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 !!!*
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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
Sorry its been a while since I last posted , but things have been mega busy finishing all our summer wedding dresses, we have had some amazing brides and who have got some awesome gowns, I cannot wait to show you the photos when they come in !!!
First of all we have our lovely Lauren, Lauren was married earlier in the year, and we had the pleasure of creating her gown and accessories, as well as a fascinator for her Mum, who travelled down from Scotland for all of Laurens fittings…what a Mum!!!
Lauren wanted a very vinatge feel to her gown, so we chose a gorgeous buttery cream silk to go underneath the Ivory polkadot silk organza,, the dress was highlighted on the sash , bow and petticoat binding with 2 gorgeous tones of teal and turquoise silk. The colours suited Lauren perfectly!!
Lauren wrote ” My first experience of wedding dress shopping was not great as no one seemed to get what I was looking for. After explaining I wanted a short 50s/60s style dress, I was totally confused when some assistants kept showing me long dresses. Everything changed when I met Jo and tried on lots of beautiful dresses at the Couture Company! With so many bespoke designs on offer, I was spoilt for choice but after speaking to Jo, it was easy to create something totally individual and special.
I loved choosing the fabrics and colours for my dress. My favourite colour teal had to feature somewhere. One of the most fun parts was trying on the mock up dress-I actually quite liked mine even though it was made of random colours and fabrics. The mock up fitting was really helpful and it’s a brilliant way to get an idea of what the final dress will look like.
I remember seeing my actual wedding dress for the first time-it was amazing! My dream dress had come to life and it was just perfect.
My dress was very well admired on my big day and I’m still getting compliments about it now. The hand made accessories and jewellery from the Couture Company also completed the look.
I really can not thank Jo and her team enough for making my dress so gorgeous and unique.
Thanks Jo-I LOVE MY DRESS “
Thanks Lauren, your testimonial means a great deal to our team xx Wishing you all the best for an awesome future!!
Photographs copyright of Mack Photography
I am so happy to share Eleanor and Stephen’s beautiful Dickensian inspired wedding in all its olde world glory!! Eleanor spied our designs on Rock N Roll bride on a Miss Havisham inspired shoot that we had collaborated on, and fell in love with the all the old lace and decayed embellishment we had put into that creation.
Eleanor wrote of her dress experience “I had a dress shopping trip that ended in disappointment, including one shop that wouldn’t let me try a single dress on (So curvy girls buy dresses by just looking at them do they? Hmmm.) After that I knew I had to go back to the drawing board, I hadn’t seen anything even approaching what I wanted. I didn’t want a “fat girl dress” all rouching and spangles and cover ups. I wanted something dramatic and old looking, something with acres of tulle and lace dripping off it, something stunning. Then, flicking through blogs to try and find a dress maker who could conjure my dream dress I found it! Already designed and made and beautiful! So, off to Birmingham I went, to the Couture Company for my perfect Miss Havisham dress. The first fitting I was just shell shocked, I hadn’t realised one dress could make you feel so… much! I cried all the way home I was so happy. I cried again, seeing Stephen’s face as I walked down the aisle. It was completely worth it.”
I think Eleanor looks a truly stunning and radiant bride, and she looks so so happy…..
we absolutely love these gorgeous images by Lee Garland Photography
Special Thanks to Lee Garland Photography for these beautiful Images
I am delighted to share our gorgeous bride Angi’s wedding pics, Angi came to us wanting something unusual and non-tradtional, that was still special, still bride like and still having the WOW factor!!
We designed and made Angi’s gown in a honey blush shade of silk dupion and tuille, the corsetted bodice was finished with a pretty ribbon laced back, and the skirt was cut into layers and layers of asynmetric tuille, overlaid by and undulating layer of sumptious silk dupion …
We also made this cute feathery fascinator for Angis hair, and the feathers tome beautifully with the tone of the gown
Thanks to Angi for this fabulous testimonial, we are so glad you came to us !!!
“We booked our wedding in January of this year for March 10th, leaving us less than three months to plan and pay for everything!! Unlike a lot of women I had no idea what type of dress I wanted. I had a little look online, but was overwhelmed with the choices .I went to a couple of wedding dress shops with my mom but nothing really stood out for me, I was destined for an ivory dress with lots of fancy lace n beads or just a plain strapless satin one neither of which style or idea filled me with joy!
