Hunter + Ashton | Backyard Utah Reception

The Potted Pansy Hunter Reception Centerpiece

Backyard receptions can be so absolutely beautiful! It's all about creating an ambience, making your guests feel at ease, and celebrating your wedding! Backyard receptions tend to be less formal and more fun, so for couples who enjoy the outdoors and really want to party with their guests, this is a great option!!!

Backyard receptions don't have to be dull either. Spice it up with a fun installation like this canopy area, or add details to each table for guests to enjoy! Create a theme for your party and allow your guests to really relax and have a good time. There is no need for them to rush off! Make this their night's entertainment!

Hunter and Ashton were married on St. John's Island about a month before their reception. The space between their wedding day and reception allowed for a very laid back atmosphere, full of friends, family, and laughter. The backyard was set up in reception style, with a side area for yard games, a bonfire, and of course food! The bride and groom were dressed in regular attire, making it easy for them to join in on the fun! 

The details of this wedding were so fun to create as we pulled in a combination of an industrial look, with added vintage and foliage details! My favorite piece turned out to be the cake table. Scroll down for it...and tell me what you think!

The Potted Pansy Flour and Flourish Cake
The Potted Pansy cake floral
The Potted Pansy Backyard Reception
The Potted Pansy Cake Table
The Potted Pansy Cake Floral
The Potted Pansy Backyard Wedding Details
The Potted Pansy backyard reception

Florals and Installation The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Cakes Flour and Flourish
Rentals Alpine Event Rentals
Design, Decor and Food Kim Johnson
Bride Hunter Kofford

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!!!

The Potted Pansy at Red Butte Gardens

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.


Johnny and Sadie with The Potted Pansy


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!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Tiffany Burke
Bride Sadie Morgan
Venue Red Butte Gardens

As Ever Photography and The Potted Pansy | Kaylee's Bridal Bouquet

Pomegranates, eucalyptus pods, scabiosa pods, sweet pea. Oh, and those adorable poppies! They're all leftovers from a week's worth of work and make for a wonderful leftover bouquet!

One of the things I love about a leftover bouquet is the challenge of pulling together color palettes from a few different designs to make a completely new palette, full of texture, delicate blooms, and details! Now, let me clarify what I mean by a leftover bouquet. I surely don't mean that I'm making bouquets with leftovers from your wedding! Because I try to use every last bloom that we have purchased for your special day, at your special day! But often times I will have a single bridal bouquet, a styled shoot, and another single bouquet, for example, the same week. And each of these bouquets and shoots are comprised of different colors, different, flowers, and different looks. What happens is that full bundles of flowers are purchased for each, and because those full bundles aren't quite used for a single bouquet, there are leftovers. Those leftovers accumulate and become this beautiful new design!

The Potted Pansy As Ever Bridal
The Potted Pansy Leftover bouquet
The Potted Pansy plum bouquet

5 Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid

There are so many moving parts involved when planning a wedding. So it's totally understandable that many couples rush through some steps in the process! However, it's important to make decisions carefully, so that they don't become mistakes you regret down the road. 

If you're currently in the process of selecting your wedding floral arrangements and decor, here are some mistakes to avoid at all costs -- and you're wedding florist will thank you for!

The Potted Pansy Winter Bouquet

Flower Mistake #1: Lack of Research

Choosing your wedding day floral designer shouldn't be a decision made lightly. Be sure to do your research! Remember to find someone that you feel comfortable with, who sees your vision and enhances it, and who makes the process seem simple and fun!

#2: Not Listening to Your Gut Instinct

Remember: this is your day. If you ever feel that knotted feeling in your stomach about a decision you already made, do your best to change it while you can! 

#3: Picking Flimsy or Overly Fragrant Flowers

There are some flowers that may sound pretty for a bouquet or centerpiece in theory, but in reality can affect your wedding day in a negative way. Ask your florist for their recommendations on flowers that hold up well in bouquets, especially for outdoor weddings. And try to limit how many strong-scented flowers you place at each dinner table -- they may overpower the room and affect your guests' appetites!

