We are so excited that we will be back at EWE – aka The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza
There are 2 shows this year one in Birmingham on 1st feb 2015 and the other is in London 1st March 2015.
This stunning shoot should warm you up on these cold winter days, our penny gown was teamed with wools and wellies and we love it!! so cosy!
This awesome shoot was organised and photographed by the wonderful Lisa Devlin Photos
So lovely when we get to work with other awesome creative people, and one of those is the awesome Frankie Lynn who is not only gorgeous but also super talented and designs a range of shoes accessories for her Frankie Lynn’s Emporium , these beautiful images are by Scott Chalmers photography
Both Frankie and ourselves will be exhibiting at the Eclectic wedding Extravaganza on the 1st of Feb in Birmingham
Here is a shoot we worked on earlier in the year with awesome Alternative wedding photographer Assassynation. The theme was Post-Apocalyptic and we threw in a bit of Neo- steampunk in there for good measure… Not exactly wedding attire but hope you like it as inspiration
We particularly loved working on the leather cog embroidery and and have used this a couple of times since for wedding gown decor :
Pay special attention to the awesome headpiece that our pals over at Working Clasp designed especially for the shoot
Here is a Victorian gothic inspired shoot we were asked to get involved in by the lovely Heidi at Glorious Tiaras, it features one of our more recent designs in ivory and black lace and think it looks gorgeous in this setting Special thanks to all the lovely people who made these photos possible
Tiaras, bridal hair accessories & vintage brooch bouquets by Glorious Tiaras. www.glorioustiaras.co.uk
Hair and Make Up by Helen Masters at Helen Masters Hair and Make Up Artist. http://www.helenmastersmakeup.co.uk
Shoes and modelling by Frankie Lynn at Frankie Lynn Emporium. www.frankielynnemporium.com
Modelling by Sarah Tonin. Sara Bellisio. www.facebook.com/SarahTonin.SaraBellisio
Modelling by Matt S. http://mattsmodel.weebly.com
Invitations by Wendy at The Charming Press. http://thecharmingpress.com
Victorian tram supplied by Netta Christie at Discover Buxton. http://discoverbuxton.co.uk
We met the lovely Emma, at The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza AKA EWE, and boy are we glad she chose us to make her gown, we loved working on this Steampunk/victorian inspired wedding gown, and we loved working with Emma!!
Emma’s gown consisted of a ruby red silk corset and skirt, and then we designed and laser cut some metallic leather cogs and mixed with cogs and gears from old watches to create this lovely cogs and gears steampunk inspired embellishment . We think that Emma’s whole wedding looks really awesome and she has really captured that victorian feel with all her colours and styling
Thanks to Emma for her lovely write up “Getting my wedding dress from Jo was straightforward and much less complicated than I thought it would be. I was able to schedule appointments around work which was very convenient. Jo listened to the ideas I had, and came up with some brilliant touches of her own too which really made it look wonderful. I felt involved in creating my dress and the end result was truly beautiful! I’ve even worn it again since the wedding!” Photos supplied courtesy of Joe McMahon
Kate found us at the Eclectic Wedding extravaganza and we loved having her as a client, we talked over her ideas and what she wanted (and didn’t want) for her wedding dress, We loved this version of our Hetty gown, and the lovely purple accents kate added to the wedding.
make sure you check out her amazing cake by The Conjurer’s Kitchen .
These wonderful photos are by our favourite photographer Assassynation
Thanks to Kate for her lovely words, -we are genuinely honoured and blessed to have so many awesome brides!! It means a lot that they take the time to write these testimonials “I managed to turn up to my first appointment with the lovely Jo having forgotten to bring my wedding shoes, not really aware of what on earth I would like a wedding dress to look like but being sure that I would probably just settle for white as “that’s what you do”.
Jo and made me feel comfortable from the first minute I was there and has the patience of a saint to deal with my indecision and blank face when my mum started talking about fabrics. Despite me arriving with only a length of dress I wanted in mind, by the time I left our first meeting an hour later, Jo had shaped my perfect dress on paper and, despite not having the shoes to reference, nailed the colour perfectly from a slightly rubbish photo on my phone.
After the fittings, measurements, deciding on beading, remembering my shoes and numerous bits of shortbread from the café round the corner, I got to go and collect my finished dress.
