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Prepare to swoon as we share details of Real Chic Bride, Abby, and her storybook wedding in the quaint, seaside town of Stresa, Italy. We first met Abby when she was a featured bride on Randy to the Rescue. (We just
 love Randy and worked with him when he was in filming in Miami last
 year.) “I must have tried on 30 dresses in total but it was Randy who helped me pick out ‘the one’ and it was everything I wanted: a form fitting gown with a sweetheart cut and lace detail with sparkles,” says Abby. “And the bolero that Chic Parisien made for me absolutely completed the look – it was perfect.”

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Abby and her husband Chris wed on a remote island located just off the coast of Stresa called Isola Pescatori.  As the island is too small for commuter traffic, the bride and her bridal party walked the picturesque, cobblestone streets of Isola Pescatori toward the Catholic Church located there. “That day I learned that Italy loves weddings; everyone on the island stopped what they were doing to cheer me on and share their best wishes,” says Abby. “I arrived at the church at the precise moment when the church bells struck 3 p.m. and the entire crowd, which had amassed at that point, erupted in cheers. It was such a magical moment. I felt like I was a princess who was about to marry her prince!”

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Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Villa Rusconi in Stresa. Abby describes the celebration as having a “classic, vintage” feel.

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The merriment continued until 2:00am with a live band and DJ. “I’m a dancer, so the night would not have been complete without a lot of dancing,” adds Abby. “So after a couple of dances with my husband, one slow and the other a bachata, my dad and I surprised the crowd with a spoof dance and toward the end of it, everyone was on the dance floor, swaying to ‘All You Need Is Love’.”

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On behalf of the entire Chic Parisien team, AUGURI to Abby and Chris!

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The Wedding Venue: Catholic Church on Isola Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island)

The Reception Venue: Villa Rusconi in Stresa, Italy

Wedding Planner: Boutique Weddings

Do you or someone you know have an amazing story to share? That story could win you or the deserving bride a gorgeous wedding gown, among other prizes.

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Through February 23, 2014, those who enter Paloma Blanca’s “Win a Dream Dress Contest” by visiting http://palomablanca.com/Contest/ and sharing a story about why they or someone they know deserves a Paloma Blanca Dream Dress will have a chance to win the Grand Prize, which features:

  • A Paloma Blanca Dream Dress, which the lucky bride would pick up at Chic Parisien
  • A personalized sketch of the chosen gown by the head designer (a beautiful keepsake),
  • As well as a $1,000 Tiffany & Co gift certificate

A Grand Prize winner will be chosen on February 24, 2014.

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While there is only one Grand Prize, brides still have two more chances to win! The designer is also hosting a special sweepstakes on its Facebook page. Through February 23, 2014, brides who “like” the Paloma Blanca official Facebook page and then submit their email address will be entered into drawing for a chance to win:

  • 1st Prize: One (1) lucky bride will receive 50 percent off a Paloma Blanca gown of her choice, as well as a sketch of the chosen gown by the head designer
  • 2nd Prize: Three (3) lucky brides will win a stunning Paloma Blanca veil

Sweepstakes winners will be announced on February 28, 2014. Enter today!

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As far as worldwide exclusives go, this is a BIG one! Israeli bridal designer, Berta, has quickly become a cult favorite among modern brides. Her stunning and tastefully daring designs are celebrated for their intricate lace, plunging necklines and backless wedding gowns.

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Brides are going to great lengths to preview these gowns, so we can’t even begin to express our excitement to host the *worldwide exclusive debut* of Berta’s Winter 2014 Collection. Not only will Chic brides have the opportunity to preview a large variety of gowns from this new collection during a special in-store event January 23 – 25, but also masterpiece designs from previous years.

You heard it – our Chic brides will be among the first in the US to preview this collection! Spots will fill up fast, so reserve yours today!

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*Worldwide Exclusive*

Berta Bridal / Winter 2014 Collection

January 23 – 25, 2014

RSVP (305) 448-5756