Jess’s eclectic frock was totally unique and bespoke to her and her wedding -Alternative Wedding Dresses
We met Jess when she entered ( AND WON) our competition at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, what an amazingwedding she had planned, lots of fun and brimming with everything her and her fiance Roger loved!!
We were so excited creating the sea green, teal and black gown for Jess, from finding the green leopard print to coming up with the ideas for Jess’s eclectic mix of embroideries to go on the dress, there were so many great personal touches from an embroidery of Rogers fave guitar, to a Totoro for Jess’s son Zak, we included a tardi hurtling towards the Milky way, conjoined skulls, musical notes and a bird skull feather bow on the back.
I absolutely love these photos by our awesome Assassynation
Not only did Jess find ourselves and Assassynation at the show, but she found the lovely Ellie the celebrant from Alternative Ceremonies Uk , and also the fabulous entertainment of Joypads Come to the Eclectic wedding Extravaganza on the 1-2nd April in Birmingham , and enter the competition to win vouchers to wards your wedding dress and photography with The Couture Company and Assassynation
So happy to share Sooz’s gorgeous festival style wedding, we loved creating Sooz’s dress and especially the additions of the teal mix tuille and beaded peacock feather to complete , She was such a dream to work with , a gorgeous girl inside and out We do love our brides
Sooz writes “Before I even entertained the thought that one day I might get married, I used to imagine cringe-worthy meringue-type stuffy wedding dress shops where you don’t like any of the dresses but you feel obliged to pick one. I just felt in my heart that IF I should ever get married, how would I ever deal with that part let alone all of the other scary stuff you have to do.
However, one day it actually happened and my boyfriend proposed!! How exciting it was!! And how TERRIFYING at the same time – where do you start?? At that exact point once I calmed myself down, I thought “let’s just start with the NICE bit – THE DRESS!” and googled “ALTERNATIVE” “ FESTIVAL” “CIRCUS” “WEDDING DRESS DESIGNERS NEAR BIRMINGHAM” (Because my mum lives near there and I thought it would be nice for us to do the dress thing together.) Couture company came up, and as soon as I saw the website and all the pictures I knew that this was THE PLACE FOR ME.
I emailed Jo and she replied straight away and invited me for an appointment once I’d sent a few ideas. The first visit was really exciting, the place is a true atelier fantasy-enchanted-fairy-tale-dream come true! All the dresses and accessories in there are unique and WOW!
I had 3 or 4 fittings over the course of about 6 months and I would get really nervous on the way, as if I’d been imagining it wrongly in my head since the last visit and that suddenly somehow it would have all changed or I would have changed shape or that the dress would no longer suit me… (??) This was just wedding paranoia and Jo is an expert on how to deal with this. She has a down-to-earth, matter-of-fact style (“of course you’re gonna like it”!!) which puts you immediately at ease as you can see she’s creating something stunning, which gets even more like your idea with each fitting but with extra little beautiful embellishments. My mum loved her too. Each time I came out of the atelier feeling excited and confident.
The actual dress on the day was everything I’d wanted it to be! I managed to get away with no bra (clever Jo) so it was really comfortable and looked great with my sapphire DMs for our festival style wedding! I could dance about all I wanted to. Everyone was blown away by the dress and remarked how gorgeous it was! My Esther https://www.facebook.com/esthermarsmillineryandmaking is a designer and made an amazing sequinned, peacock-feathered headdress without even seeing the dress, which I loved and it looked perfect with the dress. I’m now trying to come up with occasions when I can have an excuse to wear it all again! I am so glad I found Jo – she made the whole experience really special and I would highly recommend her for those brides wanting something sassy, beautiful, alternative and cool!
These gorgeous photos are by Ten Foot Tall Photography
Oh I do love a New York wedding!!!! and I was so Over the Moon to see Jo’s wedding pics and read her lovely write up, I must admit it brought a (happy) tear to my eye…especially reading when she was heckled by a New York stranger saying “OMG – you are THE most gorgeous curvy bride”,
Check Jo and John Paul out in New York City!!!- so cute x
All Photos above are Laura Pennace Photography
Thank so much to Jo for putting her story down for us xxxx
“Here’s the deal – I have always been fat. And I really don’t mind the word fat, it’s not negative, it is just one of the many words that explain what I am. But in my head I wouldn’t never have expected to put the words fat and bride together… I just thought ‘oh well, a wedding will push me to lose lots of weight’. But it didn’t, and it didn’t because I was marrying a man loved me for who I was, tells me I’m beautiful every day, and well, let’s be honest, is a bit of a chunk too! We can style it out! However, as little as I ended up caring about being a thin bride it seemed that the wedding industry still has some work to do (let’s not even get on to the speccy bride thing…).
So when I was thinking about, and started looking at dresses I knew that a traditional bridal shop wasn’t for me. I’d been dress shopping with friends in the past, watched size 12 friends being told to ‘lose a bit’ on their hips, and frankly, the one thing I never do is what people tell me to do! And only having the option of trying in two awful designs because I’m nowhere near sample size – eurgh!
So I looked online and discovered The Couture Company – wow! Amazing dresses, my tattoos wouldn’t be hidden, but enjoyed, and the individualism of the dresses and just seeing them on ‘plus size’ (awful phrase) models really helped me visualise what I could look like. 100% amazing!
