Absolutely thrilled this week to have these awesome photographs by Chris Barber from Emily’s wedding!!!
We loved working with Emily on her wedding dress in creating something that was totally her!
We were really blown away by her wonderful testimonial
” I originally tried to find a dress on the high street, but after a couple of shopping trips I couldn’t find anything that felt special enough for my wedding day. ‘That’s it’, I thought, ‘I’m going to have to go to a proper wedding dress shop’. This was something I was dreading. I knew I didn’t want to wear white and wasn’t sure if I would feel myself in a traditional gown. Where was I going to find a dress that was unique, comfortable and reflected my personality?
Then, I remembered I had seen the Couture Company at the EWE wedding fair and liked the fact that they championed brides of all shapes and sizes and could cater for a wide range of style preferences. I made an appointment… and I’m so glad I did – as soon as I stepped inside the studio I knew I didn’t have to shop anymore, I had found what I was looking for! I told Jo my ideas and before I knew it she had drawn a beautiful little sketch of my dress. It was all very exciting.
However, my favourite experience was the second fitting when I got to try my dress on for the first time. I felt the skirt was a bit too long, so I picked up the material in a haphazard way and said, ‘Oh I quite like it when it looks messy’. Jo told me not to move and immediately started pinning and cutting – with me still in the dress! It was such a spontaneous moment and it was fantastic to be a part of the creative process like that. And, the end result? I couldn’t have asked for more – it was absolutely wonderful!
I think Jo and her team played a big part in the fact that I felt just like myself on my wedding day. I didn’t have to worry about the dress as I knew every inch had been carefully crafted. As we got married near the Couture Company studio we were even able to pop in on the day and thank Jo in person. It was lovely to surprise her and allow her to see her work in all its glory!
These fantastic photos are by Chris Barber Photography
Fran is just my ultimate bride, I was hooked on her wedding from the moment she got in touch!!! originally she had planned a Halloween wedding but gorgeous baby Nancy Stein’s arrival had some influence on that getting put back a little so fast forward to March this year, and Fran and her beau Lewis were married in castle, they took their 2 sphynx cats, their family and had an awesome day at Tutbury castle and its ruins. We love Fran, totally gorgeous girl that she is, she rocks her curves like I only wish I could, and I absolutely love her awesome photographs by Assassynation
an I cannot Thank you enough for this beautiful testimonial ( it made my eyes leak !) x
The Dress- Ok so Fran is obsessed with leopard pattern print, so when she told me this we had to have it in the dress, but we didnt want it “in your face” leopard, we wanted to give it a subtler look, so we over laid the corset and skirt with a gorgeous silk organza over dress in a really lush charcoal grey . Then because we had achieved such a magnificient corsetted waistline we had to show that off with a bright red colour pop belt, and Fran asked us to do a Heartogram in jet beads, which of course we did on a back drop of beaded leopard print!!! Of course we did !! I love how the organza covers the corset and skirt but shows them off at the same time, and I love the organza over her beautiful tattoos, just gorgeous !!!!
This wedding makes me very proud of our Team at The Couture Company , and proud of what a great team we make
“I was planning my wedding but knew that I would eventually have to face the awful prospect of wedding dress shopping. I had been to traditional wedding dress shops with friends for their weddings, and absolutely dreaded walking into a shop full of long white dresses, diamante and disapproving glances at my above average size. My fiancé and I trawled through sites – each one pushing me further into despair until we thought of alternative wedding dresses. I saw a photo of a beautiful black gown from the Couture Co, which made such a vivid impression I knew I had to go there. I assumed they must be in America – a wedding dress shop this amazing couldn’t be in this country – but it was and only a 25 minute drive from me! I couldn’t believe my luck! I rang and made an appointment straight away. A few days later I was in the shop with my mum and sister and knew immediately that it was THE shop for me. There was no point in looking anywhere else!
I was really nervous – I’m not the most confident of people, bigger than most and have no idea what suits my body – or what I really wanted in a wedding dress. I have so many interests but no particular style. I love 50’s fashion, but I’m also a bit gothy with some grunge thrown in. I usually wear film/band T shirts and shorts or jeans with Dr Martens, so the prospect of choosing a dress scared me to death.
