Light and Shadow

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

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

Sara Weir

Sara Weir + The Potted Pansy tablescape

Light and Dark.

Simple and Real.

Homemade Bread.

Quiet.

 

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
 

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

Copper.

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
 

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

Out of the Dark Shadows | Utah Spring Bouquet

Out of the Dark Shadows, The Potted Pansy

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.

Dark Shadows The Potted Pansy

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

Choose Kindness | Utah Floral Workshop

The Potted Pansy Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

The Potted Pansy Workshop Close up
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The Potted Pansy workshop choose kindness
The Potted pansy table
The Potted Pansy Workshop tablescape
The Potted Pansy Workshop Centerpiece

Coordination and Sponsorship
The Potted Pansy

Speakers and Teachers
Business Course Roots Floral Design
Centerpiece Design Blushing Rose Floral
Bouquet Design Carpe Diem Design

Attendees
Local Roots Flower Farm
La Belle Fleur
Alexis Lauren Floral
Heidi Firth Floral
Beehive Floral
Utah Flower Girl

Photography
As Ever Photography

Models
Sarah Asay
Jenevieve Hubbard
Chandi Featherstone

Gowns
Maggie Sottero Designs
Claire Pettibone

HMUA
ChandiKateBeauty

Table Styling
Canvas Weddings and Events

Table Runner
Honey Silks Co

Venue
The White Space Studio

Floral Wholesale
Mayesh Wholesale
Kelly Girard



 

Enlightened Workshop 2017 | Modern Southwest Elopement

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

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

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

Think outside the reception box.

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

Make a fashion statement.

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

Layer on the organic details.

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

Go for earthy tones.

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

Experiment. Why not?

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

Live happily ever after.

No explanation needed."

Elopement The Potted Pansy
Elopement Florals The Potted Pansy
Elope The Potted Pansy
Elopement Table The Potted Pansy
Elope The Potted Pansy Garland
The Potted Pansy Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Elope Image
Elopement Groom The Potted Pansy

Enlightened Workshop 2017
Featured on Utah Bride Mag

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

Utah Desert Wedding | Light and Shadow

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

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

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

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

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

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