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A badass kick ass Rock n Roll wedding at the seaside- Alternative Wedding dresses

We really love our brides, we are so so lucky that we get to work with such awesome people!! Tahmina is no exception, we loved creating all her bespoke tattoos to go her dress, and our skull design “boris” got an outing too!!

Tahmina was having a Metal Festival wedding down by the sea in Whitstable- so her dress tattoos reflected her and Tom’s favourite bands. This wedding looks like it was BAD ASS and a LOT of fun!!

As if Tahmina wasn’t one of our alltime favourite brides already , she went and got Tattoo maestro Tim Hendricks to emulate one of our Tattoo designs on her skin, so she has apermanent reminder of her day and her dress….. #ourbridesrock #weloveourbrides

Check out these awesome photos by Bella Poco Rae Photography


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Thank you so much Tahmina for coming to us and your lovely testimonial

“When I got engaged, dress buying was the least important part of the wedding planning…having been to a few wedding dress shops with friends who were getting married , i just knew no”regular” shop would have anything that firstly I would fit into and more importantly would suit my weird style. My best friend then sent me a picture from the “trailer trash” shoot with the Inkspiration dress and instantly I knew The Couture Company would be the one for me! I swiftly made an appointment and I can honestly say, it was the best decision I ever made! The dresses were all amazing and the one i picked was perfect for Heavy Metal Festival theme wedding. The tattoo designs were personalised to go with our theme, the bands we love and the tattoos we have. From the very 1st e-mail right up until I collected the dress, Jo was amazing and had great suggestions and came up with the most perfect dress that I felt fantastic in! I loved visiting the beautiful shop and never felt awkward at all! On the big day itself, everyone commented on how beautiful it was! Even my mum who wanted me to wear a traditional dress admitted that there is no other dress for me! Thank you so much Jo and the Team. You guys are brilliant and you made my day extra special! Anyone thinking about using the Couture Company….do it! It will be the best thing you decide for your wedding! xxx

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15 Nov 2016

Hello Kitty-Crazy cat Caroline bought us to tears -Alternative wedding dresses

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!!

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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

 

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These photograpghs are by Northern Ireland photographer Claire at  A thousand Words Photography

 

3 Apr 2016

Tattoo inspired shoot, Up in lights, up on the roof, -Alternative wedding dresses and inspiration

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One of the best things about our job is getting to work on epic projects like this with other alternative wedding creatives. All of the suppliers involved in this shoot we met at The Electic Wedding Extravaganza last year….. I saw the lights from Tatt light and the inspirations  went off like a light bulb in my head. I immediately spoke to Sassy and we got to work on pulling this fab team together :). Sassy and I had both been a part of our models Fran and Lewis’s weddding back in March, and just knew they would be perfect for this shoot!! We were so delighted when they agreed 🙂

So we went up to the roof of The Custard factory and created this tattoo inspired scene 🙂

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Special Thanks, to all of these awesome people  without whom this would not have been possible 🙂

Photography: Assassynation

Dresses: The Couture Company

Lights: Tatt lights

Bridesmaid Dresses: Scarletta Designs via The Couture Company shop

Stylist: Apple Tree Weddings & Events

Hair & Make Up: The Vintage Salon & Le Keux Cosmetics

China: Charlotte Clark Designer Maker

Bouquet: Jamball

Shoes: Revivemeboutique

Headpieces: Demons and Diamonds

Models , Couple: Fran and Lewis

Models: Hayley Jordan

Models: Diablo Rose

 

14 Mar 2016

Rainbows, Unicorns and flamingos!! Katie and Richards crazy Las Vegas wedding has them all

Katie, is one of our all time favourite brides, she is completely lovely and nuts all at the same time, Just perfect for us!!!!  Katie and her crazy ass beau Richard were married in Vegas and it went a little something like this ……….

