This is Gemma’s story of how she found her dress- she cried, they cried we all cried we LOVE our brides!!
Huge congratulations to Gemma and Olly xxx Thanks so much for this awesome testimonial xx
I first met my groom to be in Sutton Coldfield in our local pub five years ago. He proposed to me on my 30th birthday as I blew out the candles on my cake, in front of all my family and closest friends – it took nerves of steel! From the very beginning of planning our wedding we knew we wanted a traditional church service and we were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. This was followed by a far from traditional festival themed reception with guests camping overnight – if they were brave enough!
When thinking about my dream wedding dress, I knew what it wouldn’t be before I knew what it would….. Not long, no frills and most definitely no bling. In reality I found my dress on the very first day I set out to look for it. Accompanied by my Mum and Mother in law to be, we set out for a girlie shopping trip to mooch at wedding dress. I hadn’t planned on finding a dress that day, as I was still unsure of what I actually wanted , although I had decided, I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day and LOVED lace, so it was a small start. We headed to the Custard Factory, Birmingham for breakfast, It’s a lovely eclectic part of Birmingham with a vintage feel to many of the shops there. I had often shopped in the vintage shops around the Custard Factory before so I knew there was a wedding dress shop there, so I guessed it was a good place to start. After breakfast we wandered over to the Couture Company, the wedding dress shop I had seen previously, I had always admired the dresses on display in the window. It was a miserable day, pouring with rain outside so we were pleased to be staying undercover. Walking up to the shop I stopped my Mum and Mother in law in their tracks, because there, in the window, was my perfect dress. We were warmly greeted by Jo on entering the shop, I had previously booked an appointment ‘just in case’ there were any dresses I wanted to try on. Without hesitation I asked to try on the dress in the window. As Jo was helping me into the dress, before it was even fully on, I burst into tears, It was only the second dress I had tried on but I knew it perfect and I had found ‘the one’. After stepping out from behind the screen and seeing my Mum and Mother in law’s faces well up when they saw me in the dress – it sealed the deal!
I made several customisations to the dress and the headpiece to ensure it fitted perfectly to the theme of the wedding. All of these changes were as easy as telling Jo what I wanted and she fixed it, easy as that. Jo’s creative flair helped with some of the design decisions, in fact finding and altering my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole planning. My bridesmaids were all to be dressed in a lace mint green shift dress, so we co-ordinated the underskirt ribbon to match perfectly. The headpiece design was based on a collaboration of other headpiece designs within the shop, and again the mint green colour was used, highlighting the look and feel I wanted. The last thing I customised was the waist band, as my husband to be has a swallow tattoo – this influenced a lot of the design for other factors within the wedding, the invitations for example had swallows on and so did several other key pieces within the wedding. The most beautiful sequined swallow was made for me to pin onto my waistband – I felt the dress was now more than perfect! As a last minute thought I asked Jo to make me a small wrist purse in the same material as the dress to put my lipstick in, I roughly sketched my idea on a piece of paper and once again Jo produced magic and created just what I wanted.
All in all I couldn’t recommend Jo and the Couture Company highly enough for any bride to be. All my visits to the shop, from the initial visit to the final fitting and collection were all stress free and so exciting. Jo and her team made the whole dress experience a pleasure and I was more than ecstatic with the final result – My dress was absolutely perfect, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
These epic photos are copyright of photos are copyright of Birmingham wedding photographer Steve Gerrard, be sure to visit his website
Sara rocked her boho dress at her Custard factory wedding,and it looks like she had an amazing day!!! we are so happy that Sara came to us and with this awesome testimonial, Sara tells it so much better than I could
‘People always tell me that I have a distinctive style. What they actually mean is that I have peculiar taste in clothes and often dress like an lunatic.
I tend to be drawn to a whole host of random styles, shapes colours and patterns which rarely go together, usually don’t fit me all that well and probably don’t really go together. I don’t really know what suits me. Only what I like. What I like most is being comfortable. After that basic requirement is fulfilled, some days I’ll be in a fluorescent orange lace dress and heels and the next I’ll be in jeans and a top meant for an 80 year old man. My fashion sense is bi-polar.
I think half friends and family imagined me turning up to my wedding in a leopard print catsuit and the other half imagined a more traditional dress. In truth I had no idea what I wanted. Only that I wanted it to be different and that I wanted it to reflect me.