Jo made me feel so comfortable straight away. She asked me what I was looking for and I think she knew I didn’t really have a clue. She asked about my interests and passions, and about Lewis and his ideas for Groom suits. My only helpful idea at this point was that I wanted sleeves! I tried the black dress on that I saw online, but it wasn’t really me. Jo didn’t make me feel terrible – that it was somehow my fault that the dress wasn’t right – something that terrified me from ordinary wedding shops. Jo suggested that I tried a corset (which I ADORED) and there was no going back. It was beautifully made and my waist looked tiny, which is always good. I remember walking around the shop in just a corset and underskirt and I would have happily walked down the aisle like that! My mum mentioned my love for Leopard print, which I never thought I could incorporate into my wedding dress…but when Jo brought out some material and I instantly fell in love.
Jo drew a sketch of the overall dress and it was amazing! We were all so excited– everything came together so perfectly. Jo is so talented – she had amazing ideas and she never once made me feel like I was too fat or ridiculous to wear this fantastic dress. She seemed to understand me, putting my personality into the dress and checking that I was happy with her interpretation. I didn’t feel pressured or railroaded into something that would make me feel uncomfortable – Jo has such a lovely way of making you seem the most interesting person in the room. I actually said to my mum on the way home that I felt that Jo had dived into my head and pulled out my perfect wedding dress.
I was so excited for every fitting, and Jo and her team made me feel so comfortable. They are also really adjustable and compassionate. I was measured for my dress, but a few months later I emailed Jo to say we were expecting a baby! My wedding date changed and the whole wedding dress ended up being nearly two years in the making. I stayed in contact with Jo, who was really understanding when it came to extended payments and fittings and the change of wedding date. I doubt this would have happened anywhere else!
I’m so glad I found Jo and the lovely Couture Co. I felt so amazing and gorgeous on my wedding day, and Lewis couldn’t stop looking me. We had kept the design a total secret, so the reaction when I walked into the castle for my wedding was incredible. I had gone from uncomfortable, worried to death bride to confident 50’s leopard skin vamp (complete with cat ears) in one go. I had never felt so good about myself – and Jo had made it all happen. I honestly couldn’t fault a single thing – my dress was perfect for a formal castle wedding to jumping the broomstick at our handfasting ceremony – I just wish that Jo could design and make all my clothes! I cant thanks Jo and her team enough!”
It’s so lovely to be able to share Faye’s gorgeous wedding with you, Faye wanted a dress designed that was fun and glamorous, so I think we achieved that with this gorgeous polka dot mermaid fishtail gown.
Doesn’t she look stunning !!!!
Big thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for these wonderful photographs xx
Hayley first conatcted us, telling us she dreaded dress shopping, as she wasn’t a “girly girl” and didn’t wear dresses, but she LOVED our Inkspiration tattooed gown that she had spied when searching the web, and she ended up falling for it hook line and sinker, there were even a few tears!!!
Hayley is very much an outdoors person and she wanted her wedding to reflect that , lots of fun, and lots of dancing, and she wanted to wear something that would have room for both Thanks Hayley for your pics and a very honest and lovely testimonial Hayley writes “Well, I never thought I’d be faced with a decision to choose a wedding dress. I don’t do dresses. Or makeup, or much girly to be honest. I’m an outdoor girl, climbing, snowboarding, and playing in the alps. Not much scope for dresses.
, After being dragged kicking and screaming into a local bridal shop with my sister. . (Which was horrendous!!) , I started scouring the Web and I spotted THE dress. Half joking with myself, but also in the knowledge it was the closest I’d come to wanting to wear one.
It had tattoos all over it. Was fifties style, funky, and not the norm. Much more like it. As my husband to be was to wear a “shite shirt”….. I’ll let you look them up. . . A proper traditional frock would not do.
I contacted Jo at the couture company, and made my appointment.
I honestly didn’t expect to burst into tears, in a good way, because I loved it so much, but also cost was not what I’d ever considered to spend, especially not on a dress!
A can of coke and piece of cake, phone call with tears to stew later, who informed me if I was crying over a dress then I’d better have it, as nothing else would do . . . Done deal. I’d have to work my butt off for the next eight weeks to have it. And so would Jo and her team as it was rather last minute.
Jo dealt with my tears and dress fear well, creating with me something exactly that I wanted, tattoos, sleeves, v neck shape, none of that satin stuff inside. . Instead some cotton, and definately not puffy. I think I became a bit bridezilla ish for a while!
