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Austin & Sonia


September 14 to 16, 2018

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Austin & Sonia


September 14 to 16, 2018

 

Welcome to Austin & Sonia’s Wedding!

Join us in the Redwoods
September 14 to 16, 2018
at Camp Navarro

We are so excited to host our wedding at Camp Navarro! We fell in love with the rustic and romantic wilderness of Camp Navarro, and its 200+ acres of redwood forests, meandering rivers, and stunning vistas. This spectacular natural setting makes Camp Navarro a magical backdrop for our unconventional Indian wedding!

One such unique and unconventional aspect to our wedding is that everyone will be staying at camp (on-site) for the wedding weekend! Camp Navarro has a variety of cabins and yurts to accommodate all of us. We are so looking forward to celebrating all weekend long with our loved ones. To view/download a Camp Navarro property map, click here.

 

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Our Story


According to Sonia

Our Story


According to Sonia

 

Our story begins on the summer solstice of 2014 at a bar in San Francisco, where Austin and I were hanging out with different groups of friends. I was feeling kind of bored, but my friends were clearly not ready for the night to be over; so, I sat by myself on a couch while they worked on getting another round of drinks. Austin soon approached me with a debonair, “Hey, how’s your night going?” I did appreciate his company while I waited for my friends, but as luck would have it, we only had 5 minutes before my friends came to my side, finally ready to go home. But fortunately Austin managed to get my number… and he actually texted me about 8 hours later. Caught off guard and pleasantly surprised by his initiative, I agreed to meet him for a drink the following Friday. One drink turned into dinner, which turned into three years later…. when Austin asked me to marry him in the middle of a golden field overlooking the ocean.
What a guy!  

Over the years, we have fallen in love with each other’s authenticity, zeal for nature and adventure, and shared appreciation for the serendipity of life that brought us together. And that’s exactly what we hope to celebrate with all of you at our wedding.

 
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Accommodations


Accommodations


 

All Accommodations do not have individual bathrooms. Central bathroom facilities with indoor and outdoor showers are found around the property. 

All accommodations typically have at least 4-5 guests with some cabins handling larger groups up to 8. Please carefully read descriptions. 

Cabins

There are up to 32 Cabins available that will sleep 2-8 people comfortably, with a majority of cabins having capacity of 4-5 beds in a mix of doubles, queens, and twin bunk beds.  All cabins have tempurpedic foam mattresses, bedding, and heaters. Cabins are situated throughout the property among the redwoods. 

The majority of cabins  have a minimum of 4-5 beds.  A few cabins have 6-8 beds and three cabins have 2 or 3 beds. Groups of individuals combining to share a cabin should NOT plan to sleep more than 5-6 people in a cabin. Any family larger than 5 individuals should note this with the wedding couple for planning purposes. 

$250

 

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Adirondack Cabin

Adirondacks are three sided structures equipped with one queen bed and three twins.  The front has a canvas 'drape' that you can open and close as needed. These are newly refurbished for 2018 and offer a classic 'Glamping' experience. There are only 12 Adirondacks available in groupings of 2-5 around the site (see map). Bedding is not provided.

$50 per bed

 

Teepee Tent

Camp Navarro provides 40 large teepees around the property. 24 teepees have 1 queen bed and up to 2 additional single mattresses on the floor can be added. The other 18 teepees can sleep 1 to 5 people with mattresses on the floor (couples can combine two mattresses to make a double). Bedding is not provided in any teepee and teepees will be assigned on a first come, first served sign up basis.

Deluxe $175
Standard $125

Camp Navarro RV

RV/Car Camping

Camp Navarro has an RV zone that can fit up to 16 RV or Vanagon type vehicles. There are 8 sites that have electrical hookups available on a first come first served basis. All other sites are just open spots in this redwood grove. There are no other hookups, septic, or other facilities. The main bathroom/shower house is about fifty yards away. 

$0

Camp Navarro Tent Camping

Tent Camping

Bring your own tent! Tents are permitted in designated camping grounds and in the Nature Nest area.  The Redwood Cathedrals are off limits to tent camping. No campfires.

$0

 
 

-The Map-

 
 
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RSVP


RSVP


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Registry


Registry


 

We already consider your presence the best present we could ask for! 

