Posts from the ‘Curvy girls’ Category
We had the most fabtastic time working on this shoot with our photgrapher pal and all round lovely person Camera Hannah.
The idea behind the shoot was a Studio 54 Disco space goddess feel !! yeh!! random inspiration I know, but its all the things I love about the 70’s!! Using fierce models with big hair, tonnes of sequins and sparkles and a giant Disco ball!! what’s not to Love???
Enjoy these gorgeous photos and check out the amazing people who were involved at the end 🙂
All The amazing people who were involved can be found here:-
Models: Lillith-Vindictive La’Farce
Hair and Make up: Nicola Honey
Make up and glitter: Wish Upon a Sparkle
Props /lights: Grande Luxe Co
Hair accessories: Crown and Glory
Hair accessories and jewellery: Jane Bowler
Jewellery: Working clasp jewellery
lighting assistant: Kate Jackson
All shot on location in Cafe Colette , Birmingham
Wow!!!! we have just about recovered from our fabulous weekend at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and it was a Whopper of a weekend!!!
We have just had the photos of the Saturdays shennaningans from the awesome Jay Emme Photography, and she has smashed it again!!
She totally captured the mood of the day and our fabulous eclectic selection of beauts!! Big Thanks to Yasmin who runs our sister company specialising in alternative bad ass bridesmaids Curious Coco
Huge massive Thanks to all our models , Steph, Jo, Beth, Hannah, Any, Taan, Kerrie, Erika, Lola, Jane, Heather, and Julie
Big Thanks also to our team who help us through the show, Sally, Jen, Darren, Domhall (the sheep), Sophie B, Georgia and all our volunteers who give their time
EWE DID US ALL PROUD!!!
We have the best job in the world, Have I told you that before?? a few times maybe…we have the most wonderful, awesome adventurous clients, and Nicola was no exception…..she planned her Vegas elopement with total badassness (is that a word???)
We were beyond excited to see her wedding photos and just love Paul at Forged in The North’s shooting style
I just couldn’t choose just a couple of my favourites so I have pretty much shown ALL the photos in this post 🙂 Enjoy!!
We were then doubly delighted to receive such an awesome testimonial from Nicola about finding us and her dream dress.. Thanks so much to Nicola
“Once we’d decided on having a Vegas wedding, I knew I had to have something special for my dress. I’m a huge fan of glitter and thought a glitzy old style Vegas glam dress would be perfect. I had a look online at dress styles and through Rock n Roll Bride magazine and found a general idea of what I wanted. There were some shops on ebay and other websites that had similar dresses but the glitter looked tacky.
Continued further down….
It was only when I was flicking through an issue of Rock n Roll Bride that I came across The Couture Company and as soon as I looked at the pictures, I knew it was the place to make my dress, and it wasn’t far for me to travel which was a bonus. My only worry was that there wouldn’t be enough time to get it done.
There was no need for me to worry. I went to my first appointment, pictures in hand, and explained the dress. Jo was fantastic at telling me what would suit my figure and how best to do it all…and it could be completed before we flew to Vegas!
I was so excited for each appointment, and when I saw the fabric for it, it was perfect and such amazing quality. I was expecting to leave a trail of glitter behind me and for the dress to be bare at the end of the day but I didn’t lose a single piece. I loved going to the appointments and standing in front of the huge mirror and seeing it all come together.
On the day, I had so many compliments from strangers about the dress. How glamorous I looked, how it was a film star dress and I truly felt fantastic the entire day.
After all the photos were taken, we walked down the strip in our outfits and bought a 30 inch pizza and carried it all the way back to the hotel. People were cheering and taking pictures of us along the way. Was absolutely our dream wedding day and the dress was definitely the star. Thank you so much Jo for all your hard work!” Nicola D
If you are heading stateside to get married be sure to check out Forged in the North ….
Is this dress just the cutest most fun dress we have ever made?? I really think it is…I have been waiting to see the photos for a while and boy was it worth the wait. Krissy was just the loveliest bride, right up our street….she absolutely loved what we do and was so excited at every meeting and fitting…. We created Krissy’s dress in silk organza and appliqued handpainted lace flowers around the waistline and skirt, and finished it off with the brightest rainbow petticoat and buttons 🙂
We are so lucky to have so many amazing and unique brides!
