Boho Bouquet

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

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

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

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

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

Bright and Beautiful | Garden Rose Bouquet

Garden Rose Bouquet by The Potted Pansy

Garden roses. They are the thing! So I'm curious. Can you tell me which of these roses are garden roses? I'll let you take a guess...

Then tell you that garden roses are really just roses grown the way you would grow them at home! Rather than being grown in a production fashion, in south america, where hundreds and hundreds, maybe thousands of standard roses are grown and processed daily, they are grown in local dirt, by local farmers, with all of the imperfections and beauty of the roses that you have at home. So what is so amazing about them?

Well, first, they open beautifully! Do you see that bright magenta colored rose with the yellow center? See how it has opened? Do you see the difference between it and some of the lighter colored roses? That open look brings a texture and feel that only garden roses can bring!

Second, look at the petals! Garden roses seem to have millions and millions of ruffly petals that never end! Since they open more and aren't as tight of a bud as a regular rose, those ruffly petals seem to be even more prominent and beautiful.

Now look down below that open rose to the lighter pink rose just above Morgan's bracelet. That is also a garden rose! But it's a different variety grown in a different location. It's bloom is much bigger! So big in fact, that it outsizes most regular roses in every circumstance. I love looking down into the center of these roses to see the layers and how the shadows within those layers change the coloring of the rose. It's absolutely beautiful!

Yes, it's true that garden roses cost more than a standard rose. But can you see why? Just a single garden rose variety within a bouquet can make a world of difference! Oh, and the smell!!!! Standard roses have been grown for look and perfection. So much of the time the scent has actually been removed within the species to give way to other attributes. But garden roses...the smell is divine! I wish I could send you a scratch and sniff. You'd be in heaven!

The Potted Pansy Erin Elizabeth Photo

Florals by The Potted Pansy during the 1:1 Workshop with The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Gabriella Santos Photography and Erin Elizabeth Photo
Model Morgan Bronson
Ribbon by Honey Silks Co
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs

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

Michelle + Nate. Blue Bridals.

Michelle and Nate Formals

"I'm boho at heart and was determined to have a boho wedding...but then I found this dress..."

That's how my conversation started with Michelle. Her dress was absolutely divine. Lace detail, sheer lace sleeve, a back comb veil that was to die for. Not really boho, no. But gorgeous as could be!

Michelle's venue was full of plants, a mini garden of Eden greenhouse, placed right in the middle of Salt Lake City. so we really didn't need a lot of color on the tables or much detail either. In this instance, less was definitely more.

And that left Michelle. Her stately dress. That beautiful curly hair. And Nate. His dark suit. Their stunning features together. 

We decided to put most of our emphasis, all of the color, and the tiniest glimpses of boho, into her bouquet. This girl needed to call all of the attention. And we both got giddy when we decided on a plum/magenta ribbon! Yes!!! That was the starting point that got the juices flowing. The rest just came together!

Michelle gave me few specifics: magenta/plum, a soft orange, blue. And let me run with it. But run with blue? Um...not my favorite flower color. Because, well, flower just don't grow blue. The options are so few and limited. But, I thought, we could use a purplish blue. And I ordered in the blue anemones. I've really only seen them a dark purple. But that could work, right?!

You guys!!!!! i have never, ever seen them come in this color! Ever. Blue!!! True, royal, beautiful blue! I'll probably never see them again. So blue. I love you!

The Potted Pansy Eden Strader
The Potted Pansy Michelle and Nate
The Potted Pansy Blue Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Blue Bouquet

Photography by Eden Strader Photography
Florals by The Potted Pansy
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co

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