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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 “
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 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
Congratulations to our bride Kate and her fella Sean who got married in December on a gorgeous crisp day in the gorgeous picturesque town of Stratford.
Kate cames to us wanting a vintage inspired dress with modern twist, so we got to work on designing her dream gown, and included her favorites a Dragonfly and snowflakes
Kate wrote us a lovely testimonial, and we are so happy and proud to have been able to make her dream dress 🙂
“I initially found the thought of wedding dress shopping mildly terrifying to start off with. I knew from the start I didn’t want a traditional style of dress, but had no idea what other options I had available. Some serious internet research later, (and a little hint off the lovely Sassy!) I made my first and only appointment at a wedding dress shop and the awesome journey began!
From the first moment I walked in to Jo’s gorgeous store full of nerves, I knew I had found the right place for me. Jo listens to your ideas (I had literally none!) and then lets you rifle through the rails of what can only be described as dress heaven 🙂 I picked out three or four I wanted to try then the fun bit began!
After going home to ponder, I finally settled on ‘The One’ and went back to the shop the following day. Jo listened to my ideas, gave some fabulous ones of her own and together we settled on a final design.
All through the process, Jo and her team were absolutely lovely. I enjoyed every single one of my fittings and was made to feel at ease at every stage. To see your dress take shape each time you pop in was fabulous to see, and you knew that what you were getting was absolutely one of a kind. Not many brides can truly say that.
The finished dress was so much more than I could have ever dreamt of, I was absolutely blown away. Happily so was my husband! He has said that it was better than he ever could have imagined (there were even a few tears! ) All day long I had comments from friends and family saying how wonderful and original it was, even the registrars complimented it!
I really cannot recommend Jo and her team enough. If you want the dress of your dreams, and I genuinely believe that no dream is too crazy! Then Jo can make them come true for you….. Kate xxx ”
These wonderful photos are by the very talented Sassy from Assassynation