Mercedes + Tyler

Mercedes and Tyler Utah LDS Wedding

Because I’ll never get over this sweet, gorgeous late summer wedding! Mercedes and Ty are still some of my all-time favorite people and I jump at every chance to see them! Mercedes gown was absolute perfection. Ty’s light gray suite was elegant yet understated. The way they look at each other was indescribable.

And the dahlias! Oh. My. Word. If you’re getting married in August or September, you MUST have dahlias! Mercedes wanted to incorporate some antique frames that were meaningful so we created this beautiful backdrop for their ring ceremony. Dahlias galore in muted fall tones with all that lush greenery. Oh take me back! Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you for being friends forever!

Mercedes Utah Fall Wedding

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef Elopement

Adventure Weddings? Yes. Yes. And yes.

There isn’t anywhere better than Utah for an adventure wedding. The red rock. The cliffs. The mountains. The desert. If you’re needing some inspiration, scroll through these gorgeous images and imagine what your Utah elopement or intimate wedding could look like!

Capitol Reef Elopement with Shleeeeeeeeee
Capitol Reef National Park Elopement
Capitol Reef National Park Elopement The Potted Pansy
The Potted Pansy National Park Elopement

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Ranch

If you and your soon-to-be spouse love the outdoors and everything non-traditional, an adventure wedding may be the perfect option! 

What is an Adventure Wedding? 

Adventure weddings have increased in popularity over the last few years -- and for good reason! Not only does it give you the freedom to celebrate your love nearly anywhere you'd like, but you can likely plan it in a shorter timeframe, with less stress and with a smaller budget. 

To put it simply, adventure weddings are ceremonies held in an outdoorsy location, especially in places like the mountains, forest or desert. Although many couples choose to do without any wedding guests, others invite a small group of friends and family to join in on the fun!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Lodge outdoor

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

One of the best perks about this unique style of wedding is that you can put as much or as little effort into them as you'd like. You can keep the planning process to a minimum, with only the details you care most about. 

Top Places in Utah for an Adventure Wedding

The first step to planning any wedding is to find the right place to say your vows. Utah's vast landscape offers dozens of great places to have an adventure wedding, which can make it hard to choose just one!

Between five stunning National Parks and a wide range of state and local parks, you're sure to find something you love for an adventure wedding backdrop. You might even take a look at another one of our blog posts on 5 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Utah that may give you the inspiration you need!

Keep in mind that the desert can get extremely hot during the summer and very chilly in the winter. Spring and fall are beautiful times of the year for an adventure wedding in Utah, but if you're up for some snow, winter can be just as beautiful for your big day!

Vendors to Contact in the Planning Process

Once you've found your location, you should begin reaching out to a handful of wedding vendors who can help you bring your vision to life. 

A few you'll want to consider speaking with include a wedding photographer, a floral designer, an officiant, a wedding videographer, and a makeup and hair artist. Once you book your vendors, the rest is up to you! Send invitations to guests you'd like to join in on the fun, or start reserving a place to stay for just the two of you!

The Potted Pansy Bouquet Red Cliffs Lodge

Contact a Top Floral Designer in Utah

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style (and LOVES elopements/adventure weddings!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliff Ranch

Ribbon Honey Silks & Co
Bride Michelle
Venue Red Cliffs Ranch

Miesh Hanging piece Shoot

Utah Indoor Elopement

Sometimes others say it better than we can, so here goes... 
Peyton Lind Photography was the mastermind behind this entire shoot, and her insight far exceeds anything I could describe. In her own words,  

"The studio space was incredible and Miesh was so great to work with, it's safe to say we all wanted to move in to the space haha! I mean look at all that gorgeous light. The dress from Made with Love was a dream and everything I could have hoped for, especially on Alyssa!! Which can we talk about how adorable Alyssa + Brandon are?

They are total sweethearts and I cannot thank them enough for doing the shoot with us, so THANK YOU Alyssa + Brandon. I loved that Brandon came and hungout while Alyssa was getting her hair and makeup done. Not everyday a guy gets to watch the process. That and you could tell these two were just totally in-love ( all the heart eyes!). As always Olive Avenue had a stunner of a ring that I would be lying if I said I definitely didn't think about taking it home with me! Brandon's tie from Dazi was the perfect addition to his suit as well. I loved how well the colors and pattern went with the florals. Amanda at Sugared Memories created the coolest macrame adorned cake that was a stunner. We added a piece of blood orange that really popped and added just the right amount of texture. The table scape was exactly how I pictured in my head. I loved how the himalayan pink salt and fruit slices added so much texture. And the ombre napkins added the perfect tie in to the invitation suite Alexis at Darling devotion created. Can we talk about those amazing personal vows. WOW! She is so talented! I ended up brining my coffee table with to use as the table because I wanted to create an intimate lounge/dinner setting. I thought a setting low to the ground with a big rug and pillows would really create that look. 

