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Gemma’s pretty lace wedding dress with the cutest swallow accents

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

Gemma writes…….

“The Dress

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! The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (9)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 wantedThe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (1) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (2) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (3) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (4) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (5) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (6) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (7) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (8)  The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (10) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (11), 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!

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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.The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (16) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (17) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (18) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (19) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (20)

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 Birmingham wedding photographer Steve Gerrard, be sure to visit his website

 

 

7 Apr 2014

Paper roses and tattooed poses, a cute alternative wedding dress shoot

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When we were asked to get involved with a little shoot with the lovely Rachael over at Marry Me ink blog we said “hell YES!!” , we were extra stoked to learn that our lovely EWE Ninja photographerJay Emme was behind the lens !!, and hair and make-up was by the very talented Sarah from Doo Wop Doos..We threw in some huge paper blooms by those clever ladies at Strange Case Collective, who specialise in prop making and event styling :)

Lots of fun was had by all down at The Custard Factory- where we work!!!  We love our job :)

The shoot features our Gertie gown, which is adorned on beautiful brightly coloured flowers, and spot the back button details!! we love them buttons we do. The second dress is out Vintage style lace gown Ava, such a pretyy dress with the pale peach silk under the lace, and guess what girls you can choose whatever colour you want to go underneath or flowers you want us to laser cut!!  Unique-Just for YOU

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All photographs are copyright of Jay Emme Photography

 

3 Apr 2014

Polka dots and Bows were the theme for Fran’s super cute wedding bespoke silk dress

We want to offer our huge Congratulations to Fran and Tom who were married last summer!!!

We had a lovely time making Fran’s wedding dress, she was such a lovely girl, and really easy going  , Fran chose a version of our “dorothy ” gown,which is made from a polkas dot silk organza ,but we added a 3/4 length buttoned sleeve for Fran and made the bodice neckline a shallow sweetheart. Then we added a huge Ivory Silk Bow on the back of the dress, and created a Bow and Birdcage veil headress  to finish it off. fran-tom-049fran-tom-038fran-tom-036

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Thanks to Fran for this lovely testimonial, we hope you enjoy the read

” I’d shopped around a bit before I found The Couture Company and had tried a few dresses on but none of them were exactly right.  I knew I wanted a shorter length dress so I could show off the fab shoes I was planning to buy, but hadn’t thought much past that – yet nothing I’d seen seemed perfect.  I love shopping and clothes but my New Year’s Resolution this year was to only buy clothes I LOVE not just things that ‘will do’ so my wedding dress couldn’t be any different!

I was looking around online for somewhere in the Midlands that could make a bespoke dress and up came The Couture Company.  I booked an appointment and right from the start I was made to feel at home.  I’d seen a dress on the blog which I loved and tried on the sample in the shop.  Everyone was great about telling me how it could be altered to make it just what I had in mind – the neckline, the length, the sleeves, the underskirts.

Because my friends/family live all over the country I went to a lot of appointments on my own but I didn’t feel I was lacking a friend’s opinion at all – it was really nice to have the whole shop to myself while trying on the latest iteration of the dress and seeing it all come together.  Jo and the team were really helpful with suggesting little things like I’d forgotten which helped the whole thing come together as an outfit on the day – head piece, underwear etc.

On the day I was so excited to wear the dress and I knew that it was at once both totally me and totally appropriate for the occasion.  I felt amazing on the day and got so many compliments on the style of dress.  My (now!) husband loved it and said afterwards that it wasn’t what he expected me to have chosen, but when he saw me in the dress he knew it was the perfect one for me!

