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Exotic Nautical Wedding Style and Decor from Kristin Banta Events

March 3, 2011 | admin

wedding decor inspired by exotic old-world nautical ports and gypsy travelers, event design, planning and production by Kristin Banta Events, photos by Miki & Sonja

The spectacularly talented team at Kristin Banta Events is a never-ending source of truly unique wedding style ideas and creations. I am always blown away by the weddings that this Junebug member business designs and produces, and this fantastic Palm Springs wedding is no different!

wedding decor inspired by exotic old-world nautical ports and gypsy travelers, event design, planning and production by Kristin Banta Events, photos by Miki & Sonja

Inspired by the exotica of old-world sea ports, Kristin combined nautical elements, the eclecticism of gypsy travelers and a rich and dramatic color palette of navy, cinnamon and orange with hints of celadon and gold to create a fantasy-filled environment for this wedding at Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California. Multiple layers of colors, textures and fabrics were used to set the scene along with thoughtful details like pomegranates, figs, compasses, sea-glass floats, nautical rope and a mixture of collected trays and vessels.

wedding decor inspired by exotic old-world nautical ports and gypsy travelers, event design, planning and production by Kristin Banta Events, photos by Miki & Sonja

During the wedding ceremony the aisle was lined with lanterns and bowls of fruit, and the altar was defined by a collection of Belgian rugs and groupings of lanterns, seaglass bottles and dark wooden bowls of flowers, fruit and nautical elements. The pool was embellished with hammered brass bowls and candles floating on the surface. Guests sat in wooden chairs and were shaded by dramatic tent frames draped in layers of textiles torn and gathered like makeshift gypsy cabanas. As guests entered the ceremony they were offered sangria and cucumber mint water from the rustic wooden bar.

Following the ceremony guests were led down a lantern-lined path to the Moroccan poolside where they enjoyed a variety of colorful and exotic cocktails and hors doeuvres. During dinner guests sat at tables set in an exotic gypsy tent village scene and enjoyed a family style dinner. Tents draped in shredded fabric and tied with rope and tassels framed the area and glowing lanterns hung overhead.

Following dinner, guests were surprised by a variety of indulgent desserts that were served as they made their way to the dance floor and the fire pit surrounded by exotic rugs, low woven chairs and colorful floor pillows. The ceremony area was transformed into a romantic lounge under the stars, and in the early hours of the morning as guest walked back to their rooms, they were met by a hot dog vendor offering fresh hot dogs and root-beer floats to finish off the evening. Amazing!

wedding decor inspired by exotic old-world nautical ports and gypsy travelers, event design, planning and production by Kristin Banta Events, photos by Miki & Sonja

The Wedding Team:

Event Design, Production and Planning: Kristin Banta Events
Photography: Miki & Sonja
Venue: Korakia Pensione
Catering: Savore Catering
Floral & Décor: R. Jack Balthazar
Hot Dog Vendor: Chef 4 Hire
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Thank you so much Kristin!

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16 Comments

  1. My best friend teaches yoga at Karakia! These photos are absolutely to DIE FOR!! I want my house to look like that!!

  2. Those are the neatest chair covers EVER!

  3. I can now honestly say I would have a nautical-themed wedding! this is so gorgeous and stylish, and I think that bouquet is one of the prettiest I have ever seen!

  4. WOW! Now THAT is a unique event! I don’t think I could have even dreamed up something so elaborate and spectacular. That centerpiece with the really rich, rich red flowers and the compass is my fav.

  5. Beautiful wedding! Love the colors and the details! TFS!

  6. i don’t know how you made this work, but you did, and its brilliant! love it!

  7. Leave it to M to have the most hardcore wedding of all time.

    Really, though, this is gorgeous.  I love it.

  8. beautiful picture.thanks for sharing.

  9. LOVE this theme, amazing details Kristin!!!

  10. This looks like it would be a really fun wedding. The colours and all the fabrics make it feel so rich and luxurious.

  11. Always amazes me how they come up with these beautiful designs!

  12. Oh WOW! That must have been so awesome to be a part of that wedding! I wish I can just sit there and soak up all that juicy colorful details of the decor!! oh my! ♥ Pearl

  13. This is so rich and deliciously exotic. I am in LOVE! I just can’t stop staring!!!

  14. No words can describe the feeling! The most beautiful place I have ever seen and to dream about on wedding. So cozy!

  15. This is great and so original! Beautiful work!

  16. This is really beautiful. I love every detail and how most are so genuinely happy. I love the photography because they all look natural and not just a choreographed type of event.

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