Amazingly I managed to hold it together and not blub with tears of joy (but only just), Jo and her team had done such an amazing job in finding a shape I didn’t know I had, hiding the bits I wasn’t keen on and giving me a dress that I knew I could rock down the aisle.
The dress went down a storm on our wedding day, I think everyone knew that I wouldn’t go for something traditional but they never expected purple with leopard beading! I am already trying to find a reason to go back and get more clothing from Jo (glitter jacket for Comic Con 2015!!) – the service is impeccable, professional to the end, warm and welcoming. Can’t wait to come to the next EWE or pop in when I am next in Birmingham just to say hi. ” Pop in any Time!!!!
Natalie got married in June, on a perfect summers day on the beach at Bournemouth, we loved working with her, she was pretty much our perfect client!! We had such a lovely time every time she came to the shop with her mum, Lots of laughs and excitement and the odd happy tear from mum ;-P
Natalie’s dress was made from an aqua blue silk, that was overlaid with french lance all over the bodice and sleeves, and the skirt was made from layers of tuille that were finished off in a hi-lo shape with a layer of silk organza. Natalie commisioned us also to make a bespoke belt that incorporated a blue poppy along with some shells and star fish embroidery and a matching 50′s inspired headpiece Natalie can tell you much better than I about her whole wedding experience so please read on as you look through these beautiful images by the talented Mia Photography
“I have so many lovely things to say about Jo and her team at The Couture Company I really don’t know where to start. Once I found Jo this was by far the easiest part to the wedding planning process!I guess you can say Rob and I are childhood sweethearts; I waited 13 years for him to pop the question but it was definitely worth the wait as the boy did good proposing on my 30th birthday in Vegas with a Tiffany ring!
Being plus size I was a little worried about the wedding dress part, I read lots of articles online about the difficulties people faced. I started to panic a little and was wary about stepping into a wedding dress shop.
Then I stumbled across The Couture Company, I think it was fate. I was being nosey on Facebook one day and I noticed one of my friends modelling some of their beautiful wedding dresses. I went online straight away and was so excited. Some of the dresses were being modelled by curvier girls so I felt a bit more confident about booking an appointment.
I live in Bristol but I’m from Birmingham originally so it was a great excuse to head home and it meant my mum could join me. On my way to the shop I was thinking it was going to be an awkward experience but how wrong could I be.
I walked into the shop and was greeted by the lovely Jo, we got chatting straight away about the wedding and the kind of dress I was thinking of. I remember Jo saying “right let’s get you in a dress” and that was the start of my awesome wedding dress journey!!!
I popped on a dress in a similar style to what I wanted; we were getting married on Bournemouth Beach so I knew I wanted a shorter dress and something a bit different. It was really important it had sleeves as I don’t like my arms to be on show and I really didn’t like the thought of wearing a separate jacket or bolero.
I had already chosen my bridesmaids very cute tiffany blue dresses and I loved the colour so much that I wanted to have it in my dress. I originally thought I would just have it as an underskirt so a tiny bit poking out of the dress. Then Jo suggested something a bit more daring to have it on the top part of the dress under the lace. So with a bit of blue material pinned on me I was quickly convinced to go for it.
I have one small complaint to make about The Couture Company; they have designed and created way too many beautiful dresses!! Half way through the dress making process I changed my mind about part of the dress because I kept seeing pictures of their gorgeous dresses online so I rang Jo. She was great really understanding and booked me in for another appointment to chat over things.
It was such a wonderful experience; I trusted Jo and I knew that I was going to love my dress. If you have an idea in your head of what your wedding dress would look like then I would highly recommend you book an appointment with Jo and her team straight away, it was the best decision I made.
On the day I couldn’t wait to get the dress on, I was actually ready way too early as I was so excited!
So many people complimented me on my dress and it felt so special to know I had been involved in designing it.
The Couture Company also designed a beautiful belt and head piece for me it had gorgeous sequin starfish, shells and an extra special Poppy. Robs mum sadly passed away and her favourite flower was a Poppy so it was great to be able to personalise the dress by having a lovely blue Poppy on my belt in memory of her.
