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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
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.
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.
All photos above copyright of Shirlaine Forrest
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 LOVEThanks 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
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:) )
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.
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 .
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!!!
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!!
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”