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

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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.

Check out the shoes, and felt and brooch bouquet  , made by our good friends at Jamball Creations10 (Copy) 12 (Copy) 16 (Copy) 17 (Copy) 21 (Copy) 68 (Copy) 72 (Copy) 82 (Copy) 87 (Copy) 88 (Copy) 89 (Copy) 124 (Copy) 156 (Copy) 168 (Copy) 192 (Copy) 222 (Copy) 224 (Copy) 252 (Copy) 269 (Copy) 275 (Copy) 285 (Copy) 286 (Copy) 288 (Copy) 297 (Copy) 311 (Copy) 312 (Copy) 332 (Copy) 344 (Copy) 345 (Copy)Photos are courtesy and copyright of White Light Photography

28 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

Something Blue for our bride Emma- Alternative bespoke wedding dress

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So lovely to open  the email containing this wonderful wedding, we really loved working on Emma’s

“Something Blue” dress , and so pleased that she absolutely loved her experience with us  🙂

Thanks Emma for your kind words and huge massive congratulations xxxx

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Emma writes

“When we got engaged, I didn’t really have the first clue where to start finding a dress. I looked online and they were all so….. ivory. Nothing I saw online in any wedding dress boutique stood out; it was like swimming in a sea of white. I knew I didn’t want that, but trying to find something a different colour became nigh on impossible. Sure, there were different coloured dresses; plenty of reds, champagnes and golds, but blue is my favourite colour and I knew I wanted a blue wedding dress and I knew I wouldn’t find it in a regular high street boutique.

Pinterest became hell on earth. So many beautiful blue dresses, but they didn’t seem to exist in the real world (well, not in the Midlands anyway). I started searching online for alternative wedding dress shops all over the UK, until I found the one shop to rule them all, less than 20 miles from home!

From the start, I knew The Couture Company was perfect. I arranged a visit and took a friend along for moral support where I met with Jo’s colleague Sally. Sally was lovely and professional and as I tried on some sample dresses, we started to get an idea of what my perfect dress might look like. My friend recommended I try on a baby pink ‘Cherry Blossom’ sample (pink being my idea of hell!) but it became apparent that this was to be the basis of my dress, as I loved the daisy lace and it was so flattering on my top half.

After a return visit, Jo sketched out the dress, with the same daisy lace, but with a long straight skirt, small train and a pearlescent blue material replacing the baby pink and I fell in love with the design completely. I had to have it.

The whole process from start to finish was a dream. On my final fitting, I couldn’t believe how beautiful I looked, and how flattering the dress was. I’ve always had large hips and bum and it’s an area I don’t like to draw too much attention to, but the dress just skimmed over my problem areas and made me look gorgeous. I couldn’t believe a dress could fit so well!

 

When the big day arrived, everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and how it was so ME. It really was. The Couture Company took my dream dress and made it real, and for that I will always be grateful.”

These beautiful photos are courtesy  and copyright of Nicola at Daffodil Waves

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24 May 2016