Last year we were absolutely over the moon to be asked to get involved in this windswept wedding shoot on the beautiful Isle of Tiree, with Zoe Campbell Photography.
I can’t get over how gorgeous these photos are !!!
There are so many beautiful images that I am going to share them in 2 parts so here is your first dose! Here is our La Robe Blanc gown in french chiffon , embellished with hand made roses and french lace applique and our Elise Corset with sheer tuille skirt (on the beac)
Flowers – Planet Flowers – www.planetflowers.co.uk
Hair – Jano Six Bridal Hair – www.janosixbridalhair.co.uk
Make Up – www.angelhairandbeauty.com
Model – Catherine Crimin
Photos – Zoe Campbell
Lue and Wes got married!!!! Looks like they had and fantastic day !!
“I knew from the very first email that Jo was the one who could make my dreams come true of creating my perfect dress, I threw lots of ideas and styles at her and explained that leopard print had to be the main ingredient. So when we met up at my first appointment it didn’t take long for us to come up with the perfect dress. Jo took on board everything we had discussed, all of my ideas and threw a few of her own in and hey presto we had the blue prints for what was to be “the one” as they say you know when you have found “the dress” and there it was on paper xx over the next few months at each appointment I saw my dress go from a beautiful drawing to a beautiful stunning gown that I just couldn’t wait to wear with each appointment I fell more n more in love with my dress at that’s all thanks to Jo and her team of fantastic team of ladies who I can only describe as miracle workers dream makers and all round fantastic people xx I always dreaded that I would have to marry in white as I never knew bridal shops like couture existed (there’s nothing wrong with marrying in white but it’s just not for me) my husband was blown away with how stunning I looked and I felt amazing like a funky punky princess xx he said he fell in love with me all over again in my dress xx also I love the fact it was a two piece and I can wear my Corset with jeans etc xx of it was up to my husband I think I would be wearing my dress every day ha ha xx so thanks again to Jo and her team for making my dreams come true and designing and creating me perfect wedding dress ”
These fab photos are courtesy of Silverstar Photographic
Huge massive congratulations and THANKS to the lovely Harriet for sharing her castle wedding with us. Harriet and Josh were married last summer and and a bit of a medievil twist to the proceedings, and even got time to do some archery!!
Harriet chose a version of our Zoe gown, in a gorgeous butter cream tone, she added her own twists with the cute cap sleeves and colours of her wedding on both her petticoat and her buttons.
Thanks so much to Harriet for this fab testimonial xxx
As a plus size girl the prospect of wedding dress shopping was more than a little daunting.
Before going to the couture company I had been to a local shop. Despite my request to try different styles I seemed to end up in a sweetheart neckline dress with ruching around my waist with the lady saying its flattering to hide my stomach. I left the shop feeling flat.
Meeting jo and the team couldn’t have been more different. I was given free reign over what style dress I could try…everything from 1920s style to grecian godess and got a strong idea of what looked good and more importantly made me feel good. Jo just understood me and really helped to boost my confidence. ..she made suggestions and guided me through the process of making my dress…it was a truly special experience and the one to one sessions were fab. Even if you aren’t creative like me you get the support and encouragement you need to get the dress of your dreams.
When the finished dress was given to me I couldn’t stop smiling..it was so perfect. On my wedding day I had so many compliments on the style and quality of the dress and my husband loved the fact it was so unique. It matched our theme perfectly…traditional with a twist…couldn’t have asked for better.
Prospective brides you absolutely must visit jo and the team before making your choice. ..you won’t regret it x”
Photos are copyright of Richard Kiely
We are over the moon “albeit a blue moon” to share the photos of our gorgeous bride Charlotte and her beau Bryn’s wedding, We are so honoured that Charlotte chose us to make her wedding gown, and that she travelled from Liverpool for all her fittings . !! From the very beginning Charlotte knew she wanted blue, and the exact shade of blue too, we just had to come up with the design, something, cute , short, yet elegant, that totally suited her petite figure, I think between us we nailed it , because from what Charlotte wrote in her testimonial I hope we hit all the right buttons
Charlotte wrote these lovely words in a Thank You email, we are so blessed to have such wonderful clients and totally honoured that we get such amazing feedback
“Dear Jo and everyone at The Couture Company,
I can’t thank you enough for the absolutely stunning dress that you created for me. Our wedding day was perfect and as you can see from the photos attached we literally laughed throughout!
