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Here come the girls !! with donkeys as bridesmaids- Alternative wedding dress

It is my absolutely pleasure to bring you this wedding of pure cuteness and Jo…this is the one that Cheryl and Sasha got married at The Donkey Sanctuary, and Sasha had one of the gorgeous donkeys as her bridesmaid!!

Sasha found us  via The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza , and headed over from sunny Wales to have her dress designed and made by our team!!

We have THE best clients

We asked Sasha to tell us about their wedding so here goes

” I had a donkey bridesmaid at the donkey sanctuary! One of our dogs was also our ringbearer and at our reception we had some donkey guests hanging out with everyone getting cuddles. We also had a hand fasting ceremony and jumped the broom at our reception which was really meaningful and a chance to involve our friends and families.
We decorated our reception with plants and flowers we had collected the day before from the local area with family, and Cheryl’s dad made an amazing board with loads of photographs of us as kids and growing up. We also had a stepladder next to our top table with photographs of my mum, dad, nan and grandad. They’ve all passed on but it was important for them to have a presence on our big day.
Our Wedding was also environmentally friendly. This was really important for both of us, all our cutlery and tableware was made from bamboo, and at the end of the day we only had two small bags of non recyclable waste which I think is amazing as we had over 100 guests!

Top tip
Get the right photographer! I had been told this beforehand and it’s absolutely true. The day goes so fast, it’s been great being able to go over the pictures and be reminded of it all. Our photographer was also great at taking candid shots of our guests which was a brilliant addition. We got to see everyone having fun and saw different sides to the day which was lovely.”

Sasha also had some kind word to say about us “My dress was perfect! I am not a “dress person” but jo was brilliant and helped me figure out exactly what I wanted. The detail on my dress was perfect and I just couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. Thank you Jo and your team for being so approachable, knowledgeable and skilled. Loved the whole experience 

Sasha’s gown was based on our Lolita design, but has unique twists and colours that were Sasha’s favourites. It was made from silk organzas, tuile and french lace and was adorned an embellished with embroidered leaves and appliqued french corded lace …Such a gorgeously gothic combo, and how cool does it look with sparkly doc martins??

 

So Girls if you are looking for a badass bespoke dress then we could well be the company for you

All these wonderful photos were taken and are copyright of Mandy Thomas Photography

21 May 2019

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!!!

“⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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

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

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