Now here’s the thing, we were on a budget, and at the time I really didn’t feel I could justify a bespoke dress. So I did some hunting and after a bit of exploration settled on a 1950s style dress from ASOS – not quite the dream, but yes, I’d still look pretty good if I styled it right and wouldn’t need to go in a bridal shop. I then spent as much money again on some gold glitter Joy Folie heels, and got a pair of cat flats from ASOS for the reception.
However, wedding plans changed – plans for a big barn wedding were ditched and following a text exchange with hubs-to-be about how much of a faff the whole thing would be, and some genuine heart searching from me about the kind of wedding I really wanted having lost my dad in 2007, we cancelled the barn and booked ten days in NYC! Boom!
We opted for a Humanist ceremony in the Central Park Ladies Pavillion, it was so much like an old band stand, and as we met playing in a brass band it just seemed right. We followed that by a small registry office ceremony in Lichfield the day after we got back – full house jet lag.
An important note to make here is that my mum is a legend! And as such she just wanted us to be happy – so I offered to pay for New York. (Love that woman!). So we had significantly slashed our budget and were much happier about what we had planned.
That just left me questioning the final piece of the jigsaw, the dress.
And I knew that to have the perfect dress I had to go and see Jo at The Couture Company. I booked an appointment, went along with the three most important people in my life – mum, John Paul (my husband), and my big brother, David.
I went in with a drawing for a belt design that I wanted – pearls and crystals with ‘to the moon and back’ written in a banner. And I tried on several dresses, eventually going back to the lacy one I tried first – asking for a more structured top and a blush fabric underneath with some gold detail. The thing that got me was the lace – stunning! I just wanted to twirl!
The important thing to say about Jo and her team is that at every appointment they were excited with me, genuinely passionate about what they do and made me feel like I could look amazing! (Without a single mention of my size 20 ass and tummy, or my epic bingo wings).
Every visit to them filled me with excitement, seeing the dress come to life and the tweaks to show off my tattoos or those added little details that made the whole dress and experience so special.
Jo nailed it! As one of crazy guys in Central Park shouted, on a raining day in late March “OMG – you are THE most gorgeous curvy bride”, I genuine was in agreement (no shame here!) and I took that with immense pride.
So at the end of it all I got my perfect dresses, and married an amazing man. I cannot thank Jo and the team enough. I know my experience was tied up in my size, but that didn’t cross their minds at all. I have no doubt that every bride that they see comes away feeling like they made the best decision ever. I know I did! Jo Sweet xx “
Well , I am very very excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you because we just LOVED working with Lina on her gown!! the brief was “Dark Fairytale” and we loved it!! We created the embellishments and hand painted the hem line and Lina created most the colourful creatures on her dress!! . When she told us she was wearing antlers and elf ears for her Swedish waterside woodland wedding we knew this was going to be an amazing wedding !!. We love everything about this and think that Lina and her new husband Karl look like absolutely magical creatures too
Photos with thanks to Studio 56, Sweden
Thanks so much to Lina for these lovely words , seeing and ready about the weddings we work so hard on is the best part of our job
” A HUGE thank you for everything! The whole process was a joy, I felt you got the idea straight away and it couldn’t have been realised better. The dress is simply stunning, it made me feel amazing the whole day and everyone loved it. It’s a fairytale dress, it more than any other part really made the wedding theme work! Your attention to detail, the experimental parts of the process, the imagination – you and your team have been fabulous! I almost want to get married again for an excuse to wear the dress again (or get another one!). The wedding was great fun – a big party with everyone more or less dressed up. We had werewolves, elf warriors, fairies, even a demon or two.Thank you so much, words can’t express how happy I am with the dress! ”
The photos are by Maria at http://www.studio56photography.se/
I felt like a superhero in heels!!! Meet our Roller derby space goddess !!! -Alternative coloured wedding dresses
Meet our awesome bride Karen, we love our clients so much and Karen is no exception, she was as crazy as a kipper , mad as a hatter and just downright bloody awesome!!!, She knew exactly what she didn’t want and most of time exactly what she did want.
Sparkles, bubbles, colour and more colour and oh a bit more colour!!! We think she looked completely stunning on her wedding day and here we see her as our very own intergalactic boho bubbled up space goddess, that’s the only way to describe this gorgeous girl.
Congratulations to you both you look awesome
Thanks so much Karen for your awesome testimonial, we know our brides will LOVE reading your story
I knew from the start I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress. In fact, that was really the only thing I had in my head when I started looking for what to wear on my wedding day.
I had searched online for ideas and found a breadth of conflicting themes that I liked… none of which I was completely sold on.
We planned a tiny wedding (just us, our witnesses and their partners), so it didn’t feel like a “proper wedding” to me. Because of this I knew whatever I chose to wear, I didn’t want it to look like your typical wedding dress. I wanted to be comfortable but pretty, dressed up but not over-dressed. And it had to be true to me… which meant a racer back top (so I could wear a sports bra – how anyone wears a wired bra all day is beyond me), sparkles of some sort and a healthy dose of colours.
I was drawn to Jo because of a picture on her website. I Googled local dressmakers because I wasn’t finding what I wanted in the shops. I landed on the Couture Company website where I was greeted with a picture on the front page from the Intergalactic (http://www.the-couture-company.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/the-couture-company-designer-wedding-dresses-dress-space-sparkly-sequins-gold-intergalactic-alternative-unusual-unique-44.jpg) range; a Florence and the Machine-esque image that I immediately loved. It showed a dancing woman in flowing sheer colours. Very festival. Very ethereal. Very NOT wedding. Very me.
