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Vegas baby!! All the way for Nicola and Loz- Alternative wedding dresses

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 ….

 

12 Aug 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

New York I Love you ……To the moon and back- Alternative Wedding dresses

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

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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 “

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30 Nov 2016

You gotta love Mr and Mrs Love- Alternative wedding dresses

Meet the Loves, Aimee and Lenny!! YES !! true dat name!! Meet Mr and Mrs Love… we absolutely LOVE everything about this wedding!! What an awesome couple and a truly fantabulous wedding…. Its everything I could wish for in a wedding and more, Gorgeous bride, rainbow colours, crazy ass groom, pineapples, gorgeous smiles, fun times, and badass photographer  Assassynation!! Love love and More LOVEthe-couture-company-designer-alternative-quirky-crazy-coloured-rainbow-lace-boho-dresses-AimeeLennyAssassynation-11125 (28)Thanks so Much Aimee for this awesome write up, I know our brides to be will love reading this 🙂

“I’m so happy with my experience at The Couture Company and would recommend anyone wondering whether to take the plunge or not to just go for it! I was such a pain up the arse bride and changed my mind on what I wanted about 3 times! Poor them. But Jo took it all in her stride, listened intently, calmed me the hek down (the dress was the only thing that completely overwhelmed me) and im glad to report we got there in the end. I even wanted to change the style of my dress on my last but one fitting, less than 2 weeks before the wedding, and it was just done for me, no bother, no judgement, no problems. When I finally tried my dress on in my last fitting, 4 days before my Wedding, I knew I’d made the right decision to have my dress made for me (even though it took me a while to get there!) and the team did an OUTSTANDING job on the final piece. The lace; the finish and the craftsmanship was beautiful. All my family cried when they saw me. Phew!!!

The reason behind all the changes of mind were basically down to a 2 stone weight loss over the course of our engagement. As the weight came off I became more body confident and realised that I didn’t want to hide behind the mass of material I’d originally wanted when I’d gone for my initial consultation. I started off wanting sleeves, i.e wanting to cover up my arms, but months later (and arms slightly skinnier) I’d asked to have them chopped off. I’d initially wanted gathers and pleats to hide my tummy, but as tummy got smaller I felt I had the confidence to go more fitted and streamlined. Jo was a true Pro and completely understood my Bridezilla demands!!! She was SOOOO patient with me. I couldn’t have apologised enough. She did exactly what I asked and didn’t once let on that she probably wanted to kill me. God bless her!

I honestly couldn’t recommend the Couture Company more. I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else now and most importantly, hubby LOVED it!!! Thankyou to everyone who worked on my dress” Aimee Love x

Enjoy these awesome photos from Assassynation

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8 Aug 2016

Helen’s vintage inspired dress that was just her !! Alternative short wedding dresses

the-couture-company-custom-made-alternative-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-polka-dot-vintage-short-50s-lace-curvy-Natasha Biggs Photography-1 (41)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:) )


Photos copyright of Natasha Biggs Photography 
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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.

Helen x”

 

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1 Aug 2016

The cutest wedding with peacock and swallows- Alternative short 50’s wedding dresses

I have been itching to share this wedding!!! Berni was such a treat to work with, so lovely enthusiastic and above all EXCITED everytime she visited for a fitting. Her dress was a variation on our April design, and Berni introduces her own twist into her outfit using a beaded  swallow and some peacock colouring 🙂 Made from silk and french lace.

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28 Jul 2016

Pride and Predju-Dress- A sweet treat of a gown- Alternative bespoke designer dress

As part of my work, I get to meet some incredible people, super awesome both inside and out. One of these people is the lovely Regula a.k.a. Miss Foodwise .
Sarka Babicka Regula is an acclaimed Food blogger from Belgium and is particularly obsessed with most things British and British cuisine.   So as well as her blogging and food photography projects she has been also beavering away writing a new book , based on old British pudding recipes. It’s a mouth watering read for sure!!!

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I don’t know if you remember but a while ago we created this beautiful swan inspired dress for her.

So I was absolutely doubly honoured and thrilled when Regula asked me to make her a dress to wear at her London book launch, so we came up with the idea of embellishing  the dress with embroideries of illustrations from the book. Now you know i mentioned getting to meet awesome people as part of my work? well Regula’s book was illustrated by her incredibly talented husband, the creative genius Bruno Vergauwen (you should check him out, his eye for detail is unbelievable!!

