A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DOWNSCALED THEIR PLANS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, HOW WOULD YOU ADVISE THEM TO MAXIMISE THEIR RESOURCES?
People try to do flowers for this corner and that corner, but with a limited budget that doesn’t make sense. I would just focus on the bouquet and the table, it’s where people will sit and talk, and they’ll see the flowers closer. I do like to work with inexpensive flowers and do one type in mass. I’ve done a few weddings with a limited budget, just using one type of flower, one type of foliage and a lot of random vases, which creates a very elegant and simple look.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE FLOWERS TO USE?
I always like to look for what’s native to the area. For example, when I was in India for Priyanka’s wedding and in the flower market at 4 am, I found some incredible tuberose that I used a lot of in her bouquet. It is her favourite flower too, which was an amazing coincidence.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR MOST PRACTICAL TIP?
Don’t get attached to a particular thing, you should think more about the overall mood you want. People go on Pinterest, see something like a peach rose and become determined to use that, but they don’t know if it’s in season or if it’s even available in their country. Then they get upset when they find out it’s not the right time for it or it’s too expensive. Quite often, people overlook the possibility of being a little more open. Find a colour scheme and then look for flowers that are possible to have within that.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FUN IDEAS YOU’VE BEEN SEEING FOR SMALLER WEDDINGS?
I just decorated a stoop for a couple who were getting married in front of their house in Brooklyn, I think it’s really nice people are willing to do that and involve the whole neighbourhood. When it’s a small wedding and people are choosing a fun dress with prints or colour, I think they’re more open to going with colour in their flowers too, even if it’s monochromatic at least if it’s colourful it makes it feel so alive.
All photos courtesy of Jenya Tsybulski