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A colourful floral explosion of a dress for the amazing Sarah-Alternative wedding dresses

Ok , its been a while since I last posted , been totally consumed with organising The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, so bear with me!

I have been waiting to find the time to write about THE most amazing bride !!! Sarah is one of my all time (well, last 25 years) brides..I am actually a little bit sad she got married because I don’t get to see her anymore…yes totally selfish of me…but I actually LOVE her, she was soooooooooooooooooo funny, soooooooo gorgeous ,soooooo bad asss and sooooooooo f**ckin’ sweary…..

We had such a laugh at her fittings, she was the most amazing bride , so hilarious…I mean who comes out of the changing room, in her dress and is so excited shouts ” F**K OFF” at  herself in the mirror, thats how excited and blown away she was… She totally rocked her wedding and Oh my god she totally rocked her dress….We love this dress on her so much…literally  a perfect match and fit for her crazy and wonderful personality.

Sarah wrote about the whole experience of having her dress made…so its over to her

“The biggest expense, apart from the venue, was my dress. It was worth every penny and was one of my absolute favourite things about the preparations and the day itself. It’s a handmade, bespoke dress that was created by an absolute genius of a woman: Jo  at the Couture Company.

Nearly all our suppliers for our wedding are people we met and loved at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza wedding fair last year. The dress, the groom’s outfit, the AWESOME photographer Sharon Cooper, and the vintage caravan photobooth – all from EWE. Jo at the Couture Company organised the event and up until that point, I hadn’t tried on one dress. I wasn’t confident at all with this part of the preparation and honestly thought I would be wearing an off-the-shelf dress from Debenhams. Not because that’s what I actually wanted to wear, but I hadn’t found much online that caught my eye and matched what I had visualised.

Then I went to my first meeting with Jo, and was so happy that I saw in my car afterwards and cried. We’d designed a dress that was just a dream to me before, and she made me feel that I was worth the reality. She sketched it out, took down my wedding colours (five really bright and contrasting shades) and got to work. Jo asked if there was anything personal that I’d like stitched into the dress, and I knew exactly what I wanted. My grandfather on my mum’s side was an amazing artist and I’d recently found some pictures at my mum’s house of butterflies. He’d named them all, and the one I loved in particular was ‘Lady Audrey’, named after my grandma. I sent the picture in to Jo who recreated it superbly onto the dress itself. These touches made everything so perfect.

Darren had no idea what to expect in seeing me walking down the aisle. I will never forget the feeling in my heart of seeing his face as I walked round the corner into the ceremony. His face was a picture of pride, surprise and love. I’ll never forget it, and thankfully our amazing photographer, Sharon, got the best photo of him right at this point.”

and along with this wonderful review on facebook..I could not be more thrilled!!!

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Where to start???

I met Jo at EWE wedding fayre in Birmingham (google it: AMAZING). Immediately liked her honest, unique and experienced way of talking.

Booked in a visit; never had been to see any wedding dresses at this point so had no idea what to expect. Well well well… totally blew my mind!! Her shop/studio/palace is amazing. SHE is amazing. Her team is amazing.

The dress was designed in Jo’s massive creative mind and she sketched it out on a bit of paper whilst I was babbling on. Incredible genius that she is, it was perfection.

Check the pictures of the dress here and suffice to say, it’s just incredible.

If you feel in any way self conscious, confused about the process, or are utterly bored by the same old wedding dresses that you find literally everywhere else, then Jo and her team are for you. Honestly, you won’t look anywhere else. She’s just the best.”

           

The MOST badass bridesmaids in Jumpsuits you EVER did see!!

Check out the other suppliers that Sarah Found at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza,

Fabulous photographs from the lovely lovely Sharon Cooper

Photography Adam from Deuce and his Fab Photobooth Caravan

Darren’s Suit was from The Vintage Suit Hire company

Sarah’s headress made to coordinate with her dress by us 🙂

 

they are mostly listed in their fab directory HERE

5 Apr 2019

Blood red gothic gown for the our bride Amy-Alternative bespoke wedding dresses

Amy’s dress was a joy to work on, we just LOVE the colours and textures in her gown, from all the layered tuiles to the hand painted french lace corseted bodice….finished off with the black ombre sleeves and neckline….so gloriously Gothic!!!