I booked an appointment to talk about what I wanted, and when I went in for my first meeting, the outfit in question was standing in front of me on a mannequin. Fate right?
I tried it on and I put down a deposit there and then.
As much as I hate to be that person… I had several pre-wedding freak-outs (that Jo dealt with very well). In the time between trying on, and falling in love with the outfit – a wraparound sheer georgette masterpiece with a sequin dress beneath – I was suddenly really scared that actually it made me look frumpy. I had opted to not wear the dress underneath so that I could pick something more to my style, but then spent so long overthinking what these under garments would comprise of that I nearly changed my mind on the whole thing overnight.
Jo laughed it off, told me I looked stunning, and calmed me down with talks about sequin hotpants, racerback tops and a promise that whatever shoes I opted for she would be able to make them work. She let me try the outfit on again and beamed “See!” at me when I gave a relieved smile at seeing it on again. I didn’t look frumpy. Stupid brain.
I picked the colour of the dress based on a coin-toss (between teal green and purple… it landed on green) and let Jo run wild with the theme of “bubbles and all the frigging colours”. She used colourful bead and sequin detailing to create the illusion of bubbles coming down from my shoulders, and added a huge pop of colour with a fuchsia sash – which also got the bead and sequin treatment. The bubble theme ran throughout our engagement and wedding, it has a meaning for us and I wanted that reflecting in my outfit, which worked out perfectly.
I spent a few weeks customising some old shoes, adding layers and layers of glitter and accents, and creating my own fabric bouquets to perfectly match my dress. I had rainbow colours put in my hair too, so altogether I really did have “all the frigging colours” and felt amazing.
I brought a friend along to my final fitting. I hadn’t brought anyone along up until that point because, as I said, it wasn’t “a proper wedding” in my head. The friend I brought is a local jeweller, Bella, from Magnus & Bella (based in the Jewellery Quarter). She made my engagement and wedding ring and knew how important the bubble theme was to me. When I came out of the changing room she welled up and said I looked perfect.
On the day of the wedding I remember putting the parts of my outfit together. I felt like a super hero in high heels and short shorts drinking mimosas while my best friend helped tie the bow on my sash. In the sunshine and light winds the dress looked beautiful, flowing behind me as I walked. Strangers came up to me to tell me it was gorgeous and ask where I had got it from. It was pretty cool to say it had been handmade just for me.
So thank you, Jo and the team, for understanding my desire to not look like a bride and for making me a piece of walking artwork. I would highly recommend The Couture Company to anyone looking for a special outfit because you don’t need to have a big white dress on to feel like a princess.
All photos above copyright of Shirlaine Forrest
Meet the Loves, Aimee and Lenny!! YES !! true dat name!! Meet Mr and Mrs Love… we absolutely LOVE everything about this wedding!! What an awesome couple and a truly fantabulous wedding…. Its everything I could wish for in a wedding and more, Gorgeous bride, rainbow colours, crazy ass groom, pineapples, gorgeous smiles, fun times, and badass photographer Assassynation!! Love love and More LOVEThanks so Much Aimee for this awesome write up, I know our brides to be will love reading this
“I’m so happy with my experience at The Couture Company and would recommend anyone wondering whether to take the plunge or not to just go for it! I was such a pain up the arse bride and changed my mind on what I wanted about 3 times! Poor them. But Jo took it all in her stride, listened intently, calmed me the hek down (the dress was the only thing that completely overwhelmed me) and im glad to report we got there in the end. I even wanted to change the style of my dress on my last but one fitting, less than 2 weeks before the wedding, and it was just done for me, no bother, no judgement, no problems. When I finally tried my dress on in my last fitting, 4 days before my Wedding, I knew I’d made the right decision to have my dress made for me (even though it took me a while to get there!) and the team did an OUTSTANDING job on the final piece. The lace; the finish and the craftsmanship was beautiful. All my family cried when they saw me. Phew!!!
The reason behind all the changes of mind were basically down to a 2 stone weight loss over the course of our engagement. As the weight came off I became more body confident and realised that I didn’t want to hide behind the mass of material I’d originally wanted when I’d gone for my initial consultation. I started off wanting sleeves, i.e wanting to cover up my arms, but months later (and arms slightly skinnier) I’d asked to have them chopped off. I’d initially wanted gathers and pleats to hide my tummy, but as tummy got smaller I felt I had the confidence to go more fitted and streamlined. Jo was a true Pro and completely understood my Bridezilla demands!!! She was SOOOO patient with me. I couldn’t have apologised enough. She did exactly what I asked and didn’t once let on that she probably wanted to kill me. God bless her!
I honestly couldn’t recommend the Couture Company more. I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else now and most importantly, hubby LOVED it!!! Thankyou to everyone who worked on my dress” Aimee Love x
Enjoy these awesome photos from Assassynation
I am very happy (over the moon in fact!!) to share the lovely Helen’s wedding with you today, She was a giggling bride to be from start to finish, From her first consultation right through to her last fitting!! It really brought it home to me that the impact having a good experience when choosing your wedding dress can really have on a bride!! So Thank you Helen for being so lovely and awesome and bringing Cake too!!!! (and thanks also for your lovely testimonial, I know other brides will enjoy the read:) )
Helen writes ”
I have admired The Couture Company for many years (even before the twinkle of my engagement ring) and their amazing dresses. When I got engaged to my now husband, I knew that I had to visit Jo and the team. However, one day I walked past a Bridal shop on a local high street and decided to just enquire (I was excited after all). The response from the lady was not so pleasant and she advised that they stocked nothing above a size 12. I went home and cried.