Logan, of The Merchant Collective had the PERFECT pieces to make the space feel bohemian and cozy and created that perfect intimate setting. Logan had the perfect Rug to finish off the backdrop as well. I loved creating the ceremony backdrop, it actually was part of my own weddings decor so it was fun to see it get some time in the sun again. I loved tying in the tassels after seeing what Alexis was creating with the name cards. Mandy of the Potted Pansy created some serious stunners for us. That floral installation and bouquet were so beautiful and the colors were so soft and romantic!

I put my heart and soul into this styled shoot and am so proud of it. It takes a lot of work and moving parts coming together but it's always so cool to see the end result!

I also want to say a thank you to my husband for always supporting me, and letting me be creative and do what I need to do when I get an idea in my head! As well as helping me with bringing things to life like the backdrop. A big thank you to Julia Holderness as well, because she gave me more then a few pep talks when I was beyond stressed, and always has such encouraging and real things to say to me. And Last but certainly not least Kylie Liljegren for being such a sweet friend to me since moving to Idaho and willing to literally lend me her wedding dress when things were all a mess. She also connected me to Alyssa + Brandon, so beyond thankful for her. 

Ok enough words, enjoy!"

Yep, we all have those moments where we are just grateful. Grateful for those around us who are willing to support and go along with our ideas. Thank you, especially from me, to Peyton, for trusting me to do this...even when she might have thought I was crazy with the hanging piece! I love how it all came together and am so grateful to have been a part of it all!

Indoor Boho Elopement
The Potted Pansy Indoor Elopement

Soft and Romantic yet Wild and Desert | Kenzie and Tyler

The Potted Pansy Baylee Dennis Bouquet

Light. Golden light. Wispy texture that catches that light. Soft blushes, champagnes, creams and ivories dotted with bits of dry and live florals.

Tulips, dry hydrangea, only the best sahara and quicksand roses (yes, I love their names), blushing bride protea, branches, and my ever favorite desert yearning. And the ever-famous lunaria making an appearance. 

Sage and Utah brush at it's finest. The slightest glimpse of the lake in the background. Warm summer sunsets and quiet moments together. 

Hats and gowns that flow in the wind and let the light shine right through them.

Ribbon that flows on for days.

Simple love. The kind that has been through a bit of a rough patch. The kind that has weathered a few storms. The kind that is deep and strong and not fleeting.

It's kind of what I love. 


How to Select the Perfect Wedding Vendor Team

There are a lot of moving parts involved when planning your dream wedding, especially since the day is about more than just how the celebration looks -- it's about how it feels. After it is all said and done, how do you want to feel when you remember it, when you scroll through your photos or watch your video? 

One of the best ways to look back on your day and feel confident about how the whole event came together is to choose a truly amazing vendor team. Here are some helpful tips to get you on the right track to selecting the perfect vendors for your wedding:


1. Meet with them face-to-face. 

Speaking with each vendor as you shop around is extremely beneficial in several ways. First, it gives you a face to a name, allowing you both to communicate more easily and get a sense of each other's personalities. 

You'll also feel more comfortable asking them questions over the course of the planning process, and you won't show up the day of not knowing what they look like. 

And even if you're planning a destination from afar, many vendors offer ways to virtually meet through programs like FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. You'll be glad you did!


2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. 

Write a list down in advance before speaking with each vendor, and jot down notes as you talk.

And after you meet with each vendor, remember to consider how they make you feel. Are you comfortable speaking with them? Do you jive with them and feel confident in their ability to help make your wedding day unforgettable? 

It's also okay to meet with a few different people who offer the same services to make sure you are ready to work with the one that fits best for the role. No need to feel pressured to choose the first one you talk to, just to choose the right one. 


3. Ask your vendors for referrals. 

Having a hard time finding other vendors after you've already booked a few on your list? Ask those you're working with who they might recommend for the other services!