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Thanks so much Regula for sending all these lovely photos and testimonial xxxx (below)

“The Couture Company team really made my happy day perfect…

I admit this is my second dress made by these talented ladies, I just can’t get enough and when the launch of my debut book was getting closer, I knew only one dress would be perfect.

I have a degree in fashion and although I haven’t created a pattern in over 10 years, I do know when a dress is perfectly tailored. I can get a happy feeling when seams are where they should be and not higher where they usually are. Unless if you have the perfect mannequin doll body, of the rack clothing will never fit a beautifully as a bespoke dress.

If you appreciate perfectionism as I do, a Couture company dress is absolute heaven.

I don’t ever get my nails done, or get a facial, or go out to expensive restaurants, but a bespoke dress, that’s my choice of luxury. Worth every single penny.

Jo and her team are absolutely delightful, and even though I live in Belgium and we didn’t have the amount of fittings Jo normally requires, the dress was just perfect. Jo came to the book launch and adjusted a final few things on the waist and buttons because she wanted it to fit perfectly. I must add she was also an invited guest!

The design we came up with together, the general design is Jo’s and I just added requests like puff sleeves and a collar. Once I had given her the illustrations from my book which were to be embroidered onto the dress by her embroiderer extraordainaire Sally, I trusted them with all my heart to make it beautiful. Some things are just better judged by the designer because they have an eye for how fabric flows.

 The embroideries by The Couture Company have always been wicked, I just look at the website and go oooh and aah, and I want this and that… But it is not until you see the illustration my husband made, and then the embroideries made from it, that you are just gobsmacked by the absolute talent. This is crazy amazing stuff and I’m not exaggerating when I say it is a work of art. The belt is the design of an 17th century pie lid, and they didn’t even roll on the floor laughing when I asked them to include it. And look how they made it into this amazing embroidery.

Sadly on the day of my book launch I wasn’t feeling 100% well, but once I had the dress on I felt just gorgeous and seeing it made me so happy that I couldn’t stop smiling all evening.

As a creative person I appreciate the work that went into this dress, it is just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I just want to have a custom glass cabinet made for it so I can look at it all day every day.

This really isn’t just a gown, I really feel like I own artwork with this. It is truly unique and tailored to my body like a fingerprint. I can not thank The Couture Company enough for making my occasion so incredibly special, for making me feel like a princess for the day.

Having this dress made is truly one of the funnest and most amazing experiences of my life.

I just wished I had known them back when I got married.

If you are a bride, I guarantee you will feel like a queen with a dress made by these ladies.

A million times thank you x”


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If you want to check out the book , its is available here

If you want to follow Miss Foodwise on Instagram

If you want to follow Bruno’s work click here

25 Jul 2016

Lizzie went all Electric!!! for her bright coloured wedding- Alternative dresses

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

And below is a fab little testimonial from Lizzie xx
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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.”

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17 Jun 2016

When your crazy pals get married and have a festival wedding!! -Alternative wedding dresses

I have a crazy pal, her name is Anne, she is an excitable ball of energy and love, and when our Gentleman Jim (yes he is also a bit crazy) proposed and they announced not one but 2 weddings we all knew we were in for a treat!!!. We even formed a secret choir to perform/ruin some of their favourite tunes at at the wedding!!the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-wedding-dresses-quirky-dress-polka-dot-spotty-hilo-autumn-colors-coloured-festival-bride (2)

Its always ALWAYS a massive honour for me whenever friends or  family  ask me to design and make their wedding gown, it fills me with enormous pride that they trust  me to come up with something that is very “them”.  No Pressure!!!! but in a way its also easier  as I know them and know their tastes.

I was especially doubly honoured that they asked me to be the officiant/celebrant at their festival wedding ….you might spot me in my dog collar 🙂

What a brilliant couple of days with brilliant friends and a BRILLIANT COUPLE!!! Big love and happy Anniversary to Anne and Jim xxxx

Excellent Sunglasses by Revive me Boutique

Excellent Party by Deckheds

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Anne tells her dress story

“I have known Jo for some time now and had seen some of her work before, being very impressed by the quality of the work and by the bold statements that some of her designs make. So, when my soul mate pushed me off the side of a mountain in Turkey (with a paraglider!!) and was waiting for me at the bottom with his proposal, I had to say yes! 

