Downtown Salt Lake City Bridals

Downtown SLC Bridals

If you know me, you know I love nature. I'm not a city girl and I try hard to avoid crowds. So when the weather turned muddy just before this shoot, I was a little disappointed. We wouldn't be able to go up into the mountains for any images!

But man, was I wrong! This has become one of my favorites! The complete change in scenery, the big city feel, the concrete and shiny buildings! And the juxtaposition of that wild bouquet. It's kind of perfection.

I absolutely love seeing the flowing gown, so soft and delicate, amongst the strong and sharp lines of the buildings. I love the determined look in Audrey's eyes as she walks confidently around the city. I love the strength and delicate softness she portrays. I love that the florals show an inner spirit shining through a crowd of people. And I love that my little city looks like the big city!

And so I'm you prefer the nature scene or the city backdrop? Where would you choose?

Downtown Salt Lake Rooftop Bridals
Downtown SLC City Bridals
Downtown SLC City Bridal Shoot

How to Find the Right Floral Designer for Your Wedding

The Potted Pansy + As Ever Photography Utah Wedding

Whether you're just starting to plan your big day or you've already begun your search for the perfect wedding vendors, be sure you're working with experienced professionals you trust to help make your dream come true. 

After all, this day requires a lot of hard work -- for you and for your vendors! So you'll want to select ones who understand your style, personality and vision well enough to bring it alive. And when it comes to selecting the right wedding florist, try the following steps to help guide you along the way!

Determine Your Budget

Having a big wedding with all the bells and whistles? Opting for a smaller, intimate ceremony? No matter the size of your wedding guest list, a pre-planned budget can keep you in line so you aren't splurging on areas of the event that may not matter to you as much, and focus more on getting the highest quality vendors for the parts you care most about (such as photography, florals and venue). 

Start with Research

Some of the most well-designed weddings don't come together overnight. They require a certain level of research, so that you know exactly what you want your day to look like and which professionals can help you achieve it! Take a look at platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to get an idea of what floral arrangement styles you love and reach out to your top floral designer choices to see if their available for your date. 

Talk with a Few Florists and Ask Questions

Be sure to narrow down your search to a few of your top wedding florist choices and ask for a consultation. Set a time to meet with them in person (or video chat if you're planning a destination wedding) and ask them key questions to ensure you feel comfortable with them and like what they have to say. Here are some questions you should ask your potential wedding florist: 

  • Do you have my wedding date available? 
  • What is your floral design process like? 
  • What can you do within my budget? 
  • Do you have experience working with my venue? 
  • What flowers might look well with my style or theme? 

Pay a Deposit and Sign an Agreement

When you've decided on the right fit after the consultations, it'll be time to put it in writing! It's standard practice for most vendors in the wedding industry to require some form of deposit to secure their services for your date, and a signed agreement that states what the work will entail. 

Collaborate on Ideas 

And the rest is history! You'll have a blast collaborating on floral design ideas to bring together your wedding day with an organic, natural feel. Talk with them about bouquets, centerpieces, tablerunners, installations and more!

Looking for a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah?

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


Kristine + Luke Valentine's Day Romance in Salt Lake City

Valentines Day Love with The Potted Pansy

Love is in the Air! It's that month when we celebrate love, in all it's forms, but of course romantic love is at the top of that list. This adorable couple is the epitome and cute and fun and romantic and well, again, adorable. So making a little bouquet for them was a treat. What was even more of a treat? The SNOW!!!

We typically have snow in Utah beginning with the first flakes falling around Halloween (yes, that early) and we continue to shovel sometimes through March. I remember years we have had white flurries the first weeks of June even! Utah weather is so unpredictable. But this year has taken the cake. This year has been beyond unpredictable. This year we had snow once. Once. 
And guess what, this couple just happened to choose that one day for pictures! Oh how happy I was!!! If you look closely you can see a few white flurries in Kristine's hair and in the foreground in front of her. Look closely! I promise they are there!

So on this Valentine's Day, we will pretend there is snow, cuddle up in front of the fire even if it isn't that cold, and enjoy these romantic black, red, pink and WHITE images!

Utah Valentines Day Formal Session
Valentines Day Bouquet in Utah

Real Couple. Real Love.

All the way from hong kong

Real Couple. Real Love.

I know so many of you think these are all staged, styled shoots. But I'm here to tell you that so many of the images I post are of REAL couples sharing their REAL love. These two came all the way from Hong Kong to capture their love in the beautiful scenery that Utah has to offer. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with a myriad of natural offerings! From the Salt Flats to the snowy pined mountains. From Arches and Zion Natural Parks to Antelope Island. 

And besides that, can we talk about the red? I don't often make a red bouquet, but man I love the way this turned out! With Lynn's stunning red gown, this screams romantic! And I love it!