Some of the best wedding professionals in the industry have made solid connections with other top-notch vendors they work with regularly (or have even started close friendships!). What this means for you is that they will be personally vetted by someone else you already trust. 

It also can help make your day go far smoother, since they will already be able to communicate with one another before the day even begins. 


4. Do your research. 

Take a look at their previous work. Read reviews. Compare package offerings (remember: it's not always the price you should be looking at, but what you get for what you pay). 

Researching your options thoroughly can give you a big head start before you even reach out to a handful of potential vendors.

Try search on more than one platform: Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and of course wedding websites like WeddingWire and The Knot. You don't need to overwhelm yourself by searching through them all, but exploring more than one will allow you to broaden your search and have the best chances of finding the perfect vendor team for your wedding. 


Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!


Couple Katie Bowman and Jules
Photography Emma Vidmar Photo
Event Planning & Design: Sage and Thistle
Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Designer Anne Barge
Gown Shop AltaModa Bridal  
Ring Catbird NYC
Hair Lunatic Fringes
Rentals All Out Event Rental
Catering Marvellous Catering
Groom's Tux Zegna
Lighting Moon Light
Linens Susan's Party Rentals
Bubble and Brown Bakery
Cake by Courtney
City Cakes Bakery & Cafe
Granite Bakery

Ribbon! Why It's All the Rage in the Wedding Industry

Over the last few years, ribbon has become increasingly popular in the wedding industry -- and for good reason! 

Not only is ribbon a beautiful fabric to integrate into your wedding day, it also has a wide range of uses. Here are some of the top reasons why ribbon is trending in our industry today:

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Ribbon is Elegant, Yet Simple

While other fabrics like lace and burlap have their own purposes, ribbon is the right balance of elegant and simple. It also has a sleek appearance while still being soft to the touch, which makes it a perfect chic addition to wedding dresses and decor. 

And who doesn't love the way ribbons float in the wind? It's simply timeless!

Natural Colors

Another popular reason why ribbon is all the rage today is the use of natural dyes. Ribbons dyed with flowers and other greenery gives it an organic look that can be hard to find in other fabrics. 

This also means the colors will look great with other soft and natural colors in a wedding's aesthetic, such as the dress, floral centerpieces and ceremony installation. 


One of the best perks of using ribbon? It works for a variety of items!

From the base of the bouquets and cake layers, to a sash on a dress and the backs of the guest chairs, ribbons can bring together a wide range of wedding elements into one cohesive look everyone will love. 

My Favorite Go-To Ribbon Options

The majority of my ribbons come from Honey Silks Co., who I also just ordered some velvet ribbon from and can't wait to use! The other two I love are froufrou Chic and Silk and Willow

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Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Floral The Potted Pansy
Photography Tyler Rye
Coordination and Editorial Publishing Utah Valley Bride
Ribbon Honey Silks Co and Frou Frou Chic
Gown Cathy Telle
Model Bri Stauss
HMUA Thomas Times and Chantry Wagstaff

Enlightened Workshop | Earth

Earth. Could anything get closer to what I stand for, love, and talk about? Not really! Earth. It's Mother Nature in all her glory that allows seeds to germinate, flowers to grow, the clouds to cover, the rain to fall, the snow to cover what was and the spring to bring forth what has become. It's Mother Nature who creates splendid sunsets and billowing clouds for us to enjoy. It's Mother Nature who allows spring to turn into summer and summer to turn into fall and fall to turn into winter. And then do it all again. It's Mother Nature who grows imperfectly perfect things all around us.

So a full workshop dedicated to her meant living and dry and rock and earth. It meant wood and green and flower and leaf. It meant hard and durable and soft and delicate. And it meant the perception of life.

Amethyst rock, geode decor, wood flooring and chairs, hanging greens, and the delicate balance of what was once alive. That is what Earth became. 

The Potted Pansy Utah Geode Wedding
The Potted Pansy Geode Wedding
The Potted Pansy Geode Tablescape
The Potted Pansy Geode Bouquet

Which Bridal Bouquet Size is Right for Me?

There are several key factors involved when planning your wedding florals, including colors, style, types of flowers/greenery and more. 

And when it comes to your bridal bouquet, you'll want something that has the perfect balance of being eye-catching while still fitting in with the rest of your wedding day aesthetic. 

