Bridal Bouquet

Mercedes + Tyler

Mercedes and Tyler Utah LDS Wedding

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

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

Mercedes Utah Fall Wedding

Capitol Reef National Park Elopement

Capitol Reef Elopement

Adventure Weddings? Yes. Yes. And yes.

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

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

Miesh Hanging piece Shoot

Utah Indoor Elopement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ok enough words, enjoy!"

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

Indoor Boho Elopement
The Potted Pansy Indoor Elopement

Soft and Romantic yet Wild and Desert | Kenzie and Tyler

The Potted Pansy Baylee Dennis Bouquet

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

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

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

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

Ribbon that flows on for days.

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

It's kind of what I love. 

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Enlightened Workshop | Earth

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

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

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

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

Which Bridal Bouquet Size is Right for Me?

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

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

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

As Ever Photography Small Bouquet

1. What size bridal bouquets are there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

4. What is my wedding dress like? 

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

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

When in Doubt: Talk with Your Wedding Florist

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

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

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

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

Saltair Utah Dancer | Utah Florist

Saltair Stunner

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

Saltair Bridal Bouquet
Saltair Salt Lake City Bridal Bouquet

Stephanie + Asay | Utah Boho Bridal Dream

Utah Boho Wedding

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

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

Utah Desert Elopement

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

Delia + Dylan Wedding | La Caille Beauty

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

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

Utah Mountain Bridals

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

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

Allie + Joe Moab Wedding

Moab Wedding The Potted Pansy

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

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

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

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

Kale
Stock
Roses
Peony
Poppies
Veronica
Nine Bark
Hellebore
Lavender
Succulents
Delphinium
Ranunculus
Olive Branch
Garden Roses
Queen Anne's Lace
Coral Charm Peony

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

Spring Moab Wedding Bouquet
Moab Spring Bouquet
Moab Wedding Bouquet

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

Utah Salt Flats Bridal Session

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

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

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

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

Utah Desert Mountain Engagements

Utah Desert Mountain Bridal Bouquet

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

Utah Desert Bridal Session
Utah Desert Mountain Bridals

The Gown and The Queen Who Wears It | Utah Wedding Floral

Blake Hogge and Ruedenseine with The Potted Pansy Utah bridal

You all know I go a little head over heels for that boho bride who dances to her own beat and hears her own music. So how could I not jump at the chance to work with this talented team to photograph the ULTIMATE boho dress?! Not wedding you say? I beg to differ!

Just because a gown isn't white doesn't mean it isn't a gown! Remember, do you! Be you! If you fall in love with a dress listen to that inner voice telling you this is it! Ignore what the world says. Ignore what others say. If this is really you, go for it! 

And enjoy every moment of being the princess, the queen, the star of the show in that gown! Here's a quick peek at some of the beautiful images captured on this day. The gown itself makes a statement, but when perfectly paired with the other details, it's a show stopper! 

What do you think of that crown? Talk about a modern day queen? That crown is it! Soft, natural hair in a half up do accents it perfectly. Flawless natural makeup that defines the natural beauty in this bride. Florals that also make a statement and pull out the tones and detail in that gown. Ribbon. I don't ever think I even need to say anything about ribbon. The setting. Weeds. Rocks. Dirt. A bit of water in the background. A golden sunset. Editing style that knocks these images out of the park.

And the most important part, love. 

Utah Antelope Island Bridals
Antelope Island Bridal Session
Summer & Jeff's Utah Formals
Summer & Jeff's Antelope Island Formals
Summer & Jeff's Antelope Island Bouquet

Wintery Fog Utah Bridals

Foggy Winter Utah Bridals with The Potted Pansy

It's the winter fog and the soft white gown and those piercing eyes. Oh those eyes! It's the mystery that lurks just beyond the blur of the fog and the deep sea that swims in her eyes. It's the simple romance that makes a woman more beautiful than her features, more beautiful than what meets the eye, more soul and more complete. That's what makes a woman truly beautiful. Her soul.

And along with that, sometimes you don't need a large, fancy bouquet. Sometimes you simply need to compliment what already exists and the beauty around you. Let that woman shine. And compliment her with natural beauty.

Foggy Utah Bridals with The Potted Pansy

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 interested...do 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

Lundy + Anders | Utah Greenery Wedding

Lundy Utah Winter Bridals

Greenery. It's the thing. It's been on trend for about a year now and seems to be hitting it's peak this year! And oh do we love it! There is so much goodness and depth and texture and shape that comes with greenery. It's unique in it's own way and brings out both a classic style as well as a more modern, boho style. 

Lundy was one of the most classic brides we have ever met! She wanted clean, textural, simple, and timeless. And she wanted green. So off we went! Her bouquet doesn't actually have ANY flower blooms in it! Do you see that? It's all greenery, textural flowers, and what we call filler flowers...meaning they don't have big blooms on them. 

What I love about her bouquet is the depth and range of texture in it! So I know you're asking yourself, what? No flowers? But do you really think they're necessary? Give us some fern, a bit of eucalyptus, acacia, holly, pitt, snow on the mountain, desert yearning, privet, veronica, olive, bay leaf, and scabiosa pods and we are more than happy! There is so much to look at that we don't even miss the focal blooms!!!

Besides the fact that Lundy's eyes are the impeccable match to the green. Take a look! She has THE most gorgeous eyes! 

We're all about that bout too! It's textural, it's simple, it's manly and stately. It's classic. But not boring. It's what our grooms are asking for! None of the focals and all of the texture!

And finally, ribbon. Gold velvet ribbon. Classic. 

Utah Wedding Bouquet
Utah Green Bouquet

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
 

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