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Helen’s vintage inspired dress that was just her !! Alternative short wedding dresses

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Photos copyright of Natasha Biggs Photography 
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Helen writes ”

I have admired The Couture Company for many years (even before the twinkle of my engagement ring) and their amazing dresses. When I got engaged to my now husband, I knew that I had to visit Jo and the team. However, one day I walked past a Bridal shop on a local high street and decided to just enquire (I was excited after all). The response from the lady was not so pleasant and she advised that they stocked nothing above a size 12. I went home and cried.

When it came to my first appointment with The Couture Company, I was a little nervous and apprehensive to say the least. I had nothing to be nervous about. Jo was AMAZING. There were dresses of all sizes, styles and colours. The fact that I was plus size was never a factor. I knew I didn’t want a long dress as I wanted to show off my wedding shoes and I had the idea of going for colour, as the Couture Company is so colourful.

I tried on a few of the sample dresses and then with the assistance of Jo’s creative mind, I decided on what I wanted. Over the next few months I had several appointments and each time I felt very welcome and comfortable with Jo. On the final fitting I tried on my dress to show my Mom and Dad and their reactions reinforced the fact that I had made the right choice in dress and The Couture Company. I didn’t feel like a plus size woman in a dress. I felt beautiful, confident and happy. I couldn’t wait to marry my now husband.

My wedding dress was flawless in every way. Jo and the ladies made me feel beautiful. I still look at my dress every day, because it is so perfect. The ladies attention to detail is amazing. I recommend them to any woman that is thinking of her wedding day.

Helen x”

 

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1 Aug 2016

Faye’s fabulous fishtail gown -Bespoke and alternative wedding dress

It’s so lovely to be able to share Faye’s gorgeous wedding with you, Faye wanted  a dress designed that was fun and glamorous, so I think we achieved that with this gorgeous polka dot mermaid fishtail gown.

Doesn’t she look stunning !!!!

Big thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for these wonderful photographs xx

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10 May 2015

Emma’s pretty french lace and organza silk gown with sleeves

Emma got married in a very pretty, stylish and classic  1950’s inspired gown, we just love the combination of the french lace bodice with the silk organza circle skirt…super swishy!!!!

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thanks to Emma for this lovely, honest testimonial 🙂

I had put off going wedding dress shopping which sounds odd for a bride to say but I guess I just wasn’t sure it would be a good experience for me. Especially after a horrible trip to the Wedding Show at the NEC.

I had looked a lot online and seen styles that I liked and found I kept coming back the Couture Companies website.

With about 9 months to go I booked some appointments not being able to put it off much longer. I booked appointments at 3 more traditional wedding shops and I found dresses I liked but there was something about each of them I would have wanted to change. They just weren’t right for me and so I new that a bespoke dress would probably be the best way forward. The 4th and last appointment was with the Couture Company. I really did save the best until last!

One thing I will say is that you need a bit of vision and imagination to have a bespoke wedding dress. However the dresses are so lovely it is easy to be inspired. You try on these lovely dresses but they are in green or grey or yellow with daisy’s on them, although there are more traditional colours too! You have to see the style behind the materials, hence me saying you need a bit of imagination. Of course if you have a lot if imagination then a bespoke dress is definitely for you! Some of my friends thought it was odd that I didn’t see my finished dress until a month before the wedding but for me it was not a problem. I had complete faith in everyone at the Couture Company. Plus I knew I was getting a unique dress and it was exactly what I wanted.

I chose a variation of a dress they had, adapting it to fit the idea in my head and was amazed that from my rather vague description Jo disappeared for a couple of minutes and returned with the design for my dress. As soon as she showed it to me I said, yes that’s it that’s what I want!

The process of fittings and alterations was all very smooth and the quality of the work the team did was brilliant. I was so happy with my final dress. My husband commented as I got the the end of the aisle “nice dress ” an obviously well rehearsed line but later when we were in the car to the reception he said, it really is a nice dress!

From the first appointment to the day before the wedding when I collected my dress, Jo and the team were just great. I really would recommend visiting them as the final result will be well worth it!!! ” Emma

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9 Jul 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

Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors

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We were so excited when Victoria came all the way down from Manchester to see us, she told us all about her wedding on the moors, and she wanted a dramatic dress to suit the surroundings, but most of all a dress that felt “her”. We showed Victoria  this gorgeous shade of midnight blue and she was smitten:) The dress comprises of a corset, and organza and tuille skirt, overlaid with a full length , high neck sheer coat. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for her to show off the drama of her dress, we love the windswept shots!! I am sure you will agree that Victoria looks stunning, we were so pleased that she chose us to design her gown, and extra thankful for her lovely testimonial 🙂

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Victoria writes “I never wanted a run of the mill wedding dress, it had to be different. I’m very fair and wanted a colour to suit me. After searching endlessly for a blue gown that coudn’t be found, I came across The Couture Company. I found a picture of a dress on their website that I fell in love with. During the first consultation we discussed exactly what I wanted the dress to look like including any colour I wanted, materials and personal touches for the finer detail. I felt confident every step of the way that I would end up with a very high quality dress that was completely unique. The finished product was more than I could have ever have wished for; dramatic and quirky and very me!”

