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Song to the siren inspired – Windswept beach alternative wedding dress shoot by Zoe Campbell

The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (12)Last year we were absolutely over the moon to be asked to get involved  in this windswept wedding shoot on the beautiful Isle of Tiree, with Zoe Campbell Photography.

I can’t get over how gorgeous these photos are !!!

There are so many beautiful images that I am going to share them in 2 parts so here is your first dose! Here is our La Robe Blanc gown in french chiffon , embellished with hand made roses and french lace applique and our Elise Corset with sheer tuille skirt (on the beac)The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (45) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (46) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (47) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (48) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (49) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (50) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (51) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (52) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (53) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (54) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (55) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (56) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (57) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (58) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (59) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (60) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (61) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (62) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (63) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (64) The-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dress-beach-windswept-black-gothic-art-deco-corset-Songtoth-Siren-see-through-sheer-ZoeCampbellPhotography-303 (Copy) (65)

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Flowers – Planet Flowers – www.planetflowers.co.uk

Hair – Jano Six Bridal Hair – www.janosixbridalhair.co.uk

Make Up – www.angelhairandbeauty.com

Model – Catherine Crimin

Photos – Zoe Campbell

17 Mar 2015

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

A pretty vintage inspired lace gown in silver grey for our bride Ruth

Our gorgeous bride Ruth was married to her beau Pete this spring, we love working with brides like Ruth, she was enthusiastic,open-minded, unconventional and above all bloody lovely!!

Below is their story and a fab testimonial in Ruth’s words:-

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“Pete and I got engaged under the Northern Lights in November 2012. We are not particularly romantic as a couple so it was 5 1/2 years of romance crammed into 1 freezing but incredible moment. Within a month, we had booked our venue: The Ashes in Endon, Staffordshire.
I am a real planner by nature so it didn’t take me long to start looking for a wedding dress.
Early on, I decided that that I would, ideally, like to be able to wear my dress again. My reasoning being that as it would be most beautiful dress I ever own, why let it languish in the loft?
At 6 foot tall with a long torso as well as long limbs, I often struggle with high street sizing.
I tried a few traditional, long ivory dresses and I didn’t feel myself. I thought I looked a bit like a Greek column! I also discovered that ivory really doesn’t suit my skin tone.

Through Internet research, I found Jo at The Couture Company. I loved the 1950’s style dresses on her website so with Mum in tow, I paid her a visit. It didn’t take me long to realise I had found my wedding dressmaker. I tried on several gorgeous frocks, was briefly tempted by a long red slinky number but decided on a silver silk tea length dress with petticoats. Jo is incredibly patient. She was not pushy as I deliberated and did not mind when I later changed my mind and altered my design. We tweaked the design, added a grey lace overlay and cap sleeves. Jo also gave me advise on hair styling and accessories. She encouraged my insane DIY project of gluing 5000 crystals onto a pair of cheap satin wedding shoes. They were worth it!

I loved watching my dress take shape with each visit to the Custard Factory. The finished product was everything I imagined and more. My dress is elegant, with a vintage vibe. The colour is bridal without being traditional and it is adaptable enough to wear again. It fitted like a glove. Like a lot of women, I am not especially confident about my appearance but I can truly say that on my wedding day, with my hair styled and my make-up on, I felt beautiful.

Best of all, I was comfortable. I was able to gorge myself on sausages, tarte au citron and fizzy wine during our wedding breakfast and still breathe. In the evening, out came the contact lenses, on went the glasses and the heels were swapped for converse. I spent all evening on the dance floor. We had the most amazing day and it was so much fun. My dress had so many complements. Our guests thought it was unique and totally ‘me’. It has survived the day in immaculate condition and I cannot wait to be invited to a fancy event so I can wear it again.

I cannot recommend the Couture Company enough. I loved the thrill of having a dress custom made for me and seeing my vague ideas distilled into first a sketch and then a beautiful dress. Thank you Jo and your hard working team!! xx

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You absolutely fulfilled this brief. You also were brilliant when I changed my mind about the design and decided to go with a lace overlay. I am so pleased I did. My dress is unique, fits like a glove and has a vintage vibe. My favourite parts are the buttons up the back and the little cap sleeves. Most importantly, on our wedding day, I was comfortable all night. I had room to eat sausages and drink fizzy wine, clamber through daffodils in my wellies to get some beautiful photographs and dance. I had so many compliments on my dress and how ‘me’ it is. Pete and I had the most perfect wedding day so thank you so much.”
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9 Jun 2014

Photos from the “Underworld ” series by acclaimed alternative photographer Rebecca Litchfield with our wedding dresses

A few weeks ago we were invited by creative photographer Rebecca Litchfield to collaborate  with her on her ” Underworld” project, after seeing the images she had already done on this , I was absolutely honoured and super excited to be able to provide some of the gowns for her Muse to wear at this daybreak shoot in an abandoned manor house….

These photographs  just blew us away……so so SO beautiful

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Here is what Rebecca wrote about her wonderful and inspiring project ”

This shoot has been a dream for a long time. I first stepped foot in this manor house over 2 and a half years ago. I had actually put this shoot together many many months ago but just as the date approached to do it, the house became unable to visit.
For so long I dreamt about this scene, my heart torn apart that I would never be able to make it a reality. But then one day while talking to a friend, I was made aware that it was possible, it wouldnt be easy, but that has never stopped me before.
I was lucky to have an amazing model, Jessica Nicole Griffiths recently arrived in London from Melbourne. She was so up for it, it made me the happiest person alive and with the help of amazing Matthew Adams and Richie Gowen we had made it into the house in pitch darkness, arms full of beautiful gowns made my The Couture Company
During the mission to get inside, Richie had already faceplanted a shallow river as he slipped on the log across it. Poor Rich was freezing cold as we slept in this beautiful abandoned manor house.
Sleeping in such a decaying building, with the bitter cold coming through the windows and dust coating the floor, it was a test of endurance, but worth it when the sun finally came up and revealed the beautiful house ready for us to get these photos.
I’m so happy I made this a reality finally. I hope you enjoy the photos”
 and to see more please Visit Rebecca’s website herePhotographer: Rebecca Litchfield Photography
Model: Jessica’s Wanderlust
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18 Feb 2014

Julia’s 1950’s inspired Polka Dot wedding dress with a flash of Red

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We have known the lovely Julia for a while as she works with the awesome  girls at The Vintage salon, just down the hall from us in The Custard Factory, so ever since Julia said she was getting married we were looking forward to making her gown, as she rocks the vintage  look and we just knew a 50’s style dress would be the perfect one for her… I am sure you will agree she looks bloody awesome in her polka dot ensemble, and we loved adding the headress as the finishing touch!

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“I knew when the time came to look for my wedding dress, that a “normal” wedding dress shop wouldn’t be my first choice, but I visited a couple just to confirm!  Working just a couple of doors down from The Couture Company certainly spoilt me.  The gorgeous designs which I had already come across through photoshoots for work and looking through the window were just fantastic and none of the ones I tried on before visiting Jo lived up to what I’d already seen.  I should have saved time and gone straight to visit Jo!

Jo knew exactly what would suit my figure, but patiently listened to my thoughts and the initial designs and pictures I sent were interpreted into a dress that was unique.  It fitted perfectly both my figure and my style and I loved it and I had so many compliments on the day and since.”

Hair and make up by Le Keux Events

Photos with thanks and copyright of Tux and Tales Photography

18 Jan 2014