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Katie wrote this lovely testimonial, we hope it gives you a little insight into how we work and what you can expect from our team 🙂 Thanks so much Katie xxx

“I decided to go along to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza to try and get some ideas and see what could be done by like-minded people who understand you don’t always want to look like every bride that has gone before; that’s where I encountered the Couture Company stand and I just knew that it was love at first sight! The colours and the head pieces, everything was just incredible and I hadn’t even spoken to anyone.

I made an appointment to see them and I have to admit I was nervous, being a larger lady I think the idea of trying to find a dress can be a bit over whelming and as I am also tall I had pretty much convinced myself they would have nothing I could try on, but I was wrong! They had a great selection of sample dresses I was able to try and they could actually do a couple of them up. Instantly I felt at home with these ladies and trust me that feeling just made the experience so much better.

I didn’t meet Jo until the second time I visited the shop, I knew what style of dress I liked but I was unsure about a couple of details and felt l just needed to go over it again so I was 100% happy.         Jo was AMAZING! It felt like she sorted all the questions, she had loads of ideas and was really encouraging. Jo was ace! ALL THE LADIES IN THAT PLACE ARE ACE!!

 

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Once we had sorted the details everything after that just flowed really smoothly! I was able to make appointments that worked around me and the whole process was just so seamless. When the day came for me to try my actual frock on well, what can I say it was just the most perfect, stunning, beautiful dress I had ever seen! I know I would say that it’s my dress but seriously I have never seen anything as magical and I wanted to cry, my mum, sister and best mate did cry there were tears everywhere and that was the reaction that I wanted so needless to say I was extremely happy!

I decided to get a head piece to go with my dress and again it literally involved a short conversation with Jo and honestly it’s like they can read your mind because the end result was just so so perfect I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

I had been in other wedding dress shops when my sister was getting married and when my best mate got married and I remember thinking that I had never seen anything that would be my ‘ONE’ so I would tell any Bride to be that she should check out The Couture Company, not only do you get something completely bespoke and original but the people behind it are just fantastic! They don’t make you feel uncomfortable or that you are silly for wanting a unicorn on your head and they really listen to what you want at the end of the day these ladies want you to have the dress you have always dreamed of and they will do their very best to make it for you.”

Katie xx

 

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3 Mar 2015

Somewhere over the Rainbow, Kerry got married and we got to make her dress

Kerry found us at the Eclectic Wedding extravaganza, and boy are we so glad that she did !!! This crazy Rainbow wedding makes up smile like a crystal covered cheshire cat!!!

We designed Kerry’s rainbow inspired embroidery especially for her, , the skirt was layers and metres of tuille, and had a specially designed rainbow petticoat!!! So cool!!

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Not only did Kerry find us at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza but she found her Rainbow shoe maker and cat ear maker Revive Me Boutique, her fab felt flowers were by Jamball and her Bridesmaids were made by Oh My honey.

Extra special thanks to Babb Photo for these fabulous photos, be sure to check her website out

These photographs are all copyright of Babb Photo

28 Aug 2014

Natalie’s aqua toned alternative beach wedding with shell and starfish accents

Natalie got married in June, on a perfect summers day on the beach at Bournemouth, we loved working with her, she was pretty much our perfect client!! We had such a lovely time every time she came to the shop with her mum, Lots of laughs and excitement and the odd happy tear from mum ;-P

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Natalie’s dress was made from an aqua blue silk, that was overlaid with french lance all over the bodice and sleeves, and the skirt was made from layers of tuille that were finished off in a hi-lo shape with a layer of silk organza. Natalie commisioned us also to make a bespoke belt that incorporated a blue poppy along with some shells and star fish embroidery and a matching 50’s inspired headpieceThe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-hilo-vintage-lace-coloured-lace-dress-bride-plus-size-curvy-brides-corsets-corsetted-aqua-beach (8) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-hilo-vintage-lace-coloured-lace-dress-bride-plus-size-curvy-brides-corsets-corsetted-aqua-beach (9) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-hilo-vintage-lace-coloured-lace-dress-bride-plus-size-curvy-brides-corsets-corsetted-aqua-beach (10)Natalie can tell you much better than I about her whole wedding experience so please read on as you look through these beautiful images by the talented Mia Photography

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“I have so many lovely things to say about Jo and her team at The Couture Company I really don’t know where to start. Once I found Jo this was by far the easiest part to the wedding planning process!I guess you can say Rob and I are childhood sweethearts; I waited 13 years for him to pop the question but it was definitely worth the wait as the boy did good proposing on my 30th birthday in Vegas with a Tiffany ring!

