bohemian wedding

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!

 
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

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

Relaxed Elopement on the North Shore

For some, a big elaborate wedding is the last thing people envision when it comes to tying the knot. Or maybe you have a huge family and the only way to avoid a 300 person event is to elope. When we put this shoot together, we knew it was for just that purpose. Inspiration for the couple to wants to run away and have a stress free experience that focuses on just them. What a better place to escape then on the North Shore of Oahu...

Loulu Palms Estate is a gorgeous property with beautifully landscaped gardens and a private slice of beach. Seriously, so many pinch me places to explore here where you'll feel like it's just you and your favorite person alone on the island and that's why it was the perfect setting for our elopement shoot.

As the planner and designer wearing my Bustle Events hat, I pulled together a vendor team that set the tone for such a romantic afternoon. The girls from Absolutely Loved Photography and I had fun dashing in and out the rain that day, but it allowed us to escape to the kitchen for a while and cottage turned out to be a sweet place to take some more intimate photos.

Details from Design House of Moira were just the right amount of elegant that still set the tone for a proper wedding, but with a pantsuit from Joelle Perry we kept things cool, comfortable, and casual. Enjoy escaping for a few moments as you scroll through the photos and see even more at our feature on Borrowed & Blue. We can't wait to do more elopements in the future!

Coordinator & Stylist - Bustle Events - Venue - Loulu Palm Estate - Flowers - Spinning WEB Florist - Fashion - Joelle Perry - Health & Beauty - Maleana Cosmetics - Photographers - Absolutely Loved - Paper Goods/Calligraphy - Design House of Moira - Jewelry - Pashey Bella - Rentals- Roam Rentals - Model - Caity Owen

 

XOXO,

Marina

 

Hawaiian Boho Garden Feature on Wedding Chicks

Our very first styled shoot took place in April. Before I even had a website or more than a handful of inventory items! As a designer for Bustle Events this shoot had to be a good one as it was my introduction to Hawaii for both planning and rentals. I found the entire vendor team from Instagram and we came up with a beautiful concept!

I knew bringing in the native floral and cultural elements were important from the get-go but it was also crucial that the design reflected my personal style. Romantic, bohemian, undone, but classically elegant... BAM! From doing my research, it appeared the overall design of "Hawaiian weddings" hasn't changed in the past 10 years. It's now my mission to prove that weddings on the islands can be stunning and unique. Let's please stop copying every other beach wedding you've seen and just DO YOU!

As the granddaughter of Japanese plantation workers on Oahu and being married to a Filipino who's parents immigrated to the islands, tying in cultural details was so fun! I think incorporating your heritage into your wedding is always a big hit and makes it stand out from your traditional wedding. I stopped by one of our local Filipino bakeries and grabbed some of my favorite treats for the shoot. Even if you don't have Asian backgrounds, have fun with some local delights! Hawaii has so much more to offer besides your traditional luau and shave ice for a wedding menu. Explore and embrace the mix of cultures we are made of, it's not called the mixing pot of the Pacific for no reason.

I love, love, love how dreamy and magical our rattan chaise looks all done up with florals from Ocean Dreamer. If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with all things "peacock chair" related and this throne was perfect for our bride!

Here's a few of my favorite shots from the styled shoot. To see more, hop over to the Wedding Chicks blog for the full feature.

Thank you to such a kick ass vendor team!

Coordinator & Stylist - Bustle Events - Venue - Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens - Flowers - Ocean Dreamer - Fashion - Love and Lace Hawaii - Health & Beauty - HMB - Photographers - iFloyd Photography - Paper Goods - Jiwa Jiwa Press - Calligraphy - Hawaii Calligraphy - Rentals - Maison de Ware - Rentals- Roam Rentals - Bamboo Chairs - Production Hawaii - Décor - Anthropologie

PS. Bet you'd never guess we were rained on most of the shoot! We had to dash and scramble when it would let up a few minutes in between the downpours. Fun fact about the east side? It rains- a lot. At one point I was holding 2 beach umbrellas over the table so it wouldn't get drenched! Wish I had a funny #BTS shot of that!

Thanks for reading! More content coming each week for ya!

xoxo