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Gemma’s pretty lace wedding dress with the cutest swallow accents

This is Gemma’s story of how she found her dress- she cried, they cried we all cried 🙂 we LOVE our brides!!

Huge congratulations to Gemma and Olly  xxx Thanks so much for this awesome testimonial xx

Gemma writes…….

“The Dress

I first met my groom to be in Sutton Coldfield in our local pub five years ago. He proposed to me on my 30th birthday as I blew out the candles on my cake, in front of all my family and closest friends – it took nerves of steel! The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (9)From the very beginning of planning our wedding we knew we wanted a traditional church service and we were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. This was followed by a far from traditional festival themed reception with guests camping overnight – if they were brave enough!

When thinking about my dream wedding dress, I knew what it wouldn’t be before I knew what it would….. Not long, no frills and most definitely no bling. In reality I found my dress on the very first day I set out to look for it. Accompanied by my Mum and Mother in law to be, we set out for a girlie shopping trip to mooch at wedding dress. I hadn’t planned on finding a dress that day, as I was still unsure of what I actually wantedThe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (1) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (2) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (3) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (4) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (5) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (6) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (7) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (8)  The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (10) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (11), although I had decided, I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day and LOVED lace, so it was a small start. We headed to the Custard Factory, Birmingham for breakfast, It’s a lovely eclectic part of Birmingham with a vintage feel to many of the shops there. I had often shopped in the vintage shops around the Custard Factory before so I knew there was a wedding dress shop there, so I guessed it was a good place to start. After breakfast we wandered over to the Couture Company, the wedding dress shop I had seen previously, I had always admired the dresses on display in the window. It was a miserable day, pouring with rain outside so we were pleased to be staying undercover. Walking up to the shop I stopped my Mum and Mother in law in their tracks, because there, in the window, was my perfect dress. We were warmly greeted by Jo on entering the shop, I had previously booked an appointment ‘just in case’ there were any dresses I wanted to try on.  Without hesitation I asked to try on the dress in the window. As Jo was helping me into the dress, before it was even fully on, I burst into tears, It was only the second dress I had tried on but I knew it perfect and I had found ‘the one’. After stepping out from behind the screen and seeing my Mum and Mother in law’s faces well up when they saw me in the dress – it sealed the deal!

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I made several customisations to the dress and the headpiece to ensure it fitted perfectly to the theme of the wedding. All of these changes were as easy as telling Jo what I wanted and she fixed it, easy as that. Jo’s creative flair helped with some of the design decisions, in fact finding and altering my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole planning. My bridesmaids were all to be dressed in a lace mint green shift dress, so we co-ordinated the underskirt ribbon to match perfectly. The headpiece design was based on a collaboration of other headpiece designs within the shop, and again the mint green colour was used, highlighting the look and feel I wanted. The last thing I customised was the waist band, as my husband to be has a swallow tattoo – this influenced a lot of the design for other factors within the wedding, the invitations for example had swallows on and so did several other key pieces within the wedding. The most beautiful sequined swallow was made for me to pin onto my waistband – I felt the dress was now more than perfect! As a last minute thought I asked Jo to make me a small wrist purse in the same material as the dress to put my lipstick in, I roughly sketched my idea on a piece of paper and once again Jo produced magic and created just what I wanted.The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (16) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (17) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (18) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (19) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-1950s-rockabilly-vintage-lace-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-swallow-tattoo-steve-gerrard (20)

All in all I couldn’t recommend Jo and the Couture Company highly enough for any bride to be. All my visits to the shop, from the initial visit to the final fitting and collection were all stress free and so exciting. Jo and her team made the whole dress experience a pleasure and I was more than ecstatic with the final result – My dress was absolutely perfect, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.

These epic photos are copyright of photos are copyright of Montreal wedding photographer Steve Gerrard, be sure to visit his website

 

 

7 Apr 2014

Roll up! Roll Up! See when the alternative wedding Circus rolled into town..Dresses Galore!

