Monthly archives: March 2012

Kelly & Matt Kistler

Kelly & Matt knew they were inspired by vintage-country so they sprinkled their June 18, 2011 wedding day with glimpses of past and present from photographs of Kelly’s parents and grandparents’ weddings to her grandmother’s wedding dress. Continuing to bring old and new together for their day, they chose Ranch’s Rodeo Arena as the location for the ceremony and reception.

Guests were led through one of the classic barns filled with old trinkets and then seated on hay bales facing the “Dancing Barn”. Matt and the father-of-the bride, Mark Lytle, worked tirelessly to transform the rodeo arena into an enchanting place to celebrate one of the biggest days in his little girl’s life. The newlyweds can see the arena from their home together now and it brings the most beautiful memories to mind.

In keeping with the rodeo theme, the mother-of-the bride found paper cowboy hats and Kelly & Matt transformed them into fans for their guests. They also added personal touches within the wedding party by allowing them to wear their own riding boots.
As the sunset cast a warm, magical glow over the reception, the wedding party was introduced through the bull shoots in the rodeo arena.  The festivities continued into the night as the bride and groom danced to “Then” by Brad Paisley.

Kelly and Matt were featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of BCM as one of our Noteworthily Engaged couples.  The couple met when Kelly was hired as an E.M.T. at Kistler Ranch.  He proposed to her at the Ranch, and they were also married and will reside there.


Venue::Kistler-Santo Domingo Ranch Jamestown, Ca (private residence)   Photographer::Stephanie Baker Photography
Brides Fashion::Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Party Fashion::Priscilla of Boston
Florist::Kim Sawyer
Cake::Cakes by Lida
Rentals::Classic Party Rentals
Entertainment::West Coast Entertainment
Wedding day Coordinator::20 Twenty Events
Wedding Designer::Mark Lytle Interiors
Make-up::Mashara Bumbico & Alisa Mello, Streaks Salon
Hair::Crissy Golbrisch, Streaks Salon
Caterer::O’Briens Super Market
Invitations::Wedding Paper Divas

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Groom’s Guide::To Buy or Rent?

Trying to decide if you should rent or buy your wedding wardrobe?

1. The rule of thumb: If you attend more than three black-tie events a year, it will cost you less to buy a tux than to rent.

2. To avoid looking dated in years to come, you should purchase a classic style.

3. If you plan to lose a few pounds for the big day, you should wait on buying until you’re closer to your goal weight.

4. Even if you opt to go with a rental tux, you may feel more comfortable in your own shirt, tie, or shoes.


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Groom’s Guide::The Get-a-Way

Considering the details of that time-honored tradition of the Bachelor Get-a-way?
How about a weekend getaway with golf, skiing, gambling or a guided fly fishing trip?  Or an evening out with the boys in a rented limo making pit stops at some of the local cigar lounges and bars?

With venues, rentals and services all around us, you just need a little creativity in putting the long awaited event into play. Here is what some of our local hot spots have to offer;

“If you are a member at any one of our area’s finest private country clubs, such as Brookside
Country Club, Turlock, Golf & Country Club, Stockton Golf & Country Club, Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club, or Del Rio Country Club, a day on the green could be the perfect start to the “bachelor’s” weekend. We asked Becky Weeden, Director of Catering at Brookside Country Club what type of day she would recommend.  “Bringing your groomsmen for a day of golf, drinks and good times at Brookside is a great escape before the wedding day. After checking in with the golf shop, drop your clubs off with Player Services and warm up on the tiered driving range, putting and chipping greens. By the time you’re ready to tee off those golf bags will be settled on a cart and full of clean clubs. From anywhere on the course, a cold beer or a grilled panini is just a phone call away and can be delivered right to your cart. After a big finish on 18, come enjoy the private Men’s Cardroom, it’s 2 large screen TV’s, direct access to the Fireside Grille Bar with a full beer, wine and cocktail selection, then top it all off with your choice of cigar on the Grille patio.”


Looking for an upscale lounge with a little nightlife and entertainment, head to the mile, Stockton’s Miracle Mile. The AVE on the mile is Stockton’s premier bar & bistro providing first class hospitality and bar service. Alternatively is Cheroot Cigar Bar in downtown Modesto, comedy at the Fat Cat, or the Man Cave at The Whitmore Mansion.


Love the outdoors? Grab a few coolers, a few friends, and head to the water. The Delta  runs through out the entire Valley. The most accessible is the Stockton Delta. If you don’t know your way around the Delta, hire a guide and let him lead the way. Some of our area lakes, such as Don Pedro, McClure, or McSwain have easy access whether your looking for day trips, guided trips, or overnight get-a-ways. Fishing license required; for more information visit


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On Location::Viaggio Estate & Winery, Acampo, Ca.

