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Rock N Roll Bride + The Couture Company together at last :)

BOOOM!!!

Not gonna lie, this collab is a massive thing for me and the team at The Couture Company, collaborating with Kat from Rock n Roll Bride really is a dream come true!!!

 

We are so so super excited and proud to bring this

beautiful range of Bad Ass jackets and accessories to you.

Made in any size from 6 to 24,

Made in leather and Faux leather,

Made in England,

Made with Love and

Made for YOU

Having followed/stalked /fan girled Kat for nearly 10 years, I am sure  you can imagine my glee when Kat messaged (after seeing some embroidered jackets we did) saying “we really should work on a Rock N Roll bride embroidered jacket” and “specifically with brides in mind, but for an investment garment that they could love, cherish and wear long after the wedding!”

OH YES PLEASE!!!

Here we have the results of many, many hours of hard work and crazy late night messages…

 AND… not only that but we have some belts and brooches for you to accessorise your Rock n Roll wedding whichever way you choose \m/

Go to Rock n Roll Bride  and find out how to get your mitties on these fitties 🙂

 

OUR HISTORY TOGETHER

Back in 2009  I discovered an alternative universe in the wedding world!!!  I found Rock n Roll Bride 🙂

Lucky me!!!

I had always been a bit of a “fish out of water “ in wedding land. I set up my wedding business in 1992 after graduating from my fashion degree and fell into weddings if I am honest. I never dreamt as a little girl “ I wanna design wedding dresses for princesses”  but circumstances after my dad passed away led me along a path to wedding land… So like I say I was always the outsider, turning up at my mum’s wedding shop in doc martins and a cut off t-shirt for my mum to tell me off saying “that’s not how a designer should dress” – bless her, quite a traditionalist she was at heart… I always tried to design crazier more colourful  wedding dresses but ended up watering them down and succumbing to outside pressure to be “more commercial”… I wasn’t really feeling it…

So fast forward to 2009 and my discovery of a wedding blog by a cute pink haired weirdo called Kat Williams. I started emailing Kat in a stalker/fan girl type fashion, she kindly ran a feature on my business and we got some lovely comments and interest as a result. I followed her blog avidly each day to get my fix of truly amazing weddings and slowly we began to see more and more of our bride’s weddings featured on Kat’s blog, which was the absolute cherry on the cake for us 🙂

Photo: Steve Gerrard

One day I had the  idea to do a tattooed wedding dress, putting old school retro style Sailor Jerry tattoos on a wedding dress which could be bespoke to the individual bride and her wedding. I was so inspired by Kat’s blog and also the amazing Amy Winehouse, so I messaged Kat to ask “ have you ever seen an actual tattooed wedding dress?”. “ Errr no not yet “ she replied… and with that I got my ideas together and worked with my embroidery designer Sally on a whole new world of bespoke wedding dresses and we designed our first Inkspiration gown.

My attitude was that I was not really bothered if anybody else liked it, I loved it and I wanted to see what it would look like, so it was a lot of fun creating it. Thankfully Kat featured the photoshoot we did for it and the rest is history! The INKspiration frock has had many outings in various tattooed incarnations at weddings that have been on Rock n Roll Bride… not only is it one of our favourite design’s but it’s also one of our best selling dresses of all time, so the lesson here is “ Follow your gut instincts”

Tahmina

I am most blessed that through Rock n Roll Bride I found my very good friend, amazing super human and now my business partner in the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, Sassy from Assassynation… the gift that keeps on giving eh????

 

Photo : Assassynation

 

I have met many many wonderful talented people in our weird wedding world and I am very happy to have found a place where people want and love the designs that spill from my brain.

So here we are nearly 10 years later, following up on an epic adventure culminating in The Rock n Roll Bride X The Couture Company collection 🙂

Read all the details and how to order here on Rock n Roll Bride !!! EEEEEK! Enjoy!!!

