Photo top: redwood wedding couple in Stout Grove at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Maybe you already know what average wedding photographer fees run for ia full day, plus the extra time planning and working with some images. But a redwood wedding is not an average wedding.
Give me a call, let me know how much time you need and where the wedding will be, then I will suggest compensation needed. If you choose my assistance, and send a deposit, I will also provide at least 1 hr. free phone consultation from what I know about redwood forest conditions and feedback about local towns.
Redwood weddings are available and practical for about 3 to 50 people It needs to be in an area already used like an established trail or overlook. A group should not tromp untouched patches of ferns and sorrel. You may be able to squeeze in 100 with planning. But the parks guidelines mark that boundary.
The area should have ample parking for wedding guests. A spot like Stout Grove will not be available between Labor Day and Memorial Day, due to visitors from around the world.
But Stout Grove is only one of many spots for a redwood wedding. You should be able to get married in the redwoods any week.
No foreign material will be allowed like balloons, rice or ribbons on trees. Pre-recorded music / voice are restricted. But natural human voice and some accoustic instrument music is okay.
Apparently, only 40 or 50 weddings per year are done in the coast redwood parks. That was almost hard to believe. Considering there are at least 4 large parks, and the space of a full year, why weddings in the far north coast redwoods are so infrequent seems puzzling.
Sure, it may be a bit of a drive from some places. But I think if couples and guests planned the event as a 2 day vacation and explored the redwoods too, it can become all the more enjoyable and practical.
For these parks below, contact the Crescent City parks office, and permit coordinator:
> Jedediah Smith Redwoods
> Del Norte Redwoods
> Prairie Creek Redwoods
> Redwood National Park
For Humboldt Redwoods park, contact California Department of Parks and Recreation
Humboldt Redwoods State Park / Avenue of the Giants
(2013) permit application fee is $80
Below are a few suggestions to consider for locations. Whether those are available for redwood weddings is unknown until you ask or fill out a permit. But if someone asked me about a good spot to get married in the redwoods, those are my thoughts.
I added in parenthesis an estimate how many people may be able to fit, and walking time.
Abbreviations are Humboldt redwoods HRSP, Jedediah Smith redwoods JRSP, Prairie Creek redwoods PCRSP, Redwood National Park RNP, Del Norte Redwoods State Park DNRSP .
For a place like Stout Grove, inquire about temporary road closure around late May or early June for a couple of weeks for maintenance.
Suggested spot & walking time
Greig, French Bell Loop HRSP
... Avenue of the Giants (50) - 1 min.
Mattole Rd. at Calf Creek HRSP
... Sign and foot path (20) - 1 min.
Boy Scout Tree Trail mid-way JSRSP
(40) - 40 min.
Women's Federation Grove HRSP
Avenue of the Giants (50) - 1 or 2 min.
Cal-Barrel Road PCRSP
(7 to 30) - 5 to 15 min.
James Irvine Trail foot bridges PCRSP
(12) - 20 minutes from visitor center
Best off-season when activity is slow
Hiouchi X Mill Creek trails (JSRSP)
(20) need seasonal bridges. 15 min.
Simpson Reed Discovery trail JSRSP
(15 to 20) - 5 to 15 min.
Damnation Creek Trail DNRSP1st 1/4 mile
(15) - 5 min.
Saddler Grove HRSP
(50) - 1 min.
Rockefeller Loop HRSP
(40) - 5 min.
Nickerson Ranch Trail JSRSP
(20) - 5 to 15 min.
Big Tree & Deck ~ if allowed PCRSP
(50) - 1 min.
Stout Grove JSRSP
(30) - 5 min.
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