A dream come true: Lei La'i Studio

Passion projects are what keep us all going, and so many of us dream of making our passion projects our full-time focus. While we’ve got our hands full with a ton of things besides Roam (running a family farm and honey business, coordinating weddings, family-life and client projects, to name a few!) we’re moving closer and closer towards the dream with every project we get. The most exciting part of it all is to experience our dreams coming to life alongside dear friends and vendors, who are making their dreams come true, too. And without further adieu, we wanted to celebrate the success of one of our dear friends and collaborator’s newest venture by giving you a sneak peak of her newest venture - Lei La’i Studio!

Lei La’i studio is the newly opened Kailua-based floral studio and event space by the beautiful and talented Pāmakani (you may know her on Instagram as @Ocean_Dreamerr ). We’ve been collaborating with Pomaikani for the past few years on everything from weddings to corporate events, creating some amazing custom floral installations (most recently for Tarte cosmetics) and bringing flower dreams to life for star-eyed brides here on O’ahu.

Pāmakani previously worked from a studio space fashioned at her home, but having this storefront space is going to enable her to bring her craft and gifts to more people, more publically, celebrating Hawai’i’s rich culture and natural beauty with our community in the process. We’re especially excited that the studio will serve as a rentable event space, hosting regular lei making workshops, both public and private. It’s also available for your dreamy occasion photoshoot (or those just-for-fun glamour shots), which are an Ocean Dreamer specialty (hellooooo @hibiskiss.love.tub!)

 
 

Lei La’i is open daily from 1-8pm at 438 Uluniu St in Kailua. In addition to an event space, the studio serves as a workspace for Ocean Dreamer floral art and a boutique local gift shop, featuring a rotating selection of locally made products. You’ll find all sorts of goodies and gifts, from hand-woven papale and jewelry, local art prints, to beauty and skincare products. For your floral needs, a flower bar of ready-made bouquets and one-of-a-kind Lei are daily staples. Pāmakani will run the studio with her daughter.

 
 

We were excited to help celebrate the studio’s opening by contributing to this photoshoot, providing design and styling support. Pāmakani used her own glorious peacock chair, which is now a regular fixture in the studio (snap a photo in it while you’re there!) but we helped create cozy vibes by bringing in rugs and pillows for this session. If you’re planning an upcoming shoot, between the two of us, we’ve got plenty of blooms, greenery and soft goods to set the ideal mood!

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Stop by and say hi to Pāmakani next time you’re in Kailua. You’ll walk away in a better mood guaranteed (and probably with a new treasure to brighten your own day or that of lucky friend.)

xoxo,

Marina and The Roam Rentals Team

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Venue: Lei La’i Studio

Photography: Jessica Pine

Hair and Make Up: Faith Bartruff

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Florals: Ocean Dreamer Hawaii

A Loulu Palm Estate Wedding

Joan and Shaun… where to begin? As both their event designer and coordinator through Bustle Events and their rental company, these two could not be more ideal clients. From the start Joan had a vision of what she wanted the day to look and feel like but wasn’t sure of all the pieces to pull together. I took her inspiration and brought it to life which is where the magic happens…

Loulu Palm Estate was the perfect backdrop for their wedding after doing an initial venue hunt and they loved the backyard views and feelings it provides at the property to offer for their destination guests. Svetlana Sauer’s style captured the emotions and details of the day so much so that we feel like we’re experiencing it all over again every time we look at these photos.

Fun fact: not only is the bride absolutely gorgeous and a bright (she’s a lawyer!), she’s also incredibly artistic! She designed and created all the details of her invitations, menus, and seating cards herself!

 
 

And of course, we can always count on Mei Day to provide the perfect florals for every occasion! The subtle pink in the roses provided just the right amount of color and dimension to the florals.

 
 

Though simple, the outdoor seating arrangement turned out stunning. All table top decor was rented through Loulu Palm. Their teak dining tables and chairs made for a gorgeous al fresco look.

 
 

At the time of their vows the couple wanted to plant a tree together—a special tradition of the Loulu Palm Estate. The planting of the tree together represents their new beginning and their promise to grow and nurture their relationship together.

 
 

We’re sure by now you’ve noticed the groom’s unique choice in color for his suit! What can we say? We’re totally for it! Not only does it compliment their whole color scheme perfectly, but it also matches our Emerald Velvet Sofa! We’re love the moments captured with our lounge—it really brought everything to life!

