Measuring Up: Inspiration vs. Reality

One thing I’ve seen other brides do, and felt curious to try myself, is taking a look at how the actual wedding compares to the original inspiration board. Our goal for our wedding style was part Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and part Father of the Bride. We wanted the whole evening to feel more like an elegant backyard dinner party than a wedding. Here’s our inspiration board, or what I liked to call our “reality check board,” at the time:


Photo credits: (Left to right, top to bottom) 1. Personal photo, 2. Personal photo, 3. Domino Magazine, 4. Style Me Pretty, 5. The Photo booth Experience, 6. Watters, 7. Style Me Pretty, 8. Classic Party Rentals, 9. Style Me Pretty, 10. Style Me Pretty, 11. A Boxed Event, 12. Style Me Pretty, 13. Jose Villa, 14. Evrim Icoz Photography, 15. Martha Stewart Weddings, 16. Style Me Pretty, 17. Martha Stewart Weddings, 18. Style Me Pretty, 19. Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, 20. Personal photo of backyard, 21. Martha Stewart Weddings, 22. Style Me Pretty, 23. Personal photo of veil

And here’s how it all came together in real life:


All photos by the fabulous Chloe Murdoch, with Mike Larson Photography, Inc.

I am really pleased with how our wedding turned out. There are definitely some differences in the details, mainly due to DIY projects I gave up on toward the end, like having a cool guestbook. But I think the overall feel of the event was exactly what we had hoped for and more! What do you think?

Married hive members, how do you think your weddings compared to your original inspiration?


Mrs. Turtle

Central California
Wedding Date:
July 2010
All in the Family
The Next Morning

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  1. Member
    DiamondsandLace 513 posts, Busy bee @ 11:51 am

    I love seeing the inspiration and the results!

    And for what it’s worth, I think your results are even more beautiful than what you envisioned.

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 12:07 pm

    Huh? I can’t tell the difference. Great job!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:21 pm

    I always love seeing the inspiration vs reality, your wedding was beautiful as was your inspiration.

  4. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:23 pm

    You totally nailed it!! I love to see all those detailed shots of your wedding, all together!

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    Crown 578 posts, Busy bee @ 12:23 pm

    I think the reality far surpassed the inspiration. Beautiful.

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:27 pm

    Reality>inspiration. You had such a gorgeous wedding, Turtle.

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    Kate, Guest @ 12:45 pm

    Agree with everyone else – the reality trumps the inspiration! :-)

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:49 pm

    I’m so impressed with you ladies who surpassed your inspirations! You had so many lovely details at your wedding.

  9. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 1:48 pm

    Wow, Turtle! Your real life board is a million times prettier than what you were even imagining! Amaze!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:12 pm

    Great job making it come true.

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    papergarland 21 posts, Newbee @ 4:33 pm

    Loved your wedding, Turtle! And you did a fantastic job turning your vision into your wedding dreams!

  12. turtle Member
    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 4:47 pm

    Thank you all for the kind words!! :)

    @bRooklynRocks: Haha, the difference is that the first board consists of pictures from other weddings and the second board IS our wedding. I’m flattered that you think I followed my inspiration that closely!

    @Mrs. Tartlet: Look who’s talking, Tartlet! Your wedding pictures look like a photo shoot with models!!

    P.S. For some reason the colors in the first board look funny. Everything that looks bright purple-y is more light pink! (They’re accurate in my “reality check board” link!)

  13. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:34 pm

    I love seeing all your details again! Just lovely!

  14. macarons Member
    macarons 241 posts, Helper bee @ 9:13 pm

    I think you went above and beyond your inspiration! You should be really proud of all your hard work!

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    sugarpea 5195 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:23 pm

    I definitely agree with everyone else, inspiration < reality! Your wedding was so pretty (:

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:48 am

    ahhhh, the turtle wedding photos always make my heart sing. reality board is five gazillion times more fabulous. bravo, T!

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    NoneOfYourBeeswax 77 posts, Worker bee @ 1:01 am

    Your wedding turned out a thousand times better than your inspiration board!

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    Miss Hearty 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:12 pm

    I love seeing the inspiration boards compared to actual wedding photos. I see that you had a really clear vision of what you wanted. And I really like the dresses that I believe are bridesmaid dresses.

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 5:05 pm

    I LOOOOVEyour wedding and your inspiration. I think it came together beautifully. I’m so glad you were a bee. You were such a gorgeous bride and your taste is a-may-zing!

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