With 3 young children, the youngest of whom I am still breastfeeding, my aforementioned ‘distinctive’ style and no clue where to start I was pretty daunted about the process of finding dresses I liked. Even more so about trying them on.
When I stumbled across The Couture Company it was a bright sunny day and I was visiting The Custard Factory to look at a wedding venue, The Old Library. A venue I later went on to book. I was having a window shop around The Custard Factory, my month old son in a baby carrier, mum and hubby-to-be in tow and with no plans to look at wedding dresses. As we peered in through the window, though, I was blown away by the beautiful dresses that I could see on the rails. More, the accessories and bits and bobs dotted around were totally my style. A crazy, ecclectic mix of beautiful things.
I shooed Mark away and ventured in for a closer look. (Not knowing it was by appointment only, sorry Jo!)
Jo came to say hello and handed me a leaflet and was so welcoming and friendly. I thought ‘if only I could afford a dress to be handmade for me’ and left, clutching my leaflet and dreaming of a lottery win – assuming from the luxe fabrics and unbelievable cuts that the dresses were out of my price range.
Several weeks later, with only 4 months to my wedding, I hadn’t seen a SINGLE dress I liked online or in the shops. I hadn’t tried any on and had no intention of doing so when I knew they’d be wrong.
I’d had a few knocks to my confidence in bridal shops before when trying on bridesmaids dresses. I am no sample size and having recently given birth I wasn’t feeling all that thrilled with the idea of standing with a stranger in a cramped fitting room trying to wriggle myself in to a dress I didn’t like.
It was then I thought back to how perfect The Couture Company had seemed for me. The beautiful, crazy shop, the gorgeous dresses, how friendly Jo had been. I thought I’d look them up online. I was blown away when I saw more of the dresses that had been up on the blog – seeing them on real brides brought them to life. I just knew that The Couture Company was right for me.
I emailed Jo asking about the time frame I was working to and asked a few questions. I couldn’t’ believe it when I realised that I may have both the time AND the budget to get a dress made for me. I was really excited,then, about the consultation I had booked and, although I still had no idea what I wanted, went along pretty much knowing I would be ordering a dress that day.
I arrived at my consultation with only one idea: I liked the idea of a gold dress. With my gingerness and fair skin I knew that would suit me. I had no idea on shapes or styles and so when asked to pick out what I liked I picked up pretty much everything.
When I tried on a sample of my dress, albeit in a different colour-way, I knew RIGHT AWAY it was what I had been dreaming of. It was one of those moments everyone tells you about but you never really believe. ‘You just know.’ I felt brilliant in it right away.
Securing my dress order with a deposit that day I was so excited. And the subsequent fittings and appointments were a joy. I just loved my dress so much. Seeing it come together was a fab experience. The work that went in to it! I felt like such a lucky girl. Choosing the fabrics and colours was just so much fun and it felt so special.
One thing I distinctly remember after ordering my dress is thinking to myself, well, if I can feel this good in my dress so soon after having my baby, without having to punish myself with any sort of diet or ridiculous exercise regime, I am now going to celebrate my dress purchase with a GIANT lunch and celebratory drink. Fabulous. having imagined the dress buying process making me feel self conscious and horrible it was amazing for it to have had quite the opposite impact on me!
I also asked, at my first fitting, about having something designed for my hair. With only (again) a vague idea I was blown away when next time I arrived, only a couple of weeks later, I had a beautiful headband made from the fabrics of my dress and on a band that was exactly the same colour as my hair. How did they manage that? I still don’t know.
When the day of my wedding arrived I felt fantastic in my gorgeous gold dress. It was just perfect. Mark absolutely loved it too. He said it was perfect. Perfect for me.
My 2 year old, Archie, said I looked ‘fantastic’ which brought a tear to my eye. (He’s not always so complimentary about my clothes!)
Another thing about my dress that I loved was that it was the most comfortable and well-fitting thing I have ever worn. I wish The Couture Company could make all of my clothes. I ran around after the kids, swung them around the dance floor… I wasn’t’ at all restricted. And nothing fell off or down (quite rare for me!)
I’d like to thank Jo and everyone at The Couture Company for helping to make me the happiest bride in the world. I will be wearing my dress again. Possibly every day.
Thank you guys. You are amazing.’
Photos are copyright of Jo Hone Photography
Sara was one awesome bride!!! She came to us via The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza or EWE(which is an alternative wedding show that we helped set up).
She decided she wanted a tattooed dress, as she and her partner have a passion for them, and Dave is also a tattoo artist!!
