alice + olivia Ombre Sequin Dress & Wedding at Crane Estate

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Dress c/o Alice & Olivia (40% off), Louboutin cap toes, J.Crew Edie Bag, thrift store pearls
On Nick: Theory suit and shirt, Cole Haan shoes, J.Crew tie, DIY pocket square

This past weekend, I had an incredible time at Khatu's wedding. I met her through blogging early last year, and we soon became pretty close. She is thoughtful, creative, and a wonderful friend - and I couldn't have been happier for her on this beautiful day.
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I chose this dress for a campaign with alice + olivia, and was eager to break it out again. The blush silk and intricate ombre sequins were love at first sight, and the body-grazing cut is comfy and easy to wear (see bottom of post for a tiny modification made).craneestate2
For accessories, I opted for neutral, girly heels and a cheery red satchel. This bag is slightly large for a fancy event, but on the plus side, was rather useful for storing a change of "dancing flats."

The wedding was an hour north of Boston at Crane Estate, which sits atop a large hill overlooking acres and acres of land and the ocean. The house itself was very grand and lavishly decorated.
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Left: I absolutely loved Khatu's mother's dress. It was demure yet age-appropriate, and very flattering.
Right: Rolling green hills that fade into the ocean create the perfect backdrop for walking down the aisle.
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Left: grins from ear to ear - love this photo!    Right: The back of Khatu's ethereal dress
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Below: There were a lot of DIY touches at the wedding (I expected nothing less). Guests of all ages enjoyed the wide assortment of handmade props for the photo booth:
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For anyone who is interested in this dress...the natural silhouette is a straight shift style. alice + olivia is actually cut pretty narrow (several items I've tried are fitted on me), but designed for taller ladies. This dress in sz 0 fit me fine width-wise, but was too long for a cocktail dress:
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I had a tough time figuring out how to approach the alterations. Taking up the straps would make it only marginally shorter, and I didn't want to touch the ombre sequins at the bottom. While playing around with a skinny belt, I accidentally discovered this fold-over look and loved it.

The only small problem was the structured back zipper, which stuck out when bent under by the belt. I fixed this by taking needle and thread and making a tiny stitch right where my fingers are pinching:
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The final modified look, now acceptable from all angles:
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Our nearest Theory outlet started carrying men's merchandise (real store quality...not made for outlets), which Nick was pleased about. Their suiting and dress shirts are nicely tailored and cut slim, perfect for guys who like a more fitted look. I just realized Nick is sporting a full outlet look: Theory suit and shirt (for a total of $365 down from $900), shoes from the Cole Haan outlet, and "pocket square" which was a scrap chopped off a thrifted skirt I was working on : )craneestate3

101 comments:

  1. You look stunning and I love how you adjusted the dress! Great post and beautiful wedding. The Bride look stunning.

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  2. What a wonderful occasion. The bride is so beautiful in her gown. Much happiness to the lovely couple! I really like how you makes the dress more snappy and fun and yet classy to wear. You and Nick look so happy and cute so it's only natural that you guys should be the next couple...
    thank you for sharing.

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  3. The very first picture looks like it could be an ad for some high end clothing line! The bride's dress is so beautiful! And I love how you altered the dress, Awesome post :)

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  4. Cool, I like the altered version a lot. It's funny you have been busy with the wedding...last week I witnessed for the first time a real live proposal. The photos are at wichifashionblog.blogspot.com

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  5. Gah, could you two please tone down the hotness level? Gag. (j/k j/k)

    LOVE the mother-of-the-bride's dress. Very appropriate, classy, and gorgeous. Not an oft-found combo!

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  6. Everything's just perfect with your look :)

    wytane.blogspot.com xx

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  7. Lovely pictures! beautiful dress and Khatu looks gorgeous as a bride!

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  8. omg that dress is absolutely stunning on all levels. you + nick are just adorable. how'd he get so lucky?? ;)

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  9. Hi Jean! I absolutely LOVE this post! I wear alice + olivia "goes to work" collection... to work. I love how it's still conservative, stylish, work appropriate, and YOUNG. I really like the dress on you. The belt really transformed your dress very well!

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  10. You two are a very good looking couple!

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  11. you guys look like such a rich posh celeb couple against the backdrop haha. khatu's wedding looked so unique and her dress and smile were equally gorgeous. thanks for sharing !

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  12. Love that dress! You two are sooo good lookin'.

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  13. Gorgeous post, Jean! I love all the pics, everyone looks so dapper, especially Nick! I'm totally digging his gingham shirt combo! ;-)

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  14. Jean , what size are those pearl stud earrings? Thanks

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    1. They are 9-10mm..love them! 11-12mm is nice too for an extra large look.