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19 Feb 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

When Laura found our Audrey dress……

Damo & LJ-73I will never forget my first email conversations with Laura, she had found a dress she loved, and it was our Audrey, so convinced was she that this was “the one” that without even seeing it in the flesh or trying it on, she declared “I would like to order it please!”. I have to admit I was a little taken a back  , I asked her if she was sure, if she wanted to come and try first just to make sure it was “the one”, she conceded that may be a more sensible option and booked her train from London to Birmingham.

I have to admit that she was right and after trying on a few of our designs , the Audrey gown was indeed “the one” and suited her so so well.

Thanks so much to Laura for sharing her photos, and huge congratulations on your gorgeous wedding!! xx

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Laura wrote a lovely testimonial, for which I am so greatful 🙂 Thanks Laura xx

“I found my dress pretty early on in my search for the perfect wedding dress and just stopped looking; the dress was so beautiful I had to have it.

Throughout the dress making process Jo was welcoming and professional. The dress was everything I hoped for and more, everyone at my wedding thought the dress was beautiful and all mentioned that they had never seen anything like it, which made me feel very special.

Jo and The Couture Company staff did everything in their power to make sure that I was happy and that the dress was perfect and I was over the moon with the results.

Jo and all the staff at The Couture Company are all very talented dress makers and I feel honoured to have worn one of their original designs on my wedding day.”

Photographs copyright of Tasha Park

19 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

A pretty silk tuille and lace gown for a pretty lovely bride -Lorna

Lorna was married last autumn in her home country or Ireland, we designed made her this very pretty short gown in silk tuille and french lace.We loved making this frock !!

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“I just wanted to say Thank You so very much to yourself and your wonderful creative team. Each visit to your showroom was so relaxed and stress free, you listened attentively from my initial ramblings to my final fitting and you created the dress I had imagined perfectly. On the day, everyone remarked on how fabulous the dress was and I couldn’t agree more, you helped create some truly special memories that will last my lifetime. The dress may be carefully wrapped up now but I shall treasure it always.The quality of your design, raw materials and dress making is exceptional and value for money is outstanding and I would recommend your business to anyone looking for their unique wedding gown. ”

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28 Jun 2013

A 1920’s inspired low back bias cut wedding gown for our stunning Bride steph

Congratulations to the stunning Steph who looks just incredible in her Bias cut Deco inspired gown.

We were her first port of call on her wedding dress mission and she found her dream dress on that first visit. (if only it was that easy for all of you huh?)

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Steph’s gown is made from a beautiful drapey Silk devore velvet which has a delicate scroll pattern to its design, the gown is bias cut and has a low back with a soft cowl draping from her shoulders

Steph had the most gorgeous figure and it certainly is flattered by her choice of gown

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“The great thing about the Couture Company is the variety of Jo’s beautiful designs – there really is something for every body shape, every taste and every type of bride.  I didn’t know what I wanted so had a great time sifting through the variety on offer until I found my dress and loved the design so much that I booked one for myself on the spot (on my first day of shopping for a dress too!)

Jo and the team are so calm and caring and never overwhelm you with sales talk, they listen to what you want and give great advice when asked for it.  I would recommend them to anyone and am so grateful to them all for my gorgeous dress which was an absolute hit on the day!  I felt fantastic and it helped to make our wedding day as special as it was.  Thanks Couture Company!”

x

Photographs are copyright of and Thanks to  Samuel da Silva Photography

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25 Jun 2013

My gorgeous bride Hazel popped in to see us on her actual wedding day!!!

The-couture-company-bespoke-wedding-dresses-Hazels-Dress-2What a gorgeous bride Hazel made! Love her pics!!

Hazel came all the way from Spain to have her fittings, I was totally honoured and delighted that she thought so highly of us that not only did she commission her gown with us but that she travelled all that way to make it happen….

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Hazel had a cap sleeved french lace  1950’s style gown, the lace was so beautiful and very delicate, and has the most gorgeous scalloped edge detail, we just had to use it on the sleeve and the hem.

She was married at The old Library (where I too was married) Its a gorgeous space at The Custard Factory (where we are based)…and to top it all Hazel and her husband came to see me in the shop just after they tied the knot!! I was choked and so so happy they did this for me, we even had our photograph taken….can you spot me??? …i am the one who looks nothing like a bride or a groom

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“I had an idea of what I wanted my ideal wedding dress to look like, so it took me many visits to many shops before I found The Couture Company.

At my first appointment Jo made me feel so relaxed and really listened to what I wanted. Jo knew exactly how to alter the design of the dress to compliment my figure, as well as adding little touches to make my dress even more unique to me. Jo was very flexible, I live abroad so we had to schedule my dress fittings according to when I could be in the UK. This was all done without any fuss or pressure and I knew I didn’t need to worry about my dress as the big day approached.

At my final fitting, I was gobsmacked – my dress was absolutely perfect. It was exactly what I had pictured and more. On my day I felt like a genuine princess. The dress fitted and flattered my figure, as well as being comfortable enough to last until 4am AND endure plenty of dancing!!