Jo was amazing to work with. We had lots of giggles in the shop, the whole process was so easy and it was really exciting to see the dress come to life. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
You made me feel like a million dollars, on the best day of my life.”
Images copyright of Mia Photography
What a sweetheart Lorna was!!! we loved working with her on her gown…..
What can I say about Jo and the team?
A breath of fresh air?
I knew I wanted a short dress and ideally something a bit 50′s…I trawled all the local (and not so local) traditional bridal stores in search of ‘the one’.
But what I found was pushy staff, taking one look at my size and directing me to the ‘loo roll’ holder dresses. I must have heard it at every store, “you don’t want a short dress, full length will be more slimming”.
Not that many dress shops even had a short dress in stock…
I was miffed off; I knew what I wanted…this shouldn’t be so hard!After lots of googling I found the Couture Company website…yay!After looking over the site with large excited eyes, I emailed Jo for an appointment.
Me and my Bridesmaid headed off in the snow last January 2013 to meet Jo and the Team, and it was totally worth it…So many beautifully quirky dresses for all sizes, and there, amongst the satin hung ‘the one’, well as close as I had got so far. A polka dot 50′s frock…love at first sight!
I visited again with Mum in tow, and Jo sketched out the tweaks I was after…I still have the drawing…there, on that little sketch was my wedding dress…bespoke for me!
What more could a girl ask for??
Every time I visited Jo and the team I felt welcomed and nothing was too much bother and it was great to see my dress evolve from the doodle, to the mock up – to the final version…
And the result, was my perfect dress (and a lush corset to match) – I felt amazing and best of all, I felt like me.
So many of my friends have spent a small fortune on their dresses and an array of alternations, which still led to an ill-fitting dress. With Jo and the team, I got my dream dress, bespoke to me, which fitted like a glove for the same price as an off the peg.
I felt amazing on my wedding day and I had so many compliments on my frock and how it was just ‘so me’.
I couldn’t recommend Jo and the girls more – thank you!
Photos happily supplied by Shepherd Photography.
Photos happily supplied and are copyright of Shepherd Photography.
We met Grace last year , and what a fabulous bride she was, we had many laughs and giggles, and some happy tears. What a joy it was to meet her and her family and friends at the fittings, We are so chuffed for her and Ed, Congratulations!! You Rock!!
Grace writes …..”What can I say about Jo and The Couture Company?
I found my “Wedding Godmothers” through a very well-known wedding blog at one of the lowest points in the wedding planning. Any bride struggling to find the “perfect” dress will know how hard and upsetting it is when you just can’t find it anywhere.
I knew what I wanted my wedding dress to look like, I had an image of the neckline, length and style. I had tried an awful lot of dresses on as well as shedding more tears than I care to think about now. Then I saw a wedding on the blogs and the bride was wearing this incredible dress that had been made by The Couture Company, fully bespoke and totally amazing, and like a light bulb going off in my head I knew I had to see them!
Jo and her team we fantastic from the start, I felt so comfortable and relaxed with them from the second I walked in, I knew I would be leaving the shop with my dress sorted. We talked through my ideas and style and I tried a few of their dresses on, Jo brought out all kinds of fabric for me to consider and give ideas and styles I had never thought about. For the first time since I started trying dresses on I felt great! Just as I thought I had decided on “the dress” I saw a sketch the dress I had imaged in their workshop and couldn’t believe how perfect it was.
Because Jo and her team make each and every dress from scratch themselves the process of design and styling is so fluid and allowed me to make minor changes as we went, from embroidering “GRED” and our wedding date into the underskirt, to an ombre bow at the back (which I am completely in love with!) giving me the perfect most incredible dress which my imagination could never have thought up on its own.
Jo and her team as so supportive, honest and unbelievably knowledgeable about everything wedding, if I was struggling with anything to do with the wedding, stockists or ideas I always spoke to them about it in my consultations and came out with everything solved and clear.
No one can prepare you for the emotions, stress and worry you will face when planning a wedding, but to have someone like the Couture Company there with me through made it so much easier. I cannot recommend Jo and the team enough, not just because of their super talented hands and minds, but because they are there 100% for each and every bride, and there is no better feeling than that….well except for wearing one of their dresses!
I cannot thank The Couture Company enough for what they gave to me and my husband. Who said that he thought he had a clear idea of what my dress would be like, on our wedding day he told me that nothing could have prepared him for how beautifully perfect it would be!
