Blooming Love in the Concrete Jungle: Modern Wedding Inspiration at Kaka'ako Agora

Located in the heart of Honolulu, Kaka’ako is the playground for every hipster.  Although it may not seem like much at first, look a little closer and you’ll see an array of various murals along each building side amongst the warehouses.  Every mural showcases each artist’s unique personality & inspires those who see it to create their own art.  Given its modern aesthetic, it made the perfect landscape for a mid-century modern, bohemian photo shoot. Together with photo magic of Gabriella Katalin, we were able show off our creative passion at the Kaka’ako Agora. This lovely little video by Pono Grace captured all the magic of that day.

 
 

Every photo Gabriella Katalin highlighted the strengths of everyone involved and their hard work.  We’re grateful that Nouba’s’ blog took notice of this well and featured the entire thing here!

 
 

The kick-off to any amazing wedding are the invitations.  It sets the mood for your wedding before it even starts and gets guests excited for the big day ahead.  JiwaJiwa Press created the perfect invitations to do just that. Though simple, the inside of the envelope adds personality with some fun yellow and black marble designs!

 
 

Whik’d Hair and Makeup took control and ensured that both our bride and groom were picture perfect. Speaking of the bride, she looked absolutely gorgeous in her dress designed by Rue De Seine from Magnolia White Bridal Salon.

 
 

Okika Floral took care of the rest and made everything pretty by adding the vibrant colors of the floral arrangements.  We love how the palm leaves and other foliage frame our peacock chairs; or how the bright orange antheryums and orchids contrast with the simple, yet chic dining setting with copper accent details.

And don’t forget about the cake! This lovely cake perfectly accentuated our small mid-century cake table.  Sometimes less really is more!

Although it’s been a hot minute since this photoshoot, we still can’t get over how everything turned out! (We still watch the video often, it just captures the entire vibe so well!). And with 2018 slowly coming to a close, we’re excited for what the new year has in store for us!

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Planning/Design/Coordination: Yours truly for Bustle Events

Photography: Gabirella Katalin

Videography: Pono Grace

Wedding Stationery: JiwaJiwa Press

Hair & makeup: Whik’d Hawaii

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Photo Booth: Kii Booth

Dress: Magnolia White

Suit: Zara

Feeling out of the Blue: Wedding Inspiration at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think that the term “feeling blue” isn’t such a bad thing after all!  Though the origin of the term may not be for certain, we’d like to make it a challenge and redefine what it really means.  After all, there are so many wonders in this world that are blue—the sky, ocean, sapphires, our wedding photo shoot with Rae Marshall, and the list goes on!  As a matter of fact, not only does the photo shoot at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course redefine what it means to be blue, it’s also a refreshing twist on your traditional bohemian style. We’re not the only one’s who seem to think so either, we also got featured on Confetti Daydreams! The entire shoot was envisioned and coordinated by Rae Marshall who approached us for a lounge area, making the entire process a breeze!

 
 

When it comes to your special day you’re definitely going to want to share it with the people you care about.  Thus, the importance of invitations! As always, these handwritten invitations are perfectly done by Anna Claire Calligraphy; every stroke is elegantly looped and placed.

 
 

The dining area curated by Accel Event Rentals makes sure that everyone dines in style!

 
 

Erika from Perfectly Made Hawaii helped make our models look good and feel good.  Jeff Alencastre from Concepts by Jeff added a touch of life by incorporating a pop of magenta and pinks into the floral arrangements!   

 
 

We had so much fun designing and creating the outdoor lounge area! Unlike the typical brown peacock chair, we decided to go with all white furniture to keep it classy! It’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and take in the natural beauty of the golf course. Fun fact: our pillows are specially sourced hand-dyed and hand-embroidered batik fabric from Thailand! Being able to find unique new pieces from various places are what make doing what we do so enjoyable!

 
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Lounge Seating, Tables, and Textiles

 

As you can see, being blue doesn’t have to be all that bad! It’s all a matter of perspective and how you decide to add color to the things you do in life! We’re always more than happy to help you find the right furniture and pieces to incorporate a little color into your big day so don’t hesitate to reach out! Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our dream team:

Photographer: Rae Marshall

Calligraphy: Anna Claire Calligraphy

Dining Area: Accel Rentals

Florist: Jeff Alencastre— Concepts by Jeff

Hair/Makeup: Erika— Perfectly Made Hawaii

Dress Designers: Gypsy Bride

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Venue: Royal Hawaiian Golf Course

From Dreams to Reality: A Floral Fairytale Wedding

Let’s admit it, at one point or another we’ve all daydreamed about our ideal wedding—from our wedding party, dresses and tuxedos, cake, décor, and the overall theme, the possibilities are endless. When Samantha from Floralia Hawaii approached us to help bring Mark and Mari’s vision of a whimsy bohemian wedding to life, we were thrilled.  Lavishly adorned with beautiful floral pieces and specially curated details, the entire day seemed as if it were straight out of a fairy-tale.