#4: Being Too Picky

Flowers are seasonal, and this is an important factor to remember! If you're having a spring wedding, but are hoping for flowers that bloom in fall, you will likely have a harder time obtaining the flowers you want. And even if they are available, chances are that they will be much more expensive than you'd like. 

#5: Color Choices

Many of the best wedding florists can assist you with selecting flower colors that would work well with your theme, setting and dress colors. Try to be open minded about the process! And strive for bridesmaid bouquets that aren't too monochromatic with their dresses -- you want the bouquets to stand out from their dresses, not blend in! 

The Potted Pansy Provo City Center Temple

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 Abbey Armstrong Photography
Gown Margenes Bridal
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Bride Destiny Nichalson

Organic, Dirty, Real Florals | Chantel Lauren Fitting Session

The Potted Pansy Textural Bouquet

Bringing the outdoors inside.  Part of my theory when it comes to floral design is not to change, modify, or manipulate. It is to enhance and beautify.

It is to use the beauty of the earth that we see daily outside, inside of our homes, building and interior spaces. It is to bring those components that calm and move us, to the events that charm us.

So you'll continue to see branches and leaves, weeds, both living and dead things, and the best surprises from nature, in each of the arrangements I make. It really is nature's perfect beauty and the flowers in their imperfect form, that create the magic.

The Potted Pansy Chantel Lauren Gown
The Potted Pansy and Sage and Thistle Events
The Potted Pansy Organic Centerpiece

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Shaylei Halling Photo
Coordination and Design Sage and Thistle Events
Gowns Chantel Lauren
HMUA Kali Chris Hair and Makeup
Venue The Brick Room

5 Unique Ways to Integrate Flowers Into Your Wedding Day

If you're anything like me, then you probably LOVE flowers -- especially when it comes to wedding decorations and accessories! Although most people typically think of wedding day flowers in relation to the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces, there are many more ways to add a bit of nature into your wedding theme and designs!!

Here are some fantastic ideas to consider for your big day that will make it stand out from the traditional wedding we've all seen before: 

The Potted Pansy and Sara Weir Floral Installation

Include a Ceremony Installation

Ceremony installations and backdrops that involve a lot of greenery and florals are one of my all-time favorite things on this planet! I believe it truly gives an extra bit of romance to a moment that will mean so much to the both of you -- so why not make it even more special by standing in front of something beautiful?! Whether you're looking for a beautiful arch covered in garland and roses, a large greenery backdrop, or some other unique idea, including a ceremony installation is a gorgeous way to elevate your vow ceremony. 

Choose a Floral Hairstyle

I love love LOVE that flower crowns and floral hairstyles are back "in" again! No matter where you're getting married or what your wedding day style is, there is certainly a floral hairstyle to match. Prefer a simple look? Find one bloom that grabs everyone's attention! Going for a boho vibe? Nothing fits that better than a flower or greenery crown! You might even consider having your bridesmaids involved, each with a slightly different look!

Greenery Down the Staircase

Is there a grand entrance to the building at your venue? Or stairways at a particular spot that will be involved in one of the wedding-day festivities? Think about adding a bit of color to make it your own! Garlands are beautiful for this option, but so are other types of greenery, especially if you blend in some of your color palette or similar flowers to the ones in your bouquet. 

Hang Flowers from the Ceiling

Get glamorous and creative with floral chandeliers and dangling installations above the dance floor or reception tables! You can make it as over the top or as simple as you'd like, and it's definitely one that your guests will be talking about for days to come. 

Add Flowers to the Venue Fountain

If your wedding venue has one or more fountains onsite, you might want to ask the venue's coordinator if they allow flowers in the fountain! You could create an overflowing bouquet-like piece to really give it some personality, or you could use small flowers that float on the water's surfaces -- a truly romantic and dreamy option!