I know all brides are told how lovely they look on their wedding day, but people still talk about how beautiful my dress was now, nearly one year later!

Thank you Jo and everyone at the Couture Company who helped to make my dress. It really is the most beautiful thing I own!
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Photographs courtesy of  Amit and Anna Photography

 

20 Feb 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

Sarah : A pretty bride in a vintage inspired lace gown

When we first met Sarah, she had a definate idea about the elements she wanted incorporating into her bespoke gown…vintage inspired,lace, sleeves and buttons…

Well we wouldn’t want to disappoint now would we?? ….

So we got to work and designed a very pretty gown in a delicate french lace…the lace has a fine scalloped edge which we used across the neckline, and on the hem of both the sleeves and skirt. The lace is overlaid on a pale ivory dupion silk, and the back is finished with delicate covered buttons all the way down from the nape of the neck to the waist

 

Thanks Sarah for the lovely testimonial and allowing us to share you gorgeous wedding photos xx

I wanted a dress that reflected my personality and style and after visiting quite a few conventional wedding shops, where the dresses in stock looked identical, I started to doubt that this would be possible.

 

Thank goodness for Jo and her team at The Couture Company!   As soon as I met Jo everything started to fall into place.   She listened to my ideas, understood my anxieties and from start to finish the whole process was flawless.

 

I wasn’t sure whether I would be a ‘crier’ on my wedding day or not.  I think I surprised quite a few of my friends and family by how relaxed I was.  Instead of crying throughout the ceremony I had fits of giggles and just felt so unbelievably happy.  I know that a large part of this was down to how beautiful my wedding dress was and how confident I felt wearing it; I was also very relieved that we had one day of sunshine!

 

I have had so many compliments about the dress and I cannot thank you enough for the care, attention to detail and absolutely amazing service that you provided in making my dream wedding dress.

I would wholeheartedly recommend The Couture Company to my friends and family.

Thank you so much.

Lots of Love Sarah x x x x”

 

Photographs are copyright of http://www.orchardhouseweddings.co.uk/

 

11 Dec 2012

Laura : A simple bias cut gown for a wedding on Rhodes

Laura was married last Summer on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, she came to us wanting a simple , cool and comfortable gown, so we designed an elegant bias-cut gown made from a heavy Morocain silk crepe, the back of the gown was cut low and draped with a cowl of delicate french lace

This is what Laura had to say about us
“We have just got back from Rhodes and I just wanted to email to say a huge ‘Thank You’. I felt amazing in my dress…it was everything that I had ever pictured but so so much more…as well as not melting me in the 48 degree heat!
From the moment I first walked into the shop I knew that you and the team would make that perfect dress that I just wouldn’t have been able to find in a ‘normal’ bridal shop; as well as making the process exciting and so much fun!

I can’t thank you enough…I just wish I could wear it over and over again!

Laura xx”

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us Laura xxx

2 Dec 2012

Alli and her beautiful bias cut Devore velvet gown

Alli was a stunning bride , the images show you this,she is beautiful, tall and elegant and she also had such a gorgeous personality…..

We loved the gown we designed for Alli, it was based on our Roccoco Gown,

but as it was an early spring wedding Alli was certain she wanted sleeves, so I showed another gown that was very 1930’s inspired which had a gorgeous bishop sleeve with a deep cuff, and using those sleeves in the Roccoco gown  we had a winning combination!

As you can see the silk devore velvet had a lovely scrolling swirl pattern to it ,  and combined with the bias cutting on the skirt gave it a very organic Art Nouveau  feel .

Thanks to Alli for this lovely testimonial too xxx

“After searching endless amounts of blogs for inspiration on the right dress and also spending a morning at a place that provides something ‘off the rail’, I found The Couture Company.

Jo was amazing to work with on producing a unique dress for my wedding day and it was a style that suited me perfectly. She totally understood what I was after and any anxieties I was having about bits of my body that I didn’t necessarily want to draw attention to.

I felt like a million dollars.

Other than marrying the love of my life (of course) wearing that dress was my MOST favourite bit of the day.

Terrific. Thank you to Jo and her super team. You are all stars.

x

Thanks Jo.

Much love, Alli x”

 

Images are Copyright of Jonny Donnovan

19 Nov 2012

A trailer park shoot with Assassynation and The Vintage salon

Well this is my first official solo blog post !! EEEEK scary stuff ,I hope you like what you see, I will be adding more from this shoot later but here is a little taster for now xx Jo

We had a blast on this shoot with Sassy from Assassynation  the girls from The Vintage salon,  and the lovely Greg from Mobile Ink came with his awesome mobile tattoo parlour airstream trailer

Here we have the gorgeous Kia and her ride a gorgeous red Mustang available for hire from Le Keux

and here is Diablo Rose in our Inkspired gown…

matching LOVE pillbox hat, designed and crafted by us

Kia in our Lovebird tuille gown looking super cool!! Our “Some Like it Hot ” gown , and below “Lovebird”

….and here is our Hetty coat dress in multi coloured polka dot silk organza  doing a little shimmy with the “Polly” frock….and again here is our Hetty coat dress in multicoloured polka dot silk organza

 

 

 

18 Oct 2012