When it came to my first appointment with The Couture Company, I was a little nervous and apprehensive to say the least. I had nothing to be nervous about. Jo was AMAZING. There were dresses of all sizes, styles and colours. The fact that I was plus size was never a factor. I knew I didn’t want a long dress as I wanted to show off my wedding shoes and I had the idea of going for colour, as the Couture Company is so colourful.
I tried on a few of the sample dresses and then with the assistance of Jo’s creative mind, I decided on what I wanted. Over the next few months I had several appointments and each time I felt very welcome and comfortable with Jo. On the final fitting I tried on my dress to show my Mom and Dad and their reactions reinforced the fact that I had made the right choice in dress and The Couture Company. I didn’t feel like a plus size woman in a dress. I felt beautiful, confident and happy. I couldn’t wait to marry my now husband.
My wedding dress was flawless in every way. Jo and the ladies made me feel beautiful. I still look at my dress every day, because it is so perfect. The ladies attention to detail is amazing. I recommend them to any woman that is thinking of her wedding day.
As part of my work, I get to meet some incredible people, super awesome both inside and out. One of these people is the lovely Regula a.k.a. Miss Foodwise .
Regula is an acclaimed Food blogger from Belgium and is particularly obsessed with most things British and British cuisine. So as well as her blogging and food photography projects she has been also beavering away writing a new book , based on old British pudding recipes. It’s a mouth watering read for sure!!!
I don’t know if you remember but a while ago we created this beautiful swan inspired dress for her.
So I was absolutely doubly honoured and thrilled when Regula asked me to make her a dress to wear at her London book launch, so we came up with the idea of embellishing the dress with embroideries of illustrations from the book. Now you know i mentioned getting to meet awesome people as part of my work? well Regula’s book was illustrated by her incredibly talented husband, the creative genius Bruno Vergauwen (you should check him out, his eye for detail is unbelievable!!
Thanks so much Regula for sending all these lovely photos and testimonial xxxx (below)
“The Couture Company team really made my happy day perfect…
I admit this is my second dress made by these talented ladies, I just can’t get enough and when the launch of my debut book was getting closer, I knew only one dress would be perfect.
I have a degree in fashion and although I haven’t created a pattern in over 10 years, I do know when a dress is perfectly tailored. I can get a happy feeling when seams are where they should be and not higher where they usually are. Unless if you have the perfect mannequin doll body, of the rack clothing will never fit a beautifully as a bespoke dress.
If you appreciate perfectionism as I do, a Couture company dress is absolute heaven.
I don’t ever get my nails done, or get a facial, or go out to expensive restaurants, but a bespoke dress, that’s my choice of luxury. Worth every single penny.
Jo and her team are absolutely delightful, and even though I live in Belgium and we didn’t have the amount of fittings Jo normally requires, the dress was just perfect. Jo came to the book launch and adjusted a final few things on the waist and buttons because she wanted it to fit perfectly. I must add she was also an invited guest!
The design we came up with together, the general design is Jo’s and I just added requests like puff sleeves and a collar. Once I had given her the illustrations from my book which were to be embroidered onto the dress by her embroiderer extraordainaire Sally, I trusted them with all my heart to make it beautiful. Some things are just better judged by the designer because they have an eye for how fabric flows.
The embroideries by The Couture Company have always been wicked, I just look at the website and go oooh and aah, and I want this and that… But it is not until you see the illustration my husband made, and then the embroideries made from it, that you are just gobsmacked by the absolute talent. This is crazy amazing stuff and I’m not exaggerating when I say it is a work of art. The belt is the design of an 17th century pie lid, and they didn’t even roll on the floor laughing when I asked them to include it. And look how they made it into this amazing embroidery.
Sadly on the day of my book launch I wasn’t feeling 100% well, but once I had the dress on I felt just gorgeous and seeing it made me so happy that I couldn’t stop smiling all evening.
As a creative person I appreciate the work that went into this dress, it is just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I just want to have a custom glass cabinet made for it so I can look at it all day every day.
This really isn’t just a gown, I really feel like I own artwork with this. It is truly unique and tailored to my body like a fingerprint. I can not thank The Couture Company enough for making my occasion so incredibly special, for making me feel like a princess for the day.
Having this dress made is truly one of the funnest and most amazing experiences of my life.
I just wished I had known them back when I got married.
If you are a bride, I guarantee you will feel like a queen with a dress made by these ladies.
A million times thank you x”
I am so excited to share Lizzie and Jake’s wedding !! We love this wedding so much, packed with so much fun colour and Love, truly unique and totally awesome, !! Lizzie and Jake were married at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, and then went on for a mexican fiesta style party at the fabulous Bodega Bar in the city centre.
