Take My Sweater: Inspiration vs. Reality

Many bees before me have written posts about their original inspiration board versus how the wedding actually turned out. I always loved seeing those posts, so I was very excited to get to do one of my very own.

Way back when I first became a bee (which was exactly a year ago yesterday!) I wrote a post about the inspiration board I was using for our wedding.

(Photo credits, starting at the top, left to right: Rebekah Westover, The Knot, Minted, Tiger Lily Florist, Project Wedding, Bride.net, Ruffled Blog, Big Wedding Tiny Budget, J.Crew, Rebekah Westover, Daniel C. Photography, She-N-He Photography, Ruffled Blog)

Well, I put together another board with actual photos from the wedding, and I was kind of shocked to see how true I stayed to my original inspiration!


So, what do you think? Did I turn my original inspiration into reality? Did you use inspiration boards in your planning process?


Mrs. Cardigan

Wedding Date:
January 2011
So Tired of Licking Envelopes
Photo Nerves

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  1. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 3:27 pm

    That is so cool to see, thank you for doing this! I’d say you turned your inspiration into reality.

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    toshella 730 posts, Busy bee @ 3:29 pm

    Wow, that is spot on! What a cool perspective!

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    CurlyRN 355 posts, Helper bee @ 3:29 pm

    How do I start an inspiration board? I love your yellow too.

  4. marmalade Member
    marmalade 296 posts, Helper bee @ 3:30 pm

    I love these posts! you totally made that inspiration board happen!

  5. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:38 pm

    Lovely! I love the before and after mood boards as well. :) May do one up myself at some point. I’ve got time. 😉

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:38 pm

    Wow! The fact that you’re so close to your inspiration actually opens my eyes to how useful these boards actually are. Great job!

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 3:39 pm

    I think you hit the nail right on the head… :-)

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 3:58 pm

    Wow, great job! I think you’ve done yourself proud!

  9. sweetcream Member
    sweetcream 216 posts, Helper bee @ 3:58 pm

    Your personal pic board is gorgeous and certainly serves as inspiration to other brides out there — especially with OUR grey & yellow wedding around the corner!! 😉 (I have a personal OBSESSION with billy button flowers!)

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    lisamarieloves 19 posts, Newbee @ 3:59 pm

    Love it!

  11. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:59 pm

    I love this! You really made your vision become a reality, it’s perfect!

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    Season 99 posts, Worker bee @ 4:03 pm

    Aw. I so loved your wedding. The inspiration board is so cute and fun. I’m really going to miss you when you are done being a bee. I’m really happy for you and your hubby. =)

  13. knitting Member
    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:09 pm

    This is so perfect! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at yellow and grey and not think of your lovely face!

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    ookbob 327 posts, Helper bee @ 4:10 pm

    HOLY COW! I love how you mirrored your “actual” with your “inspiration” boards. It looks so FANTASTIC! Great job, Cardi!

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    Miss Winter 260 posts, Helper bee @ 4:17 pm

    Oh wow! This makes me want to go back to my original inspiration board and see how I’m doing, where I need to adjust and so forth. I love that you were true to your vision!

  16. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:35 pm

    Wow, you did such a great job! Love the look of your wedding!

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    Meagan, Guest @ 4:41 pm

    Oh Mrs. Cardigan, I love your wedding! I’ve looked at every single blog post you’ve posted about it, several times. I love your attitude, and the yellow is my fave! I want yellow and gray also! And the DIY projects you did? LOVE! I too want to put that much time and effort into it. It makes it fun, and truly YOUR day! :) Happy marriage, your hubby is a sweetheart, and so are you!

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 5:18 pm

    Couldn’t have been more close. Perfect.

  19. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:23 pm

    Super close to your vision! Makes me wish I’d created a photo inspiration board for the wedding once I decided on colors… (but we’d already figured out a lot of the details by then so maybe that would have been cheating?)

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    eeper 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:31 pm

    Wow! I have followed you along this whole journey, Cardy, everything was simply stunning and I hope you aren’t leaving us just yet!

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 5:43 pm

    Wow, it’s perfect! Great job envisioning and implementing. I adored your wedding, the colors, the modern touches, it was beautiful!

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    sara, Guest @ 5:44 pm

    Wow that’s awesome!

  23. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:49 pm

    You totally rocked it, Cardy!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 7:55 pm

    I think you did an amazing job of turning your inspiration into reality. I loved your wedding!

  25. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 pm

    I’d definitely say that you nailed your inspiration! Well done!

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    blleach 71 posts, Worker bee @ 9:58 pm

    I love this comparison! Your wedding is one of my favorites. I am using your wedding as an inspiration for mine :)

  27. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:43 pm

    That is awesome how much they look alike!

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    MissMoscato 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:25 am

    Gorgeous!!! I love yellow! Your wedding is my favorite! The food, the location, it’s all perfect!

  29. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:46 am

    You are amazing, Cardy! You totally made that board a reality (and improved it too)! It’s so fun to see things go from inspiration to reality—thanks for sharing ;D

  30. brooch Member
    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:49 am

    Wow! Amazing job making your vision come to life!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 5:57 pm

    I like your reality better than the inspiration!
    Love your sweater XD i want one too! LOL

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