5 Most Scenic Places to Elope in Utah

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Whether you and the love of your life are two adventurous souls, or you both are simply looking for a gorgeous location to elope, Utah has a variety of beautiful landscapes to choose from! 

From valleys and canyons, to red rocks and mountain cliffs, you'll find there are few destinations in the world quite like this one. What better place to say your vows than among sweeping views, blue skies and endless opportunities to explore?! 

Take a look at these ideas for a truly scenic (and unforgettable!) elopement in Utah!

Bonneville Salt Flats

You won't have to drive too far from Salt Lake City for this one -- and yet it's one of the most unique environments in the world! The Bonneville Salt Flats is a desert playa, which is a very flat piece of desert that is filled with salt. You may visit one day when it's nothing but a big expansive flat rock, and other days you may see it as a beautiful, thin lake with stunning reflections. But you'll have to aim for winter or spring months if the mirror-like effects are what you're hoping for in your elopement photos. 

Zion National Park

This one is a very popular choice, but only because it's worth it! Zion National Park is known as Utah's first national park and can give you and your soon-to-be spouse an unforgettable elopement. Two iconic locations include the cliffs of Angels Landing (which will require a pretty steep hike!) and the Narrows (a magical area of the canyon where a creek runs through tall walls of rock!). 

Moab & Arches National Park

Looking for that red/orange sandstone ambiance to your elopement? There's no better place than the arches, rocks and towers in Arches National Park, located just outside of Moab, Utah. You'll also get beautiful panoramic views everywhere you go! A perfect option for adventurous couples!

Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Want a little extra water with your desert? Dip your toes into the blue waters of Lake Powell while still obtaining a desert theme to your Utah elopement! You might even consider staying overnight at one of the campsites or wandering near the ancient petroglyphs nearby.

Eagle Point

For a more mountainous elopement ceremony, head on over to Eagle Point! You can say your vows at an elevation of around 10,000 feet and explore the aspen and pine forests nearby afterwards for some truly stunning photographs with your new life partner.

Eloping to Utah? Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

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!

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Out of the Dark Shadows | Utah Spring Bouquet

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Out of the dark shadows emerges the woman of strength. Though she may falter and fall, she is strong. She is determined. She is full of fire. And her passion burns brighter than any doubts; any fears; any troubles.

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And so it is when winter turns to spring.
And so it is with life.

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Photography by Kenzie D. Photography
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co
Model Kendra Mack

5 Favorite Outdoor Wedding Venues in Utah

One of my all-time favorite things about living in Utah is how stunning the landscape is!! Looking for a beautiful place to get married outside? This state is a perfect option for you! From red rock to mountain scapes, Utah has so much to offer!!!

And if you’re on the hunt for a few amazing outdoor venues in Utah, you’re in luck! I’ve compiled five of my favorites here for you to consider.

1. Sundance Mountain Resort | Sundance, Utah

Have you always dreamed of an elegant mountain wedding? This stunning venue at Sundance Mountain Resort is near the base of Mount Timpanogos, and offers couples the option of a 4200-square-foot grand hall or a large creekside cabin for receptions. And although summer is their peak season for weddings, they do host ceremonies during winter -- imagine saying ‘I do’ with a magical winter wonderland behind you!!! 


2. Red Butte Gardens | Salt Lake City, Utah

Whether you’re in love with the idea of a garden wedding, or you think it’s a perfect setting for a spring or summer ceremony, take a look at Red Butte Gardens! This venue has over 100 acres to explore, hundreds of various backdrops for beautiful wedding photos, and great views of both the mountains and cityscapes!



3. Deer Valley Resort | Park City, Utah

Another fantastic mountain venue I can’t get enough of is the Deer Valley Resort! From the gorgeous views outside to the luxurious lodges that offer tons of space for big weddings, there’s a lot to love about this location!