Very quickly my thoughts turned to what I would wear though!

Being an older bride and having been married before I knew I definitely didn’t want anything traditional OR white! We had decided to have a festival style wedding because we spend most of our summer travelling around the country putting our tent up and down in various fields and enjoying friends both new and old and jumping around to some of our favourite bands and embracing some that are new to us, altogether, having FUN!

 

This in mind, I knew there was no way I was going to find what I was looking for in any old wedding shop. Thank goodness I knew Jo. As you will see from this testimonial, if I can say it in 20 words why say it 3! I hot footed it over to Jo and her fabulous team and started to explain what I was looking for. I was all over the place and was so nervous because this is a really important decision to make, all eyes are going to be on ‘that dress’!!

 

From the initial chat on a night out to the moment I put my dress on for the final fitting I can honestly say that Jo and her fabulous team were amazing. They helped me to focus and offered advice when they knew better than me, because I am not a dress designer and they really do know what they are doing! This is where you really see Jo’s talents too because she has a thoughtful and sensitive way of guiding you toward styles, colours etc that will suit you and work well without trampling all over your very definite ideas and desires.

 

My dress had to be fun. It had to flatter my slimmest point. It had to allow me to move and jump around. It had to cover the ‘bits’ I don’t like. It had to reflect our love of music in some way and it had to have an element of ‘greenness’. Jo’s suggestion to have a record disc on a belt was just the icing to whole look. So many people have commented on my dress and I felt so wonderful the moment I put it on, it is so hard to do justice to the whole process in words.

 

If you are looking for a real statement on your wedding day then I would urge you to speak to Jo before you go anywhere else because she can take that seed that is bouncing around your brain and translate it into your boldest and most beautiful moment ever!!

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25 May 2016

Rock and Roll Baby!!! – An original, alternative and tattooed wedding dress

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I love this shoot so much, it brings back so many memories of Sally (our embroidery genius and myself) excitedly  designing researching, being excited about launching the first and original tattooed wedding dress. It seems like a million years ago but at the same time only yesterday…. I thought when I came up with the design idea, ” I really don’t care if anybody likes it or “gets” it, I just wanna do it for me ” for me as a designer who wants to create truly bespoke and customised custom made and alternative wedding dresses, luckily for us the dress hit the mark for lots of ladies wanting a bespoke and tattooed wedding dress, so many awesome ideas and embroideries have happened for many awesome brides and below are just a small selection This shoot stars by beautiful gorgeous pal and muse Miss Stephanie May and was photographed by our good pal Steve Gerrard Photography. This will  always have a special place in our 24 year history for this dress we called Inkspiration and the lovely people we meet along the way xxxx

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21 Apr 2016

The Bride who went down the aisle on a unicycle – Alternative wedding dresses

We have the best job in the world!! Honestly, I know I say it a lot but we have such fun!!!!…

I mean who brings a unicycle to a dress fitting to make sure it works ok with her wedding plans?  Leigh !! that’s who!LeighDanweb-0147

We had such an amazing time working on Leigh’s dress, she was such good fun, knew  what she wanted , knew she needed a dress that wouldn’t get caught in her unicycle wheel! I mean these are regular wedding considerations aren’t they??…well nothing surprises us and we will totally go with the flow to make a dress that fits in with our bride and her wedding plans…If you follow what we do then YOU KNOW THIS right 🙂

These fantastic photos are by the very talented Chris Barber Photography, and we really appreciate the amazing job he has done !!

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Leigh wrote in her thank you card

“ I hope you are doing well – thank you so much for the dress it is so beautiful and it really made my day on the 12th 🙂 I had so many lovely compliments and the dress was just so ‘me’ I couldn’t have asked for anything better 😀

Thank you so much for creating my beautiful wedding dress and being so accommodating about the dress working with my unicycle- I am not sure where else I could have gone would have done that!!

My dress helped me feel like “ME” on the day, which was so important and I will treasure it forever!! Love and huggles * Leigh XXX”

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20 Apr 2016

Honeypop’s Highland fling with a Tub of Jelly photography !! Alternative wedding dresses

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Flowers & Styling – Ginger & Lime
Hair Stylist – Shiv Dunn
Model – Honey Pop
Make – up – Tatty Bon
Dress – the Couture Company

Photos Tub of Jelly

6 Apr 2016

Hello Kitty-Crazy cat Caroline bought us to tears -Alternative wedding dresses

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!!

