Desire to Inspire – Our Ceremony

“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach



If there is one place Mr. Ostrich and I love more than anything, it’s the beach.

So when we finally decided to tie this little knot, we knew in our heart of hearts where this would all take place….

A wedding in paradise! Also known as a private beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

And for this intimate ceremony by the sea, I already had vivid dreams of what it would look like. Simple, sweet and very beach chic. :)


{source: Elizabeth Messina}


{source: Elizabeth Messina}

So with these images in hand, off I went to make this dream a reality. I was hell bent on sourcing white ottoman benches and after combing the island back and forth and back again, I realized that this was going to be out of the question for this little budget bee! Bummed for only a day, I decided on the next best thing, thanks to a fantastic deal from one of my wedding vendors!



Espresso colored Chiavari Chairs with white cushions. Ever since I stumbled upon this photo I thought they would look lovely by the shore….maybe even more than the white ottoman benches! {Can you tell I’m still trying to get over them?}



And as for the rest of our ceremony by the sea components, they all came together pretty easily {thank goodness!}. There are some fantastic rental vendors in Oahu with equally fantastic rates. One of the many rentals we have is for our chuppah, also in espresso brown, to match our lovely chairs, and together, they’ll look like this photo, except in dark brown. It’s so pretty! :)



And in terms of seating arrangements, continuing our quest to redefine wedding traditions, we have been fond of the circle seating layout, like this photo here. It feels like our favorite family and friends are actual participants in our ceremony, versus an audience. What do you think?



And thanks to the many discount party rental stores online, I amassed my parasols and raffia fans at a fraction of the cost we have seen at other places!




{source: Max Wanger}

And last but not least, just a bit of sparkle and shine as we walk down the aisle! I have been daydreaming of these magnificent paper tassel garlands from confetti system and am going to attempt to recreate them myself, in the similar color combinations below. Stay tuned for the DIY post!



{source: confetti system}

Whew! That was a doozy! But that is what our dreams and realities of our ceremony include and I hope it gave you some ideas for your own. :)

Now it’s your turn, darling bees! What bits are you most excited about for your ceremony? I can’t wait to hear all of your sweet plans!


Mrs. Ostrich

San Francisco/Hawaii
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    ktbrady 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:21 am

    Pretty garlands! I think your whole ceremony is going to be just gorgeous.

  2. yorkie Member
    yorkie 1291 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:12 am

    I love your ceremony inspiration photos, Miss Ostrich! We definitely share the same taste. :o)

    The round seating arrangement is so unique. I really like the concept of including your guests that way… kind of like being embraced by their love + support!

  3. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:40 am

    Your ceremony ideas will look so great, can’t wait to see it all come together!

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    emily0526 5 posts, Newbee @ 10:20 am

    Your ceremony is going to be absolutely beautiful!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:50 am

    Oh my! Your inspiration pics are making me crave a beach wedding!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:57 am

    I love the beachy feel you have going on, with the raffia and parasols. Very excited to see it all come together

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    CapeBride917 94 posts, Worker bee @ 11:20 am

    I love you inspiration photos and I think the espresso chairs are much much better than the ottomans! 😉

    We’re doing a ceremony overlooking the water so it’s been a struggle to find decorations that won’t overpower the beautiful view. I think you’ve done it perfectly!

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    shericamarie 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:47 am

    i love the circular ceremony idea. it just seems so different and inclusive. now if i can figure out how to make it work in a ballroom type setting.

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 11:48 am

    Your beach wedding is going to be spectacular! I love the garlands, and adore the circle seating (I think we will be doing that too!). Rather than our backdrop being the ocean, ours will be snow covered trees. Candles & heat will be the focus of our decor! I can’t wait to see yours come to life!

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    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 11:55 am

    I love your ceremony inspiration! Such a unique, stylish take on a beach wedding! I’m just bummed that we still have to wait like six months to see some beautiful Max Wanger photos of all this gorgeousness!

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    HelloKitty2 234 posts, Helper bee @ 11:56 am

    Oh well. So beautfiul!!

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    KittyB 5 posts, Newbee @ 11:57 am

    This is amazing!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 1:54 pm

    These photos are amazing! You make me want a beachy wedding :).

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    QAKItty0408 4 posts, Wannabee @ 2:22 pm

    So pretty!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:33 am

    Sooooo beautiful. :)

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:32 pm

    Love that garland!

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