4. Alta Peruvian Lodge | Alta, Utah

For something truly breathtaking, I think Alta Peruvian Lodge is an amazing option! Just wait until you see the mountains and forests surrounding what could be your ceremony location! Mountain peaks, rocky cliffs, forests and wildflowers -- there’s nothing quite like it!



5. Louland Falls | Salt Lake City, Utah

With lots of exposed red rock and beautiful trickling streams, Louland Falls is a simple yet scenic place for your big day, right among the Parley’s Canyon mountains. It’s also a private and gated venue, so you won’t have to worry about anyone else crashing the party.



Planning an Outdoor Wedding in Utah?
Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

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!

The History Behind Wedding Flowers

Are you planning your wedding and starting to think about your bouquet? Or are you simply curious about how the floral wedding traditions started? Learn about the history behind the wedding flower decorations, bouquets and more below!

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Why Does the Bride Carry a Bouquet?

Turns out, it hasn’t always been because it looks pretty. Oddly enough, brides began carrying bouquets to “mask” her scent. Back in the 15th century, showers and soaps weren’t as common as they are now -- which meant women often didn’t smell very clean or appealling. Additionally, traditional folklore suggested that flowers and other spices could warn off evil spirits with their strong scents.

It’s likely that this started to change during the Victorian age, when flowers were beginning to be used as a nice gesture to those we love. This was also the time period when the “meaning” of flowers (otherwise known as the language of flowers) was created.

Wedding Flower Traditions from Around the World

Flowers have almost always had a presence in a variety of ceremonial traditions, so it should be no surprise that nearly every culture involves flowers and greenery in their wedding celebrations! For instance, ancient Greek brides often carried ivy as a way to symbolize endless love for their soon-to-be spouse, and in Indian traditions, both the bride and groom wore floral headpieces during the ceremony.

If you’re interested in incorporating some of your own family history into your wedding day, take a look at this list of unique wedding flower traditions from a variety of cultures to inspire you!

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Start a New Wedding Floral Tradition

Are you wanting to have a bouquet that’s unlike any you’ve seen before? Make a statement with a non-traditional floral design that speaks to your personality and style! 

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, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Photography by Ashley Rae Photo and Film
Florals by The Potted Pansy
Gown from Alta Moda Bridal
Ribbon by HoneySilks Co

Michelle + Nate. Blue Bridals.

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"I'm boho at heart and was determined to have a boho wedding...but then I found this dress..."

That's how my conversation started with Michelle. Her dress was absolutely divine. Lace detail, sheer lace sleeve, a back comb veil that was to die for. Not really boho, no. But gorgeous as could be!

Michelle's venue was full of plants, a mini garden of Eden greenhouse, placed right in the middle of Salt Lake City. so we really didn't need a lot of color on the tables or much detail either. In this instance, less was definitely more.

And that left Michelle. Her stately dress. That beautiful curly hair. And Nate. His dark suit. Their stunning features together. 

We decided to put most of our emphasis, all of the color, and the tiniest glimpses of boho, into her bouquet. This girl needed to call all of the attention. And we both got giddy when we decided on a plum/magenta ribbon! Yes!!! That was the starting point that got the juices flowing. The rest just came together!

Michelle gave me few specifics: magenta/plum, a soft orange, blue. And let me run with it. But run with blue? Um...not my favorite flower color. Because, well, flower just don't grow blue. The options are so few and limited. But, I thought, we could use a purplish blue. And I ordered in the blue anemones. I've really only seen them a dark purple. But that could work, right?!

You guys!!!!! i have never, ever seen them come in this color! Ever. Blue!!! True, royal, beautiful blue! I'll probably never see them again. So blue. I love you!

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Photography by Eden Strader Photography
Florals by The Potted Pansy
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co

How to Choose the Perfect Florals for Your Bouquet

When it comes to selecting flowers and greenery for your wedding, one of the most important steps is choosing which ones you’ll want for your bouquet. Not only will it be one of the most photographed items on your big day, but the bouquet is also a major focal piece that can say a lot about the style you’re going for!