Sara wrote this lovely testimonial, we cannot express our thanks enough at choosing us to make your wedding dress! xx
“As soon as we decided to get married we knew that it was going to be in a style that reflected not only us as a couple but also as a family.
Dave was pretty easy going and let me organise everything (for an easy life I think!).
I first noticed my dream dress on The Couture Company website and knew my search was over. Myself and my mom visited the EWE in March 2013 and I was so pleased when the dress was on display. It was stunning!
A couple of weeks later I nervously visited Jo. I had looked at other dresses but they just weren’t me. I was totally out of my comfort zone but Jo was lovely and made me feel at ease straight away.
I was so relieved when I tried the dress on the it was exactly how I pictured it on. It was exciting deciding on which embroidery, materials and colours would be included. The dress was personalised to me and I loved it!
Along with my dress, they also made an amazing hair clip with our names on which totally matched the dress.
I cannot thank Jo and her team for designing my perfect wedding dress and hair clip. I felt amazing on our special day. I have had such lovely comments about both.
I shall be adding extra tattoo embroidery to the dress to celebrate our anniversaries.
I would, without a doubt, recommend Jo and her team to anyone wanting that special and unique dress. They are friendly but at the same time totally professional and so talented in what they do.
Thanks again, Sara and Dave xxx”
Her wonderful and amazing photographs are by the super talented Assassynation
Ane fellow EWE suppliers also contributed to this awesome wedding
Bouquet and buttonholes- Jamball
Hair and make up – Le keux events and the Vintage Salon
Cake Topper – Brave as Love
Photos – Assassynation
Dress and hair accessory – The Couture co
If you want to see the whole wedding check out Rock ‘n Roll bride HERE
Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors
We were so excited when Victoria came all the way down from Manchester to see us, she told us all about her wedding on the moors, and she wanted a dramatic dress to suit the surroundings, but most of all a dress that felt “her”. We showed Victoria this gorgeous shade of midnight blue and she was smitten:) The dress comprises of a corset, and organza and tuille skirt, overlaid with a full length , high neck sheer coat. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for her to show off the drama of her dress, we love the windswept shots!! I am sure you will agree that Victoria looks stunning, we were so pleased that she chose us to design her gown, and extra thankful for her lovely testimonial
Victoria writes “I never wanted a run of the mill wedding dress, it had to be different. I’m very fair and wanted a colour to suit me. After searching endlessly for a blue gown that coudn’t be found, I came across The Couture Company. I found a picture of a dress on their website that I fell in love with. During the first consultation we discussed exactly what I wanted the dress to look like including any colour I wanted, materials and personal touches for the finer detail. I felt confident every step of the way that I would end up with a very high quality dress that was completely unique. The finished product was more than I could have ever have wished for; dramatic and quirky and very me!”
Photos are copyright of Elizabeth Baker
Photos from the “Underworld ” series by acclaimed alternative photographer Rebecca Litchfield with our wedding dresses
A few weeks ago we were invited by creative photographer Rebecca Litchfield to collaborate with her on her ” Underworld” project, after seeing the images she had already done on this , I was absolutely honoured and super excited to be able to provide some of the gowns for her Muse to wear at this daybreak shoot in an abandoned manor house….
These photographs just blew us away……so so SO beautiful
Here is what Rebecca wrote about her wonderful and inspiring project ”
For so long I dreamt about this scene, my heart torn apart that I would never be able to make it a reality. But then one day while talking to a friend, I was made aware that it was possible, it wouldnt be easy, but that has never stopped me before.
I was lucky to have an amazing model, Jessica Nicole Griffiths recently arrived in London from Melbourne. She was so up for it, it made me the happiest person alive and with the help of amazing Matthew Adams and Richie Gowen we had made it into the house in pitch darkness, arms full of beautiful gowns made my The Couture Company
During the mission to get inside, Richie had already faceplanted a shallow river as he slipped on the log across it. Poor Rich was freezing cold as we slept in this beautiful abandoned manor house.