Between you and me, Joan and Shaun were hands down the most grateful and thoughtful couple I’ve yet to work with. They included a handwritten thank you note on each guests name card for traveling from so many places and for the role they played in their life. The night ended with emotional thank you speeches and there was so much love in the atmosphere. If we were indoors, it would have blown the doors off. It’s moments and people like this that fuel and inspire my passion for events and design.

 
 

If you and your partner are planning to tie the knot this upcoming year we’d love to help make your special day one to remember! We’ve got years of experience under our belt and we know 2019 is going to knock our socks off.

xoxo,

Marina and The Roam Rentals Team

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Venue: Loulu Palm Estate

Photography: Svetlana Sauer

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Florals: Mei Day

Picture Perfect: Holiday Family Photoshoot with Emily Choy

Let’s just get straight to the point- we recently received the photos from our holiday family photo shoot with Emily Choy and they’ve totally surpassed our expectations! And they’re right on time to send out family holiday cards too! Emily’s mother was gracious enough to open up her home and allow us to set up shop in the living room of her new home.  We brought in some new furniture pieces and even special holiday décor to create a cozy set up.  Every family was utterly adorable and Emily did a fantastic job at capturing each of their unique personalities.  Just take a look for yourself! And just remember: these are REAL families, though they’re so photogenic and could be models for a family magazine!

Did we mention that we had CONFETTI?! Because who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle? We’ve been anticipating the shoot for awhile now and it didn’t disappoint. We brought our our new sofa for the day so happy families like this one could be comfortable and be their natural selves.

Let’s not forget, pets are family too! We love how Emily perfectly captured each family’s unique personality and style throughout the shoot. One thing that remained consistent however, was the love and smiles that everyone had for each other!

Does your family have a special pose or tradition they like to do? Those are always great to get on camera! It was so much fun seeing all the families enjoying each other’s company—we’re so grateful that they allowed us to help capture special moments like these for them!

And might we add, everyone got along so well! There was nothing but smiles the entire day! Moments like these are timeless and we can’t stop looking back on how well everyone’s photos turned out!

We hope you enjoyed these highlights as much as we did! Now that Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is right around the corner, it’s times like these we really realize how blessed we are to have the people we care about besides us. And even if they’re miles away, there’s still so many ways to connect with them! With the new year approaching, it means that there’s so many opportunities to make new memories and we’d love to help you do it in style! Just shoot us an email—we look forward to meeting you!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Now Trending: Ashley Rose Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Who here is guilty of putting off holiday gift shopping until the last minute? –don’t worry, you can be honest, we won’t judge! As a matter of fact, we totally understand the struggle. With the end of the year slowly approaching, there’s always so much left to do!  Especially if you have little ones of your own.  You’re already their personal assistant, chauffeur, and cook on a day-to-day basis, the holidays just add to your never-ending list of to-dos. Now you have to worry about holiday performances, activities, parties, AND gift shopping?! “Me time” is already practically non-existent and with the holidays it just seems like an elusive fairy tale. 

This year, we’re here to help. Allow us to introduce to you Ashley Rose Clothing. We were talking with the lovely Ashley herself during a car ride one day and thought it would be cool to team up and have a photo shoot for her for her Fall/Winter ’18 collection! And we have to say, our models were the absolute CUTEST!

 
 

For those of you who have just now discovered her clothing line let us share with you what she’s all about! After moving to Hawaii, Ashley started her business in 2016.  Unlike many businesses who are profit driven, she focuses on building her brand based on mindful consumption and high quality products and recognizes the importance of our relationship with the community and environment.  You can read more about her story here!

 
 

We did our best to make everything look picture-perfect for this special day! To capture the moodier vibes of fall and winter we brought out our Emerald Velvet Sofa. Bonus: the extra comfy cushions and soft velvet were ideal for the little ones. To add a pop of color we layered our Round Jute Rug over the Indian Chindi Rug!

One great aspect about her products is that certain pieces are gender neutral! Which means, you no longer need to worry about finding those matching outfits for family photos (and everyone looks great!).

We were already fond of the banana leaf design on our pillows –but these adorable banana leaf outfits have made us fall in love all over again!