But with hundreds of inspiration ideas on Pinterest, choosing florals for your bouquet can very quickly become an overwhelming task. Take a look at these tips to help you decide on the most perfect florals for your bridal bouquet!

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Think About Your Theme or Style

Are you going for that soft, vintage look? What is your ceremony location like? Which types of florals or greenery might match your wedding dress?

These are all important factors to consider when planning your bouquet. The style, location, theme, setting and color palette should have an impact on your decision.

Do Your Research

Take the time to explore out-of-the-box ideas and save the ones that speak to you the most. Don’t rush into choosing the first one you fall in love with. It’s also helpful to research various types of plants that may match the colors you want to go for. But don't worry, it's our job to help you know what the names of those plants are and how to use them! If you simply have images, that is enough! Remember, you may be surprised to find something you’ve never heard of!

Consider Your Budget

If you have a budget you are trying to stay within, explore various options you love that have a similar vibe or color palette. Your florist will be able to help you narrow down costs and expenses of each of these options. Sometimes you can achieve a look that is just as stunning with flowers or greenery that are less expensive than your top choice!

Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

When in doubt, ask away! Whether you aren’t sure about how to achieve a certain style or you want to ask for expertise and guidance, speaking with a floral designer is the best stress-free way to plan your bouquet!

Getting married in Utah? Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

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!

Photography by Nicole Aston Photography
Florals by The Potted Pansy
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs

What To Do with Flowers After the Wedding

Is your wedding day coming up quickly? One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of a wedding is what comes after the celebration is all said and done. The good news is that you have several options when it comes to re-using your wedding flowers!

No need to bring that trash can over and throw away a bunch of gorgeous blooms and greenery! There are some wonderful alternatives that are not only more environmentally-friendly, but are also super artistic and sentimental! 

What To Do with Flowers After the Wedding

Don't let all that time and money go to waste. Here's a few great ideas of what to do with your flowers after the wedding: 

Give Them Away to Your Guests

Why not let some of your family and friends take home the centerpieces or bouquets as wedding favors? It's a win-win for everyone, since you will have less to clean up after the party's over, and you won't have to spend more money on party favors. 

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Use Your Bouquet as a Keepsake

Who says you have to throw away a gorgeous bouquet? Many brides have recently turned to shadowboxes that hang on the walls to display their wedding flowers for years to come. You may even consider hanging it alongside your wedding dress or photographs!

Ways to Recycle Wedding Flowers

Donate Your Flowers

This can be done in a few different ways -- all of which can be extremely meaningful to whoever ends up with your flowers! You might consider posting in local wedding groups online (such as Craigslist or Facebook) or using an organization like Random Acts of Flowers. It's a really nice idea to be able to gift your flowers to future brides, nursing homes, hospitals or homeless shelters. 

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Use Your Flowers to Make Clothing

I bet you didn't think of this one: wearing your wedding flowers! This is an extremely nifty idea that designers like Cara Piazza has started, where brides actually get the chance to wear clothing that has been dyed using the flowers from their big day! It's probably my favorite idea out of them all, since you can wear it time and time again!

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Getting married in Salt Lake or Park City? Contact The Potted Pansy!

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!

Photography by Haley Nord
Workshop by The Potted Pansy
Gown by Claire Pettibone

Why You Should Have an Outdoor Wedding

I love love love everything about outdoor weddings! While indoor weddings can often be just as beautiful, I am passionate about the natural world and I believe it simply is the perfect setting for people to commit themselves to the one they love.

If you are undecided about what kind of setting to host your wedding ceremony and reception in, then consider the following reasons why you might want to consider the outdoors!

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Natural Light is Beautiful for Photographs

Many types of lighting indoors can make skin tones and fabric colors look strange in photographs. For a more natural and clean look to your wedding photographs, an outdoor setting is the perfect solution! Natural light is also absolutely beautiful around sunset for portraits with your spouse-to-be -- you won’t regret it!

