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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!”

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Photographs are copyright of and Thanks to  Samuel da Silva Photography

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25 Jun 2013