I’m so pleased with the way that Jo and the team listened to everything I said and managed to make the dress exactly as I’d pictured it in my head although I felt all along that I wasn’t explaining it very well!  The level of customer service was unbeatable and I felt as though everything was being looked after.  I am not a woman who had dreamt about her perfect wedding and her fairytale dress since childhood and I approached wedding planning as though I was organising a big party with a ceremony on the side, but that’s what I ended up with and the gorgeous dress was a big part of that!. Thanks , Fran xx”



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27 Mar 2014

Sara’s alternative dress in shades of gold for a relaxed Boho wedding

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 :) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-dresses-corset-dress-boho-bohemian-gold-cream-corsetted-corset-tuille-chiffon-skirt-bride (26)

‘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.’

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24 Mar 2014

New York Doll – Candy coloured lace and polka dots- Alternative wedding shoot with Assassynation

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6 Mar 2014

Sara’s tattoo inspired alternative wedding dress rocked with Doc Martins!!!!

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She decided she wanted a tattooed dress, as she and her partner have a passion for them, and Dave is also a tattoo artist!!

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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”

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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

Photos copyright of Assassynation

24 Feb 2014

Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors

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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 :)

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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!”

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Photos are copyright of Elizabeth Baker

 

19 Feb 2014

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

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Here is what Rebecca wrote about her wonderful and inspiring project ”

This shoot has been a dream for a long time. I first stepped foot in this manor house over 2 and a half years ago. I had actually put this shoot together many many months ago but just as the date approached to do it, the house became unable to visit.
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”
 and to see more please Visit Rebecca’s website herePhotographer: Rebecca Litchfield Photography
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18 Feb 2014

My Best Mate Karl got married to his beautiful girl Kate, at their Glastonbury themed EPIC wedding

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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

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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”

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14 Feb 2014

Maria’s Snowflake inspired Christmas wedding and alternative teal blue dress

Farrugia Walton

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!!

Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia WaltonMaria 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”

12 Feb 2014

Roll up! Roll Up! See when the alternative wedding Circus rolled into town..Dresses Galore!

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

 

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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 PhotographyElbie 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 EedenEllie KeransZarla , Kat (through Zarla), KizzyJoSarah
Hats: Sharper Milliner
Flower skull and leaf hat: Bloomingayles
Clay Signs: Cherrypie Lane
Location: The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Graffiti: GraffitibyTitle.com
Shoot Assistants: Sally, Rosie, Queenie, Alicja, Becky, Rebecca, Chris, Ryan

10 Feb 2014

LOVE Bex’s Alternative Pink and teal polka dot wedding dress with butterfies on !!

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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!!! :)

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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

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7 Feb 2014

A special offer for Valentine’s Day – 10% off all wedding dress orders :)

 

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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

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3 Feb 2014

Sarah’s Alternative Vegan Red Rockabilly inspired Wedding and Dress

We loved being involved in Sarah and Steven’s wedding!! We made Sarah’s red dress in a man-made fabric because she wanted a non silk vegan alternative , and we made her this flying heart headpiece to co-ordinate  with her wedding colours ..Love this wedding!!!

These awesome photos are by Toast of Leeds

Felt bouquet and buttonholes are by our pals at Jamball and Sarah’s Hair and make was by the beautifiers The Vintage Salon

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And if you want to see the whole wedding you can find them here on Rock n roll Bride

28 Jan 2014

Sarah’s pretty daisy chain embroidered wedding dress

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We love brides like Sarah who love to add personal details to their gowns and make them a truly unique and one off . bespoke gown. Sarah chose a pretty ivory 50′s design but we added her wedding colours into the embroidery and beadwork – see  how the bridesmaids dresses match the embroidery of the daisy chain around the neckline and the swallows on the back ? We love the detail on the back of the dress, it is so pretty and really commemorates her wedding day! What better way to do this than add your names and the date of your wedding ???   The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (20) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (22) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (24)  The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (27) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (28)

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Sarah writes

“Having a dress designed and made for me was the most wonderful luxury that I never would have imagined possible before I embarked on my wedding dress hunt.  I didn’t have a huge budget and so I thought this would rule me out of working with a designer but visiting the Couture Company proved me quite wrong. After going to Jo’s shop I was incredibly excited about the possibilities they had opened up for me in terms of dress shapes, colours, fabrics, embroidery, accessories…the list goes on! Jo and the team were incredibly helpful throughout the whole experience, listening my ideas and making suggestions of brilliant things that I never would have thought of.

