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!

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.

Best Utah Wedding Florist

Planning a Small Wedding or Elopement? 
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!

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 THEORY & FLYING RIBBONS | UNIQUE UTAH BOUQUET

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

UTAH NATURE, LOCAL WILDLIFE, INCREDIBLE LIGHT, AND FLOWERS

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
Light
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

SUMMER SUN | SUMMER BOUQUET | UTAH BEAUTY

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

UTAH WINTER BOUQUET | NATURE BOUQUET | UTAH TEXTURAL FLORIST

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

TEXTURE IN A BOUQUET | TEXTURAL BOUQUET | UTAH BRIDES

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.