My first fitting arrived, I was so excited and nervous.
Everything I had decided on went out the window, off with the sleeves, and on with the puffy. . Lots of it too. I wanted this dress to twirl when I danced. Jo altered everything, swapping and changing to my demands. Finally collecting the finished dress, with my mum in law to be. . Who was a little dubious of my plans. . .It was fantastic. And she loved it too . “Very you” she said. I just couldn’t wait to wear it now.
And it is the most wonderful dress in the world, embroidered with “bloke and bird” as we affectionately call each other! Wings on the back, and love hearts Bon Jovi style round the bottom. Red and black hem underneath. Just amazing. Loved wearing it so much, coupled up with my red doc martins
We were to marry on the Isle of skye, outside, underneath our favourite mountains.. The black Cuillin.
The weather had other ideas, tail end of hurricanes from the Atlantic lashed the north west.
We were not dampened. . . The ceremony was held inside the Sligachan hotel. It was brief, no fuss, and we were married.
We did pop outside for some wet blown away photos. . . Which to be honest summed us up perfectly rather than looking all posh and groomed, hair everywhere. . Situation normal.
My dress swung round fabulously when we danced, and blew around in style in the wind outside. Everyone spent the day photographing up close the tattoos, and the comments of admiration for it made me feel a million dollars.
You made the dream dress for me Jo and I never thought that possible. I can’t ever thank you enough, it was worth every penny and more. xx ”
Congratulations to our bride Kate and her fella Sean who got married in December on a gorgeous crisp day in the gorgeous picturesque town of Stratford.
Kate cames to us wanting a vintage inspired dress with modern twist, so we got to work on designing her dream gown, and included her favorites a Dragonfly and snowflakes
Kate wrote us a lovely testimonial, and we are so happy and proud to have been able to make her dream dress
“I initially found the thought of wedding dress shopping mildly terrifying to start off with. I knew from the start I didn’t want a traditional style of dress, but had no idea what other options I had available. Some serious internet research later, (and a little hint off the lovely Sassy!) I made my first and only appointment at a wedding dress shop and the awesome journey began!
From the first moment I walked in to Jo’s gorgeous store full of nerves, I knew I had found the right place for me. Jo listens to your ideas (I had literally none!) and then lets you rifle through the rails of what can only be described as dress heaven I picked out three or four I wanted to try then the fun bit began!
After going home to ponder, I finally settled on ‘The One’ and went back to the shop the following day. Jo listened to my ideas, gave some fabulous ones of her own and together we settled on a final design.
All through the process, Jo and her team were absolutely lovely. I enjoyed every single one of my fittings and was made to feel at ease at every stage. To see your dress take shape each time you pop in was fabulous to see, and you knew that what you were getting was absolutely one of a kind. Not many brides can truly say that.
The finished dress was so much more than I could have ever dreamt of, I was absolutely blown away. Happily so was my husband! He has said that it was better than he ever could have imagined (there were even a few tears! ) All day long I had comments from friends and family saying how wonderful and original it was, even the registrars complimented it!
I really cannot recommend Jo and her team enough. If you want the dress of your dreams, and I genuinely believe that no dream is too crazy! Then Jo can make them come true for you….. Kate xxx ”
These wonderful photos are by the very talented Sassy from Assassynation
Well the summer is fast approaching so we thought we would give you a Hot treat, this shoot was done with the wonderful photographer who is Sassy from Assassynation, we love the bright summer vibe going down here, and think that Cara and Nessa are SCHMOKIN!!!! Models Cara La Satanica and Nessa
Dresses by the Couture Company
Headpieces by Crown and Glory
Photography by Assassynation
A couple of months ago we were asked by the lovely Lau from Frenchmade cakes to be part of an alternative wedding inspiration shoot she was planning !!!
So pleased to share this awesome set of pics with you lovlies
Styling #2 and Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Co
Make-up #1 : Mel Kinsman
Make up #2: Anne-Marie Lawson
Hair : Philippe
Headdresses/ hats: La Dame au béret- Millinery
Origami: The Origami Boutique
Domes: Langs Domes for life
Emily, Olga, Yaourou
Jo and Lukazshttp
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.”
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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!