Thanks so so much for this lovely testimonial Krissy “Thank you so much for the wonderful wedding dress you made me. I had a lot of anxiety around being ‘a bride on display’, and when we were planning the wedding the worst bit was thinking about the dress, as someone with poor self confidence and body image i was terrified, and felt i would never find anything i would be comfortable with. Thank glob we found you. The minute i walked in i was stunned by the dresses on display and sally made me feel so comfortable during the first fitting. Nothing was too much trouble, it felt like a true collaboration. Most importantly I felt comfortable, beautiful and super excited! After that day i had no more worries about how i would look on our big day. I was so excited about each fitting and knew i would always be met with a warm welcome. When we came to collect the dress and i tried it on i couldn’t believe it, i know it would be fabulous but you exceeded my expectations. You took my dreams and made them a reality. On our wedding day i felt beautiful and confident, and I know that Matt loved the dress too. I got so many compliments and even now over a year later people still talk about the amazing wedding dress I had. I haven’t been able to put it away and still have it hanging up so I can look at it! I would highly recommend Jo and her team of wonderful ladies for anyone, especially if you want something wonderful! Worth every penny. Thanks so much! ”
Photos by Nick Williams Photography
Colour pop, sequins, sparkles, unicorns and stars – Introducing Curious Coco for Bad ass bridesmaids
Introducing our little sister company CURIOUS COCO, specialising in bad ass, gorgeous frocks for your bridesmaid to wear for your wedding and beyond!!!
As alt wedding dress designers we get asked about alternative bespoke bridesmaids gowns so much, “where can people get them?”, “everything is off the peg and mass produced” we hear folks complain, “why cant we find a place like the Couture Co but for bridesmaids? “….well we listened to the requests and designer Jo has teamed up with the super talented designer and co-producer of The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza , Yasmin and they have come up with this super cute range that compliments the Couture Company feel perfectly, and to prove it we did a photoshoot featuring both Curious Coco and Couture co gowns…..
As with our wedding gowns ,The bridesmaids frocks can also be tailor made in many choices of colour , differing lengths , with varying sleeve shapes and necklines , and adding motifs of your choice….just drop them a line via the facebook page and see what they can do for you,
Here is the full and fabulous credit list of Everyone involved in this badass colourtastic shoot 🙂
Haywood Jones Photography
The Couture Company
Emily Fisher www.mermaidgossip.com
Jane Titne Lavoix Ward http://www.titinelavoix.com/
Jamball- felt wand, flamingo headpieces
Working Clasp- laser cut crowns and jewellery
Iron Fist Clothing
Animal Masks made by Yasmin and
designed by Wintercroft Masks
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 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.
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.”
So lovely to open the email containing this wonderful wedding, we really loved working on Emma’s
“Something Blue” dress , and so pleased that she absolutely loved her experience with us 🙂
Thanks Emma for your kind words and huge massive congratulations xxxx
“When we got engaged, I didn’t really have the first clue where to start finding a dress. I looked online and they were all so….. ivory. Nothing I saw online in any wedding dress boutique stood out; it was like swimming in a sea of white. I knew I didn’t want that, but trying to find something a different colour became nigh on impossible. Sure, there were different coloured dresses; plenty of reds, champagnes and golds, but blue is my favourite colour and I knew I wanted a blue wedding dress and I knew I wouldn’t find it in a regular high street boutique.
Pinterest became hell on earth. So many beautiful blue dresses, but they didn’t seem to exist in the real world (well, not in the Midlands anyway). I started searching online for alternative wedding dress shops all over the UK, until I found the one shop to rule them all, less than 20 miles from home!
From the start, I knew The Couture Company was perfect. I arranged a visit and took a friend along for moral support where I met with Jo’s colleague Sally. Sally was lovely and professional and as I tried on some sample dresses, we started to get an idea of what my perfect dress might look like. My friend recommended I try on a baby pink ‘Cherry Blossom’ sample (pink being my idea of hell!) but it became apparent that this was to be the basis of my dress, as I loved the daisy lace and it was so flattering on my top half.
After a return visit, Jo sketched out the dress, with the same daisy lace, but with a long straight skirt, small train and a pearlescent blue material replacing the baby pink and I fell in love with the design completely. I had to have it.
