Although Lindy Holmes, a self- described “hippie,” dreaded the idea of attending a new school, she has the first day of 10th-grade Spanish class to thank for introducing her to future husband Travis Dodge. His charming “hello” amid a sea of unfamiliar faces led to a get-together with friends at her parents’ house during which her mother pulled her aside and said, “Lindy, there is something about that Travis boy, something I can’t put my finger on, but he will be an important person in your life; keep him around,” recalls Lindy. Six years later, the high school sweethearts solidified their romance on a chilly February day in 2011, when Travis, 23, a graduate student at St. Martin’s University and engineer at Kitson Boards, asked 22-year-old Lindy, a massage therapist at Antidote Spa & Salon, to marry him.
Choosing a venue was a no-brainer for the couple. A barn was essential for Lindy’s homemade vintage-chic vibe, and with a little luck, they snagged the last weekend available at the Schilter Family Farm, a rustic 3,600-square-foot barn with solid wood beams and original wall siding, conveniently located five minutes down the road from Lindy’s home in Olympia, Washington.
Lindy is every inch the consummate DIY-er, even selling a collection of homemade goods, Abigail James Handmade, on Etsy. The bride, with welcomed help from her mother, spent hours upon hours designing the details of her wedding, from her fairy-tale dress to the rustic décor.
The mother-daughter duo worked tirelessly on special touches, including homemade soap favors, aprons for the kitchen help and handpicked peonies from Pike Place Market, filling the barn to the brim with whimsical, farm-inspired elements and colorful wildflowers arranged by Lindy’s friend Marcia Coppin.
Two hundred and fifteen guests congregated on quilts made by Lindy’s mother, draped beautifully over stacks of hay. Her dress—brought to life by her friends at Bella Jean Boutique—had a ballerina silhouette created with Chantilly lace and a bodice beaded with champagne seed beads and pearls. The skirt had 26 layers of creamy tulle, and the top layer was dotted French tulle. Her bouquet was made mostly of peonies, baby’s breath, peach-colored cabbage roses and white hydrangeas. The bridesmaids carried baby’s breath bouquets and wore peach dresses, and flats or sandals to complement the ballet shoes that Lindy wore delicately laced around her ankles.
In lieu of traditional wedding music, the bride walked down the aisle to “This Is the First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes, the couple’s song, played by her uncle on the acoustic guitar. The ceremony was met with tears and roars of laughter as the couple exchanged thoughtful vows composed of inside jokes, fond memories and sweet promises, including a vow from Travis to have a craft room in every house they live in, perfect for the bride’s creative pursuits.
If there’s one thing that Lindy was particular about—other than the perfectly placed embroidery-hoop decorations and burlap table runners—it’s that everyone had a good time. After Travis whisked her down the aisle, the bride and groom and their guests were treated to a laid-back feast of celebratory tacos courtesy of Qdoba Mexican Grill, while the music of The Shins, Bon Iver and Michael Jackson wafted from the speakers. Their multicolored “funfetti” cake—a white cake baked with rainbow sprinkles—a part of every important occasion in Lindy’s life, was elegantly completed with her grandparents’ wedding-cake topper.
“We wanted our guests to feel love, celebration and happiness, which I think we achieved by doing things the way that was true to us,” the bride explains. “At the end of the night, it was an amazing feeling to have a guest, time after time, come up to us and say, ‘Thank you, thank you for letting us be apart of this beautiful wedding.’”
It seems mothers do know best, after all.
Gown and invitations
Bloch ballet shoes, Debbie’s Dance Studio
Kenneth Cole suit from Macy’s, Penguin tie and shoes from Goodwill
Old Navy pants, Macy’s shirts and H&M ties
Hair and makeup
Qdoba Mexican Grill
R&R Party Rentals, Needful Things antique shop