6 Feb 2019

Louise totally rocked her ombre kimono caped wedding gown

We are delighted and blown away to share Louise and Lawrence’s amazing wedding photos by our ultimate fave photographer Assassynation. 

We loved working with Louise and creating her silk ombre kimono gown with cape back!!…just check out the flowers and birds on her belt too!

What wonderful photos of the day at the awesome Walcott Hall… and Louise totally nailing being a badass bride xxx

12 Jul 2018

Ashley and Ben’s rainbow-tastic wedding will brighten your life-Alternative Wedding Dresses

Ashley and Ben were married last year and boy did they have a colourful wedding!!

We LOVE these photos, so much fun, so happy!!!

Thanks so much to Ashely for this amazing and honest testimonial

” So my original budget for a dress was around £500 I never cared (or thought so) much about what dress I was going to wear I just wanted a 50s cut style with a rainbow petticoat so was just going to get a cheap one off of eBay or rack from a conventional wedding dress shop. The plan was always to spend more on bens suit because he cared more. But when I found you guys on Instagram and visited your workshop/store I instantly fell in love ? the idea of being able to have a dress completely tailored to me was like a dream! I live in handmade dresses so it only seemed natural. As a larger lady I knew what shape would suit me and I knew I wanted rainbow somewhere on the dress but also as much as a pastel bright pink outrageous dress would of been awesome I wanted to look as much like a bride as I could because you only do it once (if your lucky) ?

You guys made every appointment comfortable and welcoming especially as I was on my own with 3/4 of them. You listened to what I wanted and designed it down to a tea. I never felt like my ideas where not right and forced into a look I didn’t want. You helped in so many ways and create me a dress I couldn’t of dreamt of.

 

My husband semi knew about my dress and the style, colour and design as he came to one fitting with me (I didn’t let him see me in it though) I really care about his opinions because he gives good ideas as he’s a bit of a creative type.

When he saw me in my dress walking down the isle on the big day he saids I look happy with the way that I looked and that was the most important thing to him and beyond anything else I looked appropriate for the day we were planning to have.

Of course he saids I looked beautiful and what not but let’s be realistic he would say that. He just loved how relaxed and comfortable I was wearing it and that makes him happy too.

Thanks a bunch!

Ashley oxo”

If you want to follow Ashley on Instagram for her Kitsch-tastically cute

antics then go here >>> My Little Kitsch

 

These colourful awesome Photos are by the fab  Jeanie Jean

weddings http://jeaniejean.com/portfolio/weddings/

5 Jul 2018

When space goddesses descend to earth for a downtown dirty disco – Alternative wedding dresses

Intergalactic downtown dirty space  disco was the  brief!! as you do!!…

We love working on creative shoots especially with awesome photographers like the wonderful Camera Hannah . Having worked with Hannah in the past , I KNOW she can BRING it and we always know she will GET what we want to do and we work very well together, equally we have some amazing creative folks who worked on the shoot, and all their credits and link are listed at the bottom of the page:)

So Yeah, Think, Space Disco, think Star wars and Princess Leia getting down at Studio 54…our space goddesses have just landed their craft…and they are here to show the world how  they rock it and get down in outer space……

So we teamed up sequins stars and sparkles with beautiful billowing silk georgette, we absolutely loved it!!

Anh what an amazing location at Cafe Colette in Birmingham too

Check out our NEW range of leather jackets too….the embroideries are out of the world!!

So…….Meet our space vixens, Steph, Holly Alana, and Lillith- Vindictive La farce

Photography: Camera Hannah

Dresses & Jackets: The Couture Company

Hair and Make up: Nicola Honey 

Make up and glitter: Wish Upon a Sparkle

Light Props, wings and star: Grande Luxe Co 

Hair accessories: Crown and Glory 

Hair accessories and jewellery: Jane Bowler

Jewellery: Working clasp jewellery

lighting assistant: Kate Jackson

Location : Cafe Collette

Models:

Lillith-Vindictive La’Farce

Stephanie May

Holly Alana Williams

24 Apr 2018