The whole process from start to finish was a dream. On my final fitting, I couldn’t believe how beautiful I looked, and how flattering the dress was. I’ve always had large hips and bum and it’s an area I don’t like to draw too much attention to, but the dress just skimmed over my problem areas and made me look gorgeous. I couldn’t believe a dress could fit so well!
When the big day arrived, everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and how it was so ME. It really was. The Couture Company took my dream dress and made it real, and for that I will always be grateful.”
These beautiful photos are courtesy and copyright of Nicola at Daffodil Waves
If you were to ask our Caroline, “Is there such a thing as too much Hello Kitty?” then she would laugh and say “there is never ever too much Hello Kitty!” in her sweet Northern Irish tones…. we loved Caroline and her Ma so much, we were so excited every time she flew in for her fittings , and had such a laugh …what a lovely family …we miss them now the wedding has happened x
What an absolute joy to work with her on her wedding dress, I cried at her final fitting and on receiving her wonderful photos and heartfelt testimonial!! This is why we do our job!! this is why we love it!!
Caroline writes “I’ve always been fat my whole life, I never dreamed that I would ever get married but here I was engaged date set and starting to look for wedding dresses.
I’ve never had a lot of self confidence and have always felt that I could never be beautiful or feel it, so from the start I had so much negativity built up inside me. After endless hour’s of looking for a dress I was left feeling very disheartened, feeling that no one would cater for my size let alone my style. I decided to look on line and I came across the fabulous Couture Company looking through the site I couldn’t believe the variety of dresses they did and they catered for plus size so I plucked the courage up and contacted Jo
Jo honestly is one of the nicest person you will meet she didn’t judge me on my size or on my mega hello kitty fetish lol I couldn’t have been more delighted to have found her and her team
I’m from Northern Ireland so I flew back and forth for the fittings before I knew it it was the final fitting, as I stepped out and looked in the mirror I was gobsmacked I couldn’t get over how fabulous this dress was, it was perfect and to top it off I had an amazing hello kitty head piece custom made, I literally felt so happy, I felt beautiful which I never thought I would feel, I couldnt wait to get the dress home and show my bridesmaids and wear it on my wedding day
Jo and her team are unbelievable the quality of the dress was outstanding every little detail was perfect the placing of the lace, the hello kitty, the multi coloured buttons this dress was amazing
On the big day I had so many compliments on my dress I felt amazing and not once did I feel fat my dress summed my personality up and flattered my figure, my husband was blown away I think he had imagined some hello kitty costume to come walking down the aisle lol
I am so very thankful to Jo you don’t know it but you helped me overcome so many fears and worries you completly put me at ease and let me be me Thank u so much for making me feel beautiful and making the dress of my dreams ” Caroline xx
Well it was our pleasure my lovely, you were an inspiration to me and my team….and now our followers who read this
These photograpghs are by Northern Ireland photographer Claire at A thousand Words Photography
We were so excited when Sarah came to see us, and we really got to be all creative with Sarah’s Steampunk theme, she wanted a corset to show off her curves, a short skirt at the front to show off her gun holster, a jacket to keep her warm, and colours that showed off her flame red hair!! What do you think? we LOVE her!!!
Sarah wrote this fab testimonial, thanks so much Sarah xxxx
“From the minute I walked in the door of The Couture Company Jo knew exactly what I wanted and was so enthusiastic about designing my perfect steampunk wedding dress. No request or amendment was too much bother and the reveal on my final fitting was amazing, my dress was far more than I could have ever imagined. I couldn’t wait to put it on.
My wedding guests, and more importantly my husband, couldn’t believe their eyes when the saw me walk down the aisle. There were gasps and open mouths a plenty! Everyone commented on how unique and special my dress was and how it was perfect for me and suited my personality. A few even said I was the best bride they had ever seen!
Thank you to Jo and everyone at The Couture Company for making a dress (and a bride) to remember xx“
Photos are copyright of www.terrycphotography.com
Creative direction: Erin of Way Out Wedding
Photography: Nicki Feltham Photography
Dresses:The Couture Company
Make-up: Let’s Face It
Hair: Polka Dot Hair and Make-up
Floral headpieces and buttonhole: Rosey Posey Creations
Decoration & Stationery: Beyond Vintage
Venue: The Dolls House, Islington
Millinery: La Dame au Béret
Jewellery: Skull jewellery by Alex Garnett
Crucifix necklaces by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery ,
I am so happy to share this awesome bride and her gorgeous wedding with you today!!!!!