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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

 

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These photograpghs are by Northern Ireland photographer Claire at  A thousand Words Photography

 

3 Apr 2016

Tattoo inspired shoot, Up in lights, up on the roof, -Alternative wedding dresses and inspiration

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One of the best things about our job is getting to work on epic projects like this with other alternative wedding creatives. All of the suppliers involved in this shoot we met at The Electic Wedding Extravaganza last year….. I saw the lights from Tatt light and the inspirations  went off like a light bulb in my head. I immediately spoke to Sassy and we got to work on pulling this fab team together :). Sassy and I had both been a part of our models Fran and Lewis’s weddding back in March, and just knew they would be perfect for this shoot!! We were so delighted when they agreed 🙂

So we went up to the roof of The Custard factory and created this tattoo inspired scene 🙂

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Special Thanks, to all of these awesome people  without whom this would not have been possible 🙂

Photography: Assassynation

Dresses: The Couture Company

Lights: Tatt lights

Bridesmaid Dresses: Scarletta Designs via The Couture Company shop

Stylist: Apple Tree Weddings & Events

Hair & Make Up: The Vintage Salon & Le Keux Cosmetics

China: Charlotte Clark Designer Maker

Bouquet: Jamball

Shoes: Revivemeboutique

Headpieces: Demons and Diamonds

Models , Couple: Fran and Lewis

Models: Hayley Jordan

Models: Diablo Rose

 

14 Mar 2016

Becky and Simon got married and invited a zebra!!- Alternative wedding dresses

There are no words for how totally awesome this wedding is, and they had a Zebra there too!!!

We loved every minute of helping Becky with her dress from initial consultation to her actually coming in the shop ON HER WEDDING DAY!!!! to say hi!! (can you spot me and the team???) What a pair of legends Becky and Simon are!!

These EPIC photographs are copyright and with Thanks to Assassynation

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I couldn’t be happier with my wedding dress made by Jo and her team! Before visiting the shop I’d tried on quite a few dresses that were lovely but not very ‘me’ and I was feeling a bit stuck. I was nervous about the idea of having a bespoke dress, it felt like a lot of pressure! Fortunately, right from the start Jo just seemed to get what I liked and wanted.

The final dress was beautiful and so well made. It (obviously!) fitted perfectly and I felt amazing in it all day. Despite it being a little less traditional, everyone at the wedding loved it and it got so many compliments:)

My husband and I visited the shop after the wedding ceremony and the team all seemed so excited. They clearly take a lot of pride and care in what they do and this shows in their awesome dresses! I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to take part in the ‘real bride’ parade at the upcoming Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, and I’m sadly very excited to have a reason to put my dress back on again! 🙂
I couldn’t recommend The Couture Company highly enough, the whole process was a pleasure :)Thank you so, so much!! xxxThe-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (9) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (10) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (11) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (12) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (13) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (14) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (15) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (16) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (17) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (18) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (19) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (20) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (21) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (22) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (23) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (24) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (25) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (26) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (27) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (28) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (29) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (30) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (31) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (32) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (33) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (34) The-couture-company-bespoke-unique-creative-designer-wedding-dresses-bridal-gowns-Becky-simon-Assassynation-10085 (35)If you want to see Becky in her dress in the flesh, then come along to the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza on the 21st Feb at The Bond in Birmingham

1 Feb 2016

Nikki’s cute and quirky dress for her Barn wedding – Alternative Wedding Dress

Our bride Nikki came to us wanting something quirky and cute, we loved working on this french lace and silk polka dot frock for her, and especially love the flash of apricot underneath 🙂 so I am delighted to have received these photos by Louise Holgate Photography of Nikki’s wedding!! so cute and so so gorgeous!!

