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How to Re-Wear Your Bridesmaid Dress

We’ve all been there. The wedding day has past, the bridesmaid duties are done and you’re left with a dress that’ll never again see the light of day. But thanks to our brand new Blogger Bride Jean of Extra Petite, re-styling that bridesmaid frock has never been easier. Along with Long Haul Films, she put together a must-watch, share and bookmark video that’ll give you WAY more wear for your buck.

From Jean of Extra PetiteHi lovlies! I’m Jean, the blogger behind, and a bride-to-be just starting out on the journey of wedding planning! On my blog I share styling tips for fellow shorter ladies, but I also post lots of shopping and outfit ideas for women of all shapes and sizes. I really love getting the most out of each item, which can be challenging with special occasion pieces like bridesmaid dresses. We all know that more often than not, these hang gathering dust after the wedding day. Well, I took one of my bridesmaids shopping at BHLDN, and we wanted to share a few ways to think outside the box with your formal dresses.

We tried on this knee-length dress by Jenny Yoo in a universally flattering flare shape. If you have a full-length bridesmaid dress that you love but not many fancy events on your calendar, consider hemming it shorter after the wedding to make it more versatile!

First up, we added a fun printed scarf in lieu of a typical solid wrap. A thin but eye-catching belt accentuates the waistline, and peep toe pumps are perfect for cooler weather. You can wear this look to other weddings as a guest, or it could be a cute autumn bridesmaid ensemble.

Next up, don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing + matching, whether it’s with different textures, prints, or casual vs. dressy pieces. Here we took a button-up chambray shirt and casually knotted it at the waist. Leopard pumps add a little pattern, and for an edgier night-on-the-town look, try layering a moto jacket on top of this pairing.

A lace topper is an easy and fabulous way to change up the look of a dress. Hairstyle and accessories can also make a big difference – we swept up her hair to show off the lace, and added chandelier earrings for a little glamour and color. This would be a beautiful look for a cocktail party during any season. Cropped tops were everywhere this year, and they’re not just for belly-baring tweens. I love layering shorter tops / sweaters over dresses because they show off the narrowest part of your waist, which keeps the look super flattering. This would be an adorable outfit for a photo shoot or playful engagement session.

Until next time! xoxo, Jean

Videography: Long Haul Films | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Chambray Shirt: Target | Lace Topper: Tadashi Shoji | Location: BHLDN | Striped Sweater: Forever 21 | White Lace Dress: Tadashi Shoji

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Crane Estate

With a fiancé from the North Shore, I’m one of the lucky ones who knows just how gorgeous that area is. And at Crane Estate, overlooking the shining sea, it’s a bride-to-be’s dream. This elegant affair was the perfect match for the stunning Estate and Jillian Mitchell was there to snap up every detail of the day. Join me in the full gallery and good luck not falling in love with every inch of this beauty.


From Jillian Mitchell… Andrea (Fifi) and Patrick knew that they wanted to throw a bash full of grandeur and it was nothing short of that when they decided on the insanely beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. It’s now a state park, but for years was a mansion of the rich and famous with parties thrown every weekend.

From the Bride… The Crane Estate is a place we visit often to take in the most beautiful views the North Shore has to offer. We will bring our children there on our anniversary and show them how for one day we were Royalty. Since the ocean is such a large part of who we are the simple white and beachy theme was a no-brainer and I think it kept the day light and fun. The details of the twine and whale napkin rings, sand dollar bracelets on the girls, little pops of peach roses sprinkled below the massive white hydrangea, and candle light everywhere all came together exactly as I had pictured it months before.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Floral Design: Lilac And Lily Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Made By Groom | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jcrew | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Getting Ready Attire: Etsy: Silk And More | Wedding Rings: M.K. Benatti Jewelers

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9OFS can currently accommodate up to 110 guests for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing. We work with a wonderful group of exclusive caterers and other vendors such as florists and musicians to complete the picture of your most important day.

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