I remembered seeing a wedding dress in a window at the custard factory, so I did a quick search online found their number and made an appointment that same day.
As soon as I walked into the shop I knew instantly this is where I would find my wedding dress. With rails full of one off beautiful creations in an array of styles and colours I was at last beginning to feel excited about my wedding dress.
Jo suggested I just try a few on so I could get an idea of what I liked and perhaps didn’t like. There wasn’t many of the latter!
I very almost went for a short wedding dress unbeknown to my husband until now!! It was stunning in a deep ivory with bud like twist designs all over with a ‘fifties’ styling. I finally decided against it but I will have that dress one day too…how long do people normally wait to renew their vows??Jo asked me to have a think at home, maybe look around and send some ideas of what i liked.
I explained to Jo about my ‘dream dress’ and together we narrowed down exactly what it was that I loved about it.
At our next meeting I was simply blown away by what Jo had sketched out for me, her talent really did amaze me my dream dress had just taken on a new identity, to say i loved it was an understatement. I still have the drawing of my dress which I intend to frame along with some of the chosen fabric. From our conversations Jo had managed to design a dress better than I had ever imagined.
I had tried on another dress in her shop in a colour that I loved so I decided on that. I also decided on a skirt and corset design, which I am so pleased about as unlike many brides I can and will be able to wear part of my wedding dress again.
The dress fittings were great and Jo and her team were very informative and understanding. Jo especially just instinctively knew what I wanted, fuller at the back, longer there, shorter here..it really was so much fun. Having a bespoke gown really is the way to go! I also chose my headpiece from there, it was again handmade and simply beautiful, along with a stole incase I got cold. Which as it snowed on the morning of my wedding was a very good investment.
On my actual wedding day everyone was complementing me on my dress all day. My husband described it as unforgettably stunning and said he was so pleased I had chosen to have a bespoke gown that was individual to me. Everyone said it was exactly my style and couldn’t have been a better suited dress.
I would not hesitate in recommending The Couture Company to anyone, I have and will be singing their praises til the end of time . My friends and I talked about planning a joint themed party for our birthdays just so we can all have corsets made by Jo.
Jo Bromley I can not thank you enough.”
Photographs are copyright of Richard Battye
Emma came to us with a fair idea of what she wanted…she wanted something striking and unusual, some black detailing, and with a corsetted fit and finish, So we got to work creating this Gothic beauty. The corsetted bodice is overlaid with a beautiful corded french lace, that tapers down into the white silk organza skirt and train. the back is laced with ribbon to give a pretty and romantic finish.
So we got to work creating this Gothic beauty. The corsetted bodice is overlaid with a beautiful corded french lace, that tapers down into the white silk organza skirt and train. the back is laced with ribbon to give a pretty and romantic finish.
“When my new husband and I were first planning our big day I knew I was going to want something a bit different from the standard ivory wedding dress. I was worried that it wasn’t going to be something that I’d just find in a regular bridal shop. I did shop around in a few different standard wedding dress shops and the dresses were very nice but not really me. I had an idea in my head of what look I wanted my dress to have and after doing a bit of research I came across Jo and the Couture Company, I thought well what harm could it do to go and speak to her? And I’m so glad I did!
I wasn’t sure how to get my idea across to Jo but she seemed to understand instantly the look and style I was going for and she made me feel so relaxed about the whole process. So I left my ideas in Jo’s capable hands and after a couple of measurement takings and rough fittings I could see my dress, the only thing I could think when I finally put it on was just ‘wow!’. Jo managed to take my ideas and create my dream wedding dress and then she even managed to make a headpiece to match! Everybody loved my dress and said it was just perfect for me, on the day I even had strangers coming up asking me where I got my dress from!
I cannot recommend The Couture Company high enough, Jo just has the knack to understanding what brides want and she’s got the ability to bring those dreams to life. Thank you to Jo and the whole team, you helped to make our day absolutely amazing!”
Photographs copyright of Ten foot tall Photography
I work closely with one of the best alternative wedding photographers , Sassy from Assassynation ….she has a wonderful way about her and is a super creative person… She has hotfooted it ALL over the UK to shoot her couples,from The highlands of Scotland to the beaches of Cornwall and across the World from Miami to Monte Carlo!!..Here is an inspiring selection of some of her recent work…
I witnessed her in action at my best friend Karl’s wedding the other week, and everyone thought she was fantastic, The shots I have seen so far are just gorgeous and here are a couple from that awesome day Cute eh??? Love these two !!!
