Utah Wedding Photography

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

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Ranch

If you and your soon-to-be spouse love the outdoors and everything non-traditional, an adventure wedding may be the perfect option! 

What is an Adventure Wedding? 

Adventure weddings have increased in popularity over the last few years -- and for good reason! Not only does it give you the freedom to celebrate your love nearly anywhere you'd like, but you can likely plan it in a shorter timeframe, with less stress and with a smaller budget. 

To put it simply, adventure weddings are ceremonies held in an outdoorsy location, especially in places like the mountains, forest or desert. Although many couples choose to do without any wedding guests, others invite a small group of friends and family to join in on the fun!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Lodge outdoor

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

One of the best perks about this unique style of wedding is that you can put as much or as little effort into them as you'd like. You can keep the planning process to a minimum, with only the details you care most about. 

Top Places in Utah for an Adventure Wedding

The first step to planning any wedding is to find the right place to say your vows. Utah's vast landscape offers dozens of great places to have an adventure wedding, which can make it hard to choose just one!

Between five stunning National Parks and a wide range of state and local parks, you're sure to find something you love for an adventure wedding backdrop. You might even take a look at another one of our blog posts on 5 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Utah that may give you the inspiration you need!

Keep in mind that the desert can get extremely hot during the summer and very chilly in the winter. Spring and fall are beautiful times of the year for an adventure wedding in Utah, but if you're up for some snow, winter can be just as beautiful for your big day!

Vendors to Contact in the Planning Process

Once you've found your location, you should begin reaching out to a handful of wedding vendors who can help you bring your vision to life. 

A few you'll want to consider speaking with include a wedding photographer, a floral designer, an officiant, a wedding videographer, and a makeup and hair artist. Once you book your vendors, the rest is up to you! Send invitations to guests you'd like to join in on the fun, or start reserving a place to stay for just the two of you!

The Potted Pansy Bouquet Red Cliffs Lodge

Contact a Top Floral Designer in Utah

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/adventure weddings!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliff Ranch

Ribbon Honey Silks & Co
Bride Michelle
Venue Red Cliffs Ranch

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

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

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!
 

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

A Night Under The Starts | Utah Winter Wedding

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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

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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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

UTAH WINTER BOUQUET | NATURE BOUQUET | UTAH TEXTURAL FLORIST

What speaks to you? What inspires you? What brings you back to your peaceful center or sets a fire within you to achieve more?