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 Installation The Potted Pansy
Design and Photography Sara Weir Photography 
Gown Shop Gossamer
Jewelry Kohnur
Model Pamelagiahi

As Ever Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The Potted Pansy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Gratitude. Today there really isn't anything more important that I could write. And yet, I seem stuck as to what to write. Gratitude seems like such an overwhelming statement. One word that contains so very much. One word that is supposed to express how we feel about so much of our lives and our world. One word, that if we really truly expressed appropriately, could change that world.

Rather than write a long paragraph about each of the thoughts in my mind and feelings in my heart, I'm simply going to do this in list form. I obviously won't cover it all, but this will be a good start! Paragraphs seem far too overwhelming and I would never finish this post...nor would you read it! So, a list...for which I am grateful.


Life's Experiences.

Hard Work.

Mishaps and Learning.



Splashing in the water.

Falling leaves.


Golden tones.

Tiny giggles.


Kind words.







Warm blankets.


Tender mercies.


The mountains.

The ocean.


My warm bed.


The seasons.

Mother Earth.




My husband.


Little arms.



Rays of sunlight.

Sweet notes.

The desert.

Criss crossing.


Quiet moments.

Flowers. Again.

Happy Thanksgiving. May you have a long list of gratitude this season and always!

The Potted Pansy Textural Thanksgiving
The Potted Pansy Centerpiece

3 Tips for Creating Unique Wedding Florals

Unique Wedding Florals The Potted Pansy

Not a fan of roses? Hoping to stay away from traditional flowers or colors for your wedding flower arrangements? No problem!

Whether you're hoping to achieve that off-beat bride look, or you simply don't want traditional wedding flowers, there are a few key ways to have non-traditional wedding florals for your big day. Take a look at the following tips to help you create an outside-of-the-box bouquet or centerpieces unlike any other!

Choose a Non-Traditional Color Palette

One of the first few steps you can take to have unique flower arrangements is by starting with your wedding color scheme. If a traditional look isn't for you, go for bolder or deeper colors on the color wheel. You might also consider changing out the soft pinks and solid reds with similar colors that might be a little lighter or darker than what you might be used to!

Add Lots of Texture

There's nothing quite like a bouquet that challenges the norm with plants that have fun textures to them! Some options include greenery, branches and foliage, berries, or even seeds. Ask your florist to see what plants might best achieve the look you're going for!

Mix it Up

While it is becoming far more popular than it used to, mixing up the florals you include instead of choosing all one flower is a great way to stand out from the crowd of other brides. It can be really stunning to have a unique combination of florals in your bouquet, especially if you have one big flower to be the focal piece!

The Potted Pansy Saltair Yellow Bouquet

When in Doubt, Ask Your Wedding Florist

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!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Gown As Ever Photography
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Model Buddrcupp
HMUA Tanglez Hair and Makeup
Film Lab The Find Lab

Daylight Savings Light | Centerpiece Focus

The potted pansy centerpiece

Daylight Savings always sets my body for a spin. I'm a create of habit, for sure, and even an hour's change does a number on me. And so, I've been feeling tired all week.

But this morning something magical happened. Today, for the first time since the time change, I saw the sun streaming through my south-facing windows and casting the most warm sun across the living room floor. I pulled a chair right up next to the window and sat here for a long while, enjoying, before deciding to write this.

It's been too long since I've simply sat to enjoy the sun. And the way the shadows fell so beautifully reminded me of the day we opened the front door, walked into this room and sat right on the floor. The day we called this our home. It was early December, 3 years ago, and the shadows that day had the same effect on me. I remember nothing the light and even commenting to my husband, as we toured this home during our buying search, how this room glowed. Maybe that's what convinced me that this was the place. Because this room glows every time the sun peeks out from the clouds all winter long. 

I'm not sure why I'm telling you this, except maybe because these thoughts also led to me thinking about when I took the leap to come back to florals full time. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made. It allows me to see this morning light streaming in the south facing windows all winter. It allows me to use my hands to design and create. And it allows me to meet so many of you. For that I am forever grateful.

So I'll go back to basking in the sun this morning and hope you find a little patch of sun today too!