So we have a very special offer for you, Sassy has very generously offered anyone who has not already booked their photography and who reads this article, a whopping £200 discount off your wedding photography ..Thats quite a saving !!
To qualify you just have to comply with the following
1.Quote COUTURE when you get in touch with Sassy at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Book with her before 31st October 2013 (Make sure that Sassy is available on your wedding day)
3.Leave a comment below xx
(hurry because the end of this year and 2014 is starting to fill up)
Aren’t we good to YOU???
If you want to read some reviews ,Check out her facebook page and read the awesome testimonials from her fabulous couples
We had the total honour of being involved in this gorgeous shoot with photographer Emma Case, Lauren was our gorgeous model and Jodie was the make-up artist. I don’t need to describe this shoot, the pictures tell it much better than I.
The corset featured is our Elise design and is pictured with a tuille skirt , and can be made in any colourway
The silk chiffon Gown is La Robe Blanc
The Full 2 part shoot is here on Emma’s blog – please go visit , it really is totally gorgeous
A few months ago I met up with a lovely lass , who happens to be an awesome photographer Camera Hannah, we got chatting and I mentioned I loved Cherry Blossom and anything Japanese,
and it turns out so does she !! especially the geeky and kitsch japanese culture, so we hatched a plan and came up with a concept based around Harajuku and Pirikura Photobooths ,with tonnes of other goodness thrown in! From Studio Ghibli and Hello Kitty to My little Pony style unicorns. See how much you can spot in this shoot!!
We had an amazing team on the day who worked their lace top ankle socks off
This would never have looked as epic without them
Big Love and thanks to :
The Couture Co -Dresses and Headpieces
Ava Event styling- Set design , Floristry and Rocking Unicorn
Elbie Van Eeden – Make-up artist and Hair Extraordinaire
Revive Me Boutique – Shoe adornment and jewellery
Little Cherry Cake Company- for Cake Bakey wizardry
Paper Joy- Paper decorations
Little penny Tree- Felt rainbow garlands
If you like what we do and all the hard work that went into this, show us some love and leave a comment xxx
Thanks , Jo
A dress fit for a Queen!!!- a special Red silk , Swan embroidered commission for a very special lady
Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely lady Regula aka acclaimed food blogger Miss Foodwise, to say she has transformed my life is an understatement….but she has in so many ways…and I will never be able to express my gratitude enough to her and her husband Bruno xxx.
The results that you see in this post make me very proud of my team , especially Sally and Alicja without whom there would be no such wondrous things that you see before you.
We are all so very proud of this collaboration, we think its one of our finest gowns and the embroidery by Sally is awesome!!! We are totally blown away by the testimonial that Regula wrote , I will hand over to her…..
“I wish I knew Jo before my wedding… Let me start by pointing out that I’m a terrible perfectionist, when it came to my wedding dress I was actually feeling slightly unwell when I saw it… Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty dress but to me there were various flaws in the dress that I couldn’t ignore. I kept silent about it, the dress did cost a huge amount of money but it wasn’t my dream dress, it wasn’t perfect.
Although I know you can’t ask for things to be perfect all the time, the flaws in the dress did disappoint me big time.
And then I met Jo.
When I saw Jo’s dresses my heart skipped a beat, not just because the styles were gorgeous but also because of the immaculate finish on them, the sublime quality of the fabric and the hand machine stitched embroideries that must have taken hours to complete to this standard.
As others might look at the exterior of the dress, I also looked inside, at the rims, the finish on the buttons and the way the lining was sewn in.
I studied fashion design and had to create a 9 piece collection for graduation, the finish of the garments was always the hardest part for me. So much time and effort goes into clean buttonholes, bindings, collars and lining … I remember evenings -nights- when I couldn’t see out of my eyes from exhaustion – trying to lay the last hand on a woolen jacked and ruining the finish. I would always see the uneven seam, the zip that wasn’t sewed in with a straight line… Nobody noticed the flaws, but I always will.
