Roses and Redwoods

The Parks Forward Commission is hard at work developing a long-term plan to ensure that California State Parks remain financially viable. But, did you know that you there’s a way — a romantic one at that — to support your state parks?

Meredith and Dan on their big day with the redwoods as their backdrop. Photo credit: Gary Sexton
Meredith and Dan on their big day with the redwoods as their backdrop. Photo credit: Gary Sexton

How about tying the knot under California’s majestic redwoods? You can celebrate your union and help our state parks system at the same time! Personally, I don’t think California State Parks is leveraging this opportunity to its fullest potential. Many wedding venues charge thousands of dollars just to rent the space alone, while a permit to get married in Humboldt Redwoods State Parks (a scenic 4-hour drive from San Francisco) costs approximately $50. What a bargain! You also have the spectacular backdrop of the redwoods forest for all those memories and beautiful wedding photos. Now that’s what I am talking about!

If you are concerned about caterers, there are local artisans and businesses in the redwood country that provide organic and sustainable products that you and your guests will love.

Check out these beautiful venues:

Many boast breathtaking groves and beautiful views which could make dramatic backdrops for your special day. Be sure to reserve one of these venues for your big day today by calling 1-800-777-0369 or e-mailing for more details.

Got wedding pictures from the redwoods that you want to share? Send them to me and I will post them on this blog!

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About Jennifer Benito-Kowalski


Jennifer joined Save the Redwoods League in 2007 as the Director of Outreach, charged with leading the organization's marketing communications and outreach efforts to connect people to the peace and beauty of the redwood forests.

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