Inspiration vs. Reality

I’ve probably read thousands of posts on Weddingbee, but one post that always stood out to me was Mrs. Flamingo’s post-wedding post on her inspiration vs. reality.

I think one of the very best things you can do as a bride is choose a color scheme and a feel for your wedding, and then stick to it!!! I really think sticking to my guns made the whole wedding decision making process easier.

BUT did I do it? Did I follow my own inspiration board?

Here’s my original inspiration board that I made over a year ago:


Pic 3 and 6 are from J. Crew. Pic 5 is from Real Simple Weddings. And pic sixteen is from Miette. All other images from Project Wedding.

And here’s my real wedding:

All pictures from Amanda at Blueberry Photography.

So, what do you think? Did I turn my inspiration into reality?


Mrs. Peep Toe

San Francisco
Wedding Date:
May 2015
Step by Step: Girls Get Ready
Manaz... Manza... Pretty Branches With Votives Hanging From Them!

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  1. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:57 pm

    OMG, yours is so much more fabulous. I love it.

    P.S. This may be dumb, but what are those big fat white flowers with the orangey centers in your bouquet? They look like the love-child of a peony and a poppy. Love them!

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    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:00 pm

    @fiftyfootbride: Not a dumb question, they are just the biggest Peonies that you have ever seen!!! Sigh, I miss them.

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    Miss Sapphire 1398 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:00 pm

    Pretty darn close! Good job. Only thing that I see is that you wanted a lot more green than you ended up doing. But overall it’s beautiful.

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    lauralou852 516 posts, Busy bee @ 5:01 pm

    I loved your inspiration board, but I think your ‘reality’ was even MORE gorgeous!! Your wedding was so beautiful!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:03 pm

    i think you did a better job! way to go peep!

  6. rainbow Member
    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    I definitely think your reality board is even better than your inspiration board! I hope mine turns out the same! Only time will tell!

  7. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:13 pm

    Beautiful! I think your reality board is even better than your inspiration board :)

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    nhlchick4 258 posts, Helper bee @ 5:38 pm

    Your wedding reality is so much better than your board!

  9. hamster Member
    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 5:41 pm

    Your reality board definitely wins!!

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 5:42 pm

    gorgeous! i love the fact that your wedding became even more inspirational than your inspiration boards =D

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    ashleygog, Guest @ 6:02 pm

    i love your flower girl dresses, where’d you get them?

  12. peeptoe Member
    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:07 pm

    @ashleygog: I loved them too!! They were J. Crew on super sale. I bought them last December.

  13. joey Member
    joey 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:19 pm

    I think you did better than your board. I loved the colors and the whole look.

  14. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 6:26 pm

    @Mrs. Peep Toe: Ugh, they’re so fabulous. :) I’ll be having peonies, dahlias, poppies, and billy buttons, so hopefully I’ll get some GIANT peonies like you did. :p

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:34 pm

    Oh I totally agree… your wedding looks even better than your inspiration board! You absolutely pulled it off :)

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    peachesandtulips 408 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 pm

    I love your wedding, Mrs. Peep Toe! You did an amazing job.

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    your reality board it’s way better!!

  18. gloss Member
    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:23 pm

    You win. I love this idea! I’ll have to pull one together :)

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    angelicduckie 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:30 pm

    Love your wedding. Love the dresses on the flower girls. I wished jcrew still had those dresses! :)

  20. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:33 pm

    I like the real thing better, but I think you did stay true to your original inspiration!

  21. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:44 pm

    I’m totally planning on doing a comparison too! Yours looks better, btw:)

  22. labrador Member
    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:52 pm

    I was just thinking about this last night when I came across my old inspiration board! Mine is going to look very similar and that makes me happy. :) I think having an inspiration board definitely keeps me focused on one cohesive theme which in turn keeps things easier to plan!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:20 pm

    Nice! I wished i made an inspiration board. All I have are a bunch of pictures in LOTS of folders. ooops.

  24. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 pm

    anything’s better when you add that bright smile of yours!

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    dille_dalley 72 posts, Worker bee @ 10:12 pm

    I think you did much better than your inspiration board! I love the cute idea you used for the table numbers. But the idea of an inspiration board is a nice way to stay focused if you’re like me. See something pretty and get it without realizing that it doesn’t “go” with everything until it’s too late.

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    jeaninelovesyou 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:49 pm

    most def!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:05 am

    No doubt, the reality was WAY better than the inspiration!

  28. moonbeam Member
    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 am

    Wow, your reality rocked!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:20 am

    I love the Real Thing. Amazing job!

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:28 am

    i think you did an amazing job making your inspiration board a reality, and an even more stunning one at that!

  31. potatochips Member
    potatochips 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    Wow that is magazine-picture-perfect-beautiful, Peepers! You look lovely and I want to eat those flowers.

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:42 am

    I’d say you definitely made your dream a reality! And even outdid it! It’s just absolutely stunning.

  33. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:58 am

    Yours is way better than the inspiration board! So beautiful. :)

  34. taffy Member
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:14 pm

    Wonderful job turning your inspiration into something even better!! :)

  35. poodle Member
    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:24 pm

    I agree with everyone you def turn your inspiration into something way better :)

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    I love the real wedding waaay better!

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