Being plus size I was a little worried about the wedding dress part, I read lots of articles online about the difficulties people faced. I started to panic a little and was wary about stepping into a wedding dress shop.

Then I stumbled across The Couture Company, I think it was fate. I was being nosey on Facebook one day and I noticed one of my friends modelling some of their beautiful wedding dresses. I went online straight away and was so excited. Some of the dresses were being modelled by curvier girls so I felt a bit more confident about booking an appointment.

I live in Bristol but I’m from Birmingham originally so it was a great excuse to head home and it meant my mum could join me. On my way to the shop I was thinking it was going to be an awkward experience but how wrong could I be.

I walked into the shop and was greeted by the lovely Jo, we got chatting straight away about the wedding and the kind of dress I was thinking of. I remember Jo saying “right let’s get you in a dress” and that was the start of my awesome wedding dress journey!!!

I popped on a dress in a similar style to what I wanted; we were getting married on Bournemouth Beach so I knew I wanted a shorter dress and something a bit different. It was really important it had sleeves as I don’t like my arms to be on show and I really didn’t like the thought of wearing a separate jacket or bolero.

 

I had already chosen my bridesmaids very cute tiffany blue dresses and I loved the colour so much that I wanted to have it in my dress. I originally thought I would just have it as an underskirt so a tiny bit poking out of the dress. Then Jo suggested something a bit more daring to have it on the top part of the dress under the lace. So with a bit of blue material pinned on me I was quickly convinced to go for it.

I have one small complaint to make about The Couture Company; they have designed and created way too many beautiful dresses!! Half way through the dress making process I changed my mind about part of the dress because I kept seeing pictures of their gorgeous dresses online so I rang Jo. She was great really understanding and booked me in for another appointment to chat over things.

It was such a wonderful experience; I trusted Jo and I knew that I was going to love my dress. If you have an idea in your head of what your wedding dress would look like then I would highly recommend you book an appointment with Jo and her team straight away, it was the best decision I made.

On the day I couldn’t wait to get the dress on, I was actually ready way too early as I was so excited!
So many people complimented me on my dress and it felt so special to know I had been involved in designing it.

The Couture Company also designed a beautiful belt and head piece for me it had gorgeous sequin starfish, shells and an extra special Poppy. Robs mum sadly passed away and her favourite flower was a Poppy so it was great to be able to personalise the dress by having a lovely blue Poppy on my belt in memory of her.

Jo was amazing to work with. We had lots of giggles in the shop, the whole process was so easy and it was really exciting to see the dress come to life. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
You made me feel like a million dollars, on the best day of my life.”

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23 Jul 2014

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

This is Gemma’s story of how she found her dress- she cried, they cried we all cried 🙂 we LOVE our brides!!

Huge congratulations to Gemma and Olly  xxx Thanks so much for this awesome testimonial xx

Gemma writes…….

“The Dress

I first met my groom to be in Sutton Coldfield in our local pub five years ago. He proposed to me on my 30th birthday as I blew out the candles on my cake, in front of all my family and closest friends – it took nerves of steel! The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (9)From the very beginning of planning our wedding we knew we wanted a traditional church service and we were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. This was followed by a far from traditional festival themed reception with guests camping overnight – if they were brave enough!