When Jo and I started my dress I knew I would be getting a perfect dress, I just had to decide on a fabric, a design and a color. We went from red to petrol blue to green, black and finally back to my all time favorite red. I had a few things I absolutely wanted, fabric buttons, puff sleeves and an embroidery with meaning.
That was my part of the deal and it was extremely difficult, this dress was so important to me that every time I decided I changed my mind again. I drove Jo absolutely crazy and she was so patient and lovely.
Finally after 4 months there was a breakthrough at my end, we changed the fabric from sheer to silk and the embroidery was tested and decided on.
There were a few corset fittings because Jo -like me- is very much a perfectionist too and wanted it to be a perfect fit. She knew I was sad about my wedding dress not fitting perfectly and she wanted to make that right with this dress.
The first time I saw a glimpse of the dress was about 3 weeks before completion, it were the embroideries, the swans and Tudor roses… I was over the moon to see it, the finish was so detailed, so delicate, I couldn’t believe my eyes… It wasn’t easy, I had given her a sketch my husband -who is an illustrator- made for me. The inspiration was a lullaby I adore about swans and England. I never expected it to be the same, how can you expect an embroidery to be so detailed as a drawing made with a tiny pencil point. I gave Jo the design and told her I trusted her to make it work, I even made her a simplified version but she wanted to use the detailed one. When the embroideries were finished, they were able to sow the dress together and then a picture appeared in my inbox – teasing me- with a glimpse of the nearly finished gown.
I stared at that picture for a long time, there were dozens of buttons she had added to the back of the gown – I love buttons, I am obsessed with buttons. Collar till seam was a line of beautifully hand made silk buttons and hooks. Just beautiful… The next time I saw the dress was in a hotel room in London. It was the day of my husbands first UK exhibition and my birthday celebration. When she showed me the dress I was completely overwhelmed by emotion, fought against my happy tears and nearly hugged Jo to death.
I looked upon this dress as a piece of art, a collaboration between creative minds.>I couldn’t stop looking at the delicate embroidery, the feathers that were created on the swans by using different shades of white and silver, the tiny apples and the golden thorns on the roses … When I say the dress is beautiful, it is an absolute understatement. It is extraordinary, it is perfect, it is a work of art.
I can’t recommend Jo enough, she puts her every effort in your gown and she delivers nothing less than perfect. She is an amazing lovely lady, and she will make you a dress you will cherish for ever.
Jo, I can’t thank you enough for this”
All the photographs above are courtesy of the wonderful Assassynation
We had a great day a few weeks ago when we did this super cute shoot- organised by the lovely Emma From Beau Buttons Bouquets and we adore these images from the very talented Haywood Jones Photography
the amazing shoes are by our super talented amigos at Revive Me Boutique
All copyright for photographs is Haywood Jones Photography
Where do I even start with Our Sarah??? She has to be one of my all time favourite brides!!!
She came to me slightly stressed as another designer had let her down, and the pink haired fairy godmother Kat at Rock n roll Bride recommended that Sarah come to me,as we were fairly local and as it happens right up her street
We got chatting and Sarah told us all about her Halloween inspired wedding, and her and Colin (her fiance) love of scare rides and attractions……..
so after we had finished designing her gown, we set to work on her headpiece! She wanted a headband that was beaded but not at all traditional, I suggested something halloweeny and tattoo inspired and we decided on a sugar skull and roses, and we named him”Boris”
Everyone meet Boris xx love him!!
Sarah was a total joy to work with, she is gorgeous, fun, and has a great sense of humour, we had such a laugh, and she totally comfortable in her own skin. I thought she looked radiant and so so happy in her pics, and I just love that her and Colin make THE cutest couple!!!
Here are few more fab images from their wedding and a lovely testimonial from Sarah, Thanks so much doll xx
‘I don’t really know how words can describe the gratitude that I have to Jo and her amazing team. They picked me up and transformed a brow beaten, down in the dumps girl with a heavy heart from the shallow perceptions of mainstream wedding dress shops, into a Bride…a real Bride! With a dress and a smile and a happy heart and everything! Oh, and Boris…my headdress!
