judging from the following designs—created by Jenya Tsybulskyi of New York City's Jenya Flowers—it's spectacular. With meandering vines and airy grasses to broad tropical leaves and even modest houseplants, Tsybulskyi transforms foliage into something so much more than just filler.
If you prefer a natural aesthetic to perfectly manicured blooms, you're in luck. Leafy greenery walls, bouquets arranged without a single flower, and sprawling vine displays make a major impact all on their own. While many of these arrangements pop without the splashy colors so often associated with flowers, that's not to say that all vines and leaves aren't available in different hues. We loved how Tsybulskyi merged classic green varieties with midnight-purple and rust-orange moments. Also noteworthy? His use of exotic plant species. They'll transport you and your guests to a remote, exotic place—even if you're tying the knot in the heart of a bustling city.
When putting together this greenery showcase, Tsybulskyi was all about the dramatic installations. We can't get over his incredible mantel display, a cascading, asymmetrical piece made with virtually every type of green under the (rainforest's) sun. And the beauty just keeps coming. Click through to see all of the greenery magic for yourself. You never know, you just mind find yourself envisioning a wedding sans the peonies, ranunculus, roses, and dahlias you've been obsessing over for months. We have to say—we're just as sold on greenery as you are.
Field of Dreams
Leafy smilax vine and asparagus fern "grow" out of the ground and climb the wall for a simple ceremony marker that's tastefully tropical. Lower to the ground, an unruly aisle of pokeweed, wispy canary grass, and brown, velvety Grevillea baileyana defines the space.
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According to Tsybulskyi, one of the best parts about working with foliage is creating designs that mimic what you'd see in nature—an uncultivated mix of textures, shapes, and patterns. "There's so much beauty in it," he said. Case in point: this cascading, asymmetrical piece, made with Calathea libbyana, the seven-pointed aralia leaf, and three types of circular seedpods, to name a few. Tsybulskyi also notes that an arrangement like this really pops when set against a white or solid-colored wall; it can get lost with a busier backdrop.
Foliage does not make for tame, rounded bouquets—and that's one of the reasons we love it. This overflowing cluster includes delicate jasmine, spotted Begonia maculata leaves, striped Peperomia argyreia, and eggplant-hued Ipomoea (aka sweet Georgia purple). Use a sheer white or matching ribbon—such as one made of green velvet—to tie it all together.
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This lush runner—which includes red and pink spotted pitcher plants—takes a less expected approach to the traditional tablescape. It's built directly into low trays filled with floral foam, rather than in visible vases, "which makes it more natural-looking, like it's growing out of the table," says Tsybulskyi. It'll surely give your guests something to talk about—and over. A good way to make sure the centerpiece is the right height: Place your elbow on the table with your fist in the air. The bulk of the arrangement should not rise above your hand—allowing for a few taller, airier sprays.
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Off the Wall
Add a new dimension to your photo booth with this cool, graphic 3-D backdrop. To transform the blank wall, we randomly interspersed leaves with stronger silhouettes, such as Alocasia amazonica and aralia, with thin, vertical varieties like Miscanthus T-grass and reed canary grass, adhering them all with double-sided tape. If you have extras, keep them out for guests to use as props.
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Give your cocktail hour an organic vibe with this all-green suspended arrangement of large Calathea libbyana and monstera leaves, smilax vines, and feathery asparagus ferns. (It's lighter than it looks, and is constructed on chicken wire and hung using fishing line.) Tsybulskyi suggests having a few throughout the room; some can be smaller and lower, others bigger and higher. Or, he said, you can even have your florist connect them with vines, so they look like a series of nests.
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