Lizzie chose our Gala dress as inspiration and we put some personal twists in it to make it unique to her, we added a cute little sleeve and over laid the spotty fabric onto the palest pink tuille, to give a really subtle pinky hue, It suited Lizzie’s colouring perfectly and she looked super cute
Huge congratulations on your awesome wedding guys xxx
These Glorious photos are by Camera Hannah
Lizzie writes “My now husband and I put our heads together one evening and decided what we really wanted our wedding day to be about. We wanted it to be personal. We met in Birmingham and wanted to support the local businesses we loved. We booked our ceremony and reception venue straight away but the part I was most nervous about was finding my wedding dress. I knew the traditional white dress wasn’t my cup of tea, found the idea of trying on wedding dresses quite intimidating and didn’t know where to start looking for an alternative… then I went to The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in Fazeley Studios, saw The Couture Company’s heavenly dresses and the rest was history!
On my first visit to the boutique, Jo sketched out the dress, a combination of a few dresses I’d seen and adored and I placed my order on the spot. Each time I visited for my fittings the dress was more and more stunning, it didn’t stop me from being super nervous before my final appointment when I got to take my dress home with me! Jo and the team were so knowledgeable, professional and welcoming, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect and “me” dress and felt incredible wearing it on our wedding day.”
I have a crazy pal, her name is Anne, she is an excitable ball of energy and love, and when our Gentleman Jim (yes he is also a bit crazy) proposed and they announced not one but 2 weddings we all knew we were in for a treat!!!. We even formed a secret choir to perform/ruin some of their favourite tunes at at the wedding!!
Its always ALWAYS a massive honour for me whenever friends or family ask me to design and make their wedding gown, it fills me with enormous pride that they trust me to come up with something that is very “them”. No Pressure!!!! but in a way its also easier as I know them and know their tastes.
I was especially doubly honoured that they asked me to be the officiant/celebrant at their festival wedding ….you might spot me in my dog collar
What a brilliant couple of days with brilliant friends and a BRILLIANT COUPLE!!! Big love and happy Anniversary to Anne and Jim xxxx
Excellent Sunglasses by Revive me Boutique
Excellent Party by Deckheds
Anne tells her dress story
“I have known Jo for some time now and had seen some of her work before, being very impressed by the quality of the work and by the bold statements that some of her designs make. So, when my soul mate pushed me off the side of a mountain in Turkey (with a paraglider!!) and was waiting for me at the bottom with his proposal, I had to say yes!
Very quickly my thoughts turned to what I would wear though!
Being an older bride and having been married before I knew I definitely didn’t want anything traditional OR white! We had decided to have a festival style wedding because we spend most of our summer travelling around the country putting our tent up and down in various fields and enjoying friends both new and old and jumping around to some of our favourite bands and embracing some that are new to us, altogether, having FUN!
This in mind, I knew there was no way I was going to find what I was looking for in any old wedding shop. Thank goodness I knew Jo. As you will see from this testimonial, if I can say it in 20 words why say it 3! I hot footed it over to Jo and her fabulous team and started to explain what I was looking for. I was all over the place and was so nervous because this is a really important decision to make, all eyes are going to be on ‘that dress’!!
From the initial chat on a night out to the moment I put my dress on for the final fitting I can honestly say that Jo and her fabulous team were amazing. They helped me to focus and offered advice when they knew better than me, because I am not a dress designer and they really do know what they are doing! This is where you really see Jo’s talents too because she has a thoughtful and sensitive way of guiding you toward styles, colours etc that will suit you and work well without trampling all over your very definite ideas and desires.
My dress had to be fun. It had to flatter my slimmest point. It had to allow me to move and jump around. It had to cover the ‘bits’ I don’t like. It had to reflect our love of music in some way and it had to have an element of ‘greenness’. Jo’s suggestion to have a record disc on a belt was just the icing to whole look. So many people have commented on my dress and I felt so wonderful the moment I put it on, it is so hard to do justice to the whole process in words.
If you are looking for a real statement on your wedding day then I would urge you to speak to Jo before you go anywhere else because she can take that seed that is bouncing around your brain and translate it into your boldest and most beautiful moment ever!!
So lovely to open the email containing this wonderful wedding, we really loved working on Emma’s
“Something Blue” dress , and so pleased that she absolutely loved her experience with us
Thanks Emma for your kind words and huge massive congratulations xxxx
“When we got engaged, I didn’t really have the first clue where to start finding a dress. I looked online and they were all so….. ivory. Nothing I saw online in any wedding dress boutique stood out; it was like swimming in a sea of white. I knew I didn’t want that, but trying to find something a different colour became nigh on impossible. Sure, there were different coloured dresses; plenty of reds, champagnes and golds, but blue is my favourite colour and I knew I wanted a blue wedding dress and I knew I wouldn’t find it in a regular high street boutique.
Pinterest became hell on earth. So many beautiful blue dresses, but they didn’t seem to exist in the real world (well, not in the Midlands anyway). I started searching online for alternative wedding dress shops all over the UK, until I found the one shop to rule them all, less than 20 miles from home!
From the start, I knew The Couture Company was perfect. I arranged a visit and took a friend along for moral support where I met with Jo’s colleague Sally. Sally was lovely and professional and as I tried on some sample dresses, we started to get an idea of what my perfect dress might look like. My friend recommended I try on a baby pink ‘Cherry Blossom’ sample (pink being my idea of hell!) but it became apparent that this was to be the basis of my dress, as I loved the daisy lace and it was so flattering on my top half.
After a return visit, Jo sketched out the dress, with the same daisy lace, but with a long straight skirt, small train and a pearlescent blue material replacing the baby pink and I fell in love with the design completely. I had to have it.