After my first chat with Jo, and explaining my previous dress traumas there was no doubt in my mind that this was the woman to make my dreams come true. She really truly understood what I was after. She got my random references to Hattie Jacques as a style icon. She asked the right questions and when I explained a bit about what me and my husband were like as a couple, our interests, and how I wanted to convey that in my outfit, there was no polite insincere laughter, no funny looks. Jo is different, in the best possible way! Nothing is too much trouble, nothing sounds too crazy, nothing is out of her ridiculously talented reach.
Her work is exceptional, and her approach is nothing short of perfect. I cannot believe that such an amazing company was right under my nose the whole time, and because of my own insecurities I didn’t spot them!
Oh and can I just add… Boris…my headpiece (which I am currently wearing as I type this) is the 2nd love of my life, after my husband of course! He is nothing short of a piece of sparkly beautiful sugarskully art!
Jo and the team really are much more than dressmakers. As a bride you put your faith and trust in a select few people to make your big day special. I truly count myself one of the luckiest brides in the world to have had the opportunity to meet Jo, and in honesty, without her I wouldn’t have felt as utterly wonderful as I did on my big day. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again…I could have died that moment knowing that I could never be happier and more confident in my own skin.
Thank you Jo
Love Sarah (and Colin) xxx ‘
Thanks to Rob W May Photography for letting us use these images
If you want to see even more pics from this awesome wedding then there is a full write up here on Rock ‘n roll Bride’s blog
I was so happy with Sarah and Colin’s story and attitude that I asked them to come and model in our fashion show at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza and here are a few shots of the cute couple (photos courtesy of Jay Mountford Photography )
Both our models were dressed in ruby red but both with very different look, Jennifer wore our Ophelia corsetted gown, with its beautifully embroidered with cherry Blossom and hummingbird design, and Grace looked stunning in Liliia’s red ethereal chiffon gown
Gem from Dollywood Creative for beautification skills,
and our gorgeous girls Grace In Liliia gown
and Jennifer in our Ophelia gown
Special thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for her incredible camera skills
Hello lovlies, sorry we’ve been quiet on the Blogophone , but we have been engulfed in awesomeness . It’s been an incredible few weeks and we have been super busy organising and taking part in The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza, it was our second extravaganza , and what a corker !!
Here are some pics from the awesome Jay Mountford Photography of the fashion show, featuring us and our naughty little sister company Rawhide Corsets
This cute couple are our real life bride and groom Sarah and colin xxlove ‘em!!
Special Thanks to my gorgeous Girls : Erika , Kayleigh, Marie and Hannah,
Keep those peepers peeled as we will featuring some of the awesome exhibitors from EWE2 really soon xx
DON’T Be a Wedding Sheep!! It’s all about EWE!!!
The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza on the 24th March .
All photos above copyright of Toast Of Leeds
Photo below credit Steve Gerrard
Check out the website to see all the other awesome BAAAAd Ass Mo Flo’s that will be bring EWEnique delights and fabEWElous treats www.allaboutewe.co.uk
If you register for tickets they are a BAAAArgain £3
See EWE there!!!
What a gorgeous bride Hazel made! Love her pics!!
Hazel came all the way from Spain to have her fittings, I was totally honoured and delighted that she thought so highly of us that not only did she commission her gown with us but that she travelled all that way to make it happen….
Hazel had a cap sleeved french lace 1950′s style gown, the lace was so beautiful and very delicate, and has the most gorgeous scalloped edge detail, we just had to use it on the sleeve and the hem.
She was married at The old Library (where I too was married) Its a gorgeous space at The Custard Factory (where we are based)…and to top it all Hazel and her husband came to see me in the shop just after they tied the knot!! I was choked and so so happy they did this for me, we even had our photograph taken….can you spot me??? …i am the one who looks nothing like a bride or a groom
“I had an idea of what I wanted my ideal wedding dress to look like, so it took me many visits to many shops before I found The Couture Company.
At my first appointment Jo made me feel so relaxed and really listened to what I wanted. Jo knew exactly how to alter the design of the dress to compliment my figure, as well as adding little touches to make my dress even more unique to me. Jo was very flexible, I live abroad so we had to schedule my dress fittings according to when I could be in the UK. This was all done without any fuss or pressure and I knew I didn’t need to worry about my dress as the big day approached.
At my final fitting, I was gobsmacked – my dress was absolutely perfect. It was exactly what I had pictured and more. On my day I felt like a genuine princess. The dress fitted and flattered my figure, as well as being comfortable enough to last until 4am AND endure plenty of dancing!!
