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I am very happy (over the moon in fact!!) to share the lovely Helen’s wedding with you today, She was a giggling bride to be from start to finish, From her first consultation right through to her last fitting!! It really brought it home to me that the impact having a good experience when choosing your wedding dress can really have on a bride!! So Thank you Helen for being so lovely and awesome and bringing Cake too!!!! (and thanks also for your lovely testimonial, I know other brides will enjoy the read:) )
Helen writes ”
I have admired The Couture Company for many years (even before the twinkle of my engagement ring) and their amazing dresses. When I got engaged to my now husband, I knew that I had to visit Jo and the team. However, one day I walked past a Bridal shop on a local high street and decided to just enquire (I was excited after all). The response from the lady was not so pleasant and she advised that they stocked nothing above a size 12. I went home and cried.
When it came to my first appointment with The Couture Company, I was a little nervous and apprehensive to say the least. I had nothing to be nervous about. Jo was AMAZING. There were dresses of all sizes, styles and colours. The fact that I was plus size was never a factor. I knew I didn’t want a long dress as I wanted to show off my wedding shoes and I had the idea of going for colour, as the Couture Company is so colourful.
I tried on a few of the sample dresses and then with the assistance of Jo’s creative mind, I decided on what I wanted. Over the next few months I had several appointments and each time I felt very welcome and comfortable with Jo. On the final fitting I tried on my dress to show my Mom and Dad and their reactions reinforced the fact that I had made the right choice in dress and The Couture Company. I didn’t feel like a plus size woman in a dress. I felt beautiful, confident and happy. I couldn’t wait to marry my now husband.
My wedding dress was flawless in every way. Jo and the ladies made me feel beautiful. I still look at my dress every day, because it is so perfect. The ladies attention to detail is amazing. I recommend them to any woman that is thinking of her wedding day.
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
Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors
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 🙂
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!”
Photos are copyright of Elizabeth Baker
I 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
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
I am delighted to share our gorgeous bride Angi’s wedding pics, Angi came to us wanting something unusual and non-tradtional, that was still special, still bride like and still having the WOW factor!!
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 …
We also made this cute feathery fascinator for Angis hair, and the feathers tome beautifully with the tone of the gown
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.” 🙂
Photographs are copyright of Richard Battye
What 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….
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
“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!
Photographs courtesy of Amit and Anna Photography
The smile!!!! That smile does it for me…a picture paints a thousand words!
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.
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 !
Niki 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 !!. ”
Photos courtesy of Ben Fones Photography
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
matching LOVE pillbox hat, designed and crafted by us
….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