The Potted Pansy Centerpiece Detail
The Potted Pansy Spring Centerpiece Close up
The potted pansy
The Potted Pansy Spring Centerpiece

How to Elope in a National Park

The Potted Pansy Dead Horse Point

One of my all-time favorite settings for elopements is a national park! And luckily here in Utah we have five of them (Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce)! 

If you're planning to elope in a national park, Utah is one of the best places to do so. Learn some tips and information below to create the perfect destination elopement at one of our gorgeous national parks!

Check with the Park About Permits

It's fairly standard for most public places to require permits, and the National Park System is no exception. While you can get married in a national park, you'll likely need to pay for a permit to do so -- even if it's just the two of you plus your officiant. Most of these permits are under $200, and should be reserved as soon as you can (even if that's several months in advance!). Each park may have its own rules, so be sure to ask someone from the park you plan to elope to for more information about their requirements.

Consider the Weather

Depending on the time of year you want to get married, you may have to check with the National Park Service to learn which months may have roads and trails closed off for the winter months. Many of the parks close sections (or the park entirely) on days when snowstorms blow through, so be sure to do your research. 

Ask About Ceremony Locations

Some parks may have specific areas designated for elopement and wedding ceremonies. Check with your park to see if you can get married at a location of your choosing or if they require you to select one from their recommended locations. 

Plan Ahead

Be sure to talk with any wedding vendors (such as wedding florists or photographers) about your specific plans well in advance. This will help them to know where to meet you inside the park, and be prepared in case you are hiking to a specific spot for the ceremony. 

Have a Backup Location in Mind

If you run into problems with weather or some other problem arises, consider selecting a backup location. Thankfully, Utah has several national monuments, state parks, and recreational areas with just as gorgeous views of our state as the national parks do! 

Even Elopements Are Better with Flowers

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!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader Dead Horse Point

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Eden Strader
Gown by Natalie Wynn Design
Ribbon by Honey Silks Co


This popped up in my feed today. From a year ago. I remember this shoot so well, remember waiting patiently for the day to finally arrive when Haley Nord and I would work copper. 

Copper The Potted Pansy and Haley Nord

I remember when Haley finally found this gown. It was perfect. The copper glow was gorgeous. The details absolutely divine. It wasn't over the top, but it had just enough splash. And the way it glistened! Oh the way it reflected the sun. Words will never be able to describe that!

And then the planning really started. We decided on a desert landscape to accent the copper and really bring in a earthy vibe. Of course, I loved that. But when we arrived at the location, the funniest thing happened. There was a small group of campers set up near where we had planned to shoot. They had a small fire going, a few motorbikes, and seemed to just be enjoying themselves. So, why not continue as planned? And we did. During set up, the campers pulled out their guns and by the time we were doing the shoot, they were shooting as well! Not at us!!! But at targets. Poor Haley! Every time a gunshot would go off, it seemed that she was in her most concentrated place and it startled her so badly! Such is real life! It's not always what we seen in the images!!!

This is one of my favorite bouquets, in one of my favorite locations, with some of my favorite people. And the images take me back to the memories of first time I ordered flowers in from out of state. To one of the first times I really felt that the structure of the bouquet was spot on. The first times that I knew this is how I wanted to design. To my love for saturated, bold, beautiful color. And how that bold color contrasts with the colors of the desert, sometimes washed out and subdued and drab. And it takes me back to the essence of me and the essence of design. And it makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you!

Copper Shadows
The Potted Pansy and Haley Nord
The Potted Pansy Copper Geode
The Potted Pansy Dinner Scape
The Potted Pansy Copper
The Potted Pansy Copper Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Copper Roads
The Potted Pansy Copper with Haley Nord

Florals and Tablescape The Potted Pansy
Photography Haley Nord
Model Lauren Bledsoe
HMUA Megan Gorley

Bright and Beautiful | Garden Rose Bouquet

Garden Rose Bouquet by The Potted Pansy

Garden roses. They are the thing! So I'm curious. Can you tell me which of these roses are garden roses? I'll let you take a guess...