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Thanks so much to Nikki for writing this testimonial too…

If anyone was to describe me, they would say I was fussy, headstrong and incredibly particular about the clothes I like! In the run up to my wedding in July last year, I visited numerous wedding shops where I was left feeling deflated as I couldn’t seem to find the dress which fitted the bill. I wanted a vintage, french style with a bit of a unique twist. After scouring the internet I came across The Couture Company in Birmingham; it was right on my doorstep! After my first session with Jo and her team, they quickly and skillfully designed a dress which met every detail that I had been looking for. Over the next few months they crafted a dress which had a traditional style but was teamed with a quirky, modern twist. The quality of the fabric was second to none and the dress was made to fit me perfectly. I can’t thank Jo and her team enough for my perfect dress. I would highly recommend these skilled ladies! Thanks , Nikki”

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14 Jul 2015

Faye’s fabulous fishtail gown -Bespoke and alternative wedding dress

It’s so lovely to be able to share Faye’s gorgeous wedding with you, Faye wanted  a dress designed that was fun and glamorous, so I think we achieved that with this gorgeous polka dot mermaid fishtail gown.

Doesn’t she look stunning !!!!

Big thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for these wonderful photographs xx

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10 May 2015

Hayley got married in our Inkspiration – a tattooed alternative wedding dress

Hayley first conatcted us, telling us she dreaded dress shopping, as she wasn’t a “girly girl” and didn’t wear dresses, but she LOVED our Inkspiration tattooed gown that she had spied when searching the web, and she ended up falling for it hook line and sinker, there were even a few tears!!!

Hayley is very much an outdoors person and she wanted her wedding to reflect that , lots of fun, and lots of dancing, and she wanted to wear something that would have room for both 🙂 Thanks Hayley for your pics and a very honest and lovely testimonial 🙂IMG_1612428602931Hayley writes “Well, I never thought I’d be faced with a decision to choose a wedding dress. I don’t do dresses. Or makeup, or much girly to be honest. I’m an outdoor girl, climbing, snowboarding, and playing in the alps. Not much scope for dresses.
, After being dragged kicking and screaming into a local bridal shop with my sister. . (Which was horrendous!!) , I started scouring the Web  and I spotted THE dress. Half joking with myself, but also in the knowledge it was the closest I’d come to wanting to wear one.
It had tattoos all over it. Was fifties style, funky, and not the norm. Much more like it. As my husband to be was to wear a “shite shirt”….. I’ll let you look them up. . . A proper traditional  frock would not do.
I contacted Jo at the couture company, and made my appointment.
I honestly didn’t expect to burst into tears, in a good way, because I loved it so much, but also cost was not what I’d ever considered to spend, especially not on a dress!
A can of coke and piece of cake, phone call with tears to stew later, who informed me if I was crying over a dress then I’d better have it, as nothing else would do . . . Done deal. I’d have to work my butt off for the next eight weeks to have it. And so would Jo and her team as it was rather last minute.
Jo dealt with my tears and dress fear well, creating with me something exactly that I wanted, tattoos, sleeves, v neck shape, none of that satin stuff inside. . Instead some cotton, and definately not puffy. I think I became a bit bridezilla ish for a while!
My first fitting arrived, I was so excited and nervous.
Everything I had decided on went out the window, off with the sleeves, and on with the puffy. . Lots of it too. I wanted this dress to twirl when I danced. Jo altered everything, swapping and changing to my demands. Finally collecting the finished dress, with my mum in law to be. . Who was a little dubious of my plans. . .It was fantastic. And she loved it too . “Very you” she said. I just couldn’t wait to wear it now.
And it is the most wonderful dress in the world, embroidered with “bloke and bird” as we affectionately call each other! Wings on the back, and love hearts Bon Jovi style round the bottom. Red and black hem underneath. Just amazing. Loved wearing it so much, coupled up with my red doc martins 🙂
We were to marry on the Isle of skye, outside, underneath our favourite mountains.. The black Cuillin.
The weather had other ideas, tail end of hurricanes from the Atlantic lashed the north west.
We were not dampened. . . The ceremony was held inside the Sligachan hotel. It was brief, no fuss, and we were married.
We did pop outside for some wet blown away photos. . . Which to be honest summed us up perfectly rather than looking all posh and groomed, hair everywhere. . Situation normal.
My dress swung round fabulously when we danced, and blew around in style in the wind outside. Everyone spent the day photographing up close the tattoos, and the comments of admiration for it made me feel a million dollars.
You made the dream dress for me Jo and I never thought that possible. I can’t ever thank you enough, it was worth every penny and more. 🙂 xx ”

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25 Apr 2015

Kate and Sean got married and Kate had an Ice blue 1950’s vintage inspired wedding dress

Congratulations to our bride Kate and her fella Sean who got married in December on a gorgeous crisp day in the gorgeous picturesque town of Stratford.

