Side Pony: Inspiration vs. Reality

I, like most other brides, spent a lot of time worrying how everything would come together on our wedding day. I pulled inspiration from all corners of the internet, but there was no way of knowing how everything would look in “real life.”  Throw in an unconventional color scheme, and my anxiety only increased.

I created this inspiration board at the beginning of our planning to convince myself (and others) that a red, green, and gray color scheme could be pulled off without looking like a bad Christmas special.


Top left: Pretty images via SMP / Invitations by Paisley Quill; Top middle: Image via VWLimos; Top Right: Image via Slashfood / Photo by Bella Grace Studios; Center: Image via Green Event Shop; Bottom Left: Via J.Crew; Bottom middle: Image via Blue Nile; Bottom Right: Image via Casa Sugar / Photo by Josh McCullock

There were a lot of details that changed, evolved, or were eliminated as we planned our wedding over many months, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how our wedding details compared to our original vision.


Top left personal photo, top right photo by BM M, all other photos by Jamie Grant Photography

Overall, I am very pleased with how our ideas were executed at our wedding. There are some things that did not translate as I had hoped, such as the center picture in my inspiration collage since I’m not even sure what it is supposed to be, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love how everything came together, and I am so glad I trusted my vision despite some opposition to my ideas.

Are you using an inspiration board to help with your planning? How did your wedding compare to your original inspiration?


Mrs. Pony

Bloomington, IL
Wedding Date:
September 2011
Table Numbers: (Finally) A Success!
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:42 pm

    I love your ring it has a very unique shape.
    I like these inspiration vs reality posts. It made me go back and look at my inspiration board, nothing looks alike :p apparently my mind has changed a lot.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 3:28 pm

    Good job Mrs. Pony! I love these posts.

  3. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 3:42 pm

    Wow! Your inspiration held up really well! I absolutely loved all the red and green in your wedding, and I didn’t see Christmas at all.

  4. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 pm

    I think you nailed the red, green and gray colors…high five to the offbeat color scheme! I loved your inspiration, but your reality is just perfection :)

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 5:00 pm

    Your inspiration and reality are almost carbon copies. Great job!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 5:53 pm

    You did a really great job executing your vision! It looks just like your inspiration pics! I made an inspiration board as we both started the planning process. I use it more for inspiration and often refer back to it to assure myself that all of my ideas can work harmoniously together (at least they do on my board)!

  7. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 5:55 pm

    Your vision became reality and it was beautiful!

  8. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:18 pm

    Nailed it! You excecuted everything so well.

  9. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:24 pm

    You did such a great job! Everything was so beautiful!

  10. coyote Member
    coyote 1930 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:54 am

    Gorgeous!! Everything came out beautifully and nothing looked Christmas-y to me! 😀

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:49 am

    I think you were spot on and definitely not Christmas-y at all!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:27 pm

    I feel like if I did an inspiration board now that it would be cheating as I already have most of the elements haha! I love that yours was exactly as you invisioned, though prettier, than your inspiration!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:13 am

    It really came to life! :)

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