Lynn Tay Utah Winter Bridals
The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader Utah Bridals
The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader Salt Flat Bridals

Floral The Potted Pansy
Photography Eden Strader
Ribbon Honey Silks Co

A Night Under The Starts | Utah Winter Wedding


A Night Under The Stars began with the inspiration from Picasso's "Starry Night". When Mallory first came to me, she had already pulled some of the tones from the painting and added in her own personal preference of blush and white. And so the romantic starry night color palette included the deep night navy blue, the teal and gold tones of the setting sun, and that light blush...representing those first bits of light shining on a new morning.

And not only did the color palette reflect a night under the stars, but guests were literally seated under the stars. No, not outside in the freezing winter weather. No, the ceiling installation, built and hung on a 25' ceiling, gave a romantic, magical mood to the entire room. And those twinkle lights brought the cool winter night indoor.

The massive centerpieces sent this wedding over the top! As if a huge ceiling installation wasn't enough, we met it's majesty with 25 of the largest arrangements, stunning the guests whose oohs and aahs were audible. 

It was a sparkling, starry dream, A Night Under the Stars, a magical creation, all taken from the inspiration of a painting and a name.

Mallory and Steve
Mallory Arch
Mallory by The Potted Pansy
Mallory and Steve bridals
Mallory centerpiece

Sydney + Dustin | A Love Story Unlike Any Other

Sydney + Dustin and The Potted Pansy

Love doesn't always look the way we imagine it. Love isn't always found in the obvious places. Love is unique to each one of us an this couldn't be more true of Sydney and Dustin. 

The look on their faces, the glow in their eyes, the mutual respect between them, was more than I could bear on that day. It's these types of couple and their love that give me far more than I could ever give them. Knowing these people and seeing the way they live their lives has only enriched mine. Thank you, to both of you. I'll never forget you!

Sydney Terry
Sydney + Dustin and The Potted Pansy bouquet
Alix Ann Loosle and The Potted Pansy
Sydney + Dustin Married

Haley + Truck Desert Elopement | Utah Elopement Florist

Kandice Breinholt and The Potted Pansy

When you wish upon a start (then work for it), dreams do come true! I've wanted to work with the talented Kandice Breinholt for as long as I can remember. But to be honest, she felt untouchable, far out of my reach. She was one of those creative that was beyond me simply because she was so good at what she does.

But I worked. I learned, I grew and as I did, continued improving my art. I dared to let Kandice know that I wanted to work with her. I set that little bug out there for if and maybe and when. And I kept working. 

Then one day she asked..."I have a personal project", she said. "One for which you'd be perfect." And then she told me all about her vision.

Oh. My. Word. It was dreamy.....
And elopement featuring some of my favorite people in front of the camera this time (Haley Nord) and a location that's only found in your dreams. Or in 8 miles off any road in Southern Utah.

Well the dream came true. The images speak for themselves. And I learned to keep working. To voice my dreams. And to work some more.

Kandice Breinholt and The Potted Pansy bouquet
Kandice Breinholt and The Potted Pansy elopement
Kandice Breinholt and The Potted Pansy bouquet closeup

Sara Weir

Sara Weir + The Potted Pansy tablescape

Light and Dark.

Simple and Real.

Homemade Bread.



Each time I feel I lose my way or when I feel too overwhelemed, unfocused, and "stuck" in the busy day-to-day, these are the images that bring me back to my center. These are the words that resonate in my soul.

At the beginning of each year I carefully choose a word, or a phrase, that defines my hope, my focus, my attention for the year. 2018 is the year of "live richer". I know you're now wondering why a tabsescape void of rich food, extravagent plating, and that feels almost empty would represent living richer. 

Living richer this year, for me, does not mean more. It means less. Less distraction, less pressure, less busy. It means more being present, more hands in the dirt and the dough, more breathing in the fresh air, more laughter, more play. More living in the moment. And it means more saying no. So this table represents a meal full of the simple things in life, void of distraction, and full of love, life, and living richer.

So you're invited. Come to my house. We'll bake bread. And we'll laugh. We might play with flowers. And most of all, we'll be present. 

Sara Weir + The Potted Pansy Light and Shadow
Sara Weir and The Potted Pansy table
Sara Weir and The Potted Pansy Arrangement
Sara Weir and The Potted Pansy Bouquet
Sara Weir and The Potted Pansy gown
Sara Weir and The Potted Pansy light

Photography Sara Weir Photography
Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Shop Gossamer
Model Pamela Giahi
HMUA Kohnur
Jewelry Seaworthy
Paper Goods Refine Studio
Ceramic Plates Notary Ceramics
Tablecloth, Napkins and Silver Candlesticks Williams Sonoma
Glass Candlesticks Crate and Barrel
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
As seen on Style Me Pretty

Brittany + Jordan | Formal Bridals on Antelope Island, Utah

That dogwood though. Enough said.

The Potted Pansy dogwood bouquet
The Potted Pansy Brittany Hixon bride

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