If you're trying to figure out which size is best for your wedding bouquet, here are some questions to consider: 

As Ever Photography Small Bouquet

1. What size bridal bouquets are there?

First things first: know your bouquet sizes. Wedding bouquets can range from a smaller size of 6"-7" up to 11"-12" wide, as well as a length up to 18"-20"! 

It's also important to remember that (on average) your wedding bouquet should be larger than those of your bridal party. After all, this is your day! You should be the center of attention in every way. 

2. What styles am I most drawn to at heart? 

Among all the images you've sorted through on Pinterest of bridal bouquets, which ones give you the butterflies? Chances are, your gut is leaning more towards one way or another. 

3. Which flowers or colors are we using in the other floral decor? 

Sometimes, having bouquet flowers that match the rest of your wedding day's design can really bring the whole look together in a beautiful and cohesive way! Additionally, the types of flowers and color options may naturally make a bouquet appear larger or smaller.

And even if you want flowers that are different from the centerpieces, backdrops, and other floral installations, talk with your wedding florist about which ones may have a similar appearance or match the overall look you want to go for so that they don't appear too far off course.  

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

4. What is my wedding dress like? 

 According to The Knot, an "easy rule of thumb is the bigger the dress, the bigger the bouquet." Why? Because if you're wearing a large ball gown dress, but ordered a very small bouquet, the flowers can "get lost" among all the fabric. 

The style of your dress should also be considered. If you have a more patterned, lace, or decorative gown, you may want to opt for a bouquet that is simpler than one that is "busy" or oversized. 

When in Doubt: Talk with Your Wedding Florist

If you're unsure about which size is best for your big day, ask a professional! 

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Models Hailey Beth McCarty, SierraSarah Parry
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Gowns Custom Design, Dyed Gown, BHLDN & Marisola Capes

Saltair Utah Dancer | Utah Florist

Saltair Stunner

Elegance and Grace. Line and Movement. That is what takes place when a beautiful dancer takes hold of a linear bouquet and dances her way around the sandy ground at Saltair. The way Katrina moved with this bouquet was timeless. Her extension of the lines and the way the bouquet became a part of her was magnificent. I was speechless when I saw the first images and still feel that I'm at a lack of words. The beauty speaks for itself and so does this wonderful dancer. 

Saltair Bridal Bouquet
Saltair Salt Lake City Bridal Bouquet

Stephanie + Asay | Utah Boho Bridal Dream

Utah Boho Wedding

To all the boho brides out there, I'm just saying do things your way! If you want boho, do it! If you want wild, do it! If you want non-traditional, who's saying you can't?!

These two are the epitome of boho style. I mean, I have had so many brides come to me saying they want boho, but nothing like this. Nothing THIS boho. Nothing this through and through bohemian. And not because it's a trend. Not because others are doing it. Simply because this is exactly who they are. Stephanie and Asa, thank you for doing things your way, no matter what anyone else had to say about it!

Utah Desert Elopement

Floral The Potted Pansy
Photography Izabel Fyffe
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Bride Stephanie
Groom Asa

The Importance of Vendor Referrals and Teamwork in the Wedding Industry

While there are many industries out there in which you can succeed by working in silos, the wedding industry typically isn't one of them. 

Whether you're just starting out as a new vendor, or you've been around the block or two and have several clients in your portfolio already, it's important that you know just how important teamwork is to growing a successful wedding business. 

Nicoel Aston + The Potted Pansy team

Expanding Your Community

When you begin to work with others in the wedding industry on a regular basis, your connections will grow. But what does this ultimately mean for you? 

Every wedding or event can be seen as an opportunity -- a chance to grow your personal friendships, your professional connections, and (if done well) your local community. When that happens, you are more likely to be seen as a great team player and someone other vendors want to work with regularly. 

Vendor Referrals

As you begin to build strong relationships with others in the wedding industry, you may find that others will be more likely to refer work to you in the long-run. Some may even decide to spotlight your business on their blog or social media handles, or consider adding you to a preferred vendor list for their clients!

It's also important that you begin to "give" and not always expect to receive referrals. Some great examples could be: 

  • When you receive an inquiry that doesn't quite fit your ideal clientele, but may fit someone else's that you know in the area
  • You're already booked for a day, but you want to help the couple who inquired find another top vendor to work with
  • You have either relocated or receive an inquiry for an area you don't offer services for

In these instances, you may want to provide a handful of other vendors that the couple can reach out to. When you do that, the couples inquiring will most likely see you as a helpful resource and other vendors will be more likely to refer to you when they are in the same scenarios. 