The whole process from start to finish was a dream. On my final fitting, I couldn’t believe how beautiful I looked, and how flattering the dress was. I’ve always had large hips and bum and it’s an area I don’t like to draw too much attention to, but the dress just skimmed over my problem areas and made me look gorgeous. I couldn’t believe a dress could fit so well!
When the big day arrived, everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and how it was so ME. It really was. The Couture Company took my dream dress and made it real, and for that I will always be grateful.”
These beautiful photos are courtesy and copyright of Nicola at Daffodil Waves
Rock and Roll Baby!!
I love this shoot so much, it brings back so many memories of Sally (our embroidery genius and myself) excitedly designing researching, being excited about launching the first and original tattooed wedding dress. It seems like a million years ago but at the same time only yesterday…. I thought when I came up with the design idea, ” I really don’t care if anybody likes it or “gets” it, I just wanna do it for me ” for me as a designer who wants to create truly bespoke and customised custom made and alternative wedding dresses, luckily for us the dress hit the mark for lots of ladies wanting a bespoke and tattooed wedding dress, so many awesome ideas and embroideries have happened for many awesome brides and below are just a small selection This shoot stars by beautiful gorgeous pal and muse Miss Stephanie May and was photographed by our good pal Steve Gerrard Photography. This will always have a special place in our 24 year history for this dress we called Inkspiration and the lovely people we meet along the way xxxx
ABOVE : All photos are copyright of Steve Gerrard Photography
We have the best job in the world!! Honestly, I know I say it a lot but we have such fun!!!!…
We had such an amazing time working on Leigh’s dress, she was such good fun, knew what she wanted , knew she needed a dress that wouldn’t get caught in her unicycle wheel! I mean these are regular wedding considerations aren’t they??…well nothing surprises us and we will totally go with the flow to make a dress that fits in with our bride and her wedding plans…If you follow what we do then YOU KNOW THIS right
These fantastic photos are by the very talented Chris Barber Photography, and we really appreciate the amazing job he has done !!
Leigh wrote in her thank you card
“ I hope you are doing well – thank you so much for the dress it is so beautiful and it really made my day on the 12th I had so many lovely compliments and the dress was just so ‘me’ I couldn’t have asked for anything better
Thank you so much for creating my beautiful wedding dress and being so accommodating about the dress working with my unicycle- I am not sure where else I could have gone would have done that!!
My dress helped me feel like “ME” on the day, which was so important and I will treasure it forever!! Love and huggles * Leigh XXX”
The lovely and crazy Cath came to us wanting something that was “here” not to girly, not to long, not to hot as she was getting married on Christmas day on the beach in Sydney, Australia….so we got to work and made this rainbow inspired starstruck dress !!! such good fun!!! Congratulations lovely lady! xx
We Had a lovely testimonial and review left by Cath””A unique place that loves life, love and your experience there – just the best place you could go to make your dream dress a reality!! I’ve never reviewed before or felt any need, but these guys are so beyond awesome, more people should get the chance to have their wishes come true and The Couture Co. deserve all the props, praise & business for making it so xx Much love”
Cath wrote to tells us about her day “thanks so much again for all your hard work. The dress was everything I hoped it would be… It was pretty hot in the morning after some epic raining which caused no end of stress, so I wore the petticoat part of part of my dress at the beach with a light white frock, then for our first [!] xmas lunch, I had on the corset with leggings, then later when we went to like a Xmas all inclusive buffet, which was awesome and cooler, I had my full ensemble on! It was just as perfect and changeable as I’d dreamed, so I had the paper dolly dressing up combo effect that I wanted to help me feel confident throughout the whole day and thank you again so much.
So as it was just us and everything was closed, we had hours to prat about taking pics, so I’ve sent some that are styling, that showcase your awesome work [as best we could with a click stick] and just us plebbing about which was pretty much our theme – I giggled all the way through the 10 minute ceremony and as I’ve said, ended up having 2 Xmas dinners and getting totally plastered, just how we wanted it!”
I am over the moon delighted to share this awesome photoshoot that we were involved in starring the lovely HoneyPop in our Gala frock, the shoot was the brainchild of the lovely Betty from Tub Of Jelly Photography
Photos Tub of Jelly
If you were to ask our Caroline, “Is there such a thing as too much Hello Kitty?” then she would laugh and say “there is never ever too much Hello Kitty!” in her sweet Northern Irish tones…. we loved Caroline and her Ma so much, we were so excited every time she flew in for her fittings , and had such a laugh …what a lovely family …we miss them now the wedding has happened x
What an absolute joy to work with her on her wedding dress, I cried at her final fitting and on receiving her wonderful photos and heartfelt testimonial!! This is why we do our job!! this is why we love it!!
Caroline writes “I’ve always been fat my whole life, I never dreamed that I would ever get married but here I was engaged date set and starting to look for wedding dresses.