Sleeping in such a decaying building, with the bitter cold coming through the windows and dust coating the floor, it was a test of endurance, but worth it when the sun finally came up and revealed the beautiful house ready for us to get these photos.I’m so happy I made this a reality finally. I hope you enjoy the photos”
Model: Jessica’s Wanderlust
Acccessories: Natasha Jane
When my best friend Karl announced at Glastonbury, whilst waching Cold Play ” I’ve done it!!! I turned round to see Kate crying and Karl looking like the biggest grinning idiot I have ever seen in my life …”Done what ” half knowing what he meant, but not wanting to shout ” Congratulations” in case he hadn’t asked Kate to marry him, and he meant ” I’ve done it as in I’ve done all the vodka in!!”and Kate was inconsolably crying because it was a half hour round trip to the bar!…” Karl ” I shouted over ‘Fix You’ “You need to tell me in complete words what exactly you have done???”" (I had to be sure he had actually done it). ” I’ve asked Kate to marry me!!!” he beamed…. well that was it we all cried, that is one of the happiest moments of my life….seeing my best pal of 25 years at the best moment of his life!!!! Happy days
So Fast forward 2 years and we were at The Shireburn Arms near Clitheroe all ready for the wedding of the decade, I was honoured to be asked to be Best Man/woman and doubly honoured that Kate wanted me to make her wedding gown!!!
We had the best day!! I hope I did a great speech (phew!!) and no body wanted it to end (the day that is not my speech!!), it was Epic seeing all our friends all together in the same room , all happy all smiling and all so so proud of Karl and his beautiful bride Kate
These wonderful photos were taken by my other good pal Sassy from Assassynation Photography, she did a fantastic job of capturing the day
Here are some lovely words from Kate on having her dress made xx Thanks beautiful!!
“Having a custom made wedding dress was something I thought I could only ever dream of so I was over the moon when it became a reality!
Joanne and her team designed and made my dream dress, it was perfect and just my style.
I had some ideas of what I wanted and after my first consultation Jo I knew it was going to be amazing. I loved trying on the sample dresses, it was really useful and helped me loads in deciding on a final design. One of my most memorable moments from our big day was seeing Karl’s face as I walked down the aisle he was beaming from ear to ear. I felt fantastic and it helped to make our wedding day the best day of our lives.
I had so many compliments on my dress, it was just perfect and couldn’t have wished for anything more . I would definitely recommend The Couture Company to anyone; Jo has such an array of stunning designs and a really creative team.”
Love you, love my dress! x Kate”
What a wonderful time we had getting to know Maria nad her family, we totally loved working on this gown, we love that it is a 1950s inspired gown, very similar to our Steph design, but the fact that its full length just let the style take on a whole new look, We think Maria made the right choice when picking her colour, we absolutely love this teal blue silk dupion…and it was such fun designing her heart and snowflake belt and head piece too.
We love our work so much, because every bride is different and every dress is unique to them and their wedding!!
On Marias final fitting Maria brought her daughter who is at University, and the pride in her face when she saw her mum, telling her mum how beautiful she looked ( My eyes are leaking as I type). It was a wonderful and very fulflling moment, and there wasnt a dry eye in the shop, Sally our embroidery wizard was passing the tissues round to everyone.!! Moments like that are what makes our job THE best job in the world!!
Maria wrote “I can only say a massive thank you to everyone at The Couture Company for the unique wedding dress and corset they creative for me. I would not hesitate to recommend them. From the moment of my first visit, they made me feel valued and special. When designing the dress, they used my homemade invitations to create the belt heart and snowflake motif which turned out just perfect. So much so, I ask them to me a headdress with a bird cage veil which they again executed brilliantly. At my final fitting, there wasn’t a dry eye in the shop.On our wedding day, my husband was blown away by the dress. We had an amazing day. I can’t wait to get my dress shortened by Jo and wear it again.
