event rentals

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.

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

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

 

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

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!

Moody Tropical Vibes on 100 Layer Cake

When Gabriella of Love Records Collective approached me with visions of a moody, modern, tropical design, I was immediately smitten and excited about where this shoot was going. Not only is it a concept that plays off the brilliant colors we're surrounded with in Hawaii, but it's perfect for any time of the year.

The darker red satin napkins from Les Saisons makes it a perfect holiday palette too! How sexy does our hair pin table and eames chairs look in the middle of a coconut forest?! I had a blast helping curate the look and feel of this mock wedding. It was a nice refresher from the typical light and airy wedding styles we work with so often.

Pamakane of Ocean Dreamer Florals worked what I call her "freshly foraged" magic again on this one!

Our rattan coffee table worked beautifully for this modern cake by Cake Works HI... I mean, so good! Be sure to check out the whole feature on the 100 Layer Cake blog. And a huge thanks to the vendors below for creating such a dreamy day.

XOXO,
Marina

Photographer: Gabriella of Love Records Collective / Videographer & Coordination: For The Good Hawaii / Location: Dillingham Ranch in Mokuleia, Hawaii / Event Coordination: Siri Masterson of Dillingham Ranch / Co-Design & Rentals: Marina of Roam Rentals / Flowers: Flower Artistry by Pamakane / Hair & Makeup: Sarah of Whik’d Hair and Makeup Hawaii / Stationery: Margaux Paperie / Calligraphy: RSVPeas Calligraphy / Cake: Cakeworks HI / Tabletop Rental: Maison de Ware / Bride’s Dress: Janna Frash from Love and Lace Hawaii

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

 

Hola!

It's time I start blogging so what's a better way to start than a proper introduction? Who am I? My name is Marina and I'm a momma to a 1 year old, wife to a special agent, wedding designer for Bustle Events, and beekeeper for our family farm, Tolentino Farms. Phew!

How did I get here? We decided to make the move back to the Mr.'s home on the west side of Oahu this past spring when he got out of the Coast Guard. I'm expanding our event planning company here to the tropics and after a long hard search for my dream vendor team I was still coming up short for some solid on trend rentals. Coming from California where everything is at your fingertips, it was a bit of a shock to find out no one had any bohemian or modern furniture for events! The call was too loud not to answer and with some encouragement from other vendors I went for it. Roam Rentals was born!

We're still in the beginning stages of getting established and the inventory is small, but we're growing steadily and had such an awesome welcome so far. I wanted to share the inspiration behind the brand to get a better feel for where we're headed.  

If you want more inspiration be sure to follow on Pinterest as well as see what I'm up to on Instagram. It's been a crazy hustle since we got here and I don't regret our move one bit! Most importantly, I'm loving getting to meet such amazing vendors, friends, and clients. YOU are what gives me the most inspiration and I can't wait to see what you'll hit me with next!

xoxo,

Marina