Walking down the aisle was in no way nerve racking for me. I thought being the centre of attention would make me squirm but when it came down to it, because I was wearing something truly beautiful which was exactly how I wanted it to be I felt completely comfortable in my own skin and I knew from the first moment I tried on a ‘traditional white wedding dress’ in a high street bridal shop that I would never feel like that in one of them.
Everyone commented on how ‘me’ my dress was which was obviously a massive compliment!
Before the ceremony I had to meet with the Registrars and when I walked through the door one of them said ‘Well I wasn’t expecting that’. I’m pretty sure the dress was a first for many!
And most importantly Bryn loved it and told me how beautiful I looked about a million times (which never gets old ha!)
Every time I visited you at the shop you were lovely and you made the whole process so stress free and friendly! I am slightly sad that I no longer have train rides to Birmingham with my sister to look forward to and the excitement of reaching the Custard Factory.
But there can always be a vow renewal and then of course I’d need another dress…
A massive thank you again!!!!!!
These fab photos are by photographer Stephen King
Katie, is one of our all time favourite brides, she is completely lovely and nuts all at the same time, Just perfect for us!!!! Katie and her crazy ass beau Richard were married in Vegas and it went a little something like this ……….
Katie wrote this lovely testimonial, we hope it gives you a little insight into how we work and what you can expect from our team Thanks so much Katie xxx
“I decided to go along to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza to try and get some ideas and see what could be done by like-minded people who understand you don’t always want to look like every bride that has gone before; that’s where I encountered the Couture Company stand and I just knew that it was love at first sight! The colours and the head pieces, everything was just incredible and I hadn’t even spoken to anyone.
I made an appointment to see them and I have to admit I was nervous, being a larger lady I think the idea of trying to find a dress can be a bit over whelming and as I am also tall I had pretty much convinced myself they would have nothing I could try on, but I was wrong! They had a great selection of sample dresses I was able to try and they could actually do a couple of them up. Instantly I felt at home with these ladies and trust me that feeling just made the experience so much better.
I didn’t meet Jo until the second time I visited the shop, I knew what style of dress I liked but I was unsure about a couple of details and felt l just needed to go over it again so I was 100% happy. Jo was AMAZING! It felt like she sorted all the questions, she had loads of ideas and was really encouraging. Jo was ace! ALL THE LADIES IN THAT PLACE ARE ACE!!
Once we had sorted the details everything after that just flowed really smoothly! I was able to make appointments that worked around me and the whole process was just so seamless. When the day came for me to try my actual frock on well, what can I say it was just the most perfect, stunning, beautiful dress I had ever seen! I know I would say that it’s my dress but seriously I have never seen anything as magical and I wanted to cry, my mum, sister and best mate did cry there were tears everywhere and that was the reaction that I wanted so needless to say I was extremely happy!
I decided to get a head piece to go with my dress and again it literally involved a short conversation with Jo and honestly it’s like they can read your mind because the end result was just so so perfect I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
I had been in other wedding dress shops when my sister was getting married and when my best mate got married and I remember thinking that I had never seen anything that would be my ‘ONE’ so I would tell any Bride to be that she should check out The Couture Company, not only do you get something completely bespoke and original but the people behind it are just fantastic! They don’t make you feel uncomfortable or that you are silly for wanting a unicorn on your head and they really listen to what you want at the end of the day these ladies want you to have the dress you have always dreamed of and they will do their very best to make it for you.”
All the photos are by the talented Jamie Y who is based in Las vegas, so be sure to check her out if you are planning a wedding over there
We are absolutely thrilled , delighted ecstatic, jumping up and down and spinning round with excitement here at Couture Co HQ, because the very awesome Rock the Frock Bridal Boutique in Essex now stocking our gowns, We get so so many of you gorgeous South East girls wanting our dresses and Birmingham has been a little bit too far, that we decided we needed someone who had as great service and will look after you as we would look after you. Karen , is Rock the Frock’s owner and is so super awesome and lovely, we know you southern belles will be in great hands going to them:)
Here are the dresses that they are currently stocking
Rock the Frock
Maltings Road, Battlesbridge, Essex, SS11 7RF /
By appointment -Phone: 01268 661982
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