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  15. Gorgeous pictures. You and Nick are such a stunning couple. Khatu was one beautiful bride. I adore the photos from the photo booth.

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  16. You look so pretty, Jean! And Khatu, wow. Her wedding dress makes me want to get married all over again. Great post! ♥

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  17. Khatu looks gorgeous and you two are such a beautiful couple! I love the pocket square and how you made it with that scrap of fabric. I always think that men's pocket squares are so expensive for what they are (but isn't everything?). The fix with the A&O dress is genius.

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  18. Absolutely lovely photos! You + Nick = POWER COUPLE!

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  19. You two look great.

    Khatu's wedding dress is gorgeous.

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  20. omg love your dress!

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  21. You and your boyfriend are such a sweet couple!!!! :)

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  22. the dress looks so amazing on you! you and khatu both look so beautiful! you're so creative with the little touches you do to make the garments work for you.

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  23. You & Nick are a gorgeous couple. Khatu's wedding looks fun & full of love. What a phenomenal dress! Venue, everything!

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  24. Beautiful, classic look! I love Crane's, both the grounds and the beach. I'm a North Shore native, so it has a special place in my heart. It's the perfect place for a late summer wedding.

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  25. What a beautiful setting for a wedding - your dress is gorgeous!

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  26. This dress is absolutely gorgeous and you are stunning in it :)

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  27. Everyone looks beautiful and happy.

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  28. What a beautiful wedding that Khatu had! Love the sequin dress and the creative alteration that you did to make it more fitting for your frame.

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
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  29. Khatu's wedding was just beautiful - the location is storybook perfect!

    And you and Nick make for such a gorgeous couple; the A+O dress fits so well after your minor DIY. :)

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  30. I love your dress Jean - love it even more folded over. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding!

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  31. I love the alterations you did: simple but makes such a huge difference! You and Nick are a gorgeous couple...When are you guys going to make the trip down the aisle? Haha :) I bet you're going to be a stunning bride!

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  32. You both look so gorgeous. That first picture is total perfection. Maybe you can write some hair and makeup posts- your hair and makeup always looks perfect!!

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  33. Such a magical wedding! It's like out of a fairytale. The setting couldn't have been more perfect.

    Everyone looked absolutely beautiful, Khatu and her husband, you and Nick, the other guests. I love that you chose to wear this A+O dress for this special occasion. Glamorous and accessorized perfectly. Thanks for sharing, Jean!

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  34. Jean, you are gorgeous as always!!! Both you and Nick make one HOT couple!!! Thanks for sharing Khatu's Wedding photos. She's gorgeous as well!!

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  35. you did that dress a huge favor! I love how it looks as a drop waist!
    also. hello hot couple.

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  36. lovely dress! <3

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  37. The dress looks much more flattering as a drop waist dress! You and Nick both have impeccable style :)

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  38. You guys look absolutely stunning, individually and together! I love that you didn't go for that couples 'matchy-matchy' look.

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  39. You two looked absolutely dressed!

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  40. Nice post Jean. The wedding was beautiful and so are you ladies. Nice looking couple by the way.

    Sam
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  41. I love the first pic! You guys look so modern-retro...like you from the 20s and Nick from the 30/40s *___* Beautiful! Glad you guys had a good time!

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  42. Wow, this dress is just stunning on you. You look so gorgeous. The wedding seemed beautiful, congrats to your friend!

    xo, Yi-chia

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  43. Both of you look awesome. Your husband is quite the looker! :)

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  44. That dress is so pretty. I love the simple shift shape. And as always, I'm impressed by your ingenuity in getting it to fit you just perfectly!

    -Erin-
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  45. beautiful pictures of two of my favorite bloggers :)

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  46. Beautiful photos. I love the props; they are so fun!

    - Lloyd

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  47. the wedding looked absolutely beautiful! and your dress is perfect on you! i love how you fix and tweek things!

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  48. Beautiful photos. I love the props; they are so fun!

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  49. Beautiful photos, Jean. I love what everybody is wearing! This dress is stunning on you and you two seem to make a lovely couple. : )

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  50. You should smile in the first picture. Your smile is so beautiful.

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  51. you two make SUCH a lovely couple!!

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  52. The sequiin detail on the bottom is just gorgeous. so pleasantly unexpected.

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  53. You guys look so stunning together! Such a fab couple:)

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    Love,Gemma

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  54. Gorgeous wedding and guests, thanks for sharing! Crane Estate looks so lovely. I can't believe Flowers in the Attic (creepy 80s movie) took place there. What flats did you use for your dancing shoes?

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  55. Beautiful pictures and very cute dress. Your posts are always so classy. love it. =)

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  56. Ah, my friend's brother just had a wedding at the Crane estate a couple weeks ago too! It's such a gorgeous estate, really. :) You two looked lovely!