I was extremely daunted by the prospect of searching for a wedding dress as I knew that traditional styles and fits weren’t for me but once I had visited Jo I was relieved and delighted that the whole process became so enjoyable and inspiring. I knew I wanted to have some colour and fun in my dress whilst still looking elegant and more tradition bridal gowns just didn’t offer this. I wouldn’t have been able to find anything to even come close to my finished dress from anywhere else, the skill, passion and creativity of Jo and her team is clear in every stitch of my beautiful dress.

On our wedding day I loved everything about wearing my dress, it was just beautiful and I couldn’t have been happier with it.  The unique, personal touch of the embroidery was beyond anything I could have imagined and even now it makes me happy whenever I think about it or see it in a photograph.  My husband and all the guests were amazed with the detail of the embroidery too having never seen something like it before, it was definitely a talking point!
Stevie loved my dress and said it was just perfectly ‘me’ which I agree with completely. He told me after the day that his brother, the Best Man was whispering a commentary to him as I was walking down the aisle and described me as looking vintage and very chic! Which I think is a great description especially coming from a man who knows near to nothing about dresses!

I can’t recommend the experience of working with Jo and her team highly enough, if you are getting married any time soon I urge you to go and see them and find out what they could make possible for you.  6 months on, if I could get away with wearing my dress to go down the road and buy milk then I would, it is the loveliest thing I have ever had the pleasure to wear and I didn’t want to take it off!

Thank you Jo and all at The Couture Company.”

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21 Jan 2014

Julia’s 1950′s inspired Polka Dot wedding dress with a flash of Red

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We have known the lovely Julia for a while as she works with the awesome  girls at The Vintage salon, just down the hall from us in The Custard Factory, so ever since Julia said she was getting married we were looking forward to making her gown, as she rocks the vintage  look and we just knew a 50′s style dress would be the perfect one for her… I am sure you will agree she looks bloody awesome in her polka dot ensemble, and we loved adding the headress as the finishing touch!

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“I knew when the time came to look for my wedding dress, that a “normal” wedding dress shop wouldn’t be my first choice, but I visited a couple just to confirm!  Working just a couple of doors down from The Couture Company certainly spoilt me.  The gorgeous designs which I had already come across through photoshoots for work and looking through the window were just fantastic and none of the ones I tried on before visiting Jo lived up to what I’d already seen.  I should have saved time and gone straight to visit Jo!

Jo knew exactly what would suit my figure, but patiently listened to my thoughts and the initial designs and pictures I sent were interpreted into a dress that was unique.  It fitted perfectly both my figure and my style and I loved it and I had so many compliments on the day and since.”

Hair and make up by Le Keux Events

Photos with thanks and copyright of Tux and Tales Photography

18 Jan 2014

Emilia’s Red and cream embroidered wedding gown with a very personal touch

Emilia’s Red and cream embroidered wedding gown had a very personal touch!! as the embroidery designed by her Husband to be…

We loved working with Emilia on her gown , when she came to us via our sister company Rawhide Corsets, she asked if we could incorporate a  design that her fiance had done, so with a couple of tweeks we were set to go  and did a swirly scrolly embroidery to complement and flatter Emilia’s stunning figure , and are super pleased with how fab it all looked on Emilia.

