Fall Bouquet

Mercedes + Tyler

Mercedes and Tyler Utah LDS Wedding

Because I’ll never get over this sweet, gorgeous late summer wedding! Mercedes and Ty are still some of my all-time favorite people and I jump at every chance to see them! Mercedes gown was absolute perfection. Ty’s light gray suite was elegant yet understated. The way they look at each other was indescribable.

And the dahlias! Oh. My. Word. If you’re getting married in August or September, you MUST have dahlias! Mercedes wanted to incorporate some antique frames that were meaningful so we created this beautiful backdrop for their ring ceremony. Dahlias galore in muted fall tones with all that lush greenery. Oh take me back! Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you for being friends forever!

Mercedes Utah Fall Wedding

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

Delia + Dylan Wedding | La Caille Beauty

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

This wedding was so gorgeous that I struggle to even find words to describe it. First of all, Delia is the most stunning human being and the sweetest of souls. I was delighted to work with her and humbled by her kindness and thoughtfulness, with all those around her. The fact that she is an official Ford model helps a bit too! LOL.

These two lovebirds met while vacationing one year in Mexico. If I recall correctly, the one or the other was already dating someone, so the friendship remained as such until a few months later when, Delia reached out to Dylan asking a few questions and mentioning that she had recently been baptized into the LDS Church. Well Dylan was a member of the church too, so win to the start of their relationship. Over long distance and lots of time, traveling back and forth from Utah to Arizona to all over the world, these two dated and when the deal became official, Delia reached out to me.

In all reality, the wedding that we pulled off was not the wedding Delia had originally wanted. Her dream wedding was in a completely different color scheme and we planned out the wedding as such. It was beautiful. But I could tell there was something holding Delia back. Something just wasn't quite right. Then one day, she emailed me with an image from my instagram feed. This she said, was what she really wanted. This she said, was her. This she said, made her happy. The colors were bright and spring and fun. 

But that bouquet that she loved was a spring bouquet. With spring flowers. Which were not going to be available during her October wedding. So what do you do as a florist? You modify! This is what a florist does and this is the fun part!!! What flowers can we use that are available during this time of year in this color palette and overall feel? Well for this particular wedding, dahlias were the answer! And locally grown dahlias are the very best! A huge thanks and shout out to Poppin Blossoms Farm for the dahlias! 

Delia looked like a princess and I hope she felt like one too! The location she and Dylan selected was one of the most coveted spots in Utah. And you can see why! La Caille is absolutely gorgeous with the vineyards, the rockies in the background, and the stunning grounds that make you feel as if you were in Tuscany. 

Then her gown, that hair piece, her veil, her incredible hair, that flowing ribbon. I just can't get enough of it all and will always hold this one in my mind with so much love. I would be ungrateful if I didn't recognize that these sorts of things take a team to complete. And another huge thanks to my dear friend, Sarah, at Blushing Rose Floral, who pulled off that arch. Isn't it exquisite???

Here's to more spring bouquets in the fall and more fall bouquets in the spring. To really stretching our creativity to make the wedding the bride dreams of! And to brides who make it all worth it! Thank you, Delia! Love you!

Delia & Dylan's Wedding

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

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
 

The Best Flowers + Foliage for Fall Bouquets

Fall is my absolute most favorite season of them all for so many reasons! Not only are the colors just jaw-dropingly gorgeous, but its colors are just so warm and inviting, especially for wedding bouquets!!

Fall weddings are all about embracing the season and the nature changing around you! In Utah, the mountains start to change color in early September and gradually the colors fill the valley through October -- making this time of year just perfect for saying your vows and celebrating love!

Fall Wedding Bouquet Ideas

What flower colors are best for each season?

If you're getting married in Utah around this time of year, it's fun to select colors that tie your wedding to the natural world around you, and only enhances and amplifies the decor you choose! One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is what coloring is best for each season. I like to respond by saying that nature tells us what is best already! Each season, nature gives us flowers and foliage that are truly distinctive and indicate what colors are best to use for wedding bouquets, decorations and backdrops. 

Autumn Wedding Flower Ideas

What flowers work well with fall weddings?

