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
    papergarland 21 posts, Newbee @ 4:33 pm

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

  2. turtle Bee
    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!)

  3. cola Bee
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:34 pm

    I love seeing all your details again! Just lovely!

  4. macarons Bee
    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!

  5. Member
    sugarpea 5432 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:23 pm

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

  6. ostrich Bee
    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!

  8. Member
    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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