I’ve never had a lot of self confidence and have always felt that I could never be beautiful or feel it, so from the start I had so much negativity built up inside me. After endless hour’s of looking for a dress I was left feeling very disheartened, feeling that no one would cater for my size let alone my style. I decided to look on line and I came across the fabulous Couture Company looking through the site I couldn’t believe the variety of dresses they did and they catered for plus size so I plucked the courage up and contacted Jo
Jo honestly is one of the nicest person you will meet she didn’t judge me on my size or on my mega hello kitty fetish lol I couldn’t have been more delighted to have found her and her team
I’m from Northern Ireland so I flew back and forth for the fittings before I knew it it was the final fitting, as I stepped out and looked in the mirror I was gobsmacked I couldn’t get over how fabulous this dress was, it was perfect and to top it off I had an amazing hello kitty head piece custom made, I literally felt so happy, I felt beautiful which I never thought I would feel, I couldnt wait to get the dress home and show my bridesmaids and wear it on my wedding day
Jo and her team are unbelievable the quality of the dress was outstanding every little detail was perfect the placing of the lace, the hello kitty, the multi coloured buttons this dress was amazing
On the big day I had so many compliments on my dress I felt amazing and not once did I feel fat my dress summed my personality up and flattered my figure, my husband was blown away I think he had imagined some hello kitty costume to come walking down the aisle lol
I am so very thankful to Jo you don’t know it but you helped me overcome so many fears and worries you completly put me at ease and let me be me Thank u so much for making me feel beautiful and making the dress of my dreams ” Caroline xx
Well it was our pleasure my lovely, you were an inspiration to me and my team….and now our followers who read this
These photograpghs are by Northern Ireland photographer Claire at A thousand Words Photography
I am so pleased to be able to share Olga’s beautiful Greek wedding, Olga married in her native Athens!! just look at the views!!! I love the beautiful heavier silk damask pattern mixed with the soft honey tones of tuilles….Olga reminds me a 50’s film star xx so classic and chic xxx Please scroll down for Olga’s adventures with us x
Thanks Olga for your lovely write up, it was our absolute please to create this gown for you
“Our decision to have a Greek church wedding was kind of spontaneous and gave us less than 4 months to plan the whole event abroad. I always knew I wanted to get married at the highest point in Athens, the Lycabettus Hill. I also had an idea of my dream wedding gown; it had to be a big 1950s style gown with an edge. Most of the wedding gown stores I visited were only getting terrified in the idea they would need to have the dress ready in a fraction of time and I was getting frustrated as I couldn’t find anything that would match my dream wedding gown ready made. Also, the fact my mother is a costume designer always guided me towards having a bespoke and good quality dress. Anything else would be a compromise.
After tears and despair my online research led me to the Couture Company website. I was impressed by the unique designs and materials; these dresses had the edge I was looking for and most importantly they were real bespoke gowns. However, I was almost certain I would get rejected due to the short time I had left before I needed to travel to Greece for the big day. When I first contacted Jo and we booked the first appointment I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. The Couture Company provided me with the experience I was looking for the big day. I took some vintage dresses’ pictures with me and we discussed the design of the ideal dress. I will never forget how excited I felt when they agreed to actually create it for me and I had the opportunity to actually see and feel the fabric before the dress was made.
It only took three or four fittings before I could take the dress home with me. It was amazing. The first fitting was the a very plain material version of the dress and when we agreed on the details I started feeling like a princess, looking even more forward to the day I would actually wear it.
When I eventually travelled to Athens I knew straight away that my choice would be reviewed by my mother. She pointed out how spotless and perfectly made was the dress. My mother in law also commented I couldn’t have made a better choice on a dress. When the big day arrived, everybody commented on the design, the uniqueness of the fabric, how great it fitted me and that it looked much more expensive than its actual cost. The dress the Couture Company created for me is equal to quality and style, more than what I had imagined.
I very recently received the dvd from the wedding day. It brought me up all the memories of the day, but I also enjoyed so much seeing the way the dress moves and how it is captured on camera.
I can’t thank or recommend Jo and her team enough. They created a fantastic dress in a very short time. It is a bit over a year after the wedding day and there are still people commenting on my dress.
Thank you Jo!!! xx
These beautiful photos are copyright of Pantelis Chadoulis photography
There are no words for how totally awesome this wedding is, and they had a Zebra there too!!!
We loved every minute of helping Becky with her dress from initial consultation to her actually coming in the shop ON HER WEDDING DAY!!!! to say hi!! (can you spot me and the team???) What a pair of legends Becky and Simon are!!
These EPIC photographs are copyright and with Thanks to Assassynation
“I couldn’t be happier with my wedding dress made by Jo and her team! Before visiting the shop I’d tried on quite a few dresses that were lovely but not very ‘me’ and I was feeling a bit stuck. I was nervous about the idea of having a bespoke dress, it felt like a lot of pressure! Fortunately, right from the start Jo just seemed to get what I liked and wanted.
The final dress was beautiful and so well made. It (obviously!) fitted perfectly and I felt amazing in it all day. Despite it being a little less traditional, everyone at the wedding loved it and it got so many compliments:)
My husband and I visited the shop after the wedding ceremony and the team all seemed so excited. They clearly take a lot of pride and care in what they do and this shows in their awesome dresses! I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to take part in the ‘real bride’ parade at the upcoming Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and I’m sadly very excited to have a reason to put my dress back on again!
I couldn’t recommend The Couture Company highly enough, the whole process was a pleasure :)Thank you so, so much!! xxx If you want to see Becky in her dress in the flesh, then come along to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza on the 21st Feb at The Bond in Birmingham
Last summer, the lovely Laura and Jim were models for Steve Gerrard’s photography workshop , we were over the moon to get to play dress up with Laura , Laura wore our Cherry Blossom gown, and looked stunning
Custom Shoes by Revive Me Boutique
Photos by Steve Gerrard Photography
I am so excited to finally share this post with you, it has been 6 months in the planning, 4 months in the doing, many many friends in the form of pixies , elves and fairies helping me along the way, lots of crying (in frustration, despair,joy and pride), much love and support from my team , friends and constantly suffering husband, and a lot of blood, sweat, blisters and tears!!!