When thinking about my dream wedding dress, I knew what it wouldn’t be before I knew what it would….. Not long, no frills and most definitely no bling. In reality I found my dress on the very first day I set out to look for it. Accompanied by my Mum and Mother in law to be, we set out for a girlie shopping trip to mooch at wedding dress. I hadn’t planned on finding a dress that day, as I was still unsure of what I actually wantedThe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (1) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (2) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (3) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (4) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (5) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (6) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (7) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (8)  The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (10) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (11), although I had decided, I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day and LOVED lace, so it was a small start. We headed to the Custard Factory, Birmingham for breakfast, It’s a lovely eclectic part of Birmingham with a vintage feel to many of the shops there. I had often shopped in the vintage shops around the Custard Factory before so I knew there was a wedding dress shop there, so I guessed it was a good place to start. After breakfast we wandered over to the Couture Company, the wedding dress shop I had seen previously, I had always admired the dresses on display in the window. It was a miserable day, pouring with rain outside so we were pleased to be staying undercover. Walking up to the shop I stopped my Mum and Mother in law in their tracks, because there, in the window, was my perfect dress. We were warmly greeted by Jo on entering the shop, I had previously booked an appointment ‘just in case’ there were any dresses I wanted to try on.  Without hesitation I asked to try on the dress in the window. As Jo was helping me into the dress, before it was even fully on, I burst into tears, It was only the second dress I had tried on but I knew it perfect and I had found ‘the one’. After stepping out from behind the screen and seeing my Mum and Mother in law’s faces well up when they saw me in the dress – it sealed the deal!

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I made several customisations to the dress and the headpiece to ensure it fitted perfectly to the theme of the wedding. All of these changes were as easy as telling Jo what I wanted and she fixed it, easy as that. Jo’s creative flair helped with some of the design decisions, in fact finding and altering my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole planning. My bridesmaids were all to be dressed in a lace mint green shift dress, so we co-ordinated the underskirt ribbon to match perfectly. The headpiece design was based on a collaboration of other headpiece designs within the shop, and again the mint green colour was used, highlighting the look and feel I wanted. The last thing I customised was the waist band, as my husband to be has a swallow tattoo – this influenced a lot of the design for other factors within the wedding, the invitations for example had swallows on and so did several other key pieces within the wedding. The most beautiful sequined swallow was made for me to pin onto my waistband – I felt the dress was now more than perfect! As a last minute thought I asked Jo to make me a small wrist purse in the same material as the dress to put my lipstick in, I roughly sketched my idea on a piece of paper and once again Jo produced magic and created just what I wanted.The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (16) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (17) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (18) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (19) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (20)

All in all I couldn’t recommend Jo and the Couture Company highly enough for any bride to be. All my visits to the shop, from the initial visit to the final fitting and collection were all stress free and so exciting. Jo and her team made the whole dress experience a pleasure and I was more than ecstatic with the final result – My dress was absolutely perfect, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.

These epic photos are copyright of photos are copyright of Montreal wedding photographer Steve Gerrard, be sure to visit his website

 

 

7 Apr 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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27 Mar 2014

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

Sara rocked her boho dress at her Custard factory wedding,and it looks like she had an amazing day!!!  we are so happy that Sara came to us and with this awesome testimonial, Sara tells it so much better than I could 🙂 The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-dresses-corset-dress-boho-bohemian-gold-cream-corsetted-corset-tuille-chiffon-skirt-bride (26)

‘People always tell me that I have a distinctive style. What they actually mean is that I have peculiar taste in clothes and often dress like an lunatic.

I tend to be drawn to a whole host of random styles, shapes colours and patterns which rarely go together, usually don’t fit me all that well and probably don’t really go together. I don’t really know what suits me. Only what I like. What I like most is being comfortable. After that basic requirement is fulfilled, some days I’ll be in a fluorescent orange lace dress and heels and the next I’ll be in jeans and a top meant for an 80 year old man. My fashion sense is bi-polar.

I think half friends and family imagined me turning up to my wedding in a leopard print catsuit and the other half imagined a more traditional dress. In truth I had no idea what I wanted. Only that I wanted it to be different and that I wanted it to reflect me.

With 3 young children, the youngest of whom I am still breastfeeding, my aforementioned ‘distinctive’ style and no clue where to start I was pretty daunted about the process of finding dresses I liked. Even more so about trying them on.