Lots of Open Space

One of the greatest benefits of hosting a wedding outside is that you have loads of open space around you. This keeps your guests from feeling crowded in a tight space and allows them to move around freely. You might even consider adding a few fun activities outside, where your guests can play cornhole or walk up to a cocktail bar on wheels!

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More Venue and Date Options

If you are interested in an outdoor wedding, then you’ll be happy to hear you’ll have more flexibility when it comes to venues and date options! Especially in a state like Utah, where there are dozens of national, state and local parks open to the public, you have a wide variety of options to choose from that don’t have as many date limitations as traditional venues. This means you can more easily set a date in the busy seasons or a date that is meaningful to you!

Perfect for a Variety of Styles and Themes

Want the option for more customization and personality in your wedding? Outdoor weddings are for you! Most settings outside are like blank canvases for events: you can decorate however you see fit to bring a certain style or theme to life.

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And last (but definitely not least) is the mood and overall ambiance an outdoor wedding offers. It’s simply second-to-none! There’s something welcoming, fun and intimate about an outdoor ceremony and reception that you just can’t beat!

Getting Married in Utah? Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

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!

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Utah Bride Blog | Rich, Deep, Fall Weddings

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Rich, deep, jewel tones paired with soft yellows and blues. It's a rainbow of fall goodness. Asking to be involved in this inspirational shoot with Utah Bride Blog was a dream come true. Their magazine is always beautiful and the thought of being asked to be on those pages was a thrill!

So with a fall base and an accent of mandarin and velvet, we began. Fall always reminds me of the rich earth, harvesting summer's labors, and the colors of the golden sun fading. The rich tones that are created by the crisp air seem to energize the soul while preparing us for winter's sleep. It's not a surprise that our color palettes and tastes are naturally drawn to what the earth is producing during this season. This range of golden to apricot to autumn orange keeps the tone light and airy, allowing for other accent pieces in decor, ribbon and highlighted florals to create a pop for the eye to enjoy. The overall look is rich, yet not heavy. It's delicate and soft. But that doesn't mean it isn't full of texture or unique! A touch of blue along with the harvested beets creates conversation, interest, and a bit of unique character to make this design one of a kind.

I really feel like the images speak for themselves and there is so little I could add in words to enhance them. I mean, they said it best, so here are a few excerpts from the magazine!

"Blue velvet meets mandarin orange in this fall inspired look. A style that encompasses a depth and richness portrayed in romantic gothic revival with a modern bohemian twist. Layers of texture were scattered throughout the look with a hand painted gown, aged candlestick holders, velvet ribbon, fresh fruit, hand dyed napkins, and the ornate architecture of the Thomas S. Monson building."

"Canvas pulled from the natural colors of fresh fruit and added touches of aged brass to create a unique look that hints at both the pas and the present. The range of blues in the dinnerware and candles creates age and depth while the pops of orange and red bring freshness" 

So without any more text, a simple thank you; for the invite, the talent, the friendships, and the images! And most of all, the experience!!!!!

If you love this as much as I do, don't hesitate to peruse the magazine pages here, talk with the incredibly talented stylist and planner, Canvas Weddings and Events, or hire Travis J Photo for incredible film images! Lastly, a huge thank you to Honeysilks Co for donating samples of her new line of velvet ribbon!!!!! It really is just as good as it sounds; even better! The shine, texture, and drape are gorgeous! I think everyone needs some, just because! And now, the images...

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Choose Kindness | Utah Floral Workshop

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In a society and industry full of competition, it seems rare for a group of florists who do business within the same geographic region, to gather together, work side by side, share techniques and knowledge, enjoy each other's company, and not think twice about doing it again! But you see, there is power that comes in sharing and learning and growing together. There is strength in being kind and uplifting. And there is so much fire that grows from a spark kindled with other creatives.