Thanks a million Team Couture.
Thanks so much for coming to us to make your dress Grace, what a blast we had!!
Thanks so much to the incredible Assassynation for these wonderful photos. We love ‘em!!
Ps Did you spot our pals The Rebel party Band in there? they are flippin brilliant!
This is Gemma’s story of how she found her dress- she cried, they cried we all cried we LOVE our brides!!
Huge congratulations to Gemma and Olly xxx Thanks so much for this awesome testimonial xx
I first met my groom to be in Sutton Coldfield in our local pub five years ago. He proposed to me on my 30th birthday as I blew out the candles on my cake, in front of all my family and closest friends – it took nerves of steel! From the very beginning of planning our wedding we knew we wanted a traditional church service and we were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. This was followed by a far from traditional festival themed reception with guests camping overnight – if they were brave enough!
When thinking about my dream wedding dress, I knew what it wouldn’t be before I knew what it would….. Not long, no frills and most definitely no bling. In reality I found my dress on the very first day I set out to look for it. Accompanied by my Mum and Mother in law to be, we set out for a girlie shopping trip to mooch at wedding dress. I hadn’t planned on finding a dress that day, as I was still unsure of what I actually wanted , although I had decided, I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day and LOVED lace, so it was a small start. We headed to the Custard Factory, Birmingham for breakfast, It’s a lovely eclectic part of Birmingham with a vintage feel to many of the shops there. I had often shopped in the vintage shops around the Custard Factory before so I knew there was a wedding dress shop there, so I guessed it was a good place to start. After breakfast we wandered over to the Couture Company, the wedding dress shop I had seen previously, I had always admired the dresses on display in the window. It was a miserable day, pouring with rain outside so we were pleased to be staying undercover. Walking up to the shop I stopped my Mum and Mother in law in their tracks, because there, in the window, was my perfect dress. We were warmly greeted by Jo on entering the shop, I had previously booked an appointment ‘just in case’ there were any dresses I wanted to try on. Without hesitation I asked to try on the dress in the window. As Jo was helping me into the dress, before it was even fully on, I burst into tears, It was only the second dress I had tried on but I knew it perfect and I had found ‘the one’. After stepping out from behind the screen and seeing my Mum and Mother in law’s faces well up when they saw me in the dress – it sealed the deal!
I made several customisations to the dress and the headpiece to ensure it fitted perfectly to the theme of the wedding. All of these changes were as easy as telling Jo what I wanted and she fixed it, easy as that. Jo’s creative flair helped with some of the design decisions, in fact finding and altering my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole planning. My bridesmaids were all to be dressed in a lace mint green shift dress, so we co-ordinated the underskirt ribbon to match perfectly. The headpiece design was based on a collaboration of other headpiece designs within the shop, and again the mint green colour was used, highlighting the look and feel I wanted. The last thing I customised was the waist band, as my husband to be has a swallow tattoo – this influenced a lot of the design for other factors within the wedding, the invitations for example had swallows on and so did several other key pieces within the wedding. The most beautiful sequined swallow was made for me to pin onto my waistband – I felt the dress was now more than perfect! As a last minute thought I asked Jo to make me a small wrist purse in the same material as the dress to put my lipstick in, I roughly sketched my idea on a piece of paper and once again Jo produced magic and created just what I wanted.
All in all I couldn’t recommend Jo and the Couture Company highly enough for any bride to be. All my visits to the shop, from the initial visit to the final fitting and collection were all stress free and so exciting. Jo and her team made the whole dress experience a pleasure and I was more than ecstatic with the final result – My dress was absolutely perfect, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
These epic photos are copyright of photos are copyright of Montreal wedding photographer Steve Gerrard, be sure to visit his website
Sara rocked her boho dress at her Custard factory wedding,and it looks like she had an amazing day!!! we are so happy that Sara came to us and with this awesome testimonial, Sara tells it so much better than I could
‘People always tell me that I have a distinctive style. What they actually mean is that I have peculiar taste in clothes and often dress like an lunatic.
