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Here come the Girls – Our weekend at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

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!!!

25 Nov 2017

Cute coloured rainbow lace dress for Krissy- Alternative wedding dresses

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

26 Jul 2017

Colour pop, sequins, sparkles, unicorns and stars – Introducing Curious Coco for Bad ass bridesmaids

MrandMrsUniqueadBBIntroducing our little sister company CURIOUS COCO, specialising in bad ass, gorgeous frocks for your bridesmaid to wear for your wedding and beyond!!!

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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,

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Here is the full and fabulous credit list of Everyone involved in this badass colourtastic shoot 🙂

Photography

Haywood Jones Photography

 http://haywoodjonesphotography.co.uk/

FB  https://m.facebook.com/Haywood-Jones-Photography…/.

Bridal Dresses

The Couture Company 

http://www.the-couture-company.co.uk/ 

https://www.facebook.com/The.Couture.Company/?fref=ts

Bridesmaid dresses

Curious Coco

FB https://www.facebook.com/curiouscoco/?fref=ts

 

Models

Emily Fisher     www.mermaidgossip.com

Laura Salmon    https://facebook.com/vintagedolllaura?hc_location=ufi

Jane Titne Lavoix Ward   http://www.titinelavoix.com/

 

Make up

Natalie Flewitt

FB https://m.facebook.com/natalieflewittmua/

www.natalieflewittmakeup.com

Hair

Chez Titine 

www.cheztitine-salon.com

Accessories

Jamball- felt wand, flamingo headpieces

 https://www.facebook.com/jamballcreations/

http://www.jamballcreations.com/

Working Clasp- laser cut crowns and jewellery

  https://www.facebook.com/Working-Clasp-Jewellery-165594400128258/    http://www.workingclasp.com/

Shoes

Iron Fist Clothing

    http://www.ironfist.co.uk/

Fb https://www.facebook.com/ironfistclothing/?fref=ts

 

Paper Decorations

Pulp Cards

http://www.pulpcards.co.uk/

FB  https://www.facebook.com/Pulp-Cards-Thomas-Street-Urban-Candle-Co-241470042605839/

Animal Masks made by Yasmin and

designed by Wintercroft Masks

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24 May 2017

Peacock accents for our Sooz’s festival wedding- Alternative wedding dresses

So happy to share Sooz’s gorgeous festival style wedding, we loved creating Sooz’s dress and especially the additions of the teal mix tuille and beaded peacock feather to complete , She was such a dream to work with , a gorgeous girl inside and out  🙂 We do love our bridesthe-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dresses-midlands-birmingham-bespoke-short-peacock-detail-teal-dress-wedding-bridal-gown-1the-couture-company-alternative-wedding-dresses-midlands-birmingham-bespoke-short-peacock-detail-teal-dress-wedding-bridal-gown-4

Sooz writes “Before I even entertained the thought that one day I might get married, I used to imagine cringe-worthy meringue-type stuffy wedding dress shops where you don’t like any of the dresses but you feel obliged to pick one.  I just felt in my heart that IF I should ever get married, how would I ever deal with that part let alone all of the other scary stuff you have to do.

However, one day it actually happened and my boyfriend proposed!! How exciting it was!! And how TERRIFYING at the same time – where do you start??  At that exact point once I calmed myself down, I thought “let’s just start with the NICE bit – THE DRESS!” and googled “ALTERNATIVE” “ FESTIVAL” “CIRCUS” “WEDDING DRESS DESIGNERS NEAR BIRMINGHAM” (Because my mum lives near there and I thought it would be nice for us to do the dress thing together.)  Couture company came up, and as soon as I saw the website and all the pictures I knew that this was THE PLACE FOR ME.

I emailed Jo and she replied straight away and invited me for an appointment once I’d sent a few ideas.  The first visit was really exciting, the place is a true atelier fantasy-enchanted-fairy-tale-dream come true! All the dresses and accessories in there are unique and WOW!

I had 3 or 4 fittings over the course of about 6 months and I would get really nervous on the way, as if I’d been imagining it wrongly in my head since the last visit and that suddenly somehow it would have all changed or I would have changed shape or that the dress would no longer suit me… (??)  This was just wedding paranoia and Jo is an expert on how to deal with this.  She has a down-to-earth, matter-of-fact style (“of course you’re gonna like it”!!) which puts you immediately at ease as you can see she’s creating something stunning, which gets even more like your idea with each fitting but with extra little beautiful embellishments.  My mum loved her too.  Each time I came out of the atelier feeling excited and confident.

The actual dress on the day was everything I’d wanted it to be!  I managed to get away with no bra (clever Jo) so it was really comfortable and looked great with my sapphire DMs for our festival style wedding! I could dance about all I wanted to.  Everyone was blown away by the dress and remarked how gorgeous it was! My Esther https://www.facebook.com/esthermarsmillineryandmaking is a designer and made an amazing sequinned, peacock-feathered headdress without even seeing the dress, which I loved and it looked perfect with the dress.  I’m now trying to come up with occasions when I can have an excuse to wear it all again!  I am so glad I found Jo – she made the whole experience really special and I would highly recommend her for those brides wanting something sassy, beautiful, alternative and cool!