And that is how the choose kindness workshop began. In an effort to building community and enhance our industry as  whole, the idea came that we could and should enjoy each other, not work against each other. Last year, the first floral gathering, which we called Flower, Food and Friends, was born. It began with a small group of florists who worked side by side on centerpieces. It was fun and liberating to talk flowers with other like-minded individuals and astonishing to see the different designs that came from the same flower selections. As it expanded and we gathered together again, we realized that although we were working alongside each other, laughing and enjoying our time together, we weren't able to learn from each other. We were all concentrating on our own work and simply didn't have the time to watch each other, or ask any kinds of questions.

How nice would it be, we thought, to ask other florists about techniques, or suppliers, or styles, or shoots. How helpful would it be to talk flowers or even business?? How amazing would it be to watch another florist work? (aka - be a fly on the wall) How great would it be to share, to enjoy, and to choose kindness together?

So without any thought of monetary gain, we gathered together to plan. Florists Sarah Asay of Blushing Rose Floral and Lexie Sandberg of Carpe Diem Design agreed to demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge with the group. Sarah's centerpiece was absolutely stunning, and being able to have her guide the group through her thought process while asking questions, was well, nothing short of amazing. Hearing Lexie Sandberg talk about color and form, flower selection and her love for flowers was inspiring. Kaytee Stice, owner of Roots Floral Design, offered a business question and answer session, where we all benefited from a tip here or a tip there, and others were even able to schedule one on one sessions to improve the business portions of their floral businesses. Finally, local photographers Haley Nord and Jen from As Ever Photography willingly captured it all on camera. We were lucky enough to use gowns from the talented Claire Pettibone and Maggie Sottero Designs, modeled by Lexi Grondel, Jenevieve Hubbard and Chandi Kate. It wouldn't have been complete without a tablesetting or two by Canvas Event Design and the lovely HoneySilksCo runner. 

The results were, well, life changing. More than one florists has said this was key in their business, key in their growth, and warming to know that we are all in this together. I think Jenevieve Hubbard, attendee, said it best, "These [photographs] are amazing, Mandy. Thank you again. This workshop was a total game changer for me. I met so many great people who I've been able to network with since and the photos, and the design tips and everything else. LOVED it." And so we'll do it again. And we'll invite more. And we'll expand. And soon this won't be a local Utah thing. Because I believe that everyone has something to share. Every person in that room could have taught part of the workshop. Every person in that room had tips and tricks to share. Every person in that room had what it takes to be great. And if we simply share, we won't have to do it alone. If you're ready to join us on a mission to choose kindness, you have what it takes!

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Heidi Firth Floral
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Jenevieve Hubbard
Chandi Featherstone

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Table Styling
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Enlightened Workshop 2017 | Modern Southwest Elopement

Featured on Utah Bride and Groom! And no one says it better than they did, so here are their thoughts on Southwest, Bohemian, Elopements, and doing it right!!!

"Southwest style never fades. In fact, like fine wine and aged leather, this iconic American statement is getting better with age. Today, rugged is more refined, barren blossoms into vibrant, and windblown fades to perfectly polished.

Southwestern design is synonymous with comfort. That’s why we’re swooning over this cozy-chic inspiration from Jessica White Photography. Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you should get shortchanged in the fairytale department. So, how about go at it in style? Take our advice and follow these tips for an elopement to remember.

Think outside the reception box.

This 100-year-old converted railway loft reflects a rustic, yet modern style. Exposed beam ceiling, custom barn doors and shiplap walls? Joanna Gaines would approve.

Make a fashion statement.

Just because you’re eloping, doesn’t mean you can’t don a killer outfit. Sure, we’re thinking Southwest, but a custom suit—blue trousers and a plaid jacket—keeps the scene cool and contemporary.

Layer on the organic details.

Wool rugs, leather ottomans and sheepskin throws pack a luxurious punch to the scene. Add a lush garland filled with florals, succulents and greens for extra romance.