I tend to be drawn to a whole host of random styles, shapes colours and patterns which rarely go together, usually don’t fit me all that well and probably don’t really go together. I don’t really know what suits me. Only what I like. What I like most is being comfortable. After that basic requirement is fulfilled, some days I’ll be in a fluorescent orange lace dress and heels and the next I’ll be in jeans and a top meant for an 80 year old man. My fashion sense is bi-polar.
I think half friends and family imagined me turning up to my wedding in a leopard print catsuit and the other half imagined a more traditional dress. In truth I had no idea what I wanted. Only that I wanted it to be different and that I wanted it to reflect me.
With 3 young children, the youngest of whom I am still breastfeeding, my aforementioned ‘distinctive’ style and no clue where to start I was pretty daunted about the process of finding dresses I liked. Even more so about trying them on.
When I stumbled across The Couture Company it was a bright sunny day and I was visiting The Custard Factory to look at a wedding venue, The Old Library. A venue I later went on to book. I was having a window shop around The Custard Factory, my month old son in a baby carrier, mum and hubby-to-be in tow and with no plans to look at wedding dresses. As we peered in through the window, though, I was blown away by the beautiful dresses that I could see on the rails. More, the accessories and bits and bobs dotted around were totally my style. A crazy, ecclectic mix of beautiful things.
I shooed Mark away and ventured in for a closer look. (Not knowing it was by appointment only, sorry Jo!)
Jo came to say hello and handed me a leaflet and was so welcoming and friendly. I thought ‘if only I could afford a dress to be handmade for me’ and left, clutching my leaflet and dreaming of a lottery win – assuming from the luxe fabrics and unbelievable cuts that the dresses were out of my price range.
Several weeks later, with only 4 months to my wedding, I hadn’t seen a SINGLE dress I liked online or in the shops. I hadn’t tried any on and had no intention of doing so when I knew they’d be wrong.
I’d had a few knocks to my confidence in bridal shops before when trying on bridesmaids dresses. I am no sample size and having recently given birth I wasn’t feeling all that thrilled with the idea of standing with a stranger in a cramped fitting room trying to wriggle myself in to a dress I didn’t like.
It was then I thought back to how perfect The Couture Company had seemed for me. The beautiful, crazy shop, the gorgeous dresses, how friendly Jo had been. I thought I’d look them up online. I was blown away when I saw more of the dresses that had been up on the blog – seeing them on real brides brought them to life. I just knew that The Couture Company was right for me.
I emailed Jo asking about the time frame I was working to and asked a few questions. I couldn’t’ believe it when I realised that I may have both the time AND the budget to get a dress made for me. I was really excited,then, about the consultation I had booked and, although I still had no idea what I wanted, went along pretty much knowing I would be ordering a dress that day.
I arrived at my consultation with only one idea: I liked the idea of a gold dress. With my gingerness and fair skin I knew that would suit me. I had no idea on shapes or styles and so when asked to pick out what I liked I picked up pretty much everything.
When I tried on a sample of my dress, albeit in a different colour-way, I knew RIGHT AWAY it was what I had been dreaming of. It was one of those moments everyone tells you about but you never really believe. ‘You just know.’ I felt brilliant in it right away.
Securing my dress order with a deposit that day I was so excited. And the subsequent fittings and appointments were a joy. I just loved my dress so much. Seeing it come together was a fab experience. The work that went in to it! I felt like such a lucky girl. Choosing the fabrics and colours was just so much fun and it felt so special.
One thing I distinctly remember after ordering my dress is thinking to myself, well, if I can feel this good in my dress so soon after having my baby, without having to punish myself with any sort of diet or ridiculous exercise regime, I am now going to celebrate my dress purchase with a GIANT lunch and celebratory drink. Fabulous. having imagined the dress buying process making me feel self conscious and horrible it was amazing for it to have had quite the opposite impact on me!
I also asked, at my first fitting, about having something designed for my hair. With only (again) a vague idea I was blown away when next time I arrived, only a couple of weeks later, I had a beautiful headband made from the fabrics of my dress and on a band that was exactly the same colour as my hair. How did they manage that? I still don’t know.
When the day of my wedding arrived I felt fantastic in my gorgeous gold dress. It was just perfect. Mark absolutely loved it too. He said it was perfect. Perfect for me.
My 2 year old, Archie, said I looked ‘fantastic’ which brought a tear to my eye. (He’s not always so complimentary about my clothes!)