When Lowri came to us we were mega flatterered, not only did she travel up to see us from Devon , she also said she had done lots of research and couldn’t find anyone who did the kind of designs we did, and as designers that is a extra special compliment to know that brides recognise our own unique style.
Lowri had a wonderful fun packed wedding on the coast, jam packed with loads of activities for her guest to enjoy, Lowri and Lee thought of everything for everybody at their wedding, and that really comes across in her beautiful photographs,
I cannot thank Lowri enough, she has been such a champion for the Couture Company, not only by trusting us to design her gown along with very personalised embroideries, but by shouting about us whenever she gets the chance. I am so glad to share this lovely testimonial with you brides to be, hope fully it will give you an insight into how we work 🙂
“I knew my dress had to be red and I knew the basic shape I wanted, but finding a quirky alternative dress that was still beautiful, enhancing and not too ‘out there’ was not as easy as I assumed it would be”, she explained. “Then I found The Couture Company. I tried to find someone similar more locally but once I’d seen Jo’s dresses no-one else could compare! In the end it was so worth it to me to travel to Birmingham for my fittings. I booked an appointment and all I can say is the whole process was a dream. Jo got what I wanted from the start and was flexible enough to alter the personalisation halfway through when I changed my mind. Jo really made me look just as I imagined I would on my wedding day. She was amazing!”
Thanks to Andrea at Vevi wedding Photography
for these glorious photos
Fran is just my ultimate bride, I was hooked on her wedding from the moment she got in touch!!! originally she had planned a Halloween wedding but gorgeous baby Nancy Stein’s arrival had some influence on that getting put back a little 🙂 so fast forward to March this year, and Fran and her beau Lewis were married in castle, they took their 2 sphynx cats, their family and had an awesome day at Tutbury castle and its ruins. We love Fran, totally gorgeous girl that she is, she rocks her curves like I only wish I could, and I absolutely love her awesome photographs by Assassynation
an I cannot Thank you enough for this beautiful testimonial ( it made my eyes leak !) x
The Dress- Ok so Fran is obsessed with leopard pattern print, so when she told me this we had to have it in the dress, but we didnt want it “in your face” leopard, we wanted to give it a subtler look, so we over laid the corset and skirt with a gorgeous silk organza over dress in a really lush charcoal grey . Then because we had achieved such a magnificient corsetted waistline we had to show that off with a bright red colour pop belt, and Fran asked us to do a Heartogram in jet beads, which of course we did on a back drop of beaded leopard print!!! Of course we did !! I love how the organza covers the corset and skirt but shows them off at the same time, and I love the organza over her beautiful tattoos, just gorgeous !!!!
This wedding makes me very proud of our Team at The Couture Company , and proud of what a great team we make 🙂
“I was planning my wedding but knew that I would eventually have to face the awful prospect of wedding dress shopping. I had been to traditional wedding dress shops with friends for their weddings, and absolutely dreaded walking into a shop full of long white dresses, diamante and disapproving glances at my above average size. My fiancé and I trawled through sites – each one pushing me further into despair until we thought of alternative wedding dresses. I saw a photo of a beautiful black gown from the Couture Co, which made such a vivid impression I knew I had to go there. I assumed they must be in America – a wedding dress shop this amazing couldn’t be in this country – but it was and only a 25 minute drive from me! I couldn’t believe my luck! I rang and made an appointment straight away. A few days later I was in the shop with my mum and sister and knew immediately that it was THE shop for me. There was no point in looking anywhere else!
I was really nervous – I’m not the most confident of people, bigger than most and have no idea what suits my body – or what I really wanted in a wedding dress. I have so many interests but no particular style. I love 50’s fashion, but I’m also a bit gothy with some grunge thrown in. I usually wear film/band T shirts and shorts or jeans with Dr Martens, so the prospect of choosing a dress scared me to death.