I know all brides are told how lovely they look on their wedding day, but people still talk about how beautiful my dress was now, nearly one year later!
Thank you Jo and everyone at the Couture Company who helped to make my dress. It really is the most beautiful thing I own!
Photographs courtesy of Amit and Anna Photography
The smile!!!! That smile does it for me…a picture paints a thousand words!
Niki came to us knowing she wanted a 50′s style dress, she knew what kind of look and feel she wanted for sure, she just wasn’t absolutely sure on the fine details. It took us a couple of consultations and deliberations on details to get the perfect design for Niki….and sometimes that is what happens when a bride is having a gown made, sometimes after more thought ,fabrics or colour may change, details may change, but if the end result is that we have a happy radiant gorgeous bride then its worth every minute of making sure the design is right and that the bride is happy before we even cut a gown.
Niki’s gown was designed and made with a boat neck and 3/4 sleeves, in a pretty polka dot sheer silk organza, it was trimmed with covered buttons up the back and on the sleeves, and had a lovely big frothy petticoat and was finished witha silk satin sash and bow and a matching Bow alice band.
As with a lot of brides who have gowns made , its perfectly natural to be a little anxious about the final result, afterall there is nothing tangible to go on except seeing and trying other styles of gown in our boutique. Niki was no exception to this…sometimes a sketch, some fabric swatches and trying on samples is all they have before they take a big leap of faith into having a bespoke gown made us.
Brides like Niki are why I started to write a blog that features our brides and how they felt about having their wedding gown made, I want our girls to be honest about the process and how they felt on the day when they write their testimonials, so that other Brides to Be can have assurance and peace of mind that we are going to do our utmost to make them feel like the beautiful girl they should on their wedding day.
Look at that waistline!! Very tiny and very Fifties !
Niki Writes “When it came to sorting out my wedding dress I knew from the start I wanted a shorter length fifties style dress, a long traditional dress just wasn’t me. I tried searching in wedding dress shops for my ideal dress but just couldn’t find it.
I stumbled across the couture company whilst walking past the custard factory on a night out the cute dress in the window caught my eye so the following day I googled them.
I was your typical bride to be in the respect that I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted. along the way I changed my mind and the dress design several times thankfully Jo was fine about it and was very patient and understanding with me.
My dress went from a plain simple dress to one with to polka dots with sleeves. There were times when I was nervous as I wasn’t sure if I would like it but when I saw the end product I was over the moon it was stunning !! I had so many wonderful comments on my wedding day everyone said it was very me which is all a girl could ask for.
Thank you Jo !!. ”
Photos courtesy of Ben Fones Photography
When Adele came to see us last year , I could hardly contain my excitement, she did not want a traditional ivory dress , she wanted a RED dress!!!! not only did she want a Red dress but she was adorned in the most beautiful tattoos a mix of cherry blossoms , lilies and butterflies… I was filled with inspiration and felt we had to incorporate some tattoos and colour into her gown. Our embroidery designer Sally got to work from photographs we had taken of Adele’s body art and here are the gorgeous results for a truly stunningly awesome bride.
We LOVED doing this dress and coming up with something so unique and bespoke for Adele !!
thanks Adele for sharing your beautiful photos and for this amazing testimonial,
“I’ve know ever since I was a little girl I wanted to get married in red dress, but unfortunately my taste was not shared by many bridal shops, apart from one. I was told about The Couture Company from a friend who was also getting married, I did not hold out much hope as I had been disappointed before. But boy was I so wrong!!! As soon as I walked through the door I knew I’d get my dress from here!! Jo and her team were so lovely and laid back which made me relax and completely trust them to create the dress of my dreams, and she didn’t disappoint, Jo has a fantastic ability to pick the idea out your head and make it a reality. I didn’t want to take my dress off on my wedding day, it was so beautiful, and beauty should not be hidden in a wardrobe, so I have had mine framed and hung on my lounge wall for to see!