When I stumbled across The Couture Company it was a bright sunny day and I was visiting The Custard Factory to look at a wedding venue, The Old Library. A venue I later went on to book. I was having a window shop around The Custard Factory, my month old son in a baby carrier, mum and hubby-to-be in tow and with no plans to look at wedding dresses. As we peered in through the window, though, I was blown away by the beautiful dresses that I could see on the rails. More, the accessories and bits and bobs dotted around were totally my style. A crazy, ecclectic mix of beautiful things.

I shooed Mark away and ventured in for a closer look. (Not knowing it was by appointment only, sorry Jo!)

Jo came to say hello and handed me a leaflet and was so welcoming and friendly. I thought ‘if only I could afford a dress to be handmade for me’ and left, clutching my leaflet and dreaming of a lottery win – assuming from the luxe fabrics and unbelievable cuts that the dresses were out of my price range.

Several weeks later, with only 4 months to my wedding, I hadn’t seen a SINGLE dress I liked online or in the shops. I hadn’t tried any on and had no intention of doing so when I knew they’d be wrong.

 I’d had a few knocks to my confidence in bridal shops before when trying on bridesmaids dresses. I am no sample size and having recently given birth I wasn’t feeling all that thrilled with the idea of standing with a stranger in a cramped fitting room trying to wriggle myself in to a dress I didn’t like.

It was then I thought back to how perfect The Couture Company had seemed for me. The beautiful, crazy shop, the gorgeous dresses, how friendly Jo had been. I thought I’d look them up online. I was blown away when I saw more of the dresses that had been up on the blog – seeing them on real brides brought them to life. I just knew that The Couture Company was right for me.

I emailed Jo asking about the time frame I was working to and asked a few questions. I couldn’t’ believe it when I realised that I may have both the time AND the budget to get a dress made for me. I was really excited,then, about the consultation I had booked and, although I still had no idea what I wanted, went along pretty much knowing I would be ordering a dress that day.

I arrived at my consultation with only one idea: I liked the idea of a gold dress. With my gingerness and fair skin I knew that would suit me. I had no idea on shapes or styles and so when asked to pick out what I liked I picked up pretty much everything.

When I tried on a sample of my dress, albeit in a different colour-way, I knew RIGHT AWAY it was what I had been dreaming of. It was one of those moments everyone tells you about but you never really believe. ‘You just know.’ I felt brilliant in it right away.

Securing my dress order with a deposit that day I was so excited. And the subsequent fittings and appointments were a joy. I just loved my dress so much. Seeing it come together was a fab experience. The work that went in to it! I felt like such a lucky girl. Choosing the fabrics and colours was just so much fun and it felt so special.

One thing I distinctly remember after ordering my dress is thinking to myself, well, if I can feel this good in my dress so soon after having my baby, without having to punish myself with any sort of diet or ridiculous exercise regime, I am now going to celebrate my dress purchase with a GIANT lunch and celebratory drink. Fabulous. having imagined the dress buying process making me feel self conscious and horrible it was amazing for it to have had quite the opposite impact on me!

I also asked, at my first fitting, about having something designed for my hair. With only (again) a vague idea I was blown away when next time I arrived, only a couple of weeks later, I had a beautiful headband made from the fabrics of my dress and on a band that was exactly the same colour as my hair. How did they manage that? I still don’t know.

When the day of my wedding arrived I felt fantastic in my gorgeous gold dress. It was just perfect. Mark absolutely loved it too. He said it was perfect. Perfect for me.

My 2 year old, Archie, said I looked ‘fantastic’ which brought a tear to my eye. (He’s not always so complimentary about my clothes!)

Another thing about my dress that I loved was that it was the most comfortable and well-fitting thing I have ever worn. I wish The Couture Company could make all of my clothes. I ran around after the kids, swung them around the dance floor… I wasn’t’ at all restricted. And nothing fell off or down (quite rare for me!)

I’d like to thank Jo and everyone at The Couture Company for helping to make me the happiest bride in the world. I will be wearing my dress again. Possibly every day.