Jo made me feel so comfortable straight away. She asked me what I was looking for and I think she knew I didn’t really have a clue. She asked about my interests and passions, and about Lewis and his ideas for Groom suits. My only helpful idea at this point was that I wanted sleeves! I tried the black dress on that I saw online, but it wasn’t really me. Jo didn’t make me feel terrible – that it was somehow my fault that the dress wasn’t right – something that terrified me from ordinary wedding shops. Jo suggested that I tried a corset (which I ADORED) and there was no going back. It was beautifully made and my waist looked tiny, which is always good. I remember walking around the shop in just a corset and underskirt and I would have happily walked down the aisle like that! My mum mentioned my love for Leopard print, which I never thought I could incorporate into my wedding dress…but when Jo brought out some material and I instantly fell in love.
Jo drew a sketch of the overall dress and it was amazing! We were all so excited– everything came together so perfectly. Jo is so talented – she had amazing ideas and she never once made me feel like I was too fat or ridiculous to wear this fantastic dress. She seemed to understand me, putting my personality into the dress and checking that I was happy with her interpretation. I didn’t feel pressured or railroaded into something that would make me feel uncomfortable – Jo has such a lovely way of making you seem the most interesting person in the room. I actually said to my mum on the way home that I felt that Jo had dived into my head and pulled out my perfect wedding dress.
I was so excited for every fitting, and Jo and her team made me feel so comfortable. They are also really adjustable and compassionate. I was measured for my dress, but a few months later I emailed Jo to say we were expecting a baby! My wedding date changed and the whole wedding dress ended up being nearly two years in the making. I stayed in contact with Jo, who was really understanding when it came to extended payments and fittings and the change of wedding date. I doubt this would have happened anywhere else!
I’m so glad I found Jo and the lovely Couture Co. I felt so amazing and gorgeous on my wedding day, and Lewis couldn’t stop looking me. We had kept the design a total secret, so the reaction when I walked into the castle for my wedding was incredible. I had gone from uncomfortable, worried to death bride to confident 50’s leopard skin vamp (complete with cat ears) in one go. I had never felt so good about myself – and Jo had made it all happen. I honestly couldn’t fault a single thing – my dress was perfect for a formal castle wedding to jumping the broomstick at our handfasting ceremony – I just wish that Jo could design and make all my clothes! I cant thanks Jo and her team enough!”
Well the summer is fast approaching so we thought we would give you a Hot treat, this shoot was done with the wonderful photographer who is Sassy from Assassynation, we love the bright summer vibe going down here, and think that Cara and Nessa are SCHMOKIN!!!! Models Cara La Satanica and Nessa
Dresses by the Couture Company
Headpieces by Crown and Glory
Photography by Assassynation
Lue and Wes got married!!!! Looks like they had and fantastic day !!
“I knew from the very first email that Jo was the one who could make my dreams come true of creating my perfect dress, I threw lots of ideas and styles at her and explained that leopard print had to be the main ingredient. So when we met up at my first appointment it didn’t take long for us to come up with the perfect dress. Jo took on board everything we had discussed, all of my ideas and threw a few of her own in and hey presto we had the blue prints for what was to be “the one” as they say you know when you have found “the dress” and there it was on paper xx over the next few months at each appointment I saw my dress go from a beautiful drawing to a beautiful stunning gown that I just couldn’t wait to wear with each appointment I fell more n more in love with my dress at that’s all thanks to Jo and her team of fantastic team of ladies who I can only describe as miracle workers dream makers and all round fantastic people xx I always dreaded that I would have to marry in white as I never knew bridal shops like couture existed (there’s nothing wrong with marrying in white but it’s just not for me) my husband was blown away with how stunning I looked and I felt amazing like a funky punky princess xx he said he fell in love with me all over again in my dress xx also I love the fact it was a two piece and I can wear my Corset with jeans etc xx of it was up to my husband I think I would be wearing my dress every day ha ha xx so thanks again to Jo and her team for making my dreams come true and designing and creating me perfect wedding dress ”
These fab photos are courtesy of Silverstar Photographic
Huge massive congratulations and THANKS to the lovely Harriet for sharing her castle wedding with us. Harriet and Josh were married last summer and and a bit of a medievil twist to the proceedings, and even got time to do some archery!!
Harriet chose a version of our Zoe gown, in a gorgeous butter cream tone, she added her own twists with the cute cap sleeves and colours of her wedding on both her petticoat and her buttons.
