Monday, June 17, 2013

Good Old Times

Opihi Love's vintage rentals give weddings, parties classic charm

Opihi Love vintage rentals
Photos by Tamiz Photography

You're what they call an old soul. Nothing says you more than a dainty pearl necklace, a Frank Sinatra record, and a set of good, old-fashioned sayings from Granny. Unfortunately, your collection doesn't include a phonograph and chaise lounges to give cocktail hour that Midnight in Paris je ne sais quois.

So what's a classy dame like you to do when it's time to throw a summer soirée? Ring the operator and ask for Opihi Love's Melissa Padilla, a former wedding coordinator and designer who lives, breathes, and - thank your lucky stars! - rents vintage. Her Maui-based wedding and event rental catalog is filled with pieces sourced from the mainland and island estate sales that can turn your aged-to-perfection vision into a reality.

Infuse old-school charm with stunning antique mirrors or succulent-filled bell jars. Transform humdrum seating into exquisite lounges with rustic oak barrels, roses in mercury glass chalices, and ornate Victorian furniture. Use antique bottle vases and romantic curlicue garden chairs to ensure your engagement photo shoot is, as Gran would call it, cuter than a bug's ear.

Don't have a designer's eye? Padilla can easily create the magic for you. She offers wedding design packages, complete with linens, furniture, and flowers, and can accommodate Oahu events with advance notice.

Consider her your vintage fairy godmother. Or the bee's knees.

Visit Opihi Love's website and Facebook page to view the rental catalog and get more information. Cost varies depending on guest list size, location, and decor, though Padilla typically charges $800-$1,000 for wedding styling with rentals ranging anywhere from $500-$5,000.

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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