Then tell you that garden roses are really just roses grown the way you would grow them at home! Rather than being grown in a production fashion, in south america, where hundreds and hundreds, maybe thousands of standard roses are grown and processed daily, they are grown in local dirt, by local farmers, with all of the imperfections and beauty of the roses that you have at home. So what is so amazing about them?

Well, first, they open beautifully! Do you see that bright magenta colored rose with the yellow center? See how it has opened? Do you see the difference between it and some of the lighter colored roses? That open look brings a texture and feel that only garden roses can bring!

Second, look at the petals! Garden roses seem to have millions and millions of ruffly petals that never end! Since they open more and aren't as tight of a bud as a regular rose, those ruffly petals seem to be even more prominent and beautiful.

Now look down below that open rose to the lighter pink rose just above Morgan's bracelet. That is also a garden rose! But it's a different variety grown in a different location. It's bloom is much bigger! So big in fact, that it outsizes most regular roses in every circumstance. I love looking down into the center of these roses to see the layers and how the shadows within those layers change the coloring of the rose. It's absolutely beautiful!

Yes, it's true that garden roses cost more than a standard rose. But can you see why? Just a single garden rose variety within a bouquet can make a world of difference! Oh, and the smell!!!! Standard roses have been grown for look and perfection. So much of the time the scent has actually been removed within the species to give way to other attributes. But garden roses...the smell is divine! I wish I could send you a scratch and sniff. You'd be in heaven!

The Potted Pansy Erin Elizabeth Photo

Florals by The Potted Pansy during the 1:1 Workshop with The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Gabriella Santos Photography and Erin Elizabeth Photo
Model Morgan Bronson
Ribbon by Honey Silks Co
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs

The Best Flowers + Foliage for Fall Bouquets

Fall is my absolute most favorite season of them all for so many reasons! Not only are the colors just jaw-dropingly gorgeous, but its colors are just so warm and inviting, especially for wedding bouquets!!

Fall weddings are all about embracing the season and the nature changing around you! In Utah, the mountains start to change color in early September and gradually the colors fill the valley through October -- making this time of year just perfect for saying your vows and celebrating love!

Fall Wedding Bouquet Ideas

What flower colors are best for each season?

If you're getting married in Utah around this time of year, it's fun to select colors that tie your wedding to the natural world around you, and only enhances and amplifies the decor you choose! One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is what coloring is best for each season. I like to respond by saying that nature tells us what is best already! Each season, nature gives us flowers and foliage that are truly distinctive and indicate what colors are best to use for wedding bouquets, decorations and backdrops. 

Autumn Wedding Flower Ideas

What flowers work well with fall weddings?

Fall is full of golden tones ranging from the very light, almost champagne side to the dark, coppery side. To achieve these color ranges, consider using some (or many!) of the following flowers for a stunning fall wedding:

Adding Foliage to Your Bouquet

And it wouldn't quite be a true fall bouquet if you didn't have some gorgeous foliage! When I can, I love finding some of my favorite fall foliage right in my backyard and foraging the colorful greens for my clients' floral decor. But if I'm purchasing, I'll almost always go for the following foliage: 

Bridal Bouquet Ideas for a Fall Wedding

Add in Lots of Texture

For some truly unique details and texture in your floral bouquet, try adding in some of my favorites: 

Contact the Best 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!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Blake Hogge
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Local Dahlias Poppin' Blossoms

Capturing Life and the World | To be a Wedding Photographer

I often wish I were a photographer. Capturing life and the world the way I see it; in small glimpses of texture, smells, delicate petals, and rough weeds. In the moments between the cracks. Molding the world into one square at a time and freezing that moment in time. There is a magic about that and the way the emotions from that moment are captured, to be remembered forever. The blowing of the wind and rustling of the leaves. The way the warm sunlight shines down at an angle and casts the most beautiful long shadows. Or the way the ribbons dance in the wind.