Thanks so much to Harriet for this fab testimonial xxx
As a plus size girl the prospect of wedding dress shopping was more than a little daunting.
Before going to the couture company I had been to a local shop. Despite my request to try different styles I seemed to end up in a sweetheart neckline dress with ruching around my waist with the lady saying its flattering to hide my stomach. I left the shop feeling flat.
Meeting jo and the team couldn’t have been more different. I was given free reign over what style dress I could try…everything from 1920s style to grecian godess and got a strong idea of what looked good and more importantly made me feel good. Jo just understood me and really helped to boost my confidence. ..she made suggestions and guided me through the process of making my dress…it was a truly special experience and the one to one sessions were fab. Even if you aren’t creative like me you get the support and encouragement you need to get the dress of your dreams.
When the finished dress was given to me I couldn’t stop smiling..it was so perfect. On my wedding day I had so many compliments on the style and quality of the dress and my husband loved the fact it was so unique. It matched our theme perfectly…traditional with a twist…couldn’t have asked for better.
Prospective brides you absolutely must visit jo and the team before making your choice. ..you won’t regret it x”
Photos are copyright of Richard Kiely
Katie, is one of our all time favourite brides, she is completely lovely and nuts all at the same time, Just perfect for us!!!! Katie and her crazy ass beau Richard were married in Vegas and it went a little something like this ……….
Katie wrote this lovely testimonial, we hope it gives you a little insight into how we work and what you can expect from our team 🙂 Thanks so much Katie xxx
“I decided to go along to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza to try and get some ideas and see what could be done by like-minded people who understand you don’t always want to look like every bride that has gone before; that’s where I encountered the Couture Company stand and I just knew that it was love at first sight! The colours and the head pieces, everything was just incredible and I hadn’t even spoken to anyone.
I made an appointment to see them and I have to admit I was nervous, being a larger lady I think the idea of trying to find a dress can be a bit over whelming and as I am also tall I had pretty much convinced myself they would have nothing I could try on, but I was wrong! They had a great selection of sample dresses I was able to try and they could actually do a couple of them up. Instantly I felt at home with these ladies and trust me that feeling just made the experience so much better.
I didn’t meet Jo until the second time I visited the shop, I knew what style of dress I liked but I was unsure about a couple of details and felt l just needed to go over it again so I was 100% happy. Jo was AMAZING! It felt like she sorted all the questions, she had loads of ideas and was really encouraging. Jo was ace! ALL THE LADIES IN THAT PLACE ARE ACE!!
Once we had sorted the details everything after that just flowed really smoothly! I was able to make appointments that worked around me and the whole process was just so seamless. When the day came for me to try my actual frock on well, what can I say it was just the most perfect, stunning, beautiful dress I had ever seen! I know I would say that it’s my dress but seriously I have never seen anything as magical and I wanted to cry, my mum, sister and best mate did cry there were tears everywhere and that was the reaction that I wanted so needless to say I was extremely happy!
I decided to get a head piece to go with my dress and again it literally involved a short conversation with Jo and honestly it’s like they can read your mind because the end result was just so so perfect I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
I had been in other wedding dress shops when my sister was getting married and when my best mate got married and I remember thinking that I had never seen anything that would be my ‘ONE’ so I would tell any Bride to be that she should check out The Couture Company, not only do you get something completely bespoke and original but the people behind it are just fantastic! They don’t make you feel uncomfortable or that you are silly for wanting a unicorn on your head and they really listen to what you want at the end of the day these ladies want you to have the dress you have always dreamed of and they will do their very best to make it for you.”
