desert wedding

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

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