Our Story

Ben Bonora and Carly Godden
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Last October Ben and I enjoyed a fantastic wine country weekend getaway in Napa, thanks to a free trip we had won at a Washington wine festival. After a long, leisurely day of wine tasting, we were wandering downtown looking for a nice place to eat. I had picked most of the wineries to visit throughout the day, so when asked what sounded good for dinner, I lightheartedly said, "Your choice, I'm done making decisions for the day." Ben turned in front of me, stopped and said, "Ok, but you have one more decision to make. Will you marry me?" He then pulled the most special, beautiful ring out of his pocket and proposed. It was so spontaneous and sweet. Of course I said yes! We set our wedding date for just about 1 year later and can’t believe it’s already right around the corner!

This has been a very exciting year for us – an engagement, a new home, two new jobs… and now we’re getting married! We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your love and support. We’re lucky to have each of you in our lives.

We stumbled upon Cama Beach, Washington State’s newest state park, during a summer drive. Once we were engaged we knew it was the perfect place to celebrate our marriage with all of our dear family and friends.

Offering a step back in time to an authentic 1930s-era Puget Sound fishing resort, just 90 minutes north of Seattle, Cama Beach has been cherished by vacationing families for over 50 years and was just recently restored to its original charm.

Prior to becoming a seaside resort in 1934, the area was used for centuries by Native Americans for fishing and hunting. It looks out on sweeping views of the Puget Sound, with Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains beyond.

Cama Beach Cabin Guest

Cama Beach Cabin GuestTo all the Weekend Warriors - Thank you very much for booking your cabin several months ago, we're delighted that you will be spending the weekend with us! The cabins are absolutely darling and quite cozy. Built in the 1930s, each cabin has a living room, kitchen area and bedroom and has been updated with modern conveniences like electric heat and lights, a refrigerator, microwave, sink, coffee maker and hot water. While there aren’t bathrooms in every cabin, there are very nice, new, clean and private restrooms and showers just a few steps away.

Plan to arrive Friday afternoon, with time to get settled into your cabin. When you pull into the park, please check in first at the visitor’s center to pick up maps and your keys. You’ll then head to the parking lot to unload your car and wait just a moment for a shuttle to take you to your cabin, as cars aren’t allowed down in the park – it’s just a short walk, but quite steep, so we recommend the free shuttles!

How to Pack

You may have received information directly from the park that requests guests bring a long list of items, but we will provide much of it for you. We will be sure each restroom is well stocked with shampoo, conditioner, soap/bodywash, washcloths, etc. We will also make sure each cabin is stocked with plates, napkins, silverware, etc. For our guests traveling by plane, we will also provide you with towels, pillows and bedding. For those that are driving, we ask that you please bring your own towels, pillows and bedding, because while handmade quilts cover the beds (but not the bunkbeds), sheets and additional blankets are not provided. The cabins are heated, so you shouldn’t need more than one extra blanket. Sleeping bags would work well, too especially for the kids. The showers require tokens which can be purchased at the Cama Beach General Store. For families with kids – be sure to bring your bikes or any other outdoor toys. There aren’t any cars allowed and we have the entire park, so there is lots of space for kids to play safely.

Think of this location as “glamping” – glamorous camping - as we like to call it. Expect dirt, grass and the sea, coupled with cute cabins, nice warm beds and clean bathrooms. The grounds are very well taken care of and everyone should be quite comfortable. If you have any questions or requests, please give us a call at 206.265.9943 or info@benandcarlytietheknot.com

Meals / Snacks

We’ll provide dinner Friday and Saturday night, as well as a light Sunday breakfast. You may want to stop to grab a few snacks/drinks for the weekend at one of the grocery stores that you’ll see as you head through Stanwood right before Camano Island and there are a lot of dining options nearby for Saturday’s breakfast and lunch. There is a general store at Cama Beach, but it has limited hours. Cabins have refrigerators and microwaves, but no stoves, although there are several charcoal grills and fire pits close by, so don’t forget the hotdogs and s’mores!


Ben Bonora & Carly Godden are registered the Honeyfund Honeyfund

We are so excited and honored that you will share our special day with us, and having your love and support is the perfect gift - we couldn't ask for more! However, after hearing several funny stories about receiving 3 mini donut fryers or 4 toasters, we've followed the advice of those that have tied the knot before us, and have chosen a honeymoon registry called Honeyfund. We've also registered at Macy's - mini donut fryer not included!

