Spotlight on Chic Parisien, Florida

Recognized around the world as on of the leading bridal boutiques, Chic Parisien was immediately seen as a trend-setter when the store first made its mark in the industry with its opening in 1969. Now, 40 years later and its still successful and a force in the bridal market nationally and internationally. Owner Catherine Fox Milian has been working in the family business for quite some time now. She was able to chat with me about Chic Parisien.

Chic ParisienGO: How long have you been in business?
CP: The store opened in 1969.

GO: What designers do you carry?
CP: Monique Lhuillier, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Lazaro, Kenneth Pool, Romona Keveza, Badgley Mischka, Amsale, Anne Barge, Rosa Clará, Two by Rosa Clará, Christos, Junko Yoshioka, Paloma Blanca, Jenny Packham, Peter Langner, Pronovias, Elie Saab, Kevan Hall, Manuel Mota.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
CP: Yes

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes. If so, what designers?
CP: Accessories & More: Maria Elena Accessories & Headpieces, Eberjey Lingerie, Marchesa Handbags, Lazaro Belts, Monique Lhuillier Belts, Grazia Shoes, Paris Accessories, Various Designer Veils & Mantillas

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
CP: Yes, we carry special occasion dresses from the following designers: Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Helen Morley, Junko Yoshioka, Rose Taft

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
CP: Below is our current upcoming Trunk Show schedule

Christos – December 8 – 10

Lazaro – January 5 – 7
Monique Lhuillier – January 13 – 14
Badgley Mischka – January 26 – 28
Anne Barge – February 23 – 25
Monique Lhuillier – March 9 – 10

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
CP: At Chic Parisien, our goal is to help brides create their dream wedding day look – from head to toe. By providing the utmost in service, attention to detail and offering the latest collections from top designers, the Chic Parisien team assists brides in every step of preparing for the most perfect day of their lives.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
CP: We carry the latest collections from the leading designers. We are the exclusive retailer in Florida for various designers, including Monique Lhuillier. Our expert team is recognized for providing incredible service and going above and beyond to meet our clients’ needs.

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
CP: From the moment a bride walks into our boutique, we strive to make her entire experience special and enjoyable. As the wedding gown selection is one of the key components of the wedding planning process, we realize the significant role our team plays. We aim to make it fun, memorable and undaunting!

GO: What are your hours?
Monday – Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
CP: In addition to trunk shows, we host other in-store events. We are planning our next wedding planning forum on January 5, 2012. “Everything Wedding” will feature experts who will provide brides and grooms with tips on all they need to know to plan their special day. Designer Lazaro is scheduled to make a guest appearance.

We look forward to welcoming clients in our boutique. Additionally, many items are available on our E-Store – Check the site, as we often feature special offers and promotions.

Thank you Catherine, for giving us a tour of your lovely bridal salon!

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Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Family and Friends: Shiri & Lawrence Get Married

For those of you that don’t know, Angel Orensanz in New York City used to be a famous Jewish synagogue, duh. What I love about this venue is that when you add dramatic lighting it comes to life and you can basically do anything with the decor, and Sheri and Lawrence’s wedding was no different.

Something else that I find really endearing is the honesty of their love story. Not everyone has the “they met and the rest is history” tale. Sometimes love takes its own unique path to the altar and moreso, sometimes there are brief pauses on the way. I commend Shiri and Lawrence for realizing that what they had was worth pursuing. May they live happily ever after.

PS – I love the taxi!

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Shiri Sarfati and Lawrence Markovitz
Married in New York, New York on June 20, 2010

According to the photographer:

Shiri Sarfati and Lawrence Markovitz met through a Sidduch (a well known and loved Jewish custom of matchmaking), and must be eternally thankful to their friends Stephanie and Billy who set it all up. I found the story of how they were engaged to be delightfully honest: with the message that enough time had passed to decide if he was ready for the serious commitment of marriage, Shiri told Lawrence to move back into his old apartment. One must applaud Shiri’s courage and decisiveness, for her honest description of the emotional tumult of seeing Lawrence’s empty closet, as well as for her lightheartedness in declaring that she was so distressed that she couldn’t even pick out coordinating outfits.

