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“I always imagined myself in a flowy, boho-style dress, but as I began my search for the dress, I started to realize that I wanted something more form-fitting and classic,” says Real Chic Bride, Chelsea Mandler, who ultimately set her heart on a stunning Marchesa lace gown.

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“[While at Chic Parisien], I tried on a couple of dresses, and the Marchesa was actually the last one in the bunch,” adds Chelsea. “As soon as I opened the dressing room doors to show my mom, mother-in-law and best friend, the hunt was over. We all hugged, cried and were in immediate agreement that this was it. I guess it’s true what they say – save the best for last!”

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Chelsea (Birman) Mandler and Nathan Mandler wed on December 21, 2013 on the outdoor terrace of the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. Surrounded by family and friends, the couple exchanged vows during an evening ceremony. The stunning downtown Miami skyline served as the backdrop.

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For the reception, which was held indoors, Chelsea wanted it to evoke a classic and elegant feel, but still reflect her bohemian taste. “I chose all white flowers mixed with manzanita tree branches and moss to give my reception a rustic-chic look.”

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Describing her favorite moment, Chelsea says, “Aside from saying the words I do to the love of my life, I would have to say my favorite moments would have to be my first look with Nate, hugging my parents right before they handed me off to my husband-to-be, seeing my bridesmaids for the first time in my dress and our wild after poodle-party! ┬áNate’s brothers also did an unbelievably hilarious speech followed by a performance that was so special.”

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Congratulations once again, Cheslea & Nate! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

- The Chic Parisien Team

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Wedding Planner: Yadi Rose Events
Photographer: Emily Harris
Videographer: Senderey
Florist: Petal Productions
Make-Up: Tatjana Terzic
Band: Flavor

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“I had tried on a few beautiful dresses that day but the moment I saw mine, it took my breath away,” recalls Mariana Rodriguez, who visited Chic Parisien in early 2013 in hopes of finding a dream gown for her coastal wedding taking place in October of that year. “It was the perfect dress for me. It even had very small details on the bodice that looked likes stars, which matched perfectly with the whole symbolic theme of the wedding.”

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The layered tulle ballgown featuring a gorgeous flower applique bodice was the final touch Mariana needed to round out her coastal chic-themed wedding. “While planning the wedding, I found out the symbolic meaning of the starfish and it became an important detail,” adds Rodriguez. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Key West, Florida, the intimate wedding, attended by immediate family and friends, was stunning bouquet of turquoise and coral against stark white. The area’s sparkling ocean and awe-inspiring sunset added a flair of their own.

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The couple wed at The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of The Sea in Key West, Florida on October 5, 2013. Female guests wore either turquoise or coral, while men wore white Guayaberas. “The idea was that everyone that was there was so important to us that they were all part of the wedding party,” explains Rodriguez. “For that reason, all guests were color coordinated.”

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When it came to the reception, which was held at The Westin Key West Resort and Marina, Rodriguez added, “We enjoyed every second. I had heard stories about brides and grooms that don’t get the opportunity to eat or enjoy the details of their wedding, but I made sure that didn’t happen. I spoke to all of my guests. I took the time to enjoy the food and dance to almost every song.”

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Recalling her favorite memory, Rodriguez says, “Traveling with all of our guests in trolleys around the Key West landmarks taking photos. There is a photo of all of us in front of the 90 miles to Cuba landmark that my husband and I love.”

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On behalf of the entire Chic Parisien team, it was our distinct pleasure to have played a role in helping Mariana find her dream gown. It’s as though it was written in the stars!

We wish Mariana and Manny a lifetime of wedded bliss!