Wedding Weekend Schedule

Sep 30
  • Check-In: 3:00 PM
  • BBQ: 6:00 PM
  • Campfire Songs

We’d like to invite everyone staying onsite, nearby or living close enough to join us on Friday evening around 6pm for an outdoor BBQ at Cama Beach. We’ll start the celebration with dinner featuring Larry’s BBQ’d Oysters on the Half Shell and Christopher’s Homemade Grilled Sausages – so bring your appetite!

OCT 01
  • Play, Relax, Explore
  • WEDDING: 3:30 PM
  • RECEPTION: 5:00 PM

While we’re getting ready for the ceremony and reception, we invite all of you to discover all that Camano Island has to offer – so, after you’ve enjoyed breakfast in your cabin or at one of the many local restaurants, take a hike! Or, if exploring the many trails around the park isn’t your thing, head over to Camano Island State Park just a mile away, or any of the other nearby parks and beaches. You might want to just relax and enjoy Cama Beach, or head into town for a little antique shopping, or take a stroll through the art galleries. Everyone at the Visitor’s Center is very friendly and will have lots of ideas to help you plan a wonderful day.

Whatever you decide to enjoy in the morning and right after lunch, please plan to be ready for the ceremony to start at 3:30pm, back at Cama Beach. Following the ceremony, we will have a Happy Hour and then the reception dinner should start around 5pm.

Oct 02
  • Bubbles
  • Breakfast
  • Bon Voyage

For all guests either staying at Cama Beach, in a nearby hotel or B&B, or those that live in the area, please join us for a light champagne breakfast around 10am on the porch of the Center for Wooden Boats in the Cama Beach park (same building as the reception). We’d love to spend the morning with everyone before we all pack up and get ready to head out, although you’re more than welcome to enjoy the park all day. There are boats available for rent if the weather is nice!

Wedding Wear

You won’t find any tuxedos or poofy white dress at this party! You should anticipate seeing fellow guests dressed nice but comfortably – this is the Pacific Northwest in the beginning of Autumn, so please be sure to layer. We’re counting on sunshine and hope to have the ceremony outside, but better to be safe than soggy, so we will have a covered alternative and please bring a raincoat or an umbrella, just in case. Also, ladies - no high heels! A thicker soled heel is fine, just please leave the stilettos at home. Not only are there dirt roads and grassy areas, but the reception will be at the Center for Wooden Boats and with slats in the wooden floor, high heels can be dangerous and we don’t want any twisted ankles!


Bed & Breakfast / Cabins

Beach Cabin Getaway
2254 Shervin Rd
Camano Island WA
Beach House at Tyee
3167 S Shoreline Dr
Camano Island WA
Blue Moon Beach House B&B
3267 Shoreline Dr
Camano Island WA
Cama Glen Retreat
360-387-8374 / 425-501-7804
Camano Blossom B & B
1462 Larkspur Lane
Camano Island WA
Cama Glen Retreat
360-387-8374 / 425-501-7804
Camano Blossom B & B
1462 Larkspur Lane
Camano Island WA
Camano Cottages
Camano Island WA
Camano Island Resorts
241 Camaloch Dr.
Camano Island WA
Camano Island’s Eagles Nest
721 S. Lehman Drive
Camano Island WA
Camano Lakeside Cottage
16 E Driftwood Shores
Camano Island WA
Camano Waterfront Beach House
Camano Island
8221 198th St NW
Stanwood WA
Inn At Barnum Point
464 S Barnum Rd
Camano Island WA
Kayak Kottage Vacation House
15610 Marine Drive
Stanwood WA
The Island House on Camano
849 Burbin Lane
Camano Island WA


Camano Island State Park
2269 S Lowell Point Rd
Camano Island WA
Cedar Grove Resort & Campground
16529 W Lake Goodwin Rd
Stanwood WA
Kayak Point County Park & Yurt Village
15610 Marine Drive
Stanwood WA
Lake Goodwin Resort
4726 176th St NW
Stanwood WA
Wenberg State Park
15430 E Lake Goodwin Rd
Stanwood WA

Motel / Hotel

Medallion Hotel / Angel of the Winds Casino and Resort
16710 Smokey Point Blvd
Arlington WA
Tulalip Resort & Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd
Tulalip WA
Best Western Tulalip Inn
3228 Marine Drive
Marysville WA
Holiday Inn Express
8606 36th Ave NE
Marysville WA
Best Western College Way
300 W College Way
Mount Vernon WA
Holiday Inn Express
8606 36th Ave NE
Marysville WA
Best Western College Way
300 W College Way
Mount Vernon WA
Skagit Valley Casino Resort
5984 N Darrk Lane
Bow WA
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1003 Goldenrod Rd
Burlington WA

Contact Us


1880 S. West Camano Drive,
Camano Island, WA 98282
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