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

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