wedding inspiration

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

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!

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