Your comment didn't include an email address, so I hope you'll see this! (Everyone else--I'll write about the rest of my trip, and all my knitting as soon as I recover a little more!).
Anyway... I didn't make any changes to the pattern for my azalea wedding shawl (except that I kept going to make it bigger). It looks like the picture to me, so I'm not quite sure what looks different to you. I used nearly 5 ounces of Zephyr's laceweight wool-silk blend in ivory on size 6 needles. The shawl is about 64 inches across.