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Congratulations Emilia , you look gorgeous and Thanks so much for your lovely write-up :) xx

“I would encourage all creative brides to get there dress made by Rawhide corsets/The Couture Co, They are so friendly and helpful and amazingly talented at making your visions come to life. The craft work is faultless and the dress will come out stunning and comfortable. The lovely ladies of rawhide are always happy to help and will try to stay in your budget and design as close as they possibly can, it may even work out cheaper then getting your dress of the rack. In conclusion if your thinking of going bespoke dont hesitate talk to Rawhide it will be the best decision you made since getting engaged !! “

14 Jan 2014

Pretty in Pink – Anna Fur Laxis and Diablo Rose Rock our frocks in an Alternative wedding dress shoot

Kicking off the New Year with a POW!!!Here is a fab shoot we did at The Custard Factory with the lovely ladies and top beautifiers at Le keux Events and The Vintage Salon and stars the wonderful pin-up queens Anna Furlaxis and Diablo Rose

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10 Jan 2014

Our Burlesque beauty Jo rocks her red and black tattooed dress, for her Alice inspired alternative wedding

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Ok Kicking off 2014 as we mean to go on, with our kick ass Burlesque beauty Jo!!!

We absolutely loved working with our gorgeous Jo on her wedding gown, she was a dream to work with (and a little crazy), but it takes one to know one and we too are slightly crazy!!!! Jo knew exactly what type of dress she wanted, and most of all it had to be “her”. So thats what we did, we  created a dress that was her!! From the red haired girl kissing the skull on the back of her gown, to the violets and roses in memory of her beloved Nan .

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We cannot thank her enough for choosing us to design her dress and for this lovely testimonial xx

“as promised, here are some lovely words to you from my heart….

Finding my dream wedding dress had been an issue from day one. From getting laughed out of 2 shops and leaving one in tears I had become disheartened and depressed about finding *THE DRESS*. Then I stumbled upon The Couture Companies website by accident and fell in love with the gowns on the site. I knew I had found the company to help me.
Upon walking into the showroom I knew I had found a kindred spirit in Jo and I felt immediately at home. Jo & her team actually managed to somehow get inside my head and create a masterpiece. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more. The dress fitted me like a glove and the hand embroidered tattoo patches were incredible, even to the point of incorporating my Nan’s name (who we sadly lost in May) in the form of stunning violets and roses so I somehow had her with me on the day. They weren’t put off by the ideas, the colour I wanted or the patches I had in mind. In fact they seemed excited!
I honestly can’t recommend Jo and her team enough. They are friendly, professional and all just super lovely to work with and I am so thrilled I found them.

mmmmmmmmmwah! xxx Jo ”

Wedding photos are by Simon Thomas Photography

There are a few more fun photos below taken by Jo’s new husband Mark,who is also a photographer,  ML Imagery whilst they were on honeymoon in Brighton!! Enjoy lovlies

 

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6 Jan 2014

2013 Was a BLAST!!!! – A year of our life designing alternative wedding dresses

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2 Jan 2014

Sian’s Victorian inspired Cobalt Blue corsetted wedding gown

Sian Came to us very focussed on the kind of dress she wanted for her Wedding day, she chose a corset from our Rawhide Corsets collection,the Francesca corset is trimmed with the most exquisite jet beaded french lace,and we designed a skirt and cropped organza bolero to compliment. Sian also brought a hat to us to be dressed to compliment her dress, and just puts the finishing touch to this Victorian inspired ensemble.

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Sian writes “The day went well and the dress was extremely well received so thanks a million for that.  The blue was just perfect and I hope with the recommendations I have passed on that you should get some work from those I have spoken to. ” Thanks Sian xx

We love the Cobalt Blue silk dupion that Sian chose and thinks it suits her wonderfully.

A very grand and Majestic set of photos for you dear readers

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Photos are copyright of Mark Anderson Photography

 

 

17 Dec 2013

21 days to celebrate 21 years of The Couture Company

 

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We are over the moon to be celebrating our 21st Birthday  as we have now been in business for 21 years!!

We have had the most incredible journey, and have met the most awesome brides and got to work with them on their dream dresses!! It’s been such a privelage!!

We cannot wait to see what the next 21 years brings!!