Thank you guys. You are amazing.’

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24 Mar 2014

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

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

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Sara wrote this lovely testimonial, we cannot express our thanks enough at choosing us to make your wedding dress! xx

“As soon as we decided to get married we knew that it was going to be in a style that reflected not only us as a couple but also as a family.

 Dave was pretty easy going and let me organise everything (for an easy life I think!).

I first noticed my dream dress on The Couture Company website and knew my search was over.  Myself and my mom visited the EWE in March 2013 and I was so pleased when the dress was on display. It was stunning!

A couple of weeks later I nervously visited Jo.  I had looked at other dresses but they just weren’t me.  I was totally out of my comfort zone but Jo was lovely and made me feel at ease straight away.

I was so relieved when I tried the dress on the it was exactly how I pictured it on.  It was exciting deciding on which embroidery, materials and colours would be included.  The dress was personalised to me and I loved it!

Along with my dress, they also made an amazing hair clip with our names on which totally matched the dress.

I cannot thank Jo and her team for designing my perfect wedding dress and hair clip.  I felt amazing on our special day.  I have had such lovely comments about both. 

I shall be adding extra tattoo embroidery to the dress to celebrate our anniversaries.

I would, without a doubt, recommend Jo and her team to anyone wanting that special and unique dress.  They are friendly but at the same time totally professional and so talented in what they do.

Thanks again, Sara and Dave xxx”

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Her wonderful and amazing photographs are by the super talented Assassynation

Ane fellow EWE suppliers also contributed to this awesome wedding

Bouquet and buttonholes- Jamball

Hair and make up – Le keux events and the Vintage Salon

Cake Topper – Brave as Love

Photos – Assassynation

Dress and hair accessory – The Couture co

 

If you want to see the whole wedding check out Rock ‘n Roll bride HERE

Photos copyright of Assassynation

24 Feb 2014

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

This shoot is one of my absolute favourites of all time, not only because it was the biggest shoot we had ever done, but because we got to know so so many awesome people who were involved, and led to many amazing projects ,but mostly because we  it was the start of a beautiful friendship with my very good pal Sassy who is the creative genius behind Assassynation. This then led to us setting up The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and even more importantly me having the honour of making Sassy’s Vow renewal dress ( but more about that in a few weeks)

Here’s a fab film  of what we got up to…it was a LOT of fun!!!! Thanks again to EVERYONE involved

 

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Photography Credit: Assassynation
Video Credit: Sassy n Frank
Dresses, Accessories & Styling: The Couture Company & Rawhide Corsets
Shoes: Irregular Choice & some model’s own ( pink, sparkly ones are from Benjamin Adams)
Models: Kat & Gareth of Rock n Roll Bride, Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane PhotographyElbie Van Eeden, Regula & Bruno from The Tiny Red Factory, Hannah from The Couture Company, Simonne (the fire breather @feeneyfoofoo)
Horse: Spike (the horse) Anya (the horse handler) from Hornton Grounds Farm
Stationery/Posters: The Tiny Red Factory
Flowers: Amy, Little ‘A’
Circus Props: Russell’s International Circus
Set Styling: Assassynation & The Couture Company
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van EedenEllie KeransZarla , Kat (through Zarla), KizzyJoSarah
Hats: Sharper Milliner
Flower skull and leaf hat: Bloomingayles
Clay Signs: Cherrypie Lane
Location: The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Graffiti: GraffitibyTitle.com
Shoot Assistants: Sally, Rosie, Queenie, Alicja, Becky, Rebecca, Chris, Ryan

10 Feb 2014

Sarah’s Alternative Vegan Red Rockabilly inspired Wedding and Dress

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

These awesome photos are by Toast of Leeds

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

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

28 Jan 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

mmmmmmmmmwah! xxx Jo ”

Wedding photos are by Simon Thomas Photography

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

 

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6 Jan 2014

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

 