Thanks to Lisa Jane Photography for these wonderful photos

and Camera Hannah for our awesome film

and Sarah Russell for our Hair and Make up…so good 🙂

 

26 Sep 2018

Meet Elle, our very own Disney princess- Alternative Wedding Dresses

Elle is our very own Disney princess, Cinderella meets Belle and beyond!!! what an absolutely stunning bride she made, and how sweet her beau Billie was in buying her angel wing shoes as a wedding pressie.
This is a lovely story and seems a fitting testament and actual evidence of how long the Couture Company have been creating dresses… A while ago I received a fb message from Elle accompanied by a pic of her mum in her wedding dress, asking ” is this your design? I am trying to find the company who made my mums dress over 20 years ago” , it certainly looked like one of our designs from years ago but I couldn’t really tell if it was our dress as the pic was a bit blurry, but after asking some questions, we worked out that we did make the gown, and I used to sell gowns to Elle’s nan when she had a wedding shop in Staines…what a lovely trip down memory lane that was, Lorraine was such a lovely woman and i was delighted when she arrived all the way from Middlesex with Elle and her mum for one of her fittings. Elles dress was made from the same kind of silk and in the same shade as her mum’s gown all those years ago….. What a fairytale ending for this lovely family, and what a totally stunning bride and wedding this was xxxxxx Photos by Jason Clavey Photography
20 Sep 2018

The Seven Deadly Sinners- Alternative wedding inspirations

A while back we were invited to be part of an awesome and breath takingly bizarre shoot by our awesome pal Sassy at Assassynation, that girl’s brain goes into overdrive when it comes  to creative and inspiring shoots and boy did this not dissappoint.

It was inspired, based and created around The Seven Deadly Sins,

Pride, Envy, Greed , Lust Gluttony, Sloth and Wrath,

and we were asked to create the outfits for LUST, WRATH and ENVY

LUST- Modelled by Nic was created using layers and layers of silk organza and tuile to achieve this awesome layered ombre look, we created the bodice with corsetry to really accentuate Nic’s curve and finished it off with some beautiful Bird of prey embroideries… the Headpiece is ourtattooed Rose design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENVY- Modelled by Roughened Rosebud -was inspired by snakes, and team a beautiful sheer silk kimono with a sparkly hot pants leotard, finished and pulled together by an intricately snake embroidered belt. WRATH modelled by Taz was created by using many layers of organza and tuilles in the skirt, and finishing with a sheer organza full length coat finished with our Crowlskull accessory

The shoot was inspired to use and involved alternative suppliers, most of whom have at some part been Baaad Ass Mother Flockers at The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original concept and photography by Assassynation
I: @assassynation F: www.facebook.com/Assassynation W: www.assassynation.co.uk

Cinematography by Richard-Wakefield Photography
I: @richardwakefield F: www.facebook.com/richardwakefieldphotography W: richard-wakefield.co.uk

Venue – Woodchester Mansion
I: @woodchester_mansion F: www.facebook.com/pages/Woodchester-Mansion W: www.woodchestermansion.org.uk/

Styling by Amy from Ava Event Styling
I: @avaeventstyling F: www.facebook.com/avaeventstyling W: www.avaeventstyling.com

Dresses by The Couture Company Designer wedding gowns
I: @coutureco F: www.facebook.com/The.Couture.Company W: www.the-couture-company.co.uk

Cakes by Conjurer’s Kitchen
I: @conjurers_kitchen F: www.facebook.com/conjurerskitchen W: www.conjurerskitchen.com

Crockery by Charlotte Clark Designer Maker
I: @cclarkedesignermaker F: www.facebook.com/CharlotteClarkDesignerMaker W: www.charlotteclarkdesignermaker.co.uk

Suit for Greed – Frank from Urban Village Vintage Clothing

Pride’s outfit – Model’s own
Pride’s Headpiece – Hysteria Machine
I: @hysteriamachine

Stationary by Satin and Tat Wedding Stationery.
I: @satin_and_tat F: www.facebook.com/satinandtat W: www.satinandtat.co.uk

Shoes – Frankie Lynn’s Shoe Emporium
I: @frankielynnshoemaker F: www.facebook.com/FrankieLynnsEmporium W: www.frankielynnemporium.com

