On September 26, 2009, Gabrielle Crowley and Juan Carlos Aparicio Torres of Philadelphia were married at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Master of Ceremonies for the wedding was Sean Kelley with Spanish translation by Rachel Street, both friends of the couple. Music was provided by the mariachi band Oro de Mexico.
Parents of the bride are Robert and Barbara Crowley of Warren, PA. Parents of the groom are Juventino Aparicio Jimenez and Pascuala Torres Rios of San Mateo Ozolco, Puebla, Mexico.
The morning of the wedding a traditional Mexican tamale breakfast was prepared by the groom's sisters for the entire wedding party.
The bride wore an iridescent metal taffeta gown with a sweetheart neckline, turquoise slippers, and jewelry fashioned to look like American Bittersweet. She carried a bouquet of cascading flowers including sunflowers, amaranth, and lisianthus that were bundled together with lace from her mother's wedding gown.
The attendants were Nica Bellenger, bride's sister; Margarita and Berenice Aparicio Torres, sisters of the groom; and Lisa Perrin Breese, bride's friend. They wore knee-length midnight purple dresses. Other participants in the ceremony were Sarah Kube, Butterfly Wrangler and designer of the invitations; and Christopher Lorenzo, groom's nephew.
The reception was held at the Society Hill Dance Academy of Philadelphia. A trolley transported the guests from the Magic Gardens to the party. Friend of the groom, pastry chef Trish Quinto, made the German chocolate wedding cake. The space was decorated with papel picado sent from Mexico by the groom's parents and floral centerpieces featured zinnias, asclepias, globe flower, and lisianthus. The flowers were gathered from a local farm and designed by the bride and her sister. Photographs of the wedding and party were taken by Kella MacPhee and published in Brides Philadelphia Magazine.
The bride is a 1997 graduate of Warren Area High School, Xavier University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Temple University of Philadelphia. She is currently employed as a horticulturist. The groom was educated in Mexico, New York City, and Philadelphia. He is an award-winning bread baker in Philadelphia. The couple lives in Philadelphia.