Branded Heart | A Summer Simmer in the Sierra Nevada

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Branded Heart performs at River Ridge RanchPorterville-based band Branded Heart performed for a lively crowd at River Ridge Ranch this past Saturday evening. Dancing, laughter and steel guitar were all on hand to create a Summer simmer in the Southern Sierra Nevada hills.

Take a look at this exclusive gallery of the night's festivities by River Ridge photographer



Matrushka Construction - A Fashion Shoot at River Ridge Ranch

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Matrushka Construction at River Ridge RanchCalifornia Natives was the theme for the new Spring/Summer fashion line launched by Silver Lake-based Matrushka Construction during a recent photo shoot at River Ridge Ranch.

Designer Laura Howe revealed new work along with capturing some of her classic and well-known screen designs.

The lush Spring greens and vibrant light of the Southern Sierra Nevada mountain range set the scene for the new offerings while models Emma Adest and Brian de la Cerda graced the camera.



Written by Gary Adest. Posted in Wedding Tips

  • decoration

We and most of our visitors think the ranch is just plain gorgeous any time of year. Everywhere you look there’s a backdrop that photographers love, so it’s easy to just let nature do the decorating.

It takes nothing more than a splash of color on the wedding arch to complete our River Barn’s décor and the lighting and ambiance in our reception Pavilion don’t require much help.

We already have beautiful swagged lights over the dance floor, hundreds of clear white lights around and above you, custom-forged chandeliers and many sconces that carry flickering candles (we provide).

Add the dance spot and custom/remote control of all the lights and much of the decorating is built-in.



Written by Gary Adest. Posted in Wedding Tips

  • centerpiece

We always urge our couples to consider using our vases and lanterns as part of their table decorations and to feel free to take cuttings right off the ranch.

There's nearly always something in flower, beautiful dried grass stems, green grapevine, etc. Commercial cut flowers are very expensive and almost always end up in our compost, so if you can think local and simple you can save yourself more wear-and-tear and considerable cost.

When considering centerpieces, think about how your guests will interact with them: will they be able to see over and around the creations?

Are you using something too tall and tippy? Centerpieces on mirrors are always a questionable idea!

Maybe in your grandparents' day folks used to hang around waiting to take home a centerpiece, but that seems to have gone bye-bye...


Guest Favors

Written by Gary Adest. Posted in Wedding Tips

  • favors

Couples frequently spend considerable money, time and effort providing these little thank-you gifts for their guests.

They range from jars of homemade jellies to CDs of the bride and groom’s favorite music. In our experience, the morning after finds lots of jars of homemade jellies and lots of orphan CDs on the ranch.

It’s not that we don’t love homemade jelly or your taste in music, it’s that you might just consider dispensing with this antiquated concept and do the thank-you during the toasts.

Of course, you’re welcome to continue the tradition….


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You really went the extra mile to make sure every guest and even the crazy parents of the bride were comfortable!!


I had such a wonderful wedding and I especially loved the ceremony. Thank you so much for making it so special and exactly what we wanted.


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37675 Balch Park Road
Springville, California 93265
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