Featured Bride Kate Schroeder

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Sometimes, all it takes to meet your soul mate is a good wing woman — just ask Kate. “I met Brad on February 15, 2013, at a San Francisco dive bar. My girlfriend ‘accidentally’ bumped into him to give us an excuse to talk!” she remembers. And that little nudge worked wonders: One year later, on February 14, 2014, Brad proposed. “He’d planned a dinner date at one of our favorite restaurants, and on the way there he said we were making a pit stop in the Marin Headlands to take a photo,” Kate says. Although the San Francisco fog blocked the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, it didn’t stop Brad from getting down on one knee!

Brad and Kate gave themselves plenty of time to plan their wedding, deciding to wed on September 19, 2015. They spent a few months searching Northern California for the perfect venue, then realized the spot they were looking for had been under their noses all along: Brad’s parents’ home and vineyard in Lodi! “They have a large property with plenty of room for our 175 guests, multiple locations, gorgeous vineyards, and even an outdoor bar!” says the bride. What more could a California couple ask for? They spent over a year designing their outdoor wedding, dreaming up what they dubbed a vineyard ballroom aesthetic, and letting casual elegance inspire every detail. The soft, natural celebration (with wine made right on the family vineyard, of course!) was welcoming and comfortable, exactly what the bride and groom envisioned. Let their laid-back style inspire your big day, photographed by K. Stone Photography.

“We loved having the freedom to design exactly the day we wanted, with no restrictions on time or space,” says Kate of her in-laws’ vineyard. The classic invitation was a perfect match for Kate’s elegant bridal style. She opted for a tulle ballgown with a beaded bodice — and a miniature version for her flower girl!

“When I put on my Monique Lhuillier wedding dress, it instantly felt like a part of me,” says Kate. “And Etta James’ ‘At Last’ started playing in the store at that exact moment. I took it as a sign!” She paired the tulle gown with a fingertip veil, soft curls, and a white and blush bouquet of roses and greenery. Her grandmother’s wedding ring was tied around the bouquet’s handle.

Brad had always pictured himself in a classic black tux, so choosing the attire for himself and his groomsmen was easy. His white rose boutonniere looked as though it were plucked right out of Kate’s bouquet. “Brad’s ring was his grandfather’s. I had it inscribed with ‘my love,’ and had the jeweler use the excess metal from when the band was re-sized to create a heart charm for Brad’s mom,” says Kate.