So as we are in the birthday spirit we thought we would give some of you  new brides to be a little something to celebrate :-

*Book your wedding gown between 1st – 21st of December and get a WHOPPING 21% Off !!!*

See T&C’s belowLovebirds21

Terms and conditions

* This offer can ONLY be used on wedding dresses that are for weddings AFTER 31st May 2014

* To claim the offer you must book and pay your deposit before the 21st December 2013

* This offer cannot be used with any other offer or discounts

*This offer is to new customers only

*This offer cannot be used against orders that have already been placed

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Book your bespoke head piece between 1st – 21st of December and get a WHOPPING 21% Off !!!**

Terms and conditions for headress offer
**To claim the offer you must book and pay your deposit before the 21st December 2013
** This offer cannot be used against orders that have already been placed

** This offer cannot be used with any other offer or discounts

** This cannot be used if your wedding is before 31st Jnauary 2014

30 Nov 2013

Rebecca’s Art Deco Inspired bespoke silk crepe wedding dress

Rebecca came to us to make a gown for her summer wedding, She chose a gown based on our THEA design, and we redesigned it to incorporate a bishop style sleeve with a cuff,The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses-andunusual-quirky-custom-made-bridal-gown-RebeccaC (6) (Copy)

 

The dress is embroidered by our in-house embroidery designer , and is just  a gorgeous homage to the Art Deco era. we also Emboidered the wedding date onto the inside of the Rebecca’s lining, the gown is made in a heavy silk morrocain crepe, and accented with an array of crystal bead covered buttons

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We think that Rebecca looks absolutely gorgeous and was an absolute pleasure to work with

Rebecca said “Felt amazing in my dress – thank you all so much”

It was our absolute pleasure Rebecca you look stunning, and the wedding looks like it was a lot of Fun!!!

Photos by Ali Kittermaster of Blush Photography in Chichester.

29 Nov 2013

Pictures of EWE – Our Alternative and quirky wedding dresses in the fashion show at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

We had a lot of fun and  met some awesome couples!!!

These fab photos were taken by Jay Mountford Photography :) Thanks Jay xxView More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3   View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3

26 Nov 2013

Cute as a Button!!I have no words!!! Rachel’s story about her 1950s travel inspired wedding and dress

 