These gorgeous photos are by Ten Foot Tall Photography 

 

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12 Mar 2017

I felt like a superhero in heels!!! Meet our Roller derby space goddess !!! -Alternative coloured wedding dresses

Meet our awesome bride Karen, we love our clients so much and Karen is no exception, she was as crazy as a kipper , mad as a hatter and just downright bloody awesome!!!, She knew exactly what she didn’t want and most of time exactly what she did want.

Sparkles, bubbles, colour and more colour and oh a bit more colour!!! We think she looked completely stunning on her wedding day and here we see her as our very  own intergalactic boho bubbled up space goddess, that’s the only way to describe this gorgeous girl.  🙂

Congratulations to you both you look awesome


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Thanks so much Karen for your awesome testimonial, we know our brides will LOVE reading your story 🙂

I knew from the start I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress. In fact, that was really the only thing I had in my head when I started looking for what to wear on my wedding day.
I had searched online for ideas and found a breadth of conflicting themes that I liked… none of which I was completely sold on.

We planned a tiny wedding (just us, our witnesses and their partners), so it didn’t feel like a “proper wedding” to me. Because of this I knew whatever I chose to wear, I didn’t want it to look like your typical wedding dress. I wanted to be comfortable but pretty, dressed up but not over-dressed. And it had to be true to me… which meant a racer back top (so I could wear a sports bra – how anyone wears a wired bra all day is beyond me), sparkles of some sort and a healthy dose of colours.

I was drawn to Jo because of a picture on her website. I Googled local dressmakers because I wasn’t finding what I wanted in the shops. I landed on the Couture Company website where I was greeted with a picture on the front page from the Intergalactic (http://www.the-couture-company.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/the-couture-company-designer-wedding-dresses-dress-space-sparkly-sequins-gold-intergalactic-alternative-unusual-unique-44.jpg) range; a Florence and the Machine-esque image that I immediately loved. It showed a dancing woman in flowing sheer colours. Very festival. Very ethereal. Very NOT wedding. Very me.

I booked an appointment to talk about what I wanted, and when I went in for my first meeting, the outfit in question was standing in front of me on a mannequin. Fate right?

I tried it on and I put down a deposit there and then.

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As much as I hate to be that person… I had several pre-wedding freak-outs (that Jo dealt with very well). In the time between trying on, and falling in love with the outfit – a wraparound sheer georgette masterpiece with a sequin dress beneath – I was suddenly really scared that actually it made me look frumpy. I had opted to not wear the dress underneath so that I could pick something more to my style, but then spent so long overthinking what these under garments would comprise of that I nearly changed my mind on the whole thing overnight.

Jo laughed it off, told me I looked stunning, and calmed me down with talks about sequin hotpants, racerback tops and a promise that whatever shoes I opted for she would be able to make them work. She let me try the outfit on again and beamed “See!” at me when I gave a relieved smile at seeing it on again. I didn’t look frumpy. Stupid brain.

I picked the colour of the dress based on a coin-toss (between teal green and purple… it landed on green) and let Jo run wild with the theme of “bubbles and all the frigging colours”. She used colourful bead and sequin detailing to create the illusion of bubbles coming down from my shoulders, and added a huge pop of colour with a fuchsia sash – which also got the bead and sequin treatment. The bubble theme ran throughout our engagement and wedding, it has a meaning for us and I wanted that reflecting in my outfit, which worked out perfectly.

I spent a few weeks customising some old shoes, adding layers and layers of glitter and accents, and creating my own fabric bouquets to perfectly match my dress. I had rainbow colours put in my hair too, so altogether I really did have “all the frigging colours” and felt amazing.

I brought a friend along to my final fitting. I hadn’t brought anyone along up until that point because, as I said, it wasn’t “a proper wedding” in my head. The friend I brought is a local jeweller, Bella, from Magnus & Bella (based in the Jewellery Quarter). She made my engagement and wedding ring and knew how important the bubble theme was to me. When I came out of the changing room she welled up and said I looked perfect.

On the day of the wedding I remember putting the parts of my outfit together. I felt like a super hero in high heels and short shorts drinking mimosas while my best friend helped tie the bow on my sash. In the sunshine and light winds the dress looked beautiful, flowing behind me as I walked. Strangers came up to me to tell me it was gorgeous and ask where I had got it from. It was pretty cool to say it had been handmade just for me.

 

So thank you, Jo and the team, for understanding my desire to not look like a bride and for making me a piece of walking artwork. I would highly recommend The Couture Company to anyone looking for a special outfit because you don’t need to have a big white dress on to feel like a princess.

 

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All photos above copyright of Shirlaine Forrest

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18 Sep 2016