But if you feel inclined to give us something, please consider making a donation to one of the non-profits listed below or purchasing something off of our registry to help us build our first home together. Thank you!

Fill our home from A to Z...

We both have either lived with our parents or with responsible housemates... so we've never actually had to furnish our homes! We are excited to (finally) create a home together, but we need a lot of help getting started!

 
 

Or donate to causes we care about

We would be grateful if you would consider supporting these causes we care about:

 

 
 

Akhila Health: www.akhilahealth.org

Founded by Sonia's mom, Akhila Health provides holistic health programs for stress management that empower and engage individuals to uncover their best selves. The programs promote wellness at multiple levels - body, mind, emotion, intellect and spirit - and are currently offered to underserved women at various shelters in the Bay Area. Sonia volunteers as a marketing director for the organization.


World Bicycle Relief: www.worldbicyclerelief.org


World Bicycle Relief is close to Austin and his family’s hearts, as it was founded out of SRAM corporation by F.K. Day and Leah Missbach Day, dear friends of the Walker family. World Bicycle Relief has built programs to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles for students to allow them to get to distant schools they otherwise may not be able to attend, for healthcare workers to provide care to distant patients they otherwise may not be able to tend, and for entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Austin spent a summer volunteering for the organization in Zambia.

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Itinerary


Itinerary


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Friday 9/14/18

3pm: Guest Check-In

6pm: Welcome Dinner & Mehndi on Great Lawn

10pm: Bonfire

11pm: Lights Out!

Saturday 9/15/18 - Wedding Day!

8am - 9:30am: Breakfast available on Great Lawn

10am: Bharaat - all guests are invited to participate. See information page for more details

10:30am: Wedding Ceremony Outdoors in The Redwood Cathedral

12pm: Reception Lunch on the Great Lawn

2pm - 6pm: Free time! Go explore the great outdoors. Ideas provided on the Information page

6pm: Cocktail hour on the Great Lawn

7pm: Reception Dinner in The Lodge

9pm - 2am: Dancing!

Sunday 9/16/18

9am - 11am:  Farewell Brunch in The Lodge

Check-out by 12pm

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Information


Information


 

What To Wear

The average September temperatures at Camp Navarro can range from 70 degrees during the day to 50 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.

We encourage everyone to dress in a way that is comfortable… whatever that means to you 😊 That said, we are excited about hosting an Indian wedding in the woods, and if you are interested in wearing Indian attire for the wedding events, please feel welcome to do so! We have provided some suggestions on where to purchase clothing in the Indian Wedding FAQs section.

Please do yourself a favor and DO NOT wear heels! 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 also do not recommend bringing any real jewelry, given the shared accommodations/bathrooms. Thank you!

Mehndi – Smart Casual

  • We recommend dressing in layers, as the event will be held outdoors.
  • If you would like to wear Indian attire, we’d recommend kurtas for men and anarkalis or salwar kameez for women.
  • Please be advised that we will be concluding the evening with a bonfire.

Wedding Ceremony – Colorful Semi-Formal

  • Men: Suit or sport coat
  • Women: Semi-formal cocktail dress or sundress + shawl or jacket (may be chilly in the Redwood Cathedral). Please refrain from wearing black – the more colorful, the better!

If you would like to wear Indian attire:

  • Men: Kurta pyjama. All colors would be great, except black!
  • Women: Anarkalis or saris. All colors would be great, except black and white!

Reception Dinner – Elegant Formal

  • Men: suit and tie or sport coat
  • Women: Cocktail dress ((long, midi or short)

If you would like to wear Indian attire:

  • Men: Actually, most men wear formal suits to Indian wedding receptions!
  • Women: Party saris of any color (this is a term you will find listed on most Indian clothing websites)

Meals

We are both gluten-free and vegetarian, and many of our family members are also dairy-free! So we think we have most dietary restrictions covered. We will be providing vegetarian meals throughout the weekend, with plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free options. If you have any concerns or serious food allergies, please contact us at austinandsonia@gmail.com.

We encourage you to bring any snacks you may require throughout the weekend. Particularly if you plan on doing a lot of hiking or are prone to getting hangry!