Go for earthy tones.

Muddy chocolates, raw woods and turquoise jewels invoke all our favorite desert sunset tones.

Experiment. Why not?

Play with a different style bouquet or go wild and pick two. Next, choose a custom wedding cake for the two of you.     

Live happily ever after.

No explanation needed."

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Photography, Creative Design and Direction Jessica White Photography
Venue The Loft Studio Lehi
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Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Chantel Lauren Designs
Suit True Gentleman Supply Co
Jewelry Southwest Silver Gallery
Hair Kali Chris HMUA
Makeup Makeup by Cherisa
Models Hilary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton
Backdrop Ballantyne Design
Rugs, Pillows and Staging Loom and Kiln
Invitation Suite Foil and Ink
Invitation Backdrop Watercolors by Marlene
Cutting Boards Salt Market Place
Cakes Natalie W Gray
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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Florist | Utah Wedding Florist

Planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming, especially when it comes to shopping for wedding vendors. One thing you can do to make this process easier is by preparing for your meetings in advance and asking the right questions from the start!

When it comes to meeting with your potential wedding florists, there are a few key things to bring up in your initial consultation. Check out the following questions you might want to ask each wedding florist to determine which one is best for you!

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Have you worked with my venue before or are you familiar with it?

It’s very helpful for your wedding florist to know your venue well enough to assist in giving you floral suggestions that would match the setting and style of the location.

What types of flowers or greenery might go well with my wedding venue?

Before booking a wedding floral designer, you should have a ceremony and reception venue already reserved for your big day! This will help you narrow down the style, theme and color palette you might want to have for the celebration. Talk with your wedding florist about what might go well with the setting and overall vibe you’re hoping to achieve.

What is your design style like?

If you prefer lots of texture or truly unique ideas, this question can help you narrow down who might fit better with the style you’re hoping to achieve.

What flowers will be in season for my wedding date?

This is a really helpful question, especially in keeping costs lower. Ordering specific flowers that are out of season on your date are often harder to obtain, and ultimately more expensive. A great follow-up question to this might be: “What flowers will be in season on my date that are similar in color/style to ______ [enter your ideal flower choice here]?”

Other Important Questions to Ask

Take a look at these additional topics you should cover with your wedding florist, from the basics to the details:

  • Are you available on my date?

  • What fees should I expect to pay for your services?

  • How far in advance should we book a florist?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • Do you schedule other events on the same day, and if so, how many?

  • What do you include as far as services?

Questions to Ask Yourself

At the end of each consultation, it’s important to ask yourself a few things. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do you like their style of work? Are you satisfied with the answers they gave you? It’s vitally important that you evaluate these things to make sure that once the big day arrives, you are happy with the results!

Looking for a 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!


3 Reasons to Hire a Florist for Small Weddings & Elopements

Small weddings and elopements have such a special place in my heart. I love seeing the connection two people have for one another, and it’s a beautiful sight when they celebrate in such an intimate and meaningful way!!

And while many of these ceremonies often have a lot less decor, I’m a firm believer in the impact florals can have on the smallest of weddings. Take a look at some of the following reasons why you should still hire a florist, even if you plan to do without a big wedding!

Colorful Bouquet Ideas

1. You can use flowers and greenery to reflect your personality.

What you wear on your wedding day isn’t the only way to say a lot about you!! The color, style, patterns and texture in a bouquet, hair piece or other wedding florals can show off character and meaning.

They’re also often a great way to speak about the theme, setting or time of year! Is fall your favorite time of year? Are you absolutely in love with succulents? Let that shine through in your ceremony!

2. Bouquets and backdrops make the day feel more special.

There’s just something absolutely beautiful about adding pops of color and integrating pieces of nature into a wedding celebration! After all, it’s not every day that you get to make an impression as you walk down the aisle or say your vows to the one you love. Make the day feel more special with a drop-dead gorgeous bouquet to hold or an elaborate archway covered in vines and flowers to stand under as you promise your devotion to your life partner!

