September 14 to 16, 2018
September 14 to 16, 2018
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.
According to Sonia
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
3pm: Guest Check-In
6pm: Welcome Dinner & Mehndi on Great Lawn
11pm: Lights Out!
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!
9am - 11am: Farewell Brunch in The Lodge
Check-out by 12pm
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
Wedding Ceremony – Colorful Semi-Formal
If you would like to wear Indian attire:
Reception Dinner – Elegant Formal
If you would like to wear Indian attire:
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 email@example.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!
Please leave at home:
Camp Navarro Office Number: (707) 895-3066
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
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.
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.
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!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!