Thank you Jo and your team for all your love and hard work you put into my dress, and helping to make it the best day ever ” xxx
Ok lovlies, welcome back, sit back and enjoy the ride, so it’s on with the awesomeness that was a whopper of a year in 2012… and first up is Claire’s wedding, packed full quirky DIY and general loveliness ….it was also a great wedding to share because our pals Steve Gerrard Photography and Shutterbox Films did the photography and video…
and it was featured later in the year on Rock My Wedding Blog
Also later in the month I got some gorgeous shots back of our Stephie dress that was modelled by the lovely Jo on Steve Gerrard’s photography workshop…
Love this dress with that belt and fascinator …soooo CUTE!!!
July was a pretty epic month for us because not only did The Tiny Red Factory re brand The Couture Company, and redesign our whole website they made us some awesome logos and badges too…I am going to do a whole blog post on these guys soon but here is a little taster of their immense talent
July also saw a gorgeous bride Claire get married in a very pretty French lace gown,
she was featured in a beautiful write up by Annabel at Love My Dress here
August was Hot in this city and our trailer park shoot with Assassynation Photography , The Vintage salon and Revive me boutique was EPIC, I loved every minute of this shoot and Sassy absolutely rocked it with her kick ass style of photography!!
Here it is featured in it’s full gloriously glamorous trailer trashiness on Rock n’ Roll bride’s blog... What a team!!
Loved working with these guys!!….watch this space for more shoots we have planned.
Back to business with our stunning bride in Lavender Nikki,
this dress suited Nikki down to the ground and we had such a great time creating this corseted purple Silk taffeta gown….here is our blogpost and a lovely testimonial
We are over the moon to have had lots of wedding blog action this year and we were asked to be part of this cute photo shoot featuring real brides to be on Rock my Wedding
And here is the link to the whole article on the RMW blog, the lovely images were taken by Christian Ward
Our Naughty little sister Rawhide Corsets was asked to create corsets for all the female singers and dancers for the final scenes of Jesus Christ Superstar the Musical…which went out on a sell-out national Arena tour in the autumn… the musical start Tim Minchin , Mel C and Chris Moyles …we went to see it and it was a very proud moment for us, seeing our corsets up in big lights on an immense stage as part of an incredible production….I think my mum was proud of her not so little girl that night!!
Our stunning bride Emma got married in September
and we loved making her silk chiffon seventies inspired gown, it was so unique and very HER
Here is a little post I wrote, and it has a lovely testimonial with it x
The lovely Laura was married in her native Ireland, we created this pretty french lace and silk tuille gown for her
We were also invited Kat aka Rock n roll bride and Lisa devlin to have our Polly and Steph designs used at the Photography farm and were lucky enough to see Elbie looking super cutesy cute from cutesville in the Polly frock
…Love this ice cream shoot!! Here is the write up and images on Rock n’ roll Bride
And then for a second shoot with the awesome inked lady Lisa Jane in our Steph frock
and her fella Alex dressed as the coolest most adorable dinosaur…
oh how I love these shots….I will be doing a full blogpost on these two really soon but in the meantime here’s what Rock n’ roll bride wrote with tonnes of eye candy thrown in
October was the month for Adele’s ruby red wedding, we had lots of fun working on this dress,
in which the dress embroidery emulated Adele’s beautiful tattoos, lots of flowers and blossom in the most gorgeous and opulent colours….blogpost to come soon xx
November was EPIC, Fact!!-EWE better believe it!! 6 months in the planning, we held The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza aka EWE at Fazeley studios in Birmingham and it was fab, we couldn’t have hoped for a better reaction!!
Photos above by Louise Holgate
EWE is the brainchild of Sassy from Assassynation, Vikki from Liliia designs and myself – our idea was to bring a real alternative in wedding style to what is on offer at the moment…here is the blogpost I wrote leading up to it and here is a review by one of our suppliers, Shelly from Toast of Leeds photography. If Ewe missed out in November , don’t despair we are back on March 24th
What a fantastic wedding to end to the year!!
Our bride Sarah and her lovely fella got hitched at Halloween,
and in December the awesome Rock n roll bride Blog featured their wedding in Full! Click here, the wedding got a great reaction and Sarah’s story brought a tear to my eye!!
She is an awesome girl, and a true ambassador for all those kick ass curvy girls out there!!
So there you go….an awesome year by my standards!! Hope you enjoyed just a small selection of our highlights….keep popping back here for more awesome weddings from last year…we are awaiting photos being sent from out Newlywed couples as I write !!
Lets see what craziness 2013 brings for us here in CoutureCoLand xxxx