Wow!!! Rachel wrote us an amazing story and testimonial,I’m speechless, I have no word’s I will let her tell you her story :) Thanks Rachel, you were  dream client xxxxxRachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (26) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (25) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (24) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (23) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (22)Rachel writes “In February I left my husband-to-be, Kieran, in a snug coffee shop and popped around the corner to visit The Couture Company.  Less than an hour later I came back to find him, flushed with success, a receipt for my order in my hand. Kieran blinked, surprised. “That didn’t take long,” he said. It’s true; that initial meeting with Jo had gone incredibly smoothly. But that reflected both my general approach to wedding planning, and Jo’s professionalism and imagination.
The idea of wedding dress shopping was something I had always found challenging. I love clothes and am very feminine in my fashion tastes, so you would think wedding dress shopping would be right up my street! But I had many friends who had told me how difficult, even humilating, dress shopping could be. As someone who is short, round, and very busty, I hated the idea of being clamped into an off-the-peg sample dress four sizes too small. I looked at dresses aimed at curvier brides and saw that most of them were ugly, and seemed to be about hiding your body, not celebrating it. I knew any dress I bought in a bridal store would have to be massively modified to fit me. So instead of dealing with all that, I started thinking about having a dress made-to-measure.
I did a lot of research online, and The Couture Company was a place I felt very excited about just from its website. There were fun, flirty dresses, darkly romantic dresses, coolly elegant dresses… And they were modelled by women of different sizes. I decided I wanted to see the dresses in person, and so in November we went to the first Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. There I got to see Couture Company dresses in action, and they were as beautiful as I’d hoped! And as a bonus, I won 20% off a commission as part of a EWE-related competition. That made up my mind.
I spent the next couple of months happily honing my Pinterest boards until I had a pretty good idea in my head of what I wanted. I knew I wanted a 50s style dress with sleeves, a full skirt and petticoats, and I wanted soft vintage shades. I took my trust iPad along to meet Jo, and she suggested I try on the Steph dress. I loved the way it swished, and the shape of it was very flattering. From there we discussed sleeve length, petticoats (lots please!) and colours. I knew I didn’t want a white dress, but I wanted something a little bridal. Jo brought out some lovely cream dupion silk and I was sold by its warmth and texture. I chose coloured silk for my belt and to trim my petticoats. And then Jo had the great idea of coloured buttons running down the back of my dress – just the kind of cute detail I like! It was a very smooth, simple process, because I already had a good idea of what I wanted, and Jo was very easily able to translate that into a design. I also ordered a corset, to give me a good silhouette and so I wouldn’t have to worry about bra straps peeking out!
Over the next few months, things continued to go very smoothly. I watched The Couture Company’s facebook page, and one day I saw a dress with a flash of brightly-coloured petticoats underneath it. “That’s what I want,” I emailed Jo, and she was very happy to tweak my order to make me pale blue petticoats. I loved going to fittings; I could see my dress slowly unfolding. It’s a leap of faith to order a dress from scratch, but having seen so many of Jo’s designs in person and online, I was very confident in The Couture Company’s ability to deliver. I liked knowing I was supporting British industry, not buying a dress made in a factory in the Far East where workers may be paid a pittance.
Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (21) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (19) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (18) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (17)When it came to my final fitting, there were no tears. I’ve never cried because I’ve looked at myself, and I didn’t feel the need to cry this time, either! I’ve heard of brides saying they didn’t recognise themselves when they tried on their dresses. But I looked in the mirror and saw me. Me in a wonderful icecream-toned dress with petticoats that swirled in just the way I imagined. And I was very happy, because I had a dress that was about me, not about how anyone else thought I should look.
Our wedding day was wonderful, and my dress was a big part of that. It may have taken three bridesmaids half-an-hour to lace up my corset, when Jo had done it in five minutes by herself, but we got there in the end!  Two hours later I was walking down the aisle, and Kieran’s face lit up. As I reached him at the altar he said I looked beautiful, and I believed him.
Now my dress is zipped up in a bag in our spare room. People still talk about how much they loved my dress. I hope I’ll wear it again some day. But whatever I do with it now, I’m very grateful to Jo and the rest of her team for making me a dress that reflected my tastes and values. That’s a wonderful sort of gift. ”

 

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These glorious photos are shared  with Permission and copyright of Claire Morris Photography

rachels Hair and makeup was done by the wonderfully talented  girls at The Vintage Salon

22 Nov 2013

Tara and Tim’s Destination Dubrovnik wedding- Fifties lace dress with a peacock twist

Tara-the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-dresses (2)Tara came to us wanting a pretty dress, one that she could transport easily (as she was getting married in Dubrovnik) and one that she felt was “just her”.  So we created this pretty version of our April gown, and incorporated her peacock inspiration in there using the rich colours of cobalt and teal in her belt and petticoat

Don’t Tara and Tim look wonderfully happy!!

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Thanks so much tara for these lovely words, we are so happy with your photographs, You look stunning xxxx

“I want to thank you again for making my beautiful dress.
I had tried on dresses before coming to the Couture Company and was beginning to think I would never find a wedding dress I liked.
This dress is exactly my style, I had so many compliments especially from my new husband!
Thank you for all your help, from choosing colours to match my peacock feather theme to packing my dress in the travel box for the plane!
I would definitely recommend your company to anyone who wants a wedding dress with a difference. X”Tara-the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-dresses (10)

Photos Copyright of and with thanks to Grgo Jelavic

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16 Nov 2013

Luxe Lilac Haze – a bespoke Lavender gown created with an alternative bride in mind

A while ago we collaborated with creative photographer Lisa Jane, and make up Maestro Elbie Van Eden ,and headpiece designer Cherished Vintage….