Mike was absolutely amazed by the way I looked. We are both so glad we came to you. Wishing you a happy new year with lots more amazing dresses x”
This shoot is one of my absolute favourites of all time, not only because it was the biggest shoot we had ever done, but because we got to know so so many awesome people who were involved, and led to many amazing projects ,but mostly because we it was the start of a beautiful friendship with my very good pal Sassy who is the creative genius behind Assassynation. This then led to us setting up The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and even more importantly me having the honour of making Sassy’s Vow renewal dress ( but more about that in a few weeks)
Here’s a fab film of what we got up to…it was a LOT of fun!!!! Thanks again to EVERYONE involved
Photography Credit: Assassynation
Video Credit: Sassy n Frank
Dresses, Accessories & Styling: The Couture Company & Rawhide Corsets
Shoes: Irregular Choice & some model’s own ( pink, sparkly ones are from Benjamin Adams)
Models: Kat & Gareth of Rock n Roll Bride, Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Photography, Elbie Van Eeden, Regula & Bruno from The Tiny Red Factory, Hannah from The Couture Company, Simonne (the fire breather @feeneyfoofoo)
Horse: Spike (the horse) Anya (the horse handler) from Hornton Grounds Farm
Stationery/Posters: The Tiny Red Factory
Flowers: Amy, Little ‘A’
Circus Props: Russell’s International Circus
Set Styling: Assassynation & The Couture Company
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden, Ellie Kerans, Zarla , Kat (through Zarla), Kizzy, Jo, Sarah
Hats: Sharper Milliner
Flower skull and leaf hat: Bloomingayles
Clay Signs: Cherrypie Lane
Location: The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Shoot Assistants: Sally, Rosie, Queenie, Alicja, Becky, Rebecca, Chris, Ryan
Super excited to share Bex wedding with you!!!, bex was one awesome colourful bride, everything about her, her wedding and her dress was so colourful!! we are absolutely over the moon that she got in touch and we got to design her wedding gown, and we just loved her tattoos so much that they had to go on her dress as well. Get your sunnies on!! This wedding is bright!!!
Bex tells her story about her dress far better than we can, so its over to Bex ….. “When I started looking for a wedding dress the only thing I really knew was that I didn’t want to wear white/cream or anything similar. After several failed trips to local traditional wedding dress shops I was starting to think I was never going to find a dress. I didn’t want to wear a bridesmaid dress or a prom dress I still wanted to look like a bride but just a colourful one.
I had seen The Couture Company at The Eclectic wedding Fair and fell in love but assumed I wouldn’t be able to afford such an incredible dress. I decided to email anyway just to see and was pleasantly surprised that this might actually be possible. After meeting Jo and trying on dresses at the shop I just couldn’t imagine getting married in anything else. We talked about colours there was so much choice!! I was in heaven. Jo took some photos of my tattoos and these were turned into embroidery on the corset. I love this so much. So unique and beautiful.
I felt amazing on the day, Paul thought I looked fantastic. I loved the swishy skirt, it looked great on the dance floor. The corset was really comfortable and it didn’t limit how much I could eat from our massive cake table. I also have the added bonus that having a separate corset and skirt I can wear both again for Christmas parties etc.
I am so glad I decided to send that email. Not only did I love the whole process and feel like a princess at the end my Mum and bridesmaids enjoyed the visits to the shop for fittings too. Being right near Birmingham city center we combined visits to Jo with girly shopping trips.
Thanks so much to Jo and her team for making my totally unique amazing dress.”
Thank you Bex for coming to us and being such an awesome bride!!!, we were totally stoked to work on your wedding gown xxx Such Fun!!!
All these fab photos are copyright of Michelle at Silver Star Photographic
Bex fab hair and make-up was done by those awesome ladies at The Vintage Salon
And you can see the whole fab wedding, including crochet taxidermy!!! here on Rock n roll bride
A very special offer for all you lovely brides to be who want to order your wedding dress with us
We are giving a massive 10% discount on any gown ordered between 1st and 15th February 2014
*Please note this only apllies to orders placed between 1st and 15th Feb
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
And if you want to see the whole wedding you can find them here on Rock n roll Bride
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 ???
“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.”
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!
“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
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.
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 !! “
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
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Nikki Cooper Photography
Our Burlesque beauty Jo rocks her red and black tattooed dress, for her Alice inspired alternative wedding
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 .
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
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.
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
Photos are copyright of Mark Anderson Photography
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 !!!*
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
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*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 !!!**
** This offer cannot be used with any other offer or discounts
** This cannot be used if your wedding is before 31st Jnauary 2014
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!!!
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!!
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”
Photos Copyright of and with thanks to Grgo Jelavic
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!!
Images Copyright of Lisa Jane Photography
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
For Lisa’s gown we created lots of individual embroideries inspired by skeletal leaves, fungi and feathers, trailing vines in varying hues of creams and buff colours along with hand dyeing and appliqueing french lace over a structured corset bodice to give this dress a very Olde world charm.
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.
Photographs copyright of Paul Willetts Photography
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
The Couture Co gowns by Camera Hannah
Strange Case Collective wedding styling
Plastic Pantomime Band
Felt Bouquets by Jamball Creations
Feeling inspired?? come and see us all at the show!!
Advance tickets are a BAAAArgain £3 each www.allaboutewe.co.uk
I 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
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