The nice thing about her pieces such as the Frankie Romper, is that they can be worn in any type of weather! Either wear it on it’s own during warmer weather, or over a layer or two when it’s chilly out!

Are you sold yet?! If you’re still on the fence, if you sign up for her newsletter you receive a 15% discount on your first purchase! And because it’s online you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home! We wish we could get a few of these pieces for ourselves!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Special Thanks to Our Dream Crew:

Photography: Gabriella Katalin

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Florals: The Happy Haku

Clothing Designs: Ashley from Ashley Rose Clothing

A 2018 Design Trend You Need to Know

At the beginning of 2018 Pinterest introduced it’s new “it” color and it’s been silently taking over both the runway and interior home designs. The reason why you probably haven’t quite noticed it is because it has become the new replacement for more neutral colors.  Have you guessed what it is yet? It’s sage green! According to the Pinterest 100, saves for the color have increased by 170%. Don’t worry if the shade isn’t quite the right color for you, green is a versatile color with a wide range of shades to choose from.  If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate the trend and add some color in your life, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.  We’ve compiled a few ways to incorporate this beauty of a hue into your next event or home décor!

 
Photo Courtesy of  IKEA Livet Hemma

Photo Courtesy of IKEA Livet Hemma

Photo Courtesy of  Loga Agaton

Photo Courtesy of Loga Agaton

 

If you want to go for bold and go for an extreme make over, try a statement wall and repaint your living room.  Be one-step ahead with Décor-Aid’s 2019 color of the year- coined night watch green.  We just love how well it flows with the unique, modern furniture pieces.

 
Source Unkown

Source Unkown

 

Or who would’ve thought that kitchen tiles could look THIS good?! The use of wooden shelves and even potted plants gives the entire room a new breath of life!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Danae Horst

Photo Courtesy of Danae Horst

 

If you’re not entirely sure about any huge changes in your life, start with the small things.  A new rug or velvet couch in your living space is a good place to start!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Minimalist Home

Photo Courtesy of Minimalist Home

Photo Courtesy of  DelightFULL

Photo Courtesy of DelightFULL

 

Make everyone green with envy and incorporate green into the color palette for your wedding day! A simple tablecloth can make for an exquisite dining area! We always love to use our emerald green velvet couch when given the opportunity. It makes for a lavish, yet relaxing lounge area.

 
Photo Courtesy of  Rae Marshall

Photo Courtesy of Rae Marshall

 

You could even break tradition and choose a green dress for the bride or her bridesmaids. Green heels can also elevate your entire look!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Green Wedding Shoes — Mike  Cassimatis

Photo Courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes— Mike Cassimatis

Photo Courtesy of  Rae Marshall

Photo Courtesy of Rae Marshall

 

There are SO MANY creative ways to add a little color to your life! If you need help getting started and need a little inspiration, you could always check out our Pinterest here. Or if it’s for any special event, feel free to reach out, we’d love to chat more with you about your creative vision! We’re always keeping an eye out for what’s up and coming and we hope you’re along for the journey!

xoxo,

Marina

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

The Local's Guide to Oahu by Guest Blogger April Cheng

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of connecting with April at an entrepreneur meet up. We instantly went deep diving into all chatter small business and dreams for our brands and I knew right away she’s be an awesome guest blogger for our tribe! She runs a successful travel agency out of Honolulu and links people up with some amazing deals and itineraries for both locals and honeymooners all over the world. Our family is taking our first trip to Osaka this winter and she put together a super fun, toddler friendly schedule that took all the stress of booking hotels, travel, tickets off my shoulders and we scooped up some major savings!

Both family and clients are frequently asking us the best places to visit when on island, and while we love to share our faves, I thought it would be fun to share tips from the travel pro herself. Enjoy!

April says, when you live in Hawaii, you are automatically a tour guide to one of the most famous places in the world! Since our company, TravelChic World, is based in Oahu, we have your “Locals Guide to Oahu” for all visitors traveling to the “gathering” island. Visit these locations to experience Oahu at its best.

 
Photo by Elana Loo

Photo by Elana Loo

 
  1. Waikiki

One of the most famous beaches in the world, with a ton of shopping and restaurants to satisfy any want, need or desire.