This shoot is one of my absolute favourites of all time, not only because it was the biggest shoot we had ever done, but because we got to know so so many awesome people who were involved, and led to many amazing projects ,but mostly because we  it was the start of a beautiful friendship with my very good pal Sassy who is the creative genius behind Assassynation. This then led to us setting up The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and even more importantly me having the honour of making Sassy’s Vow renewal dress ( but more about that in a few weeks)

Here’s a fab film  of what we got up to…it was a LOT of fun!!!! Thanks again to EVERYONE involved

 

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Photography Credit: Assassynation
Video Credit: Sassy n Frank
Dresses, Accessories & Styling: The Couture Company & Rawhide Corsets
Shoes: Irregular Choice & some model’s own ( pink, sparkly ones are from Benjamin Adams)
Models: Kat & Gareth of Rock n Roll Bride, Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane PhotographyElbie Van Eeden, Regula & Bruno from The Tiny Red Factory, Hannah from The Couture Company, Simonne (the fire breather @feeneyfoofoo)
Horse: Spike (the horse) Anya (the horse handler) from Hornton Grounds Farm
Stationery/Posters: The Tiny Red Factory
Flowers: Amy, Little ‘A’
Circus Props: Russell’s International Circus
Set Styling: Assassynation & The Couture Company
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van EedenEllie KeransZarla , Kat (through Zarla), KizzyJoSarah
Hats: Sharper Milliner
Flower skull and leaf hat: Bloomingayles
Clay Signs: Cherrypie Lane
Location: The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Graffiti: GraffitibyTitle.com
Shoot Assistants: Sally, Rosie, Queenie, Alicja, Becky, Rebecca, Chris, Ryan

10 Feb 2014

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

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

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

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

Hair and make up by Le Keux Events

Photos with thanks and copyright of Tux and Tales Photography

18 Jan 2014

Pretty in Pink – Anna Fur Laxis and Diablo Rose Rock our frocks in an Alternative wedding dress shoot

Kicking off the New Year with a POW!!!Here is a fab shoot we did at The Custard Factory with the lovely ladies and top beautifiers at Le keux Events and The Vintage Salon and stars the wonderful pin-up queens Anna Furlaxis and Diablo Rose

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10 Jan 2014

Our Burlesque beauty Jo rocks her red and black tattooed dress, for her Alice inspired alternative wedding

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Ok Kicking off 2014 as we mean to go on, with our kick ass Burlesque beauty Jo!!!

We absolutely loved working with our gorgeous Jo on her wedding gown, she was a dream to work with (and a little crazy), but it takes one to know one and we too are slightly crazy!!!! Jo knew exactly what type of dress she wanted, and most of all it had to be “her”. So thats what we did, we  created a dress that was her!! From the red haired girl kissing the skull on the back of her gown, to the violets and roses in memory of her beloved Nan .

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We cannot thank her enough for choosing us to design her dress and for this lovely testimonial xx

“as promised, here are some lovely words to you from my heart….

Finding my dream wedding dress had been an issue from day one. From getting laughed out of 2 shops and leaving one in tears I had become disheartened and depressed about finding *THE DRESS*. Then I stumbled upon The Couture Companies website by accident and fell in love with the gowns on the site. I knew I had found the company to help me.
Upon walking into the showroom I knew I had found a kindred spirit in Jo and I felt immediately at home. Jo & her team actually managed to somehow get inside my head and create a masterpiece. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more. The dress fitted me like a glove and the hand embroidered tattoo patches were incredible, even to the point of incorporating my Nan’s name (who we sadly lost in May) in the form of stunning violets and roses so I somehow had her with me on the day. They weren’t put off by the ideas, the colour I wanted or the patches I had in mind. In fact they seemed excited!
I honestly can’t recommend Jo and her team enough. They are friendly, professional and all just super lovely to work with and I am so thrilled I found them.

mmmmmmmmmwah! xxx Jo ”

Wedding photos are by Simon Thomas Photography

There are a few more fun photos below taken by Jo’s new husband Mark,who is also a photographer,  ML Imagery whilst they were on honeymoon in Brighton!! Enjoy lovlies

 

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6 Jan 2014