Utah Desert

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

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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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

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

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

Brittany + Jordan | Formal Bridals on Antelope Island, Utah

That dogwood though. Enough said.

The Potted Pansy dogwood bouquet
The Potted Pansy Brittany Hixon bride
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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.

Family.

Life's Experiences.

Hard Work.

Mishaps and Learning.

Books.

Fireplaces.

Splashing in the water.

Falling leaves.

Laughter.

Golden tones.

Tiny giggles.

Flowers. 

Kind words.

Friends.

Determination.

Christ.

Texture.

Leather.

Technology.

Warm blankets.

Cuddles.

Tender mercies.

Photographers.

The mountains.

The ocean.

Weeds.

My warm bed.

Cheese.

The seasons.

Mother Earth.

Tickling.

Caramel.

Cuddles.

My husband.

Nature.

Little arms.

Weeds.

Kisses.

Rays of sunlight.

Sweet notes.

The desert.

Criss crossing.

Planners.

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

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
 

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