This breathtaking wedding in Palm Springs is not your average desert wedding. Bursting with bright pinks and deep indigo blues, this colorful wedding at Korakia Pensione will leave you smiling from ear to ear. The bride got together with her bridesmaids to hand-dye napkins and runners used throughout the wedding that made everything feel more personal for not only the bride and groom, but also for their guests! Seriously, Confetti Skies designed one heck of a wedding day and we are swooning over every vibrant photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography.
From the photographer, Jenna Bechtholt Photography: In my experience, it’s a rare occasion to feel energized and so connected to a wedding day, and Katie and Aaron’s Palm Springs celebration at Korakia Pensione was exactly that for me. There is something about the colors of the desert that make it an ideal location for a wedding. Yes, it may be hot, but those sandy warm earth tones mixed with bright floral pops of color really speak to my creative soul. Katie & Aaron wanted to stick to the natural feel found so they decided to embrace and highlight the venue’s color scheme of whites, pinks, greens, and blues for their accent color. Every corner of the Korakia property is a picturesque bohemian fantasyland with enough bougainvilleas to sweep you off your feet.
From the bride: We knew for certain that we wanted a casual yet chic wedding day that felt warm and inviting. Aaron and I are both very close to our families and have endless appreciation for our circles of loved ones that have been a part of building us up as individuals and as a couple. We hoped that every person would feel at home and like they were a part of our celebration, not just attending it. Deciding on Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs set the tone for everything we did thereafter. Korakia was the only venue that we toured and we immediately knew it was a perfect fit.
During the ceremony, we took a moment to honor our parents, wove in little inside jokes, and even had everyone give celebratory high fives when we were pronounced husband and wife! Aaron and I have been high-fiving for years. We don’t even remember how it started, but it’s been a sign of encouragement, congratulations, and camaraderie throughout our relationship. It was so much fun to high five each other, our bridal parties, and our guests as we walked back up the aisle, which turned out to be one of our favorite moments captured by our videographers.
We came up with our color palette quite easily, as we wanted to play off of the desert’s natural beauty. The biggest enhancement to this palette was adding navy and indigo blues as our grounding color. This brought such unexpected depth to the typical desert tones palette. My bridesmaid and dear friend has done shibori indigo dye for years. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to incorporate into our day. This was the first “personal touch” detail that we added and it completely drove all of our color and style decisions. The napkins at each place setting were hand-dyed by myself, my bridal party, and my family. It was so special to create these beautiful tea towels that also served as favors for our guests. The subtle desert tones and multitude of textures kept everything down-to-earth and exciting, while bright pops of pink and bougainvillea brought everything to life!
Our guests were seated at dark wood farm-style tables, kept bare to show off their incredible texture. The tables featured simple eucalyptus garland and bougainvillea sprigs, woven around hundreds of vintage brass candlesticks. The pops of blue from our beautiful glassware and the indigo-dyed napkins kept it right in our wheelhouse. Accent tables also featured runners that we hand-dyed, as well as plenty more brass candles and stunning floral arrangements. We hadn’t planned out much for the dessert table, but it quickly took on a life of its own with all the extra accessories and the incredible treats!! It was visually one of my favorite parts of the day as vendors continued to add their touches to it. To add to the experience, we also included a coffee bar that opened up with delicious specialty drinks once dessert was served. My dad is a bit well-known in the coffee community for his amazing sketch art, so it was a no-brained to enlist his help to pick the perfect vendors.
I kept looking around in awe at this day that was so perfectly “us.” Since our wedding day we have repeatedly said that we want to do it again, not because we would fix anything, but because it was impossibly perfect just as it was. Even the strange little things that didn’t go exactly as planned only made the day more unique and memorable. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces at breakfast the next morning and hearing the murmurs about what an amazing time everyone had warmed our hearts beyond belief. It was exactly as we had hoped – everyone felt the love, everyone felt celebrated, everyone felt like a part of it.
We cannot get over how perfectly this colorful wedding was in the most beautiful wedding venue, Korakia Pensione. This California bride was seriously rockin’ her wedding style so if you’re looking for a little guidance on where to start, we’ve got you covered with these top 8 tips to style your dream wedding.
Photographer: Jenna Bechtholt Photography
Venue: Korakia Pensione
Event Design + Planning: Confetti Skies
Florals: The Love Sparrows
Dress: Calla Blanche – L’amour Collection
Boutique: Mary Me Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaids Jammies: Plum Pretty Sugar
Hair + Makeup: Juna Beauty
Groom Attire: Groom’s Grotto
Videography: Iron & Fern
Paper Goods: Minted
Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper Company
Invitation Map: Striped Cat Studio
Cake: Hapa Cupcakes
Catering + Desserts: F10 Catering
Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven
Furniture Rentals: Signature Rentals
Specialty Rentals: Planks + Patina
Officiant: Saral Burdette
Photo Booth: Union Booth
Bride’s Lace Getting Ready Robe: Homebodii from BHLDN
Bride’s Hair Color: Shelby Sue Hair
Vow Books: Blush Printables on Etsy