Stark choices in life often precipitate stark realizations, and it wasn’t soon after that Lawrence understood that he was not about to let Shiri get away. So, he very quickly found himself at Israelian restaurant Taboon, down on one knee. Needless to say, he did momentarily infuriate Shiri, joking with a fake gumball-machine-quality ring before revealing the real one.

I watched a video of Shiri and Lawrence’s engagement party filmed soon thereafter and in her speech she said simply and beautifully: “My family are my friends and my friends are my family.” I particularly loved when she said that, as that is the sense that pervaded the wedding from start to finish — everyone who was there, was truly there. Not just as invited guests, but as close family gathered together to wholeheartedly embrace and joyously celebrate the union.

Location: Angel Orensanz, New York, NY; Caterer: Esprit Events Kosher Catering, New York, NY; Taxi: FilmCars; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke Suits, New York, NY; Wedding Gown: Pronovias; Photography: Shira Weinberger Photography, New York, NY

We wish you countless years of happiness Shiri and Lawrence and a big thank you to Shira Weinberger of Shira Weinberger Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!

Tara & Jorge Get Married

Photogen, Inc.

Here is a teaser for Monday’s wedding of the week on

It takes a special person to just up and move … or at least stay in a new place for an undetermined amount of time. First US-native Tara fell in love with Spain, then she fell in love with Jorge. From their nuptials in a small Spanish village, to the cocktail hour in the courtyards of Hostel dos Reis Catolicos and the reception in Santiago de Compostela, the whole event is so authentic, but still so personal.

Things I love: the timeless elegance of Tara’s gown (Does this look slightly familiar? Royal perhaps?), Jorge’s custom suit, and the sheer beauty of the locations and architecture. Also, the shots of the couple walking through the streets are fabulous. The reactions of those passing by are so genuine—so European. I just love it.

Thank you so much to the incredible Eliesa Johnson of Photogen, Inc. for letting us share it with you. Be sure to look out for the full feature on Monday. Have a great weekend!

PS – can you believe they won a contest and that’s how Photogen, Inc. ended up shooting their wedding? Sometimes luck is an amazing thing.

In case you missed the feature click here.

Spotlight on La Reine Bridal, Waltham, MA

La Reine Bridal of Waltham, MA prides itself on its one on one custom bridal consultations, extensive designer collections and wedding accessory selection for your ultimate shopping experience. Recently Mireille Stanbro, owner of La Reine Bridal generously gave us an exclusive look into her business and the wonderful bridal services they have to offer!

GO: How long have you been in business?
S: La Reine Bridal has been in business for 27 years.

GO: What designers do you carry?
: We carry Pronovias, Paloma Blanca, Augusta Jones, Maggie Sottero, Watters & Watters, Enzoani and many others.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
S: No, but located in our building is an independent seamstress that we highly recommend and work closely with.

GO: Do you sell accessories, veils or shoes?
: We carry a large selection of jewelry, veils, belts and hair accessories by many different designers.

GO: Do you have options for mothers, bridesmaids, and children?
: We have an extensive collection of bridesmaid dresses. We also have many formal, mother of the bride/groom and flower girl dresses at our shop.

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
S: We run trunk shows throughout the year with our different designers. Located under the “Events-Press” section of our website there is a list of upcoming trunk shows!

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
S: We strive to give unparalleled service to our brides and all others who come into our store. It is our goal to outfit any bride no matter the style or the budget.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
: We offer one on one consultations with our trained bridal specialists in private dressing rooms.

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
: When brides visit our salon they will be assigned their own bridal consultant. Together the bride and the consultant will sit down and discuss what the bride is searching for in a dress. The consultant will then select gowns that best fit the bride’s description. Once the bride has found her dream dress her consultant will happily help her find accesories, a veil, bridesmaid dresses etc..

GO: What are your hours?
: We are open Sunday 12-5, Closed on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 11-8, Wednesday & Friday 11-7 and Saturday 10-6.

Thank you Mireille for giving us a look at your amazing services and selections!


Above: Enzoani

La Reine Bridal
20-22 High Street
Waltham, MA 02453
T: 781.899.0348
F: 781.899.0437