Wedding Recaps: Inspiration vs. Reality

Fifteen months ago I had to answer the easiest question of this whole wedding process, “will you marry me?” I knew I wanted to marry Bryce, but what I didn’t know was the answer to the million other questions that come after that initial question. “When is the wedding?” “Where is the wedding?” “What’s your wedding going to look like?” “Have you picked out colors?” “Have you picked out a dress?”

This may come as a surprise but I didn’t already have an entire wedding dreamt up in my mind before I was engaged. In fact, I always thought that my wedding would be very simple with minimal decorations and no flowers.

Who was I kidding though?

Pinterest was born and that changed everything. I didn’t really start scouring Pinterest and wedding blogs for inspiration and ideas until I was engaged and it was then that I realized I had to put my craftiness to good use and create a cute wedding.

It was a lot of work, but I was determined to make my dream wedding into a reality and this is how it turned out.


Dress Inspiration: I wanted layers, lace, and texture! One of my favorite dresses (long before I began to seriously think about wedding dresses) was this very simple lace one (pictured on the right), worn by Eli Manning’s wife, Abby McGrew.

Dress Reality: It came at a pretty price, but I got my lace and lovely texture in a dress that was simple and timeless!


Bouquet Inspiration: I wanted a white bouquet with white anemones, blush accents, feathers, and a dark, romantic succulent.

Actual Bouquet: My wedding planner, Kara Delay with Love this Day Events, created the perfect white bouquet I had dreamt of with roses, hydrangea, anemones, brunia berries, dusty miller, and a large succulent. The only thing I would have changed was a more subtle blush pink rose to accent.


Ceremony Inspiration: I wanted a woodsy outdoor wedding with crafty details that tied into a woodsy theme.

Actual Ceremony: My outdoor, woodsy wedding ceremony came out exactly how I wanted! I was worried that it would be too masculine and “woodsy”, but our wedding planner added the perfect soft and romantic touches it needed.


Reception Inspiration: I love the soft green hues of succulents so I knew they would have to make an appearance and paired with other subtle blush pink and white flowers to make a timeless and romantic look for our reception.

Actual Reception: Our wedding planner helped pull together a classic and romantic look for our reception dinner that included the succulents and soft hues that I imagined.

Decor & Other Details

Decor Inspiration: I had been eyeing several of these decor elements that I wanted to recreate for my own wedding. But would I have the time and motivation to complete them all?

Actual Decor: Not only was I able to recreate all the decor elements that I had hoped to include in the wedding, but I was able to create them all with the woodsy theme I had envisioned to help tie everything together.

Nighttime Decor

After-Party Inspiration: I wanted awesome lighting, a fire pit to gather around, and a cute s’mores bar for our outdoor woodland wedding.

Actual After-Party: With the help of our friends, we got the kick-ass lighting we wanted, the house came with an awesome fire pit, and although it wasn’t set up as cute as I had imagined, our s’mores bar with a variety of chocolates was a hit!


Pet Inspiration: I wanted to include the pets in the wedding and wanted them to be unbearably cute!

Actual Pets: With a feathery flower and an adorable necktie, our pups were just too cute! I was so thrilled they could make an appearance. Unfortunately, they were unable to walk down the aisle with me because they started to get fussy by the end of the day with all the guests around.

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