It was a feast and a celebration, the day after this California wedding.
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Carey and Eric
Carey Galliani and Eric Lowe choose to exchange vows in front of an intimate group of friends but wanted a reception that everyone could join in on, so they opted for a brunch fête (their favorite meal to cook together) with about 200 more loved ones. The lovebirds planned their celebration around the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge located 800 steps from their new home in Chico, California, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Three days before the celebration, a storm rolled in that promised to pour rain on the festivities. So, at the last minute, the couple re-routed everything to an indoor venue with the help of friend and planner Jodi of CES Weddings & Events to Lakeside Pavilion. "Sometimes you just have to roll with it" says the groom. "It may have been different than we planned, but it was still perfect. Plus, now we have an excuse to have an anniversary party at the bridge."
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Guests opened orange-seamed envelopes to find a laser-cut pocket containing the cards of the suite, all made by The Idea Emporium (the bride's company). As you slide the invitation out of the pocket, the orange color below was revealed and "filled" the mimosa glasses visible through the laser cut front. Details were spelled out in an accordion-fold piece, and instead of asking for a yes/no response on the RSVP card, guests were prompted to give a number attending and a message. "I loved getting a little note back from each person we invited" says the bride of tracking responses.
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Some things just go better together like waffles and syrup. Add in fruit, nuts, cinnamon sugar, whipped cream, and Nutella and now it's a party fit for a bride and groom with a serious sweet tooth. "We wanted a cruise ship approach to food and drinks" says the bride. "Everywhere you looked there was something to eat or drink."
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A Hearty Meal
The team from Bacio Catering served up egg scrambles with a choice of fillings like roasted onions, goat cheese, and olives. Paired with country potatoes and crispy bacon, guests' mouths were sizzling with delight.
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But First, Coffee
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A mix of tablecloths from La Tavola Fine Linen, including this plaid pattern, covered tables, which were then decorated with flower arrangements by Molly Ryan Floral that included fringe tulips, hellebores, clematis, lisianthus, tweedia, kumquats, roses, Japanese sweet peas, gloriosa lilies, Icelandic poppies, and ranunculus.
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The bride chose to have a slumber party at her mother's house the night before the wedding. "It was really nice to have a few minutes of quiet together that morning knowing the weekend was about to fly by" says the bride. The day after the wedding, Carey's mother stunned in a peach-and-blue Adrianna Papell gown from BHLDN.
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Words to Live By
Drinks were served in flexible stemless glasses customized with the couple's favorite quote penned by calligrapher Anne Robin. This quote from author Michael Faudet, appeared five times throughout the wedding weekend—and with each appearance showcased a different production method. First, hot foiled in gold as a piece of the save-the-date calendar, then debossed into the velvet backer of the ceremony invitation, laser engraved into wooden welcome boxes, letterpressed into thank-you cards, and screen printed onto these cups.
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Three colors of napkins (ordered from ForYourParty) asked questions and lead you to the next napkin for the answer. These trivia questions were an homage to the bride's college days where she was the weekly trivia night host at the groom's favorite bar (though he never went to trivia night). The orange napkin asked: "What is the Capital City of Cambodia? (The first stop on the Lowe's Honeymoon)" and the blue napkin answered with Phnom Penh.
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More Keys Please
The Kelly Twins performed every Thursday night in downtown Chico when Eric and Carey were in college. Both the bride and groom attended the weekly performances but never once crossed paths. Years later they met and fell in love, and when they realized they had booth been at the same show every week in the years prior, they knew that a dueling piano performance at their wedding was a must.
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Various juices made for refreshing mimosas and screwdrivers, while guests looking for more of a kick hit the Bloody Mary bar. An assortment of pickled accoutrements and spices were available as garnishes. Letterpressed flags on the straws read "Sunday Funday."
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Hundreds of crepes layered with Nutella cream (the bride's favorite food) were stacked high for a breakfast twist on the traditional wedding cake. Made by friend and former client of the bride, Christy of the Sugared Gnome, the cake was accompanied by ceramic Cinderella and Prince Charming statues. These figurines were the cake topper at the bride's parents wedding 35 years prior.
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An Alternative to the Bouquet Toss
A Harry Potter fanatic—her bridal shower was Carey Potter themed—the bride opted to keep her bouquet from the day prior, and instead tossed something her friends were more interested in catching...a golden snitch. Carey carved and painted a tiny bouncy ball to look like the magical object and when the time came, bounced it off the ground causing a frenzy of people running every which way to try to catch it.
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The couple wanted to provide choices for their guests, so seven different favors were provided for friends to select something edible, audible, wearable, or worth keeping to commemorate the day. Here, tiny jars of apricot preserves were covered in orange fabric and tied off with letterpressed tags on hemp cording as one option.
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Favors to Savor
Small bags of dark roast coffee beans were nestled inside miniature enamel jars. Orange letterpress tags were tied to the lid with blue hemp cording for display on the favor table. Other favors (not pictured) included glass vials of "Chico Chai" tea, honey sticks, and colored pins that read "I know The Lowes personally" which is a long-running family joke.
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The Perfect Match(boxes)
The bride designed a pattern of objects that represented their love story, each of them as individuals, and hints of brunch. She then wrapped blank matchboxes in the pattern and the mother-of-the-groom finished them off with wax seals. Saws, drills, and chisels represented Eric in the illustrated print, while scissors, paint, and envelopes symbolized Carey. Their relationship was embodied by rock stacks and buckets, and the event was brought in with food icons like eggs, pancakes, and coffee.
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The Sounds of a Celebration
The week that Carey and Eric got engaged they started making a music list. Every time a song came on that made one of them say "oh man, I love this one!" it went on the list. A-year-and-half-long engagement meant that list was pretty long, so they sent it to friend and mix-master DJ Simple Science who blended them all together into the ultimate club-style mix tape. The CD's were packed into Kraft-paper sleeves with silk ribbon, oversized wax seals and letterpressed tags. The bucket icon is a reference to a pet-name the couple share...love buckets.
The discs included everything from old country tunes to dubstep, and everything in between, like a couple of classic Eagles tunes and a portion of the Amelie soundtrack (the bride's favorite movie, and part of the inspiration for the couple's rehearsal dinner).
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Photography, Elizabeth Messina
Location, Lakeside Pavilion
Event planning, CES Weddings & Events
Catering, Bacio Chico
Flowers, Molly Ryan Floral
Stationery and design, The Idea Emporium
Calligraphy, Anne Robin
Cake, The Sugar'd Gnome
Music, The Kelly Twins
Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen
Bride's dress, Alena Dovgaya from Baby-Doll Shop
Hair, Sarah Mallory
Makeup, Powder Room Beauty Bar
Groom's suit and shirt, Men's Wearhouse
Wax seals, WaxSeals.com
Cocktail napkins, ForYourParty