The archway to the Viaggio on the River Estate and Winery reads  “Where the Journey to Forever Begins.” Viaggio is Italian for ‘journey’ and forever has never had such a magnificent launch site.


The journey into Viaggio sets the stage for whisking you away from reality and into your own private world for an event, tailor made to take your breath away. The striking architecture and warm colors join the vineyards and other gorgeous landscaping to begin your transition from Central Valley of California to destination dreams come true.


When Kent and Tamara Raverty started the development of the vision of Viaggio, they began with existing buildings. To see the estate now, it is scarcely believable that the structures were once open air buildings and rustic barns. One expects to see the luscious potted gardens, beautiful olive trees and expansive vineyards.

Via d’Amore. This scenic footpath would be a perfect place to take a soothing pre-ceremony stroll, or a charming location for gorgeous post ceremony photos.  What does come as surprises are the hand painted wine barrels, the vintage phone booth and an antique gas pump, all surrounded by colorful foliage and landscape.

There’s a song from centuries ago about a bicycle built for two. The young man croons to his lady that though they won’t be able to afford a stylish marriage, he’s half-crazy in love with her, and that should count for something. Trends for bridal wear today would force a man to drastically alter the lyrics to that song. Let the lyrics to your remake of that centuries-old song tell the story of an incredibly trendy marriage to a man completely-crazy for you and your panache!

Vino di Vita. The wine room is one of the most elaborate tasting areas around. Sample the Viaggio wine offerings surrounded by vintage model airplanes and other treasured items of sentiment.  With a spiral staircase heading down in the middle of the room, an almost gothic conference table in a side dining alcove, and huge wooden doors saved from the buildings prior to the remodel and preserved as art, you can truly feel the elegant simplicity of times past bridging into and merging with the originality of the moment.

The Mansion. Regal lion fountains flank the infinity pool, which is as symbolic of enduring love as a circular ring, continuing on with no end. Mermaids frolic around the lampposts that line the patio and balcony. As you are granted a glimpse inside you are greeted by frescoes gracing the walls behind the baby grand piano and marble carvings of mythological muses and nymphs that frame the fireplace.  A commanding double-staircase beckons you to its landing with a beautiful view of the river. The atmosphere is airy, sleek and cool with an aura of fun built into the 1950’s vintage diner where you are greeted by Betty Boop on roller skates and an antique payphone hanging from the wall.


By::Betty Mantel Lee
Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography, Moondog Photo, The Shooting Gallery
On Location::Viaggio Estate & Winery                                                                                  Set Design::Mira Jantz
Dresses::Mira Bridal Couture
Suits::Selix Formalwear

Models::Erika Durrer, Cindy Chen, Sarah Fields, Sarah Bollerud, Nick Campbell, Austin Love, Justin Smith, Kaitlin McConnell-Jantz


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Katie & Jonathon James

When Katie began planning her and Jonathon’s wedding, she started building various mood-boards of themes she found appealing and unique.  She found herself drawn to bright and vibrant images similar to a vintage circus or carnival.  As she worked her way through images and colors, the theme for the wedding became “Vintage Romance.”

To capture this essence, Katie pulled from the look of historical Europe and used soft pinks, grays and ivory.  She spent enormous amounts of time on the smallest details, from the flowers to the dessert, cigar bar to the lemonade stand and kids’ table.  Katie and Jonathon were very focused on creating a mood and experience for their guests at the Viaggio Estate and Winery in Acampo.

Overall, their day came together perfectly and the bride and groom enjoyed their friends, family, and jammin’ on the dance floor with their sweet son.  In the words of their photographer, GROVER Style Photography, “Katie and Jonathon did not miss a detail in planning their day.  They had many hand-made details that added such a personal touch to the ceremony.  They were also the sweetest couple ever, always smiling, laughing and making sure everyone was having a great time.”

Venue::Viaggio Estate & Winery                                                                               Photographer::GROVER Style Photography
Brides Fashion::Enzoani
Groom’s Fashion::Vito’s Tuxedo and Formal
Bridal Party Fashion::Jim Hjelm
Flower Girl Fashion::Baby J Couture
Makeup::Amanda Bertram
Hair::Bethany Brayton & Jena Reid
Bakery::Heart’s Desire Bakery
Flowers::Embellish Floral Design
Stationary::Michelle Davis
Jewelry::Ciccarelli Jewelers
Entertainment::Elite Entertainment
Kid’s Pinwheels::Mary Grace Designs
I Thee Wed Banner::Emilie M Paper’s

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