Hair by Zarla I: @zarla_hair W: www.zarla.co

Makeup by Natalie Flewitt Make-Up Artist
I: @natalie_flewitt_mua F: www.facebook.com/natalieflewittmua W: www.natalieflewittmakeup.com

Wardrobe assistant – Yasmin Farrell

Photography assistant – Jason Jones

Models:
Pride – Virgin Xtravaganzah
I: @virgin_xtravaganzah F: www.facebook.com/virginxtravaganzah W: www.virginxtravaganzah.com

Wrath – Tarren Malham  www.facebook.com/rubyloustattoos

Lust – Nic Smith F: www.facebook.com/songbirdtattooexeter

Sloth – Frazer Hooper

Envy – Roughened Rose Bud – Model
I: @roughenedrosebud F: www.facebook.com/Roughenedrosebud

Greed – Syluss F: www.facebook.com/transgentlemansguild

Gluttony – Vikki Lafford-Garside   W: www.liliia.co.uk

4 Apr 2018

We are Hiring

We are looking for someone special to Join our Couture Company Crew

…is that YOU??? 

We are looking for a SAMPLE SEWING MACHINSIT/SEAMSTRESS

To work as part of our awesome team on our alternative bridal creations J

PART TIME 14-20 hours per week

You would be required to work as part of our small team at our boutique/workroom studio in  Digbeth, Birmingham

 You must have a good general knowledge of garment construction , and have at least 3 years’ experience in Bridal/evening/lingerie/Corsets/theatre costume type fields and have worked regularly on Industrial sewing machinery , you should be able to neatly efficiently, perform the following techniques, piping, boning, french seams, roll hemming, overlocking, hand finishing, etc, and other aspects associated with bespoke bridal work. You may also be required to work with leather, as we make  leather corsets and jackets.

Your work should be of a high and competent standard, it must be neat, accurate and well executed. You must be able to and want to work as part of a team as well as being able to work under your own initiative. You should be confident in your ability and be adaptable and flexible in your approach.

Part time Hours available 14-20 hours per week

(to be worked between Tuesday and Saturdays ,

these hours are flexible and can be split over a few days at hours between 9.30 -5.30, subject to discussion at interview)

Salary to be discussed around experience.

We are small design company who specialize in custom made bridal and corsetry, all our garments are made ‘in house’ and not outsourced or Home worked

Get in touch

Applicants must apply or enquire by email  By sending the following:_

A covering letter

Your CV ,

Any good photographic examples of your work

 To info@the-couture-company.co.uk

*** Please note ***

We do not employ Home-workers

Your experience MUST be relevant to our areas of fashion

If your only experience is curtains/cushions/soft furnishings or Jeans work then we cannot take your application any further

If selected for interview, you will be required to perform a practical test to demonstrate your skills, this test could involve any of the techniques we have listed above.

 

17 Feb 2018

Mel & Lee and their Mexican fiesta colourful wedding _Alternative wedding dresses

Today on the blog we have the wedding of our gorgeous rockabilly bride Mel and her  boy Lee, Mel was an absolute sweetheart to work with and was full of fun , crazy and kitsch ideas,

We created a design that was fun, comfortable and very Mel, we incorporated beade Swallows and a Mexican sacred heart into her design too..

Huge Thanks to Mel for this lovely testimonial  and for sharing her gorgeous wedding photos with us 🙂

“The whole process of getting a dress from the Couture Company was perfect. The moment I walked into the studio I knew I had made the right decision. Jo was helpful and understanding throughout and every visit made me feel more confident, and each time I saw my dress coming together I got more excited to see the finished result. In the end, it was exactly what I had hoped for, and on the day I felt exactly as I should – like me! All of our guests commented on how the dress was perfect for me, and I felt like it too. I still get to wear a little bit of my dress now and again as one of the embellishments was made into a brooch so I could wear it as little memento, which is just lovely. Thank you to Jo and all her lovely staff for making such brilliant dresses! ” Mel xx

These gorgeous photos are with thanks to and copyright of  Naomi Jane Photography

12 Jul 2017