Lots of ideas flew around our pinterest boards and we created this beautiful organic inspired gown, full of the hues of lavender to the darkest Indigo, we created all the flowers in silks, and each petal was lovingly hand paimted, all the beadwork was created and is completely bespoke for this luscious luxe gown.

The shots below are some of my favourites, and what Lisa Jane and Elbie did on the day was truly gorgeous we LOVE these shots so much

Enjoy the view!!

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14 Nov 2013

Lisa’s quirky gown with Olde world charm – corsetted and vinatge inspired lace gown

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Lisa and Tim were married earlier this year at the inspiring Fazeley Studios ( where we hold The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza). Their wedding had a Pirate theme, and Lisa came to us wanting an Olde worlde yet quirky gown, we loved working with Lisa on her dream dress, and I am so pleased to be able to share some of her photos with you :)

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Thanks Lisa for your lovely sharing you photos and this lovely testimonial

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your work and giving me the dress I thought I could only dream of. My experience of dress shopping in the lead up to the wedding really wasn’t pleasant as being slightly alternative and not very girly everyone had their opinions and expectations of what I would be wearing so I had to get it right. It was a massive relief seeing you and your dresses at The Electric Wedding Extravaganza, It was like love at first sight when I seen the dress on display. Our theme being vintage/pirate it was perfect. I was very nervous coming for the first fitting as I’m a girl that doesn’t really do dresses but you and your team made me feel so comfortable, you knew what I wanted and made all the alterations perfectly.
Everyone was amazed by the dress and said they had never seen a dress like it. Tim’s reaction was the best, stunned and shocked he said I was his pirate princess and I definitely felt like one. Even when we went out to have our photos done random people came up to say how beautiful I was and compliment the dress. Thank you again, I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a dress to come and see you ladies at The Couture Company. The dresses are to die for and such value for money.

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Photographs copyright of Paul Willetts Photography

Thanks Paul

10 Nov 2013

3 is the Magic Number for EWE aka The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza

 

Well Folks, We are back at the Eclectic wedding Extravaganza  www.allaboutewe.co.uk on the Sunday 3rd of November and we are super excited  as its gonna be an epic show. Here is a taster of a few of our designs and also of my favorite wedding peeps who are going to be there :) Toast of Leeds - S Mantovani-2

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Feeling inspired?? come and see us all at the show!!

Advance tickets are a BAAAArgain £3 each www.allaboutewe.co.uk

 

14 Oct 2013

When Laura found our Audrey dress……

Damo & LJ-73I will never forget my first email conversations with Laura, she had found a dress she loved, and it was our Audrey, so convinced was she that this was “the one” that without even seeing it in the flesh or trying it on, she declared “I would like to order it please!”. I have to admit I was a little taken a back  , I asked her if she was sure, if she wanted to come and try first just to make sure it was “the one”, she conceded that may be a more sensible option and booked her train from London to Birmingham.

I have to admit that she was right and after trying on a few of our designs , the Audrey gown was indeed “the one” and suited her so so well.

Thanks so much to Laura for sharing her photos, and huge congratulations on your gorgeous wedding!! xx

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Laura wrote a lovely testimonial, for which I am so greatful :) Thanks Laura xx

“I found my dress pretty early on in my search for the perfect wedding dress and just stopped looking; the dress was so beautiful I had to have it.

Throughout the dress making process Jo was welcoming and professional. The dress was everything I hoped for and more, everyone at my wedding thought the dress was beautiful and all mentioned that they had never seen anything like it, which made me feel very special.

Jo and The Couture Company staff did everything in their power to make sure that I was happy and that the dress was perfect and I was over the moon with the results.

Jo and all the staff at The Couture Company are all very talented dress makers and I feel honoured to have worn one of their original designs on my wedding day.”

Photographs copyright of Tasha Park

19 Sep 2013