All the photos are by the talented Jamie Y who is based in Las vegas, so be sure to check her out if you are planning a wedding over there 🙂
Here is a Victorian gothic inspired shoot we were asked to get involved in by the lovely Heidi at Glorious Tiaras, it features one of our more recent designs in ivory and black lace and think it looks gorgeous in this setting Special thanks to all the lovely people who made these photos possible 🙂
Tiaras, bridal hair accessories & vintage brooch bouquets by Glorious Tiaras. www.glorioustiaras.co.uk
Hair and Make Up by Helen Masters at Helen Masters Hair and Make Up Artist. http://www.helenmastersmakeup.co.uk
Shoes and modelling by Frankie Lynn at Frankie Lynn Emporium. www.frankielynnemporium.com
Modelling by Sarah Tonin. Sara Bellisio. www.facebook.com/SarahTonin.SaraBellisio
Modelling by Matt S. http://mattsmodel.weebly.com
Invitations by Wendy at The Charming Press. http://thecharmingpress.com
Victorian tram supplied by Netta Christie at Discover Buxton. http://discoverbuxton.co.uk
Kate found us at the Eclectic Wedding extravaganza and we loved having her as a client, we talked over her ideas and what she wanted (and didn’t want) for her wedding dress, We loved this version of our Hetty gown, and the lovely purple accents kate added to the wedding.
make sure you check out her amazing cake by The Conjurer’s Kitchen .
These wonderful photos are by our favourite photographer Assassynation
Thanks to Kate for her lovely words, -we are genuinely honoured and blessed to have so many awesome brides!! It means a lot that they take the time to write these testimonials “I managed to turn up to my first appointment with the lovely Jo having forgotten to bring my wedding shoes, not really aware of what on earth I would like a wedding dress to look like but being sure that I would probably just settle for white as “that’s what you do”.
Jo and made me feel comfortable from the first minute I was there and has the patience of a saint to deal with my indecision and blank face when my mum started talking about fabrics. Despite me arriving with only a length of dress I wanted in mind, by the time I left our first meeting an hour later, Jo had shaped my perfect dress on paper and, despite not having the shoes to reference, nailed the colour perfectly from a slightly rubbish photo on my phone.
After the fittings, measurements, deciding on beading, remembering my shoes and numerous bits of shortbread from the café round the corner, I got to go and collect my finished dress.
Amazingly I managed to hold it together and not blub with tears of joy (but only just), Jo and her team had done such an amazing job in finding a shape I didn’t know I had, hiding the bits I wasn’t keen on and giving me a dress that I knew I could rock down the aisle.
The dress went down a storm on our wedding day, I think everyone knew that I wouldn’t go for something traditional but they never expected purple with leopard beading! I am already trying to find a reason to go back and get more clothing from Jo (glitter jacket for Comic Con 2015!!) – the service is impeccable, professional to the end, warm and welcoming. Can’t wait to come to the next EWE or pop in when I am next in Birmingham just to say hi. ” Pop in any Time!!!!
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
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 headpiece 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
“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.”
Images copyright of Mia Photography
What a sweetheart Lorna was!!! we loved working with her on her gown…..
What can I say about Jo and the team?
A breath of fresh air?
I knew I wanted a short dress and ideally something a bit 50’s…I trawled all the local (and not so local) traditional bridal stores in search of ‘the one’.
But what I found was pushy staff, taking one look at my size and directing me to the ‘loo roll’ holder dresses. I must have heard it at every store, “you don’t want a short dress, full length will be more slimming”.
Not that many dress shops even had a short dress in stock…
I was miffed off; I knew what I wanted…this shouldn’t be so hard!After lots of googling I found the Couture Company website…yay!After looking over the site with large excited eyes, I emailed Jo for an appointment.
Me and my Bridesmaid headed off in the snow last January 2013 to meet Jo and the Team, and it was totally worth it…So many beautifully quirky dresses for all sizes, and there, amongst the satin hung ‘the one’, well as close as I had got so far. A polka dot 50’s frock…love at first sight!
I visited again with Mum in tow, and Jo sketched out the tweaks I was after…I still have the drawing…there, on that little sketch was my wedding dress…bespoke for me!
What more could a girl ask for??
Every time I visited Jo and the team I felt welcomed and nothing was too much bother and it was great to see my dress evolve from the doodle, to the mock up – to the final version…
And the result, was my perfect dress (and a lush corset to match) – I felt amazing and best of all, I felt like me.
So many of my friends have spent a small fortune on their dresses and an array of alternations, which still led to an ill-fitting dress. With Jo and the team, I got my dream dress, bespoke to me, which fitted like a glove for the same price as an off the peg.
I felt amazing on my wedding day and I had so many compliments on my frock and how it was just ‘so me’.
I couldn’t recommend Jo and the girls more – thank you!
Photos happily supplied by Shepherd Photography.
Photos happily supplied and are copyright of Shepherd Photography.