Kate cames to us wanting a vintage inspired dress with modern twist, so we got to work on designing her dream gown, and included her favorites a Dragonfly and snowflakes

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Love this pic of Kates Dad!! He look so proud and in awe of his beautiful girl xxxthe-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-vintage-inspired-retro-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-Kate-blue-photo-by-assassynation (4) (Copy) the-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-vintage-inspired-retro-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-Kate-blue-photo-by-assassynation (5) (Copy) the-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-vintage-inspired-retro-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-Kate-blue-photo-by-assassynation (6) (Copy) the-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-vintage-inspired-retro-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-Kate-blue-photo-by-assassynation (7) (Copy) the-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-vintage-inspired-retro-quirky-wedding-dress-dresses-Kate-blue-photo-by-assassynation (8) (Copy)

Kate wrote us a lovely testimonial, and we are so happy and proud to have been able to make her dream dress 🙂

“I initially found the thought of wedding dress shopping mildly terrifying to start off with. I knew from the start I didn’t want a traditional style of dress, but had no idea what other options I had available. Some serious internet research later, (and a little hint off the lovely Sassy!) I made my first and only appointment at a wedding dress shop and the awesome journey began!

From the first moment I walked in to Jo’s gorgeous store full of nerves, I knew I had found the right place for me. Jo listens to your ideas (I had literally none!) and then lets you rifle through the rails of what can only be described as dress heaven 🙂 I picked out three or four I wanted to try then the fun bit began!

After going home to ponder, I finally settled on ‘The One’ and went back to the shop the following day. Jo listened to my ideas, gave some fabulous ones of her own and together we settled on a final design.

All through the process, Jo and her team were absolutely lovely. I enjoyed every single one of my fittings and was made to feel at ease at every stage. To see your dress take shape each time you pop in was fabulous to see, and you knew that what you were getting was absolutely one of a kind. Not many brides can truly say that.

The finished dress was so much more than I could have ever dreamt of, I was absolutely blown away. Happily so was my husband! He has said that it was better than he ever could have imagined (there were even a few tears! ) All day long I had comments from friends and family saying how wonderful and original it was, even the registrars complimented it!

I really cannot recommend Jo and her team enough. If you want the dress of your dreams, and I genuinely believe that no dream is too crazy! Then Jo can make them come true for you….. Kate xxx ”

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22 Apr 2015

Jessica’s 1940’s inspired silk crepe wedding gown with pearl button details

Jessica came to us wanting something very 1940’s inspired, something full length with long sleeves, something she felt comforatable in as well as looking uber glamourous in also. We loved working on this gown, the silk crepe falls so beautifully and the whole dress just look so scrummy with the pearl button finish. We were so excited to receive these photos and such a lovely testimonial, Thanks Jess xxxthe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (1) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (2)  the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (4) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (5)  the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (7) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (8) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (9) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (10) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (11) the-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-filmstar-hoolywood-glamour-wedding-dress-1940s-1930s-vintage-inspired (12)
I’ve always known that when I got married I wanted to wear a dress that no one would ever imagine I would go for. I love all things vintage, 1950’s is my favourite fashion era however did not want a 50’s style wedding dress. I had an image in my head of what I wanted my dress to look like and knew that I would have to get it made. I came across The Couture Company’s website and thought when the day comes, these are the people for me! As soon as Ciarán popped the question it was a case of get the phone and book an appointment!

I was so nervous waiting for my first appointment to arrive, I kept thinking with 2 pictures and an image of my dream wedding dress in my head, how do I explain what I want! I told Jo what I wanted hoping that she could picture the same image I had in my head, she went away and came back with a sketch and it was perfect, exactly what I had imagined!
Every appointment was so exciting see the progress of my dress and then the final appointment came, the moment I got to see my dress. That moment is one I will never forget, I was so overwhelmed it was perfect!

On the day I felt amazing, the dress was just perfect. Everyone loved it and said how beautiful it was and looked on me. I felt like a vintage Hollywood superstar. It was such a comfortable dress to wear, so easy to move and dance in. It was just perfect. Our wedding day was the best day of our lives!