Wow!!! Rachel wrote us an amazing story and testimonial,I’m speechless, I have no word’s I will let her tell you her story 🙂 Thanks Rachel, you were  dream client xxxxxRachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (26) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (25) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (24) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (23) Rachel-M_The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses (22)Rachel writes “In February I left my husband-to-be, Kieran, in a snug coffee shop and popped around the corner to visit The Couture Company.  Less than an hour later I came back to find him, flushed with success, a receipt for my order in my hand. Kieran blinked, surprised. “That didn’t take long,” he said. It’s true; that initial meeting with Jo had gone incredibly smoothly. But that reflected both my general approach to wedding planning, and Jo’s professionalism and imagination.
The idea of wedding dress shopping was something I had always found challenging. I love clothes and am very feminine in my fashion tastes, so you would think wedding dress shopping would be right up my street! But I had many friends who had told me how difficult, even humilating, dress shopping could be. As someone who is short, round, and very busty, I hated the idea of being clamped into an off-the-peg sample dress four sizes too small. I looked at dresses aimed at curvier brides and saw that most of them were ugly, and seemed to be about hiding your body, not celebrating it. I knew any dress I bought in a bridal store would have to be massively modified to fit me. So instead of dealing with all that, I started thinking about having a dress made-to-measure.
I did a lot of research online, and The Couture Company was a place I felt very excited about just from its website. There were fun, flirty dresses, darkly romantic dresses, coolly elegant dresses… And they were modelled by women of different sizes. I decided I wanted to see the dresses in person, and so in November we went to the first Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. There I got to see Couture Company dresses in action, and they were as beautiful as I’d hoped! And as a bonus, I won 20% off a commission as part of a EWE-related competition. That made up my mind.
I spent the next couple of months happily honing my Pinterest boards until I had a pretty good idea in my head of what I wanted. I knew I wanted a 50s style dress with sleeves, a full skirt and petticoats, and I wanted soft vintage shades. I took my trust iPad along to meet Jo, and she suggested I try on the Steph dress. I loved the way it swished, and the shape of it was very flattering. From there we discussed sleeve length, petticoats (lots please!) and colours. I knew I didn’t want a white dress, but I wanted something a little bridal. Jo brought out some lovely cream dupion silk and I was sold by its warmth and texture. I chose coloured silk for my belt and to trim my petticoats. And then Jo had the great idea of coloured buttons running down the back of my dress – just the kind of cute detail I like! It was a very smooth, simple process, because I already had a good idea of what I wanted, and Jo was very easily able to translate that into a design. I also ordered a corset, to give me a good silhouette and so I wouldn’t have to worry about bra straps peeking out!
Over the next few months, things continued to go very smoothly. I watched The Couture Company’s facebook page, and one day I saw a dress with a flash of brightly-coloured petticoats underneath it. “That’s what I want,” I emailed Jo, and she was very happy to tweak my order to make me pale blue petticoats. I loved going to fittings; I could see my dress slowly unfolding. It’s a leap of faith to order a dress from scratch, but having seen so many of Jo’s designs in person and online, I was very confident in The Couture Company’s ability to deliver. I liked knowing I was supporting British industry, not buying a dress made in a factory in the Far East where workers may be paid a pittance.
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Our wedding day was wonderful, and my dress was a big part of that. It may have taken three bridesmaids half-an-hour to lace up my corset, when Jo had done it in five minutes by herself, but we got there in the end!  Two hours later I was walking down the aisle, and Kieran’s face lit up. As I reached him at the altar he said I looked beautiful, and I believed him.
Now my dress is zipped up in a bag in our spare room. People still talk about how much they loved my dress. I hope I’ll wear it again some day. But whatever I do with it now, I’m very grateful to Jo and the rest of her team for making me a dress that reflected my tastes and values. That’s a wonderful sort of gift. ”

 

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

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

22 Nov 2013

Lauren got married!!! In a Pretty polka dot and teal fifties style gown

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!!!

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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-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (9) Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (6) Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (3) Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (13) (Copy) Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (9) (Copy)  Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (6) (Copy) Lauren-The-Couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses- (3) (Copy)

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!!