 
Photo By:  Edmun Garman

Photo By: Edmun Garman

 

 2. Diamond Head

This spectacular state monument trail, “takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. While the hike isn’t that long in terms of distance, it can be somewhat challenging due to its ascent. Parts of the trail are over uneven rock, and the 99 steps near the end of the hike are steep. Also, the only water fountains are at the beginning of the trail, so you’ll want to bring a water bottle or bottled water to stay hydrated” (hawaiistateparks.org).

Our advice, arrive early in the morning before the crowds hit, bring water, wear a hat and put on your sunscreen and prepare for beautiful views of South Oahu.

Visit the Hawaii State Parks website for more info.

 
Photo By:  All Trails

Photo By: All Trails

 

3. Shave Ice

It’s not shaved, it’s shave ice. Cool down with different flavor syrups after a surf session or hiking.

Our favorite spot, Waiola Shave Ice, right by Waikiki. (Marina’s fave is creamsicle or matcha flavors with mochi and ice cream inside!)

 
Photo By:  @ieatsf

Photo By: @ieatsf

 

4. Malasadas

A donut-like dough deep fried with sugar or filled with any filing or flavor you can imagine.

Our favorite spot, Leonard’s Bakery.

 
Photo By:  @justheretoeat

Photo By: @justheretoeat

 

5.  Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona

Visit this historical site and pay your respects to those who lost their lives on this faithful day on December 7, 1941.

 
 

 

6. Iolani Palace

The only palace in the United States, Iolani Palace is rich with Hawaiian history of the royal family. (Roam Rentals agrees this is a must see to learn something about Hawaii beyond the luaus and mai tais!)

 
Photo By:  Grace J. Silla

Photo By: Grace J. Silla

 

7. Lanikai

One of the most famous beaches in the world, Lanikai beach is located in Kailua. There are tons of small local shops and eateries that represent the east-side vibe of Oahu.

 
Photo By:  Lauren Masden

Photo By: Lauren Masden

Photo By:  Lauren Masden

Photo By: Lauren Masden

 

8. Haleiwa

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this is the perfect place to experience a little bit of old Hawaii. Take a picture with the famous Haleiwa sign before you enter the town.

 
Photo By:  Christie Kanani

Photo By: Christie Kanani

Photo By:  Christie Kanani

Photo By: Christie Kanani

 

 9. Kahuku Shrimp

Large shrimp farms are situated in this small area of Oahu. Eat the freshly caught shrimp with garlic and white rice and chili oil. Simply onolicious!

 Our favorite spot, Romy’s Shrimp Truck. Get there early!

 
 

 10. Dole Plantation

Did you know pineapples grow from the ground? A lot people assume they grow from trees, but when you visit Dole Plantation, you will see how they grow from the ground up, and the different stages of a pineapple before it reaches the ripe stage to be eaten. Cool down and enjoy pineapple dole whip, a soft served frozen treat.

 
Photo By:  @linnyxvx

Photo By: @linnyxvx

 

 11. Luau

Want to experience the Hawaiian culture in one day? Visit Germaine’s Luau and eat Hawaiian food and experience local entertainment at its best. 

 
 

Written by TravelChic World, your go-to travel agency with a personalized touch. We specialize in personalized and customized itineraries around the world and of course, Hawaii. Visit us at www.travelchicworld.com.

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!

 
Lounge  Seating ,  Tables , and  Textiles

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

Why You Should Become BFF's With Your Photographer

Best friend—by definition they’re our therapists, partner-in-crime, keeper of secrets, stylist, and personal photographer (to name a few).  They know what suits us, and what doesn’t; whether it’s what color look we look fabulous in, angles that make us look good, or lighting that highlights our natural beauty. Here at Roam Rentals, we believe that the people you work with when planning your big day—whether it be a wedding or birthday party—should be this way too! One of the people you’re going to be getting up close and personal with is your photographer, so it’s important that the two of you are practically BFF’s.  Keep reading to find out all the details.

 
Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

 

1. Style Match

First of all, we’d like to point out it is important that you know what type of style you would like to have your photos taken in.  If you prefer the darker, moodier types of photos, you probably don’t want to choose a photographer who uses a lot of exposure. How do you feel about film versus digital? –These are things you must consider when determining your style so you can begin your quest for finding a photographer.

We suggest you do your research and look through photographer’s websites, blogs, galleries, Pinterest, or even Instagram to get a feel of what their style may be.  Take a look at the types of photos they take, do they take more of landscape, portraits, or lifestyle pictures? Do they shoot indoors, outdoors, or both? Some photographers are able to do a blend of different styles.  You could even read reviews or ask for recommendations to get a better idea if they are the right fit for you.

