We are always giddy to see weddings from our readers come to fruition. When Atalie, the gorgeous bride from this wedding, sent over these images shot by Tonhya Kae, we literally squealed. We immediately fell in love with all of the musical inspiration spread throughout her wedding day, from vintage music sheets to an amazing soundtrack selection. The bride’s amazingly talented friends and family pitched in for her big day, handcrafting details such as the bridesmaids’ headbands and the darling peacock boutonnieres.

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography
purple bridesmaid dresses

From the bride, Atalie: My first inspiration was of course my relationship with Gus. I decided to do everything music themed because we bond over music. We used a guitar for our guest book and placed a few engagement photos in the strings. I hand made all of the boutonnieres, adding the peacock feathers was the perfect touch! I added music paper feathers to tie them into everything… my favorite! The music we played at our wedding was music we both loved and music that made us think of each other. I ended up having everyone walk to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. It flowed beautifully, and Gus definitely cried when I walked down the aisle! Our venue 4-H camp was very old and rustic. Together we decided our colors would be grey, navy blue, and a sage-ish green. We brought some vintage furniture, and I was very happy to find that the old piano I remembered playing as a child was still there! We also had tons of mason jars and all the old books, frames, suitcases, records, and vintage music paper were from my Grandma.


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

wedding cake table decor
Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae PhotographyAtalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography
Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography
vintage music sheets wedding decor

The other inspiration for the wedding was our photographer Tonhya and her style of photography. I loved how friendly she was, and that she was our age. She related so well to us and all of our friends, and was so sweet the whole day. My advice to brides about photography is to hire someone you believe in, and that you can be friends with. Splurge on it too, because it will be the only thing you have to remember your day with!


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae PhotographyAtalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

The actual day was amazing. We were afraid it was going to be pouring down rain, but it only began to sprinkle as I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros… which made the moment even more magical. Everything looked so beautiful, and I loved how personal all of it was to Gus and I. It was the most surreal day of my life, and I wish I could relive it! My advise to brides is to make things because you love your fiance, not just because you want it to look like a wedding you saw on a blog. Take a moment to sit down and admire everything with your husband.


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae PhotographyAtalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

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Wedding Songs:

Bridal Party Processional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
Procession of the Bride: “Godan Daggin,” Sigur Ros
Communion: “House of God Forever,” John Foreman
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “The Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne

Wedding Vendors (Olympia, WA):

Wedding Venue: Panhandle Lake 4-H Camp and Calvary Chapel of Olympia / Wedding Photographer: Tonhya Kae Photography / Wedding Dress: Private Label from I Do Bridal in Seattle / Bride’s and Bridal Party’s Shoes: TOMS / Bride’s Headpiece: Tessa Kim / Bride’s Earrings: Macy’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Jennifer Johnson and Mea Johnson / Makeup: Erin Dammon of Clinique and Alaina Tarver / Bridesmaids’ Headbands: made by bridesmaid Rachel Edgbert / Boutonnieres: made by bride / Groomsmen’s Outfits: H&M and Forever 21 / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: ASOS / Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar / Groom’s Suit: Joseph Abboud / Groom’s Shirt: The Gap / Photobooth: Julia Pulliam / Invitations and Program Design: Ethan Kimberling / “Better Together” Banner: Earmark / Flowers: Olympia Farmer’s Market / Flower Arrangements: Mother of the bride, Peggy Hurd and Rosmarie Thomas / Cupcakes and Cake: Bernadette Niebhur / Catering: BayView Thriftway Catering of Olympia

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