Another thing about my dress that I loved was that it was the most comfortable and well-fitting thing I have ever worn. I wish The Couture Company could make all of my clothes. I ran around after the kids, swung them around the dance floor… I wasn’t’ at all restricted. And nothing fell off or down (quite rare for me!)
I’d like to thank Jo and everyone at The Couture Company for helping to make me the happiest bride in the world. I will be wearing my dress again. Possibly every day.
Thank you guys. You are amazing.’
Photos are copyright of Jo Hone Photography
Sara was one awesome bride!!! She came to us via The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza or EWE(which is an alternative wedding show that we helped set up).
She decided she wanted a tattooed dress, as she and her partner have a passion for them, and Dave is also a tattoo artist!!
Sara wrote this lovely testimonial, we cannot express our thanks enough at choosing us to make your wedding dress! xx
“As soon as we decided to get married we knew that it was going to be in a style that reflected not only us as a couple but also as a family.
Dave was pretty easy going and let me organise everything (for an easy life I think!).
I first noticed my dream dress on The Couture Company website and knew my search was over. Myself and my mom visited the EWE in March 2013 and I was so pleased when the dress was on display. It was stunning!
A couple of weeks later I nervously visited Jo. I had looked at other dresses but they just weren’t me. I was totally out of my comfort zone but Jo was lovely and made me feel at ease straight away.
I was so relieved when I tried the dress on the it was exactly how I pictured it on. It was exciting deciding on which embroidery, materials and colours would be included. The dress was personalised to me and I loved it!
Along with my dress, they also made an amazing hair clip with our names on which totally matched the dress.
I cannot thank Jo and her team for designing my perfect wedding dress and hair clip. I felt amazing on our special day. I have had such lovely comments about both.
I shall be adding extra tattoo embroidery to the dress to celebrate our anniversaries.
I would, without a doubt, recommend Jo and her team to anyone wanting that special and unique dress. They are friendly but at the same time totally professional and so talented in what they do.
Thanks again, Sara and Dave xxx”
Her wonderful and amazing photographs are by the super talented Assassynation
Ane fellow EWE suppliers also contributed to this awesome wedding
Bouquet and buttonholes- Jamball
Hair and make up – Le keux events and the Vintage Salon
Cake Topper – Brave as Love
Photos – Assassynation
Dress and hair accessory – The Couture co
If you want to see the whole wedding check out Rock ‘n Roll bride HERE
Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors
We were so excited when Victoria came all the way down from Manchester to see us, she told us all about her wedding on the moors, and she wanted a dramatic dress to suit the surroundings, but most of all a dress that felt “her”. We showed Victoria this gorgeous shade of midnight blue and she was smitten:) The dress comprises of a corset, and organza and tuille skirt, overlaid with a full length , high neck sheer coat. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for her to show off the drama of her dress, we love the windswept shots!! I am sure you will agree that Victoria looks stunning, we were so pleased that she chose us to design her gown, and extra thankful for her lovely testimonial
Victoria writes “I never wanted a run of the mill wedding dress, it had to be different. I’m very fair and wanted a colour to suit me. After searching endlessly for a blue gown that coudn’t be found, I came across The Couture Company. I found a picture of a dress on their website that I fell in love with. During the first consultation we discussed exactly what I wanted the dress to look like including any colour I wanted, materials and personal touches for the finer detail. I felt confident every step of the way that I would end up with a very high quality dress that was completely unique. The finished product was more than I could have ever have wished for; dramatic and quirky and very me!”
Photos are copyright of Elizabeth Baker
Photos from the “Underworld ” series by acclaimed alternative photographer Rebecca Litchfield with our wedding dresses
A few weeks ago we were invited by creative photographer Rebecca Litchfield to collaborate with her on her ” Underworld” project, after seeing the images she had already done on this , I was absolutely honoured and super excited to be able to provide some of the gowns for her Muse to wear at this daybreak shoot in an abandoned manor house….
These photographs just blew us away……so so SO beautiful
Here is what Rebecca wrote about her wonderful and inspiring project ”
For so long I dreamt about this scene, my heart torn apart that I would never be able to make it a reality. But then one day while talking to a friend, I was made aware that it was possible, it wouldnt be easy, but that has never stopped me before.