3. Less stress and more celebration!

Even small weddings and elopements can be stressful enough to plan and coordinate! Have one less thing to worry about or stress over by hiring a professional floral designer. They also have the expertise to suggest the right flowers or greenery to match the venue, setting or style you want to achieve. And you won’t have to do any of the dirty work! You’ll be able to relax knowing your florist has your best interest in mind, and you can continue to focus on enjoying the moment, celebrating with your loved one and remembering each moment for years to come.

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Utah Desert Wedding | Light and Shadow

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of light and shadow, of capturing the essence of love through it, of finding rays of light in the darkest of situations, of applying that concept in our daily lives, and of chasing the light, when I truly love the shadow. Oh the shadow!

It comes out in the depth of my arrangements, the way the light and shadow play with the textures, hiding some components and highlighting others in different ways as the light shifts and moves and creates beauty. Have you ever noticed it? Have you noticed the way the sun feels in the morning light or the way it beats upon you at noon? Have you noticed the calm that comes as the shadows lengthen while the sun is about to escape behind the mountains? Have you felt it? I have.

I've also been known to say over and over again that I love the desert. I love how romantic it is, how the sun beats down on the earth, the way that living things search and find water in the smallest of amounts in order to live. I love how those plants thrive on almost nothing!!! I love the lessons they tell in their own way, peeking up through the cracks of dry earth and living in spite of their circumstances. I love the heat. And I love the rust coloring of the desert and it's richness. Finally, I love it's light and shadow.

So this location, this bouquet, this sand. Oh, it caught my heart!!! Pay attention to it. Watch the shadows in the repeated patterns of the sand, the way the light seems to dance and play as it touches the fine grains that cover the earth in the Utah desert. The way nothing disturbs the light and so perfect shadows are made from every object presented. And then soak in the sun. Soak in the light. Soak in the warmth. And look for the shadow!

The Potted Pansy Sand Dunes
The Potted Pansy Desert Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Desert Shadows

Photography Madison Elle Photo
Florals The Potted Pansy
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Models Mckenzie Brelyn Allen & Taylor Allen
Yarn Macrame Modern Yarn


Color is such a fabulous thing. It creates a mood nothing nothing else. It determines so much of the atmosphere. I don't think it's just by chance that one of the first things a brides decides on is her wedding colors. So much comes from this single decision!

We use color to indicate so many different things in this world. We've gotten to the point hta twe even assign our personalities to a color. Speaking of that, now I'm curious what color personality  you fall inot! Has it changed over the years? I feel that my personality definitely has!

But back to color. We see greens, blues, and purples as calming and tranquil colors while reds, oranges, and yellows provoke fun and exciting emotions. Within the cool range of color (blues, greens, and purples) are countless shades and tones. While the same exists in the warm color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows. These shades and tones give us variety, interest, and depth. Depth of life, variety in flowers, and interest in nature, if we simply look for it! Color is everywhere and even a lack of color can indicate a certain mood. Again, there is a reason that black is traditionally the clothing color for funerals. Black is solemn and respectful in and of itself.

And so it was with this Utah bridal bouquet. That rust colored bearded iris took my breath away. I have forever loves rust and copper and patina, and really all things within this color range. I find it rich ad seemingly full of history, as it takes my mind to old and won things, full of life in the past, memories of what has been, and stories to be told. 

Pairing the rust with a golden yellow that faded into a soft buttercream then tinted ivory, seemed to soften it's richness. Then pulling into the purple tones, while still holding true to a warm color palette tested my knowledge of color theory and forced me to put into practice what I know!

Purple is a funny color. It can be both warm based and cool based. And mixing both warm and cool colors can be tricky. Finding a truly warm based purple was key here and makes that yellow pop! It also allows for the rust to tie the two spectrums together.

