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It’s February. While that means winter weddings featuring white fur stoles and definitely long sleeve dresses everywhere else, it’s just another day in paradise here in Miami. There’s no better time to be outside than mid-winter in Coral Gables where its the perfect time of year for dinner parties al fresco and beach days – but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave a bit of winter whimsy.

Alas, Maria Elena Accessories knows this all too well, that might be why they went with a winter theme for their lookbook featuring the newest earrings, necklaces, tiaras, and, of course, headpieces. The photos are the perfect inspiration for a winter #realchicbride whether in Miami or in the “real” winter.

Hi Cecila! Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live and what you do? 

I am a Cuban American and I grew up in Miami. I attended college at Auburn University in Alabama because it has a highly ranked architecture program.

And now, for the love story… how did you and your husband meet?

Taylor and I met in architecture school, we were friends for almost a year until a fairly romantic camping trip and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We were an awesome design team and we hope to start our own firm in the future.  We graduated together in 2015, and then moved to Miami.

Tell us about the proposal… 

Taylor proposed on January 17, 2016 at the top of the 1111 on Lincoln road (a parking garage designed by our favorite architects). It was a total surprise, my best friends told me they needed to go shopping for some business clothes for their new jobs at Lincoln road – in hindsight the lie was really obvious but, I’m terribly gullible. After they finished shopping I suggested we go to the top of 1111 because it’s my favorite place in the city and it has the best views.  We got to the top floor and I heard Frank Sinatra playing and I saw Taylor, looking handsome as hell, surrounded by candles.

He proposed and I said YES it was amazing and beautiful.

Shortly after we moved to Providence, Rhode Island because I got into Rhode Island School of Design and I’m currently in school getting my masters in furniture design and Taylor is practicing architecture at a local firm.

When you started looking for a dress, did you know Mira was the one? What was the process like of deciding what kind of dress was right for you?

When I started looking for a dress I was very interested in the designers Paolo Sebastian and Inbal Dror but, I fell in love with an amazing dress by Mira Zwillinger.  I put it on and it just perfectly described me. I want to wear it everyday. This dress was empowering and delicate and natural.

Where was the wedding?

We had the ceremony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Reception at Maps backlot in Wynwood.

What was one wedding detail or tradition that was really special to you? 

One of our favorite traditions was the mantilla which is a piece of lace that is placed over us during the ceremony.

Chic Parisien is proud to announce that the always-Chic Berta Bridal is debuting their FW 2017 Collection at our store. Trunk Show begins today.

Be the first brides in the country to try on these stunning, sexy gowns.

See the full collection at www.berta.com and make your appointment here.