Fall is full of golden tones ranging from the very light, almost champagne side to the dark, coppery side. To achieve these color ranges, consider using some (or many!) of the following flowers for a stunning fall wedding:

Adding Foliage to Your Bouquet

And it wouldn't quite be a true fall bouquet if you didn't have some gorgeous foliage! When I can, I love finding some of my favorite fall foliage right in my backyard and foraging the colorful greens for my clients' floral decor. But if I'm purchasing, I'll almost always go for the following foliage: 

Bridal Bouquet Ideas for a Fall Wedding

Add in Lots of Texture

For some truly unique details and texture in your floral bouquet, try adding in some of my favorites: 

Contact the Best 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!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Blake Hogge
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Local Dahlias Poppin' Blossoms

Shapes, Techniques, and Bouquets Galore! | 1:1 Workshops

1:1 Workshops might happen to be my favorite kinds of workshops. Ever. Why? Because there really isn't anything better than a one on one connection, one on one attention, and a friendship that blooms while working! 

I was honored when Viktoriya from The Hanging Gardens initially emailed to ask about a personal workshop. I could tell from Viktoriya's images that she already had a strong sense of color and texture, and so for her to come to me for a bit more guidance on those topics as well as bouquet structure and design, was a huge compliment! I'm just going to put a plug in now...if you don't follow her on IG, you should! The Hanging Gardens, Back to the workshop...

Within the 2.5 days we were together, we made a total of 6 bouquets! All of which differed in style, shape, technique and design. It was floral heaven! So many blooms! So many colors! So many textures! And so much laughter! Below what you see are the culminating moments when we captured it all nestled up in the beautiful mountains of Utah. These are moments I will never forget and friendships we will never lose!

I have to thank everyone who helped on this very early morning. For it was perfection! Please see the list of models, gown designers, hair and makeup professionals, photographers and videographers below! They are some of the most talented individuals in the state and I highly recommend each of them!!!

Finally, there is something that came from this workshop that I think neither of us will ever forget. And it's almost something that cannot be explained. It's this sense of right that we have in our gut as designers. It's that first impression as we are building a bouquet or arrangement that tells us where to place or what to place, in that specific location. It's a oneness with the flowers that only comes from listening to within. And sometimes, that little whisper or feeling might tell us to do something completely illogical. But it's right. It's good. And it's harmonious. And so we trust that gut. We trust the feeling and we continue. For me, that feeling is found just below my rib cage, toward the front of my body. I can feel it. And I can trust it. I know it is always going to be there to guide and direct me as a design, if I simply listen. I believe that Viktoriya found it as well. Somewhere deep inside her is that same whispering feeling, saying this is it. Do this. And so I challenge you to find yours. Where is that feeling within your body, that tells you when something is good and right and harmonious? Does it guide you and lead you? 

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The Potted Pansy and Hanging Gardens

The Potted Pansy Morgan Bronson

The Potted Pansy Kristine Porter

If you would like your very own 1:1 workshop experience, please don't hesitate to ask! I promise you won't regret it! 


1:1 Workshop Teaching and Assisting by The Potted Pansy
Bouquets by The Hanging Gardens
Photography by Erin Elizabeth Photo and Gabriella Santos Photography
Video by Luke Porter Films
Models Kristine and Luke Porter and Morgan Bronson
Gowns from Maggie Sottero Designs and Off White Bride
Hair and Makeup by Janelle Ingram

Utah Bride Blog | Rich, Deep, Fall Weddings

Utah Bride Blog The Potted Pansy Fall

Rich, deep, jewel tones paired with soft yellows and blues. It's a rainbow of fall goodness. Asking to be involved in this inspirational shoot with Utah Bride Blog was a dream come true. Their magazine is always beautiful and the thought of being asked to be on those pages was a thrill!