Packing List

  • Attire for the weekend
  • Towels – if you forget, you can rent one for $25
  • Light snacks – all meals will be provided, but if you plan on hiking and/or tend to get hangry, please bring some snacks for yourself!
  • Warm Clothing for Night (fleece or down jacket/coat, sweats, thick socks, beanie)
  • Flip Flops/Sandals (for bathrooms)
  • Extra blankets or any other comforts that you desire – also available for rent.
  • Headlamp and/or Flashlight (1 per person)
  • Towels (for shower)
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner etc)
  • Refillable Waterbottle (there is filtered water stations onsite)
  • Printed Copy of Camp Navarro Directions + Map

Optional

  • Portable Phone Charger (if you are in a teepee)
  • Camera
  • Portable Speaker
  • Lantern or Headlamp
  • Extra Batteries
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Camp/Folding Chairs
  • Games/Sports equipment
  • Activewear for exploring
  • Comfortable Shoes (sneakers, hiking boots if you want to explore, etc)

Please leave at home:

  • Marijuana – even though it may be legal in California, we are requesting all guests to refrain from smoking or consuming edibles during the weekend. Thank you!
  • Pets – even though we love animals, Camp Navarro has a strict no pets policy. Please see below for additional policies.

How to Get to Camp Navarro

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901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA

Camp Navarro Office Number: (707) 895-3066

Website: http://campnavarro.com

Cell reception is not available near camp. Please print directions in advance!

Driving Directions - DOWNLOAD

We are currently exploring options for carpools and group transportation. If this sounds interesting to you, please fill out our short survey.

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

  1. Take the CA-128 W exit towards Ft. Bragg/ Mendocino - 0.2 mi.
  2. Turn left onto CA 128 W / N. Cloverdale Blvd. - 0.8 mi.
  3. Turn right onto CA-128 to Navarro, CA - 41.3 mi.
  4. Continue on CA 128 into the Redwoods, past the Navarro General Store and Gas Station to the first bridge over the Navarro River - 1.6 mi.
  5. Turn right on Masonite Rd. immediately after the bridge crossing
  6. Take Masonite Rd. to the entrance to Camp Navarro - 0.7 mi.
  7. Turn right into the main parking area of Camp Navarro.

Major airports

  • SAC Sacramento Airport | 3:30 hrs to Camp Navarro | 179 mi
  • SFO San Francisco Airport | 3:00 hrs to Camp Navarro | 145 mi
  • OAK Oakland Airport | 2:50 hrs to Camp Navarro | 146 mi

Local Airports

  • Little River Airport | 0:41 min to Camp Navarro | 22 mi
  • Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport | 1:40 hrs Driving to Camp Navarro | 73 mi

There are reasonable flight prices with a shorter drive time from Santa Rosa.

Car Rentals

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.

Camp Navarro Policies

We love your pets, but Camp Navarro has a strict no pets policy. We wish we could have our furry friends join us for the fun, but they’ll have to be on doggy vacation for the weekend.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to attend all of our wedding festivities! However, Camp Navarro does not recommend children under 5 to stay onsite. Please contact us if you are planning to bring children under 5, and we can help you find other local accommodations.

We are in a high wildfire danger zone, so NO personal fires are permitted in the campground. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only – near the fire pits and the BBQ grill behind the kitchen.

Indian Wedding FAQ

This is my first Indian wedding! What can I expect?!

We are excited you’ll be celebrating with us! Here’s some more information about the Indian events we’ll have throughout the weekend:

Mehndi: A traditional pre-wedding event in which the bride has henna applied to her hands and feet in intricate designs. We will have a henna artist for anyone who’d like to participate! We will also have a buffet dinner, some speeches, and games for all of us to get to know each other.

Bharaat: A pre-wedding procession with drumming and dancing to make sure that the groom shows up at the wedding altar! Although this event is typically done by the groom’s side, we invite everyone to participate… just make sure you are ready to dance!

Ceremony: Our ceremony will be a unique blend of Indian and Western customs filled with personal significance. The ceremony will be performed in English.

Where can I purchase Indian attire?

For those in Chicago -- check out Devon Street!

For those in California -- check out University Avenue, near UC Berkeley!

Online:

  1. http://www.fabindia.com
  2. http://www.kalkifashion.com
  3. http://www.kaneesha.com
  4. http://www.cbazaar.com
  5. http://www.utsavfashion.com
  6. http://www.indusdiva.com

Additional Questions

Please email us at austinandsonia@gmail.com!

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