I could not have done it without these wonderful awesome human beings , THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart and the heart of my bottom:)
Darren, Millie, Kaz, Frog, Sally, Emily, Yasmin, Alicja, Karol, Roberto, Marian, Hannah, Sarah, Colin, Dawn, Ian, Anne, Jim, Mat, Cat, Simon, Lisa, Ian (Captain Smashy) Jude, Julie, Steve, Issac , Dibah, Grindi, Miller, Cinta, Rae, Karl and Dory Deckhed, Millie, Jo, James, Mary, Mike , Paula, Jonnie, Natalie , Amy , Kate Jo, Ian , Tanya, Millsy, Clare bear, Alison….and if I have forgotten anyone please let me know xxx
Be Proud of what we have achieved !! Big UP, nuff respect to YOU all!!! xxxxxxxxx
Enjoy the pics xxx courtesy and with thanks to the lovely Lee Allen Photography
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We were so excited when Sarah came to see us, and we really got to be all creative with Sarah’s Steampunk theme, she wanted a corset to show off her curves, a short skirt at the front to show off her gun holster, a jacket to keep her warm, and colours that showed off her flame red hair!! What do you think? we LOVE her!!!
Sarah wrote this fab testimonial, thanks so much Sarah xxxx
“From the minute I walked in the door of The Couture Company Jo knew exactly what I wanted and was so enthusiastic about designing my perfect steampunk wedding dress. No request or amendment was too much bother and the reveal on my final fitting was amazing, my dress was far more than I could have ever imagined. I couldn’t wait to put it on.
My wedding guests, and more importantly my husband, couldn’t believe their eyes when the saw me walk down the aisle. There were gasps and open mouths a plenty! Everyone commented on how unique and special my dress was and how it was perfect for me and suited my personality. A few even said I was the best bride they had ever seen!
Thank you to Jo and everyone at The Couture Company for making a dress (and a bride) to remember xx“
Photos are copyright of www.terrycphotography.com
Creative direction: Erin of Way Out Wedding
Photography: Nicki Feltham Photography
Dresses:The Couture Company
Make-up: Let’s Face It
Hair: Polka Dot Hair and Make-up
Floral headpieces and buttonhole: Rosey Posey Creations
Decoration & Stationery: Beyond Vintage
Venue: The Dolls House, Islington
Millinery: La Dame au Béret
Jewellery: Skull jewellery by Alex Garnett
Crucifix necklaces by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery ,
Our bride Nikki came to us wanting something quirky and cute, we loved working on this french lace and silk polka dot frock for her, and especially love the flash of apricot underneath so I am delighted to have received these photos by Louise Holgate Photography of Nikki’s wedding!! so cute and so so gorgeous!!
Thanks so much to Nikki for writing this testimonial too…
“If anyone was to describe me, they would say I was fussy, headstrong and incredibly particular about the clothes I like! In the run up to my wedding in July last year, I visited numerous wedding shops where I was left feeling deflated as I couldn’t seem to find the dress which fitted the bill. I wanted a vintage, french style with a bit of a unique twist. After scouring the internet I came across The Couture Company in Birmingham; it was right on my doorstep! After my first session with Jo and her team, they quickly and skillfully designed a dress which met every detail that I had been looking for. Over the next few months they crafted a dress which had a traditional style but was teamed with a quirky, modern twist. The quality of the fabric was second to none and the dress was made to fit me perfectly. I can’t thank Jo and her team enough for my perfect dress. I would highly recommend these skilled ladies! Thanks , Nikki”
These wonderful photos are copyright of Louise Holgate Photography
I am so happy to share this awesome bride and her gorgeous wedding with you today!!!!!
When Lowri came to us we were mega flatterered, not only did she travel up to see us from Devon , she also said she had done lots of research and couldn’t find anyone who did the kind of designs we did, and as designers that is a extra special compliment to know that brides recognise our own unique style.
Lowri had a wonderful fun packed wedding on the coast, jam packed with loads of activities for her guest to enjoy, Lowri and Lee thought of everything for everybody at their wedding, and that really comes across in her beautiful photographs,
I cannot thank Lowri enough, she has been such a champion for the Couture Company, not only by trusting us to design her gown along with very personalised embroideries, but by shouting about us whenever she gets the chance. I am so glad to share this lovely testimonial with you brides to be, hope fully it will give you an insight into how we work
“I knew my dress had to be red and I knew the basic shape I wanted, but finding a quirky alternative dress that was still beautiful, enhancing and not too ‘out there’ was not as easy as I assumed it would be”, she explained. “Then I found The Couture Company. I tried to find someone similar more locally but once I’d seen Jo’s dresses no-one else could compare! In the end it was so worth it to me to travel to Birmingham for my fittings. I booked an appointment and all I can say is the whole process was a dream. Jo got what I wanted from the start and was flexible enough to alter the personalisation halfway through when I changed my mind. Jo really made me look just as I imagined I would on my wedding day. She was amazing!”
Thanks to Andrea at Vevi wedding Photography
for these glorious photos