I was lucky to have an amazing model, Jessica Nicole Griffiths recently arrived in London from Melbourne. She was so up for it, it made me the happiest person alive and with the help of amazing Matthew Adams and Richie Gowen we had made it into the house in pitch darkness, arms full of beautiful gowns made my The Couture Company
During the mission to get inside, Richie had already faceplanted a shallow river as he slipped on the log across it. Poor Rich was freezing cold as we slept in this beautiful abandoned manor house.
Sleeping in such a decaying building, with the bitter cold coming through the windows and dust coating the floor, it was a test of endurance, but worth it when the sun finally came up and revealed the beautiful house ready for us to get these photos.I’m so happy I made this a reality finally. I hope you enjoy the photos”
Model: Jessica’s Wanderlust
Acccessories: Natasha Jane
When my best friend Karl announced at Glastonbury, whilst waching Cold Play ” I’ve done it!!! I turned round to see Kate crying and Karl looking like the biggest grinning idiot I have ever seen in my life …”Done what ” half knowing what he meant, but not wanting to shout ” Congratulations” in case he hadn’t asked Kate to marry him, and he meant ” I’ve done it as in I’ve done all the vodka in!!”and Kate was inconsolably crying because it was a half hour round trip to the bar!…” Karl ” I shouted over ‘Fix You’ “You need to tell me in complete words what exactly you have done???”” (I had to be sure he had actually done it). ” I’ve asked Kate to marry me!!!” he beamed…. well that was it we all cried, that is one of the happiest moments of my life….seeing my best pal of 25 years at the best moment of his life!!!! Happy days
So Fast forward 2 years and we were at The Shireburn Arms near Clitheroe all ready for the wedding of the decade, I was honoured to be asked to be Best Man/woman and doubly honoured that Kate wanted me to make her wedding gown!!!
We had the best day!! I hope I did a great speech (phew!!) and no body wanted it to end (the day that is not my speech!!), it was Epic seeing all our friends all together in the same room , all happy all smiling and all so so proud of Karl and his beautiful bride Kate
These wonderful photos were taken by my other good pal Sassy from Assassynation Photography, she did a fantastic job of capturing the day
Here are some lovely words from Kate on having her dress made xx Thanks beautiful!!
“Having a custom made wedding dress was something I thought I could only ever dream of so I was over the moon when it became a reality!
Joanne and her team designed and made my dream dress, it was perfect and just my style.
I had some ideas of what I wanted and after my first consultation Jo I knew it was going to be amazing. I loved trying on the sample dresses, it was really useful and helped me loads in deciding on a final design. One of my most memorable moments from our big day was seeing Karl’s face as I walked down the aisle he was beaming from ear to ear. I felt fantastic and it helped to make our wedding day the best day of our lives.
I had so many compliments on my dress, it was just perfect and couldn’t have wished for anything more . I would definitely recommend The Couture Company to anyone; Jo has such an array of stunning designs and a really creative team.”
Love you, love my dress! x Kate”
What a wonderful time we had getting to know Maria nad her family, we totally loved working on this gown, we love that it is a 1950s inspired gown, very similar to our Steph design, but the fact that its full length just let the style take on a whole new look, We think Maria made the right choice when picking her colour, we absolutely love this teal blue silk dupion…and it was such fun designing her heart and snowflake belt and head piece too.
We love our work so much, because every bride is different and every dress is unique to them and their wedding!!
On Marias final fitting Maria brought her daughter who is at University, and the pride in her face when she saw her mum, telling her mum how beautiful she looked ( My eyes are leaking as I type). It was a wonderful and very fulflling moment, and there wasnt a dry eye in the shop, Sally our embroidery wizard was passing the tissues round to everyone.!! Moments like that are what makes our job THE best job in the world!!
Maria wrote “I can only say a massive thank you to everyone at The Couture Company for the unique wedding dress and corset they creative for me. I would not hesitate to recommend them. From the moment of my first visit, they made me feel valued and special. When designing the dress, they used my homemade invitations to create the belt heart and snowflake motif which turned out just perfect. So much so, I ask them to me a headdress with a bird cage veil which they again executed brilliantly. At my final fitting, there wasn’t a dry eye in the shop.On our wedding day, my husband was blown away by the dress. We had an amazing day. I can’t wait to get my dress shortened by Jo and wear it again.