Thank you to Jo and team for creating the dress of my dreams

Jess xx

these gorgeous photos are by Nellie Photography

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17 Apr 2015

Something Blue?? Yes!! An alternative blue wedding dress for our beaut bride Charlotte

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Charlotte wrote these lovely words in a Thank You email, we are so blessed to have such wonderful clients and totally honoured that we get such amazing feedback

“Dear Jo and everyone at The Couture Company,
I can’t thank you enough for the absolutely stunning dress that you created for me. Our wedding day was perfect and as you can see from the photos attached we literally laughed throughout!
Walking down the aisle was in no way nerve racking for me. I thought being the centre of attention would make me squirm but when it came down to it, because I was wearing something truly beautiful which was exactly how I wanted it to be I felt completely comfortable in my own skin and I knew from the first moment I tried on a ‘traditional white wedding dress’ in a high street bridal shop that I would never feel like that in one of them.
Everyone commented on how ‘me’ my dress was which was obviously a massive compliment!
Before the ceremony I had to meet with the Registrars and when I walked through the door one of them said ‘Well I wasn’t expecting that’. I’m pretty sure the dress was a first for many!
And most importantly Bryn loved it and told me how beautiful I looked about a million times (which never gets old ha!)
Every time I visited you at the shop you were lovely and you made the whole process so stress free and friendly! I am slightly sad that I no longer have train rides to Birmingham with my sister to look forward to and the excitement of reaching the Custard Factory.
But there can always be a vow renewal and then of course I’d need another dress…
A massive thank you again!!!!!!
Love
Charlotte
x x

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These fab photos are by photographer Stephen King

 

11 Mar 2015

Red Alert!!!! Alternative oriental inspired dress for Jennie complete with obi and Crane

We are totally delighted to share Jennie and Ez’s wedding with you on our blog, we absolutely loved creating this dress for Jennie, Jennie came to us with the idea of Red and also loved the oriental and Japanese styling (as do I) , so we designed a short fifties number in red, with a cute little crane embroidery on the skirt and finished off with a turquoise obi style belt!! The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (3) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (18) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (16) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (15) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (20) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (13) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (24) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (30) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (35) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (29) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (28) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (27) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (26) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (31) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (33)The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (6) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (36)The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (11) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-crane–embroidered-dress-bride-obi-red-heart-short (14) Thanks Jennie for this lovely write up

“When Ez and I got engaged we knew our wedding should reflect us and the things we love. My dress search had, until the point I discovered The Couture Company, been disheartening and unexciting. But that all changed when I met Jo at EWE one snowy Sunday and I was soon on her doorstep for my first appointment. Being quite creative, I had pretty solid ideas about what I wanted, and even brought a piece of turquoise silk I’d bought in Hong Kong years earlier. With Jo’s experience and magic touch all the hundreds of ideas bustling for attention were deftly brought under control & made viable, and my beautiful red Japanese kimono crossed with 1950s swing dress hybrid was born!
I loved each visit to the studio for fittings, and was amazed how quickly each stage developed. The service I received was totally professional, always friendly and the dress was top quality – it fitted me like a glove! Soon I was being expertly synched into the waspie corset / obi belt by Jo and it was all done. I was actually a bit sad the process was over but super excited to take it home and show my mum and friends.
On my wedding day I felt amazing in the dress and received a million compliments. Not many of the guests knew what I was wearing so some were a bit confused, but hey – who wants to be predictable! I loved how easy it was to wear comfortably all day – and dance all night in! It was just perfect. So a huge thankyou to Jo & her team for contributing to making our wedding day the best day ever! I have and will be wearing it again – just need the hub to take me somewhere nice now!” Jennie xx
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10 Dec 2014

Our alternative bride Kate was married in a haze of lilac and purple!!!!

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 AssassynationThe-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-plus-size-curvy-bride-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-lilac-purple-heart-assassynation (1)The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-plus-size-curvy-bride-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-lilac-purple-heart-assassynation (2)The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-plus-size-curvy-bride-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-lilac-purple-heart-assassynation (3)The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-plus-size-curvy-bride-embroidered-lace-dress-bride-lilac-purple-heart-assassynation (4)
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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!!!!

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31 Jul 2014

Natalie’s aqua toned alternative beach wedding with shell and starfish accents

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

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