 
Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

 

2. Personality Match

After you’ve done your research and determined your style it’s time to start contacting a few photographers.  And we say a few just in case something doesn’t work out then you’ll have options.  It’s probably best to ask if it would be possible to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them before you make any final decisions. 

This way you can discuss any important details such as venue, wedding style, and vision.  Hopefully, they share the same values and understand your request.  Observe the way they respond to you—are they excited for your vision? Do they make suggestions in a respectful manner or are they timid?

Don't forget, they will also be working alongside other vendors such as the videographers, caterer, DJ, etc. so they need to be able to get along with others as well.

 
Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

 

3. Comfort

When meeting the photographer ask yourself how comfortable are you around them? The more comfortable you are with them around, the more relaxed you will be and it will be better reflected in the picture results. Also, remember that your photographer will also be around your guests, so finding someone who is able convince even the shyest of guests to pose or smile for the camera will be able to capture memories for everyone.

Speaking of which, it is also important to let your photographer know of any details that they should be sensitive to.  Whether it is family or friends who don’t get along or a guest who is unable to stand and must remain sitting—find someone you are comfortable with enough to share this information with and who will respect it. There will also be a range of emotions at whichever event you plan for, but their job is to remain calm.  If they are calm and consistent, then there is no need to worry about how your photos will turn out! The last thing you need is for anyone to be feeling judged. If you are comfortable with your photographer having fun and making new poses should be fun and honest critique should not be an issue.

 
Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

 

I guess what we’re trying to say is that it’s important for both you and your photographer that you get along well. When you do, your overall vision can come to life and be remembered forever through the amazing moments they capture. We wish you luck on your quest to finding the perfect photographer BFF for you!

All photos are taken by one of our favorites: Ashley Goodwin Photography —click on her name to see more of her amazing work!

xoxo,

Marina

Lucky to Be Loved in Paradise

If you asked any local to tell you their favorite thing about Hawaii, you’d notice that it’s challenge to answer with only one thing.  From its beaches to each valley, there’s so many aspects that make it amazing.  Not to mention, the warm, tropical weather allows so many unique native species to flourish.  However, there are times when we take these things for granted and forget how beautiful our islands really are.  Through the use of various native flowers, Rowena & Greg’s wedding at Dillingham Ranch reminded us about why we are so fortunate to be living in paradise.  

 
 

As always, Roy Nuesca didn’t miss a moment and captured all the love and happiness shared between the couple and their guests.

Unlike your traditional bouquet of roses or peonies, Pamakane of Ocean Dreamer Florals worked her magic and incorporated various native flowers such as Hibiscus, Ginger, Heliconias, Bird of Paradise, and Anthuriums (to name a few). The contrast of the floral’s fiery reds and oranges contrasted SO WELL with the bridesmaids’ darker green dresses. Even the groomsmen looked dapper with their Maile leis.

 
 

Like any good wedding, champagne was served and could be enjoyed in our lounge area.

This wedding got intimate with a low seated dining area for its guests. Don’t worry, we set up our textile rugs and pillows beforehand to make sure everyone was comfy! Ocean Dreamer Florals remained consistent and put together stunning centerpieces!

 
Low seated dining area  rugs & pillows

Low seated dining area rugs & pillows

 

And of course, the bride and groom were saved a special seat to enjoy their first meal as husband and wife together!

 
 

I don’t know about you, but I can definitely say, “lucky we live Hawaii”… but let’s face it, being loved in Hawaii makes it even better.

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our team:

Photography- Roy Nuesca

Floral- Pamakane of Ocean Dreamer Florals

Specialty Rentals- Roam Rentals

Venue- Dillingham Ranch

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

All Things Blue and Beautiful: A Turtle Bay Wedding

There's the classic saying that reminds brides to gather, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”… well, this wedding did just that. Coordinated and designed Lindsay of LVL Weddings & Events, this day was a dream to be a part of. We had so much fun getting craft for this Turtle Bay Resort wedding that was inspired by the ocean and Japanese shibori details.  

