It’s no wonder that Caroline Schreiber and Patrick Hinds’ wedding had an adventure motif. As a college freshman, Caroline joined a sorority in order to meet more people, expand her horizons, and have new experiences to draw on for her screenwriting degree. One of those sorority sisters (who would become Caroline’s future matron of honor) convinced her to leave a paper for the morning and go to a party. It was there that she met Patrick Hinds and talked to him all night. “When the sun rose, he asked me on a date,” Caroline explains. “And that was that.” The downside is he was a senior and graduating in two short months. Luckily, he remained in Los Angeles to work in the travel business, though Caroline went on to study abroad three different times – in Paris, Rome, and London – forcing them to go through periods of long distance.
About five years after they first met, Patrick organized a romantic trip to Napa, where the pair visited an authentic castle, hand-built with imported antique bricks from Italy. Knowing her love of European history, it was the perfect place to ask Caroline to marry him. She blurted out “yes!” before he even popped the question, accepting the stunning custom-designed marquise diamond ring set in a crown-shaped basket with milgrain details.
“Within a matter of days of getting engaged in Napa, we excitedly sat down together and had the whole design scheme and general feel laid out,” the bride shares of their wedding plans. “I knew I wanted to make all of the decorations myself to achieve our vision. We decided each table was going to be a location we had gone together, the seating chart was going to be luggage tags that would double as favors, our centerpieces were going to be hot air balloon lanterns, and all around just maps galore!” she illustrates. “We even put together a vision board on my laptop that included a color scheme, décor inspiration, and ideal locations.”
On Memorial Day Weekend, the vision became a reality at a dreamy ranch in Malibu. Befitting the travel and adventure elements used throughout, the venue is home to retired Hollywood animals, including a beloved giraffe named Stanley. As the couple elected to host a child-free wedding, a young alpaca named Chorizo served as flower girl. The alpaca wore a sign reading, “love is an adventure, alpaca bag” – a nod to the bride and groom’s shared love of corny puns.
In a romantic lace gown, the bride walked down the aisle with her father, her hair swept to the side and held in place with a crystal headband gifted to her by the costume department of CW’s Reign, a historical-fiction TV show that Caroline worked on. Her bouquet featured soft flowers in ivory and peach hues, accented with greenery. Following a touching vow exchange complete with a wine ceremony, the longtime lovebirds were at last pronounced husband and wife.
Onwards to the alfresco cocktail hour and reception, guests ventured to a nearby rustic wagon where they found hanging luggage tags with their names and table location. As the night continued, the newlyweds danced under the stars and twinkling lights with their closest friends and family, knowing they accomplished the wedding of their dreams. “Looking back on our wedding day,” reflects Caroline, “I feel like we shared our story and made an adventurous wedding filled with love that was equally enjoyed by all.”