 
 

How cute are these invitations?! They have a stamp with their faces! These beautiful hand-made designs made by Hawaii Calligraphy were a splendid way to announce their special day to their guest. 

 
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The couple shared with Pacific Weddings that the day of their wedding happened to be on the eve of the crescent moon, which led to the inspiration of their ceremony statement piece.  Every scene from Mark & Mari’s new chapter in life together was perfectly captured by Melia Lucida.  

 
 

Every detail of the wedding was meticulously thought out—and it was well worth it! From the second guests arrived to the moment they dined, the whimsy bohemian vibes couldn’t be missed.

 
 

Our rattan bar cart was used in a slightly more unconventional way and held props for the photo booth so guests could continue making memories.  Guest could show off their fun Polaroid pictures on a string-light display.  The lounge area was a prime spot for bonding and picture taking too!

We are so glad that this love story got the happy ending it deserved and are grateful to have been apart of it! Being able to help people turn their dream weddings into a reality is one of the perks of being in the industry! Don’t forget to check out our special feature on Pacific Weddings HERE

xoxo,

Marina

Dream Team:

Design & Coordination: Samantha Howards from Floralia Hawaii

Photography: Melia Lucida

Dress & Jewelry: Wings Hawaii

Invitations & Calligraphy: Hawaii Calligraphy

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

3 Tips for an Unforgettable Family Holiday Photo

Sunny summer days are slowly fading into chilly fall breezes and you know what that means...the holidays are almost here! Here at Roam Rentals, we LOVE the holidays.  Even though it’s always sunny in Hawaii, we’re excited for the transition into moodier palettes and cozier textures. With that said, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday photo shoots. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Keep reading for tips & inspiration!

 
Photo By: Delbarr Moradi

Photo By: Delbarr Moradi

 

1. Timing
When planning your photoshoot, you should try your best to plan ahead and book with a photographer in advance.  Aim to have your photos booked by September so that you can have your photos taken in October so you can have it ready by the end of November and shared in December! Don’t forget to research photographers to see who’s style best fits yours and your family’s and discuss the vision you have with them. We work with some of the best, check out our Instagram for local connections.

Things you should consider is the location and time of day.  Do you prefer to have an indoor studio shoot or somewhere outdoors? Often times people choose places with meaning such as a favorite park, hiking trail, or even their own home.  Also, the time of day is important. Although Hawaii is an overall sunny state, broad daylight is often the harshest- a golden hour photoshoot (about an hour before the sun goes up or an hour before it goes down) provides a lot of good lighting.  

2. Get Creative
Consider activities you and your family like doing together and incorporate that into your shoot.  Or think about special traditions you have together such as well.

Another struggle is finding the right outfit to wear. When deciding on the right wardrobe Pintrest is great source to go to for finding the right color palettes and styles. Matching outfits are cute, but feel free to deviate from this trend and add your own flare too!  Just make sure it is consistent throughout everyone in the photo.

And remember, not every picture has to be perfectly posed!  Sometimes the best moments are unplanned. If you’re all doing something you enjoy and embrace each other’s company, candids often best capture everyone having fun naturally.  If it starts raining, embrace the moment and cue the dance party. And remember, bring your pets! They’re family too!

 
Photo By:  Em the Gem

Photo By: Em the Gem

 
 
Photo By: Sheena Marie Photography

Photo By: Sheena Marie Photography

 

3.  Props
Once you’ve planned out the theme of your photoshoot, start thinking about the types of props you want to have.  Furniture such as chairs, pillows, rugs in velvet, faux fur, etc. help to add more personality to your shoot! Mirrors and frames can also be used for special effects when combined with photoshop. If you’re planning to do an outdoor shoot, make it a little homier and add textures that feel organic to your family. It can be as simple as one chair or an entire lounge. 

And remember, no matter what location, theme, or props you choose, it's all about the people you're with.  Just smile and have fun- the rest will surely follow and you'll be able to cherish these memories for years to come! We'd love to help you stage the best photos yet so email us with your ideas. 

 

Aloha, 

Marina

Colorful Waimea Valley Wedding

When Louise of Love Letter Weddings and her bride Michelle reached out to us with a fun concept for rentals, you bet we said yes! Michelle envisioned a low seated boho area for cocktail hour and a fun formal lounge for later. We began the process with a visual design and thought we'd share the whole thing from concept to creation. 

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We love their punchy color palette of yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and white. 

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Jenny Quicksall's photos captured the colors and light just right and these photos have become some our most requested inspiration for events after this. Bridal Guide Magazine even picked it up and featured their big day in print! 

We love the creative idea Louise used for our macrame throw.... escort card display! The leaf shapes tie in the valley vibes perfectly. 

The scenery at Waimea Valley makes it one of our favorite venues on island. The foliage is so lush and colorful it's like being in the middle of the jungle. 

Rugs and pillows

Rugs and pillows

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Peacock chairs always make for the perfect set for a sweetheart table! 

Overall, this wedding totally encompassed the idea of taking a traditional "Hawaiiana" themed day and turning it into a more modern, timeless look. Sign us up for more please! 

Aloha, 

Marina