A Love Story Written in the Stars: Real Chic Bride, Mariana Rodriguez, Weds in Key West

"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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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!