 
 

Brandon Kidd did an amazing job at capturing every unforgettable moment. Passion Root’s amazing statement pieces took everyone's breath away!  This eucalyptus chandelier was made with so much love (an entire team to lift it), and the ceremony floral install was a knock out by framing our rattan coffee table perfectly! 

 
 

And who doesn’t love a good DIY? We gave this wedding a special touch with these hand dyed shibori runners made by yours truly.  Style Me Pretty featured the entire thing here. 

 
 

Our friends WickedHi Slush were there too! Their slushies were the perfect cool down for this sunny Turtle Bay Resort wedding.

 
 

Our lounge was placed in the common area of cocktail hour so guests could rest and take a photo op as well as enjoy it post dinner. We included some additional hand dyed pillows we made for this couple to tie it all together.

 
Lounge Area-  Seating ,  Textiles , and  tables

Lounge Area- Seating, Textiles, and tables

 

Don’t forget about cake! Even the cake incorporates subtle hints of blue! 

 
 

We'll take more creative clients like this any day, and while they're not listed on the site, we still have these runners and pillows and they're available for rent! Happy Aloha Friday friends! 

 

xoxo,

Marina

 

Dream Team: 

Venue- Turtle Bay Resort

Photography- Brand Kidd

Design/Coordination: Lindsay of LVL Events

Floral- Passion Roots

Specialty Rentals- Roam Rentals

Tent/Tables/Chairs- Pacific Party Rentals

Slush- Wicked HI Slush

 

5 Tips for an Unforgettable Bridal Shower

Besides the number of weddings we do every month, we get a number of baby, bridal, and birthday parties.  We thought we'd share our top 5 tips for anyone planning a bridal shower for their bestie.  Lessons learned and lived in the event industry! 

 
 

1. Know Her Favorites
Typically it is traditional for the maid of honor and bridesmaids to host the bridal shower.  However, that is not to say that the bride shouldn’t be involved with the planning—after all, it is her party so it should be special according to her liking.  Ask her about her ideas on themes, favorite colors, or her favorite cocktails. 

2. Make a Timeline
Planning a party can be stressful, but taking the time to map out all the important details can help ease the stress and keep your team on track.  Not only will having a timeline help keep things organized, but it will also ensure that you give your guests enough notice to save the date!

Most people plan their bridal showers a month or two before the actual wedding, so it is important that you give yourself enough time to plan ahead.

Details such as your date, guest list, location/time of day, theme, and budget should be determined a few months before the actual party.  Also, don’t forget to consult important guests to ensure that there are no conflicting dates.  Other details such as decorations, caterers, and wedding invitations should be done within the month before the party.  It is also important to make it a point to contact your florist, confirm RSVP’s and deliveries, games, and favors a few weeks prior. 

You’ll also want to note the flow of the day, what time is food being served? When will games begin? This keeps the event moving along and guests from wondering what’s next.

 
 

3.  Remember: Less Is More When It Comes To Décor And Games
Although it is nice, sometimes you don’t always need a red carpet or giant floating lanterns.  If there are too many decorations it can be overwhelming and make the area look cluttered. Casual, relaxed, and pretty is the general vibe you're aiming for.  Look into DIY decorations and favors as well. Certain types of furniture such as a peacock chair, can also add a nice touch. Same goes for the games; if there are too many games, it’ll be hard for your guest to relax and socialize with one another.  Instead, maybe have one or two games that focus on the bride or a quiz on the bride and groom.

4. Get Personal
Opening up to people can be intimidating, but it also important that everyone is comfortable and having fun!  It helps if everyone is familiar with one another; take the time to introduce your guests to each other by encouraging an icebreaker or telling how they know the bride. And don’t forget about the groom! Although it is a bridal shower, it doesn't mean that he shouldn't be involved as well.  A fun way to do so is to have your bride and groom fill out a questionnaire and compare the answers or even ask about his version of their love story.  You could also ask input from the mothers or other important family members of the bride and groom.

5.  Hire a Photographer
With all this effort being put into this eventful day, you want to make sure that not a single moment is missed.  Often times the host is occupied making things go according to plan and you want your guests to be socializing and having fun.  Hiring a photographer will ensure that every memory is captured for the bride and groom to look back on.  Before hiring a photographer you could do your research beforehand and look through their website, Instagram, or other galleries to see whose style fits best with your party’s vision.  

 
 

Huge thanks to Jessica of Aria Studios for involving us in this super cute bridal shower!