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  57. I love what a little belting has done to your dress! It looks like it was always intended to be that drop-waist silhouette; gorgeous! And the wedding looks absolutely lovely!

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  58. I know it's early to say this, but you guys (if you choose to) will have some amazingly beautiful children! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pics of the wedding! Also love how your mind works when faced with difficult to alter garments :)

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  59. Jean, this is definitely one of my favorite posts from you! I always love to see more real life on blogs...glad you do that often! :) Both of you ladies look gorgeous! And you and Nick look stunning together! Loving that Khatu had a photo booth! Now I understand your Instagram photo. :)

    I am so impressed with your alteration of the dress...you have a great eye for that!

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  60. Hi! New blogger here, inspired by people like you! Love the outfits, I've been following your blog for awhile now and love the outfit combinations you come up with! You're so creative!
    Would totally appreciate your support! :)

    Christy

    http://www.sunnywithasideof.blogspot.com

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  61. Enough of your talk! I'll just take zee boyfriend out of your hands for you. THANKSSS! :)

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  62. this dress is really beautiful! i love how you altered it!

    xo julesinflats.com

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  63. Love the dress!

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  64. you look stunning as always!! i love the dress. lovely snaps from the day c:

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  65. Beautiful dress, you look so effortlessly stylish in the whole outfit! And my doesn't that Nick dapper ;-) Great star couple look!

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  66. Lovely couple! Nick is so gwapo

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  67. what a gorgeous and girly look for a wedding! and those heels are so fab! xo

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  68. I wonder what your ethnicity is :)

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  69. What a stunning couple!!

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  70. "Wow, Nick looks amazing!" was my first thought the moment I saw your post. :) You guys looks cute together and both outfits complement each other. Ladies are always dressed nice at weddings, but it's nice to see guys can stand out too!

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  71. looking fresh! and this is my first time seeing nick, he's very handsome! and khatu's wedding looks grand

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  72. Everyone seemed like they had a great time, love Khatu's dress! Crane Estate is a great venue for a wedding and the beaches are just as gorgeous :)

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  73. I have a few dresses that are also with a straight shift style (because they ran out of my size so I had to go one up). I've had trouble wearing them until I see the modification you did for this dress! Thanks Jean!

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  74. you look gorgeous, jean! i was wondering what size pearls you are wearing around your neck?

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    1. Thank you! They are 36" long and 5-6mm wide.

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  75. ur dress looks like flapper- i love that era- its so cutecute: nick must be really "petite" too...hes so small, u guys make a cute "petite" couple

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  76. Good god, you two are a gorgeous couple! That first photo looks like a magazine ad!!

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  77. Nick could easily pass for a male model. He is a very good looking man.

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  78. You have a very mature face and Nick has a very youthful face. Good looking couple you guys are!

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    1. I agree, her face is very mature. She is a pretty woman, great skin and have no wrinkles, but her face can easily pass for a woman in her mid 30s.

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    2. hmmmm....i wouldn't say very mature, i'd say with make-up, jean looks her age. she's a gorgeous girl with/without make-up. i think a lot of asian women look younger than they are without make-up if they take care of themselves.

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  79. Stunning couple.

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  81. Absolutely perfection!!
    You both look fabulous but that Alice & Olivia dress is gorgeous!!!
    XOXO

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  82. Hi Jean! What is the rule of thumb for the proper belt size? Is it generally a size up from your regular size or is it suppose to be exact? It is a belt from J Crew if that helps. Thank you!

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  83. Wow, Nick is gorgeous... and so is your dress! You guys make the perfect couple, so envious...

    I'm finding lately I need to learn to cook or sew, I can't make make anything work!

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  84. Love this post and you two look so cute! That dress is very Great Gatsby/roaring 20s.

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  85. Wow congrats to Khatu, she look beautiful and I want to say that you are your honey look Ahhhmazing together! :)

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  86. What gorgeous pictures of you and Nick! Love how you altered the dress to your shape and size! And the wedding, of course, looks beautiful. So happy for Khatu! :)

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  87. You are incredible. That is all.

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  88. You guys look great and I love what you did to the dress! I will have to try that look.

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  89. You have a lovely blog and I absolutely love what you have done to your dress. Looks fabulous!

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  90. you and nick are such a beautiful couple :)
    love both of your outfits. and congrats to khatu!

    Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com

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  91. Hi Jean!

    Your dress is perfect for Khatu's wedding! I am currently looking for a dress for a wedding that is occurring in a couple of months. What is your take on black? If you say nay, any suggestions of places to look? I love the color of your alice and olivia dress. I'm looking to spend between $100 - $200.

    THANK YOU! LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  93. Beautiful place to have a ceremony!

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