Nicole Aston + The Potted Pansy team

The Wedding Day

Probably one of the best parts about becoming more familiar with others in the wedding industry is that the event itself will be more likely to happen smoothly. 

When multiple vendors know each other well and can work together in ways that streamline the wedding day and keep the couple from getting stressed, everyone wins! And the newlyweds may also spread the word about how great the entire team was, which can further help grow your business over time. 

Entering the Industry

For those of you just starting out, one of the best things you can do to grow your business quickly is to partner with others who share the same values and ideal clients. Even if you aren't entirely sure what your niche is, defining what styles of weddings you love working with can be key to gaining your first few clients simply by connecting with others who work in those arenas. 

Love high-end events with lots of details? Dreaming of clients who are laid back and are drawn to a more boho style? Seek out connections with other wedding vendors who typically work with these types of clients!

The Potted Pansy + Nicole Aston team

Delia + Dylan Wedding | La Caille Beauty

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

This wedding was so gorgeous that I struggle to even find words to describe it. First of all, Delia is the most stunning human being and the sweetest of souls. I was delighted to work with her and humbled by her kindness and thoughtfulness, with all those around her. The fact that she is an official Ford model helps a bit too! LOL.

These two lovebirds met while vacationing one year in Mexico. If I recall correctly, the one or the other was already dating someone, so the friendship remained as such until a few months later when, Delia reached out to Dylan asking a few questions and mentioning that she had recently been baptized into the LDS Church. Well Dylan was a member of the church too, so win to the start of their relationship. Over long distance and lots of time, traveling back and forth from Utah to Arizona to all over the world, these two dated and when the deal became official, Delia reached out to me.

In all reality, the wedding that we pulled off was not the wedding Delia had originally wanted. Her dream wedding was in a completely different color scheme and we planned out the wedding as such. It was beautiful. But I could tell there was something holding Delia back. Something just wasn't quite right. Then one day, she emailed me with an image from my instagram feed. This she said, was what she really wanted. This she said, was her. This she said, made her happy. The colors were bright and spring and fun. 

But that bouquet that she loved was a spring bouquet. With spring flowers. Which were not going to be available during her October wedding. So what do you do as a florist? You modify! This is what a florist does and this is the fun part!!! What flowers can we use that are available during this time of year in this color palette and overall feel? Well for this particular wedding, dahlias were the answer! And locally grown dahlias are the very best! A huge thanks and shout out to Poppin Blossoms Farm for the dahlias! 

Delia looked like a princess and I hope she felt like one too! The location she and Dylan selected was one of the most coveted spots in Utah. And you can see why! La Caille is absolutely gorgeous with the vineyards, the rockies in the background, and the stunning grounds that make you feel as if you were in Tuscany. 

Then her gown, that hair piece, her veil, her incredible hair, that flowing ribbon. I just can't get enough of it all and will always hold this one in my mind with so much love. I would be ungrateful if I didn't recognize that these sorts of things take a team to complete. And another huge thanks to my dear friend, Sarah, at Blushing Rose Floral, who pulled off that arch. Isn't it exquisite???

Here's to more spring bouquets in the fall and more fall bouquets in the spring. To really stretching our creativity to make the wedding the bride dreams of! And to brides who make it all worth it! Thank you, Delia! Love you!

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

Location, Location, Location for Mercedes and Hadley | Utah Wedding Florist

Utah Mountain Bridals

Sometimes it's simply about the beauty of nature in the location. Sometimes it's about enhancing that natural beauty with florals and simply beautiful humans. Sometimes it's about capturing the stillness of the moment. This was one of those times. If you're quiet enough, you can feel it.

Utah Mountain Bridal Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Mountain Bouquets
The Potted Pansy Utah Bridal Bouquets

Allie + Joe Moab Wedding

Moab Wedding The Potted Pansy

Just because you have a small wedding, doesn't mean you have to go small on a bouquet! Allie and I worked together, back and forth, this and that for quite some time before deciding that what she really wanted and couldn't live without was a stunner of a bouquet! So literally, that's the one item we made for her. This stunner bouquet!

And we didn't hold back either. We probably used every spring flower + all the little extras I could think of to make this bouquet! Our goal was to  fit a spring mold, let the bouquet make a statement against her gorgeous gown, have it stand out and yet coordinate with her Moab location, and obviously be unique and one-of-a-kind.

