We are so excited to host our wedding at Camp Navarro! We fell in love with the wild, rustic, romantic nature of the location, which features towering redwoods, rushing rivers, proximity to the spectacular Mendocino coastline and stunning Anderson Valley wine country. It is a hidden gem in Northern California.
A little history lesson: Camp Navarro started as a lumber camp for the Albion Lumber Company, took turn as a CCC camp and an army camp, and sold to the Boy Scouts in 1956. The spectacular natural setting of Camp Navarro makes it one of the most unique venues available and we are so excited to be one of the few weddings that happen here each year.
Expect nonexistent cell reception so please prepare accordingly (don’t panic, there is wifi!), 200+ acres of redwoods, two rivers, a vast field for game-playing, a firepit, and a really great time. To view/download a Camp Navarro property map, click here.
According to Britt
According to Britt
Our story starts in Napa. Dale and I both attended West Park Elementary School, Redwood Middle School, and Napa High School. We both attended San Diego State University, and when I was a freshman and he was in his 5th year, my friend Maggie and I ran into him at a party. We both remember it clearly - Dale said ( with a huge smile), “Hey, you’re from Napa right?” Me with some attitude, “Yeah...” So romantic!
Clearly, we did not start dating then. But 8 years later I moved back to California from New York City, and attended the surprise engagement party of Andrew and (you guessed it) Maggie. And there was Dale. We talked that night, he asked me out a few times. And I said no…
But then I gave in... and the rest is history.
For Dale’s birthday this past winter, we spent the day in Santa Cruz. On our way back home, I finally looked up after texting and playing on social media for some time, and realized we were in Monterey, en route to Big Sur. When we arrived, I was shocked to find a packed bag in the trunk of his car, complete with pajamas, snacks, and a bottle of Veuve Champagne.
I don’t really drink champagne, so I knew we were celebrating something. And then he proposed.
That is how I remember it. Just Dale and I. Under the trees, no cell service, in our favorite cabin. No red roses or mushy stuff. I smile every time I tell the story, or think about it.
Capturing those same feelings is what our wedding weekend is all about - A celebration that is authentic, natural, playful, happy, adventurous, unpretentious, fun, and unexpected - surrounded by the people we love most.
Who knows, I might even have some champagne :-)
Bob Barbos - Father of the Bride
Maggie Barbos - Mother of the Bride
Rachel Barbos - Maid of Honor
Alanna Bailey - Bridesmaid
Courtney Hori - Bridesmaid
Emma Midura - Bridesmaid
Jenna Beck - Bridesmaid
Karyn Franco - Bridesmaid
Katie Koppel - Bridesmaid
Laurie Schulte- Bridesmaid
Lindsay Partain - Bridesmaid
Maria Visconti - Bridesmaid
Shannon Mitchner - Bridesmaid
Dave Whitmer - Father of the Groom
Loie Whitmer - Mother of the Groom
Lindsay Whitmer - Sister of the Groom
Andy Shegrud - Best Man
Andrew Lloyd - Groomsman
Andrew Mazotti - Groomsman
Anthony Mendelson - Groomsman
Darren Loveland - Groomsman
Evan Menzel - Groomsman
Jon Logan - Groomsman
Justin Bucksbaum - Groomsman
Loren Van Krieken - Groomsman
Michael Yanover - Groomsman
Tony Magro - Groomsman
Dave Bluestone - Officiant
The simple and authentic on-site accommodations at Camp Navarro are limited and have been pre-assigned. The wedding party and some other guests will stay at Camp Navarro. You know who you are, and we will send you specific bunking assignments as we get closer.
Other guests planning to stay the weekend will need to book alternate lodging. We recommend booking a room at one of the following Inns/bed and breakfasts or for large groups, a house at a local Airbnb or VRBO.
CA-128 can be poorly lit at night, so we strongly encourage you to stay as close to the venue as possible! Plus, we have activities planned for our guests from Friday evening through Sunday breakfast, and we hope you'll choose to stay and celebrate with us for the entire weekend.
For fun and safety, Shuttle service will be provided from select locations to and from the wedding.
Transportation is planned to drive South East from Camp Navarro towards Philo and Boonville, so please try your best to stay in that direction if you will be needing a ride on Saturday.
Stay tuned for more details!
The average early November temperatures at Camp Navarro can range from 70 degrees during the day to 40 degrees at night. Please check weather conditions prior to arrival. We suggest bringing a lot of layers, so you can easily adjust to the changing temperatures.
The welcome bonfire and goodbye brunch will be casual events and we recommend boots or flats as we will be outside in nature.
The ceremony and reception attire will be a look we call, 'Redwood Elegant.'
Men: Suit and tie or sport coat
Women: Cocktail dress or dressy top and skirt + a warm shawl. Stilettos or spike heels are not recommended, but if those are your dancing shoes of choice, feel free to change into them at the reception when we are on a wood floor!
We will provide a packing list for “campers” staying on the property.
2:00pm: Camp Navarro guests check in
7pm - 10pm: Welcome Bonfire. All wedding guests are invited to Camp Navarro for a fun and casual BYOB bonfire with S’mores + speeches! Please eat before you arrive and bring your favorite beverages of choice -- We’ll take care of the rest!
(Note: Transportation will not be provided on Friday night, so feel free to park on the property and please drink responsibly)
Saturday 11/4/17 - Wedding Day!
9am: Breakfast for on-site Campers
2pm: Shuttle pickup (locations TBD)
3pm: Ceremony outside in The Redwood Cathedral
4pm: Happy Hour outside on the Great Lawn
5pm: Reception/Dinner/Dancing indoors in the Main Lodge
10:30pm: Shuttle departure
9am: Goodbye Brunch for all invites. Join us for coffee and breakfast bites on the property as we close out an incredible weekend. (Feel free to park on the property)
11am: Camper Group Clean
1 pm: Camper Checkout
Search: "Camp Navarro, California" in Google Maps
Camp Navarro Office Number: (707) 895-3066
Cell reception is not available near camp. Please print directions in advance!
Driving Directions - DOWNLOAD
Camp Navarro is approximately 2 1/2 hours from San Francisco, half a mile off Hwy. 128, and eight miles from the Mendocino Coast.
From North or South Hwy. 101:
U.S. 101 leads to the junction with Highway 128 west, near Cloverdale
Boonville, the only town you'll pass through on the drive on CA-128, has a couple places to grab lunch. We love the Boonville General Store's sandwiches, and Paysanne has great ice cream and crepes.
There are reasonable flight prices with a shorter drive time from Santa Rosa.
Car rentals are available at local airports. We encourage our guests traveling from other cities to coordinate flights and carpool together! Closer to the wedding, we'll try to match out-of-towners with locals who may be able to drive them to and from Camp Navarro.
If you have the opportunity to explore the area before or after the wedding, consider yourself lucky! The Anderson Valley and Mendocino are incredible. Read below for some of our favorite local attractions.
We love your kids, but unfortunately due to camp limitations we will not be able to accommodate kids staying on the property, or attend the wedding ceremony/reception. Kids are of course welcome to join the Welcome Bonfire on Friday night and the Farewell brunch on Sunday morning, so let us know if they will be joining us. Please reach out if this an issue and we can help coordinate any way we can. We hope you understand!
We also love your pets, but Camp Navarro has a strict no pets policy. We wish we could have our fury friends join us for the fun, but they’ll have to be on doggy vacation for the weekend.
You can be as on or off the grid as you would like. There is no cell service in Navarro, but there is great Wifi at the camp and we will provide the code upon arrival. Don’t fret! You will be able to keep up with all your social needs ;)
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