So with a fall base and an accent of mandarin and velvet, we began. Fall always reminds me of the rich earth, harvesting summer's labors, and the colors of the golden sun fading. The rich tones that are created by the crisp air seem to energize the soul while preparing us for winter's sleep. It's not a surprise that our color palettes and tastes are naturally drawn to what the earth is producing during this season. This range of golden to apricot to autumn orange keeps the tone light and airy, allowing for other accent pieces in decor, ribbon and highlighted florals to create a pop for the eye to enjoy. The overall look is rich, yet not heavy. It's delicate and soft. But that doesn't mean it isn't full of texture or unique! A touch of blue along with the harvested beets creates conversation, interest, and a bit of unique character to make this design one of a kind.

I really feel like the images speak for themselves and there is so little I could add in words to enhance them. I mean, they said it best, so here are a few excerpts from the magazine!

"Blue velvet meets mandarin orange in this fall inspired look. A style that encompasses a depth and richness portrayed in romantic gothic revival with a modern bohemian twist. Layers of texture were scattered throughout the look with a hand painted gown, aged candlestick holders, velvet ribbon, fresh fruit, hand dyed napkins, and the ornate architecture of the Thomas S. Monson building."

"Canvas pulled from the natural colors of fresh fruit and added touches of aged brass to create a unique look that hints at both the pas and the present. The range of blues in the dinnerware and candles creates age and depth while the pops of orange and red bring freshness" 

So without any more text, a simple thank you; for the invite, the talent, the friendships, and the images! And most of all, the experience!!!!!

If you love this as much as I do, don't hesitate to peruse the magazine pages here, talk with the incredibly talented stylist and planner, Canvas Weddings and Events, or hire Travis J Photo for incredible film images! Lastly, a huge thank you to Honeysilks Co for donating samples of her new line of velvet ribbon!!!!! It really is just as good as it sounds; even better! The shine, texture, and drape are gorgeous! I think everyone needs some, just because! And now, the images...

Utah Bride Blog The Potted Pansy Fall Cake
Utah Bride Blog The Potted Pansy Fall Bouquet
Utah Bride Blog Image
Utah Bride Blog The Potted Pansy fall

COLOR THEORY & FLYING RIBBONS | UNIQUE UTAH BOUQUET

Color is such a fabulous thing. It creates a mood nothing nothing else. It determines so much of the atmosphere. I don't think it's just by chance that one of the first things a brides decides on is her wedding colors. So much comes from this single decision!

We use color to indicate so many different things in this world. We've gotten to the point hta twe even assign our personalities to a color. Speaking of that, now I'm curious what color personality  you fall inot! Has it changed over the years? I feel that my personality definitely has!

But back to color. We see greens, blues, and purples as calming and tranquil colors while reds, oranges, and yellows provoke fun and exciting emotions. Within the cool range of color (blues, greens, and purples) are countless shades and tones. While the same exists in the warm color palette of reds, oranges, and yellows. These shades and tones give us variety, interest, and depth. Depth of life, variety in flowers, and interest in nature, if we simply look for it! Color is everywhere and even a lack of color can indicate a certain mood. Again, there is a reason that black is traditionally the clothing color for funerals. Black is solemn and respectful in and of itself.

And so it was with this Utah bridal bouquet. That rust colored bearded iris took my breath away. I have forever loves rust and copper and patina, and really all things within this color range. I find it rich ad seemingly full of history, as it takes my mind to old and won things, full of life in the past, memories of what has been, and stories to be told. 

Pairing the rust with a golden yellow that faded into a soft buttercream then tinted ivory, seemed to soften it's richness. Then pulling into the purple tones, while still holding true to a warm color palette tested my knowledge of color theory and forced me to put into practice what I know!

Purple is a funny color. It can be both warm based and cool based. And mixing both warm and cool colors can be tricky. Finding a truly warm based purple was key here and makes that yellow pop! It also allows for the rust to tie the two spectrums together.

I hope you see it! And now that I've rambled and rambled about color theory, the best way for you to experience it is simply by looking at the images! But before you do, I have to say Utah is gorgeous. And RIBBON. Watch for that ribbon!!!!! 

HoneySilks + The Potted Pansy Bouquet
The Potted Pansy + Nicole Leigh Rust Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Rust Bouquet

Photography Nicole Leigh Photography
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Florals The Potted Pansy
Model Ericka Renae
Gown Maggie Sottero Designs
HMUA Makeup by Katina