I'm so pleased with the results and I dare say she is too! Her reaction to seeing the bouquet was absolutely priceless and something I will never forget!

For those of you wondering, and because there are so many varieties in this bouquet, here is the grand list:

Nine Bark
Olive Branch
Garden Roses
Queen Anne's Lace
Coral Charm Peony

And ps....this is 4 days after we actually made the bouquet! Isn't the way they held up amazing??? And location. I can't get over the location.

Spring Moab Wedding Bouquet
Moab Spring Bouquet
Moab Wedding Bouquet

How to Select the Right Workshop for You

No matter your expertise, chances are there is a handful of useful workshops to help you grow your skills (and your business!). Especially for those in the wedding industry or in a creative role, attending a workshop related to your work can provide you with far more tools, education and advice than you may find elsewhere. 

But how do you know which ones are most suited for you? 

Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to find and choose the right workshop that will leave you feeling accomplished, motivated and inspired at the end of the experience!

The Potted Pansy Workshops

1. What is your skill level?

If you're just starting to get into a new business, career or industry, be sure to find a workshop that primarily focuses on assisting beginners. Not only will you feel more comfortable right from the start -- since everyone else attending are also beginners! -- but you'll likely get more insight on steps and tools of the trade you'll need to know as you're starting out.  

And for those who are experienced professionals with several years under their belt, you may find that a workshop tailored to very specific skills you have been wanting to learn for years is a better fit for you. 

The Potted Pansy workshop + As Ever Photography

2. What are you seeking in a workshop?

Are you needing help with fine-tuning your design style? Have you always wondered how other pros achieve a certain aesthetic in their work? Do you have a specific technique you know others use but you can't figure out how to do it on your own?

Whether you're looking for beginner information or you need education for seasoned creatives, there are workshops that can teach you what you need to know.

The Potted Pansy Workshops bouquets

3. Do the people hosting the workshop feel like YOUR people?

It may not seem very important up front, but attending a workshop with others you feel you could connect with is extremely beneficial in the long run -- especially for workshops lasting longer than a few hours! 

Learn about the speakers, the instructors and even see if you can learn about others attending. Finding your tribe will allow you to get the most out of it, both professionally and personally.

The Potted Pansy Workshop People

4. Do the locations, dates, and length make sense with your life and schedule?

If you have a family and can't imagine leaving them for too long, consider finding a workshop within your metro area or state that runs for an afternoon or a whole day. 

If you're up for an adventure and love the idea of getting out of town for a few days, try a weekend-long workshop in another region! 

Find a workshop that works best with your lifestyle and schedule, which will allow you to enjoy the event without feeling stressed or rushed. 


5. Gut feeling. Is this the workshop for you?

When all is said and done, you'll want to feel inspired and thankful you attended! 

If your gut is simply telling you it's not a good fit or something feels "off", find another workshop that makes you confident that you'll take something from the event. 

And remember, your gut is different from your fears. It's okay if a workshop doesn't align with your values or doesn't teach lessons you want to learn, but don't let your fear stop you from finding success and happiness outside of your comfort zone. 

The Potted Pansy Workshop bouquets

Florals The Potted Pansy, Blushing Rose Floral, Beehive Floral with The Potted Pansy at The Potted Pansy Workshop
Photography As Ever Photography
Gown Claire Pettibone
Model Sarah Asay and Jenevieve Hubbard
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Styling Canvas Weddings and Events

Salt Flats, Smoke Bombs, Stunning Bridals | Utah Bridal Bouquet

Utah Salt Flats Bridal Session

When Kristine asks for a bouquet, you say yes. Every. Single. Time. 

1. Because she's the sweetest there is.
2. Because that means she's modeling and she's gorgeous. Just look at that hair!!!
3. Because Luke will be shooting, modeling, or behind the video. And he's the best at video.
4. Because Pippa. Keep looking to see who Pippa is.
5. Because I love them. All of them.

Utah Salt Flats Bridals
Salt Flats Smoke Bomb Photos
Salt Flats Smoke Bomb Bridals
Salt Flats Spring Bouquet
Salt Flats Bridal Session
The Salt Flats Bridals at Sunset

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Luke Porter Films
Model Kristine Porter
Gown Lulus
Smoke Bombs Enola Gaye
Ribbon Honey Silks & Co
Puppy Pippa

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend a Workshop in 2018

If you've been slowly growing your business recently, or have been in the wedding industry for a while but have started to feel static when it comes to being creative, it may be time to sign up for a workshop. Or maybe you're a beginner and need those skills to really get going!