 

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Photographs copyright of Mack Photography

 

9 Sep 2013

Wow!! A gob smacking testimonial from our stunning bride in shades of Honey, Angi x

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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 …the-couture-company-alterantive-bespoke-wedding-dress-in-peach-blush (4)

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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.” 🙂

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3 Jul 2013

Turning Japanese in a Harajuku stylee – A quirky and kitsch shoot

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, The-couture-company-alterantive-bespoke-wedding-dresses-harajuku-shoot-by-camera-hannahM (16)

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!!

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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 :

Camera Hannah – Photography

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

Nails by Rosie – The most awesome nail artist

 

Little Cherry Cake Company- for Cake Bakey wizardry

 

 Paper Joy- Paper decorations

 Little penny Tree- Felt rainbow garlands

 Nellie Jo and Diablo Rose, for being the cutest models xxx

 Beau xoxo – Cute Hair clips and slides

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

6 Jun 2013

Polka Dot & Ice cream flavoured shoot- featuring our dresses

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

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All copyright for photographs is Haywood Jones Photography

22 May 2013

When Sarah met Boris and married Colin – A Halloween Wedding

Where do I even start with Our Sarah??? She has to be one of my all time favourite brides!!!

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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 🙂

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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……..

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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”

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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 ‘

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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 )View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe2View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe2

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8 Apr 2013

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza Fashion show featuring The Couture co and Rawhide Corsets

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 !!

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Here are some pics from the awesome Jay Mountford Photography of the fashion show, featuring us and our naughty little sister company Rawhide Corsets

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Special Thanks to my gorgeous Girls : Erika , Kayleigh, Marie and Hannah,

and to Elbie Van Eden and Le Keux for helping beautify

Keep those peepers peeled as we will featuring some of the awesome exhibitors from EWE2 really soon xx

1 Apr 2013

Dotty about you!! – A lovely bride in a polkadot fifties inspired frock

The smile!!!! That smile does it for me…a picture paints a thousand words!

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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.

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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 !

_2002925420Niki 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 !!. ”

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Photos courtesy of Ben Fones Photography

15 Feb 2013

Helen’s Fairytale of New York Wedding

When Helen told me she was getting married in New york I was so excited for her, New York is one of my favourite cities in the whole world… I knew she would have an amazing time , and looking at her photoographs not only do they capture New York but real New York moments  with  Helen (and her husband) looking gob smackingly gorgeous.

I totally LOVE the first image…. Imagine….love the shoes the tattoos and the sentiment..

Helen wore our Audrey gown, it totally suited her…she looks gorgeous doesn’t she?

Here is what Helen had to say about us

“”We had a bit of a whirlwind engagement and only had 4 months to get a dress sorted, before we left to get married in New York. I knew I wanted a vintage dress, with a 50’s feel if possible, but was starting to lose hope after looking around Manchester and not seeing anything that I liked. As soon as I found the Couture Company website I knew I’d found the shop where I’d get THE dress. I’d seen the Audrey dress on the website and fell in love with it immediately, I tried on a couple of different designs in the shop, but knew it had to be Audrey.

Jo and her team were amazing throughout the whole process; they helped me design a bespoke birdcage veil and I felt like they understood my tastes and were genuinely excited about making my dress. The final dress fitted perfectly and turned out far better than I could ever expected.

Our whole wedding day was amazing and the New York skyline was the perfect back drop to my dress.

THANK YOU!!”

Photographs are copyright of Aaron Almendral

 

 

30 Nov 2012

Samantha’s – Pretty french lace ensemble

Samantha got married earlier this year, when she first came to us she loved our April gown in soft delicate lace,

but she had in her mind that she wanted a strapless gown with a little matching lace bolero…..so we got to work and came up with this pretty and elegant design.

Samantha had in her mind some green highlights and as you can see we put this beautiful emerald green silk into her belt , her petticoat and also her cute little bespoke fascinator….

We love this photograph!!

and love those Vivienne Westwood shoes!!!!!

Thanks also to Samantha for this lovely testimonial

16 Nov 2012