I hope you see it! And now that I've rambled and rambled about color theory, the best way for you to experience it is simply by looking at the images! But before you do, I have to say Utah is gorgeous. And RIBBON. Watch for that ribbon!!!!! 

HoneySilks + The Potted Pansy Bouquet
The Potted Pansy + Nicole Leigh Rust Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Rust Bouquet

Photography Nicole Leigh Photography
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Florals The Potted Pansy
Model Ericka Renae
Gown Maggie Sottero Designs
HMUA Makeup by Katina


The Potted Pansy + Horse Bouquet

There are so many wonderful and amazing things about my "job". I could list them and go on and on, but today I'll just mention a few.

Incredibly Talented Professionals
Wildlife and Nature
Oh, and Flowers!

Utah is jam packed with brilliant up and coming artists, talented professionals, and cutting edge genuine, real, and wonderful people. And I get to meet and work with them on a daily basis. Whether it be a photographer, model, a bakery artist, or those amazing people who do hair and makeup! It's such a pleasure to meet and rub shoulders with and be inspired by each of them.

Calea Gunther is one of those people. She is brilliant and fast and oh so very kind! This bouquet was another one of those leftover kinds of bouquets. The kind that I really don't know how it will turn out and trust that the flowers will do their thing and make themselves beautiful together, in a way that they just cannot be by themselves. And when I asked Calea if she would photograph it Friday afternoon, then saw these images come through from a Saturday morning sunrise shoot, I could not believe it! First, if you have ever put together a shoot, you know it's really not that simple. And second, there is a horse! A horse!!!! Who pulls out a horse overnight?! Only Calea!

I mentioned wildlife and nature above because obviously, there's a horse. But also because these orchids were dead. Literally dead. If you look close, you can see that they look singed, burned on the edges. I bought them that way. On purpose! I absolutely fell in love with them and the way they were beautifully turning into something different. Have you ever watched a cut flower pass through it's phases of life and then death? It's beautiful. And these orchids reminded me of those steps, those phases, and the beauty that comes both from the living and the dead. Don't throw a flower out just because it isn't vibrant anymore. You'll be surprised at what you see before it passes on. 

The Potted Pansy Close up bouquet
Calea Gunther Bouquet
Calea + The Potted Pansy Utah bouquet
Orchid Bouquet

Photography Calea Gunther Photography
Models Jessie James and Kenny Tucker
Florals The Potted Pansy
Horse Dolly, 7 yr old quarter horse
Horse Trainer Kaitlyn Gunther with Dancing with Hooves
Dress Adrianna Papell


The Potted Pansy Moab Summer Bouquet

There is life and light and hope in the world. I know this journal is probably "supposed to be" all about flowers and weddings and how wonderful they are. And they ARE wonderful. Believe me, they really are! But sometimes I just want to share my thoughts here too. Maybe it's therapeutic for me or creates some thoughts for you.  Either way, thank you for letting me do so. 

Back to life and light in the world... This spring and summer have been so wonderful as I have watched a variety of trees blossom, flowers grow and bloom, blue skies turn gray, and majestic mountains covered in snow, which now show only a small glimpse of white in the rocky crevaces.

It's been a hot one, with 100+ degree weather for over 10 days last week. But it has been beautiful. The streams, lakes, and rivers are full to the brim with water this year and adventure is in the air. Just take a look at these images of Moab by Stephanie Lorraine Photography! Look at all there is to explore!

If you haven't been to smell the wildflowers, to dip your toes in the river, or lay out under the stars, do it. Summer is short. The world is beautiful. And life is good.

Photography by Stephanie Lorraine Photography
Model Jessie LaRue
Floral The Potted Pansy
Location Moab, Utah


What speaks to you? What inspires you? What brings you back to your peaceful center or sets a fire within you to achieve more?


he first time I ever played around with dead plants...well at least on purpose. Because I pull out plants and weeds and dead things in nature unconsciously all of the time.