Mike was absolutely amazed by the way I looked. We are both so glad we came to you. Wishing you a happy new year with lots more amazing dresses x”
This shoot is one of my absolute favourites of all time, not only because it was the biggest shoot we had ever done, but because we got to know so so many awesome people who were involved, and led to many amazing projects ,but mostly because we it was the start of a beautiful friendship with my very good pal Sassy who is the creative genius behind Assassynation. This then led to us setting up The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and even more importantly me having the honour of making Sassy’s Vow renewal dress ( but more about that in a few weeks)
Here’s a fab film of what we got up to…it was a LOT of fun!!!! Thanks again to EVERYONE involved
Photography Credit: Assassynation
Video Credit: Sassy n Frank
Dresses, Accessories & Styling: The Couture Company & Rawhide Corsets
Shoes: Irregular Choice & some model’s own ( pink, sparkly ones are from Benjamin Adams)
Models: Kat & Gareth of Rock n Roll Bride, Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Photography, Elbie Van Eeden, Regula & Bruno from The Tiny Red Factory, Hannah from The Couture Company, Simonne (the fire breather @feeneyfoofoo)
Horse: Spike (the horse) Anya (the horse handler) from Hornton Grounds Farm
Stationery/Posters: The Tiny Red Factory
Flowers: Amy, Little ‘A’
Circus Props: Russell’s International Circus
Set Styling: Assassynation & The Couture Company
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden, Ellie Kerans, Zarla , Kat (through Zarla), Kizzy, Jo, Sarah
Hats: Sharper Milliner
Flower skull and leaf hat: Bloomingayles
Clay Signs: Cherrypie Lane
Location: The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Shoot Assistants: Sally, Rosie, Queenie, Alicja, Becky, Rebecca, Chris, Ryan
Super excited to share Bex wedding with you!!!, bex was one awesome colourful bride, everything about her, her wedding and her dress was so colourful!! we are absolutely over the moon that she got in touch and we got to design her wedding gown, and we just loved her tattoos so much that they had to go on her dress as well. Get your sunnies on!! This wedding is bright!!!
Bex tells her story about her dress far better than we can, so its over to Bex :)….. “When I started looking for a wedding dress the only thing I really knew was that I didn’t want to wear white/cream or anything similar. After several failed trips to local traditional wedding dress shops I was starting to think I was never going to find a dress. I didn’t want to wear a bridesmaid dress or a prom dress I still wanted to look like a bride but just a colourful one.
I had seen The Couture Company at The Eclectic wedding Fair and fell in love but assumed I wouldn’t be able to afford such an incredible dress. I decided to email anyway just to see and was pleasantly surprised that this might actually be possible. After meeting Jo and trying on dresses at the shop I just couldn’t imagine getting married in anything else. We talked about colours there was so much choice!! I was in heaven. Jo took some photos of my tattoos and these were turned into embroidery on the corset. I love this so much. So unique and beautiful.
I felt amazing on the day, Paul thought I looked fantastic. I loved the swishy skirt, it looked great on the dance floor. The corset was really comfortable and it didn’t limit how much I could eat from our massive cake table. I also have the added bonus that having a separate corset and skirt I can wear both again for Christmas parties etc.
I am so glad I decided to send that email. Not only did I love the whole process and feel like a princess at the end my Mum and bridesmaids enjoyed the visits to the shop for fittings too. Being right near Birmingham city center we combined visits to Jo with girly shopping trips.
Thanks so much to Jo and her team for making my totally unique amazing dress.”
Thank you Bex for coming to us and being such an awesome bride!!!, we were totally stoked to work on your wedding gown xxx Such Fun!!!
All these fab photos are copyright of Michelle at Silver Star Photographic
Bex fab hair and make-up was done by those awesome ladies at The Vintage Salon
And you can see the whole fab wedding, including crochet taxidermy!!! here on Rock n roll bride
A very special offer for all you lovely brides to be who want to order your wedding dress with us
We are giving a massive 10% discount on any gown ordered between 1st and 15th February 2014
*Please note this only apllies to orders placed between 1st and 15th Feb