Wedding Photographers and The Potted Pansy

Isn't it beautiful? It makes me want to go back in time and step into this moment once again. For it was at this moment that I met the sweet Suzie from Loni Sue Photography. This wonderful woman has commented and liked and said the sweetest things to and about me. She has been a supporter and motivator from the beginning. So when this bouquet became available, I wanted her to have it!

And I wasn't wrong in wanting this, for when she came to collect the bouquet, she was far sweeter and kinder than I could have ever imagined. She graciously brought me eggs from her very own chickens and miraculously put together the wonder you see here. It's these details and so much more that the images bring to my mind.

Those are the memories that flood my mind when I see these images. That is the power of a photograph. So I'll go on wishing I were a photographer, and keep savoring moments like these that I will always remember because of the images. 

Loni Sue and The Potted Pansy
The Potted Pansy Spring
The Potted Pansy Utah Lake Submerged
The Potted Pansy Utah Lake

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Loni Sue Photography
Makeup by Christine Hoang
Hair by Camila Fuenzalida
Gown from Bridal Closet
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co
Model Lizzy Watts

Shapes, Techniques, and Bouquets Galore! | 1:1 Workshops

1:1 Workshops might happen to be my favorite kinds of workshops. Ever. Why? Because there really isn't anything better than a one on one connection, one on one attention, and a friendship that blooms while working! 

I was honored when Viktoriya from The Hanging Gardens initially emailed to ask about a personal workshop. I could tell from Viktoriya's images that she already had a strong sense of color and texture, and so for her to come to me for a bit more guidance on those topics as well as bouquet structure and design, was a huge compliment! I'm just going to put a plug in now...if you don't follow her on IG, you should! The Hanging Gardens, Back to the workshop...

Within the 2.5 days we were together, we made a total of 6 bouquets! All of which differed in style, shape, technique and design. It was floral heaven! So many blooms! So many colors! So many textures! And so much laughter! Below what you see are the culminating moments when we captured it all nestled up in the beautiful mountains of Utah. These are moments I will never forget and friendships we will never lose!

I have to thank everyone who helped on this very early morning. For it was perfection! Please see the list of models, gown designers, hair and makeup professionals, photographers and videographers below! They are some of the most talented individuals in the state and I highly recommend each of them!!!

Finally, there is something that came from this workshop that I think neither of us will ever forget. And it's almost something that cannot be explained. It's this sense of right that we have in our gut as designers. It's that first impression as we are building a bouquet or arrangement that tells us where to place or what to place, in that specific location. It's a oneness with the flowers that only comes from listening to within. And sometimes, that little whisper or feeling might tell us to do something completely illogical. But it's right. It's good. And it's harmonious. And so we trust that gut. We trust the feeling and we continue. For me, that feeling is found just below my rib cage, toward the front of my body. I can feel it. And I can trust it. I know it is always going to be there to guide and direct me as a design, if I simply listen. I believe that Viktoriya found it as well. Somewhere deep inside her is that same whispering feeling, saying this is it. Do this. And so I challenge you to find yours. Where is that feeling within your body, that tells you when something is good and right and harmonious? Does it guide you and lead you? 

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The Potted Pansy and Hanging Gardens

The Potted Pansy Morgan Bronson

The Potted Pansy Kristine Porter

If you would like your very own 1:1 workshop experience, please don't hesitate to ask! I promise you won't regret it! 

1:1 Workshop Teaching and Assisting by The Potted Pansy
Bouquets by The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Erin Elizabeth Photo and Gabriella Santos Photography
Video by Luke Porter Films
Models Kristine and Luke Porter and Morgan Bronson
Gowns from Maggie Sottero Designs and Off White Bride
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram

5 Most Scenic Places to Elope in Utah

The Potted Pansy Alexis Elopement

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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Photography Eden Strader
Gown Hayley Paige

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.

The Potted Pansy Spring Bouquet

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Kenzie D. Photography
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co
Model Kendra Mack

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.

Michelle and Nate Formals

"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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The Potted Pansy Michelle and Nate
The Potted Pansy Blue Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Blue Bouquet

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