Impossibly Romantic Woodland Wedding at YMCA Camp Round Meadow

March 27, 2016 | editorial team

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Erika and Garrett both love camping and the outdoors, so as soon as they came across YMCA Camp Round Meadow, they knew it was the perfect outdoor venue to have their wedding. They loved the woodsy feel that the camp had, and the forest surrounding the cabins gave them more than enough room to get their dog and huge group of family and friends involved in the ceremony and reception. Gina & Ryan Photography joined in on all the fun, and the entire day looked like a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

The Couple:

Erika and Garrett

The Wedding:

YMCA Camp Round Meadow, Angelus Oaks, California


We were set on having a venue with green trees everywhere. Once we found it, we knew we didn’t need much other decoration aside from lighting and flowers because the trees were already so beautiful. Part of the vibe was inspired by the movie, Twilight, and the rest was from good Pinterest searching.








We personalized our ceremony by reciting our own vows, having our dog as one of the groomsmen, and we had Garrett’s father marry us. We also got help from family and friends to fold one thousand origami cranes and string them from the trees at the ceremony site. It is a Japanese tradition for good luck.







Processional – Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
First Dance – Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran








I ended up wearing a dress that wasn’t anything like what I was originally looking for, but I fell in love with the delicate and intricate lace on the top of the dress. Then, I had the shop design a tulle skirt that I could wear over the dress to give it some volume. It was an ivory, and that inspired the wedding party colors. It was all about colors for us. I loved how the navy, ivory, and tans matched together in the forest with the red accents.





We chose our venue after weeks of research! We knew it was perfect once we saw it because it was big enough to fit 300 people, included cabins for overnight stay, allowed our huge trailer BBQ, and the trees were beautiful. It just had that romantic, woodsy feel that we were looking for.







The best surprise of the night was mine and Garrett’s moms, along with my grandma, his aunt, and all of their other lady friends, did a flash mob dance to “Uptown Funk.” Everyone was completely surprised and had no idea they had been planning that dance for months!


The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gina and Ryan Photography
Event Planning – Sara Seto Events
Venue – YMCA Camp Round Meadow
Floral Design – The Nature of Things
Catering – Graystone Catering
Cake – Rockwell’s Bakery
DJ – Station Identification
Invitations – Minted
Hair & Makeup Artist – Alana Dawn with Lady Art Weddings
Wedding Dress – Love, Lace, and Bridal
Bridal Accessories – David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Rentals – Party Plus Rentals & King Barrel
Favors – HB Green Screen


Congratulations to Erika and Garrett on their wedding! For more forest wedding inspiration, check out Jamie and Luke’s black and white log cabin wedding at Camp Tamarack in Bend, Oregon.


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  1. This is gorgeous! I will be having my ceremony outside in the woods also, and this gave me some great ideas!

  2. I’m interested in having my wedding hear, I was wondering what obstacles you faced since it is off the beaten path. Also what was your budget. I’m looking to spend no more then 25000, 150 people.

  3. Good Evening!
    My name is Justin and I am SUPER interested in this location. I met my spouse in May of 2015. May 25, 2015 to be exact. And I am thinking of having our special day around that time. I did notice that the 25th does fall on a Saturday in 2019 but realistically It is looking more like May 2020 which gives me, (us) more than enough time to turn this space into an AMAZING place, not that it already isn’t! :) I would loooooove to hear how the rental of the outdoor venue works and it’s perks & catches. We stay relatively close to Los Angeles area and to the YMCA Camp Round Meadow. My second choice of venue would’ve been in Humboldt County, CA but no one in my family is as crazy as I am and drive the 14 hours :) I would love to hear more about this location because the more and more i look into it, the more i want it. Thank you so much! I hope to hear from you soon! Kind Regards, Justin Betancourt

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