Nearly every type of creative or wedding-focused business could benefit from attending a workshop this year and furthering their education, especially since trends and updates seem to happen so often these days

Whether you've thought about it before or not, take a look at some of these top reasons you should consider being a workshop-attendee in 2018: 

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1. Grow your techniques and learn new skills.

Are you still in the early stages of your business? Take a workshop to expand your techniques and skills!

Many of us start a business because it's something we enjoy or are good at. But that doesn't mean we know from the get-go everything there is to know about our industries.

Workshops are especially useful for those who are new to the business, since they can show you tools of the trade and teach you methods from professionals who have been doing it for years.

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2. Continue your education.

They're also extremely useful for established professionals, by allowing them to test out new styles that can help them grow faster than they would have on their own!

Whether you're a wedding photographer, planner or a floral designer, ongoing education is an impactful way to grow your business faster and expand your horizons. 

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3. Re-light your creative flame.

Have you been feeling overworked, uninspired or just stuck in your usual go-to strategies for your work? Attend a workshop to renew your desire, your passion and rekindle the flames that were the reasons you started this career in the first place!


4. Expand your network.

Workshops are the perfect opportunity to find your tribe, your flock, your squad -- whichever you want to call them! 

Connect with others across state boarders by traveling to one in a place you've never been but have always dreamed of visiting. Or stay local and build relationships with other vendors and creatives nearby!

Not only will you likely make long-lasting friendships, but you'll also likely find others who can be great referral partners for you. 

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5. Escape from the grind.

Maybe all you need is a break from the everyday habits and to-do lists. Or you want a way of de-stressing by getting away from a demanding atmosphere.

A workshop can be the perfect escape from the hard work, and give you a chance to be around whatever you love most, whether that be flowers, cameras and lenses, or art! 

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If you're thinking, hey, maybe I need to check out a workshop, click below! We'd love to have you!

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love the desert. I love the heat. I love the way the sun beats upon the earth. I love the dry weeds and the little bits of green that somehow survive with little to no water. I love how we can grow things in our bit of the desert by modern watering systems, and how the hills go the way of the earth and dry out long before the valley does. I love the red rock and the soil that belongs to it. I love the cracked bits of earth and the way they beg for moisture. I love the tumbleweeds that continue to exist, long after their time has passed. And I love incorporating all of these things into who we are and what we do. This is the world that surrounds us. Embrace it.

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How to Select the Right Type of Centerpiece for Your Wedding

Although it may not seem like it at first, centerpieces can have a big impact on your overall wedding design. Not only do they provide your guests with something beautiful to look at during the reception, but they can also be finishing touches that personalize your wedding and make it stand out from the rest! 

Without centerpieces, a wedding reception design can simply feel incomplete. But with a wide range of styles and looks, selecting the right one can quickly become overwhelming. 

Here are a few important factors to consider when finalizing your wedding design and narrowing down your centerpiece selections. 

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Consider Your Color Palette

If you have already planned other decor items to a specific set of colors, there's no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your centerpieces. Aim to keep them within the same range of colors, or choose one or two of your primary colors to ensure consistency. 

Then speak with your coordinator, designer, rental company and/or wedding florist to bring together a design that won't clash with the rest of your decor. 

Remember the Setting

Especially if your wedding is set to be outdoors, you'll want to keep the elements in mind when selecting your centerpiece items. Certain styles of candles can be blown out easily in the wind, and you might want to rely on more hardy plants for settings in full-sunlight. 

The setting of your reception can also provide a lot of inspiration! If you're getting married beside a mountain lodge, you may want more greenery or rustic elements involved. Or if you are celebrating your day in a garden, look for softer, more romantic pieces to go with a springtime vibe!


Will your guests be seated at large round tables? Or will they be seated along wide rectangular tables? Keeping these in mind when choosing your centerpieces will be important, since one style may fit better on one table size and shape versus another. 

When in Doubt, Speak with Your Vendors

After all, that's what we're here for! We know how to listen to your ideas, understand your vision, and implement a centerpiece design that will bring your wedding reception together. Ask us for advice on florals and greenery, votives and candles, tablerunners and more! 

Looking for a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah?

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!