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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

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

Kath and Sean got hitched Doctor Who style – in a Tardis and dalek alternative wedding dress

els-design Kath & Sean016 (Copy)Katherine came to us all the way from Louisiana!! She was marrying her British beau Sean and she was super excited and nervous all at the same time. What a sweetheart she was and an absolutely pleasure to work with. We loved working on her dress and especially the Doctor Who inspired belt….Katherine wanted a Tardis as Sean LOVES Dr Who, so we then suggested …how about 2 Daleks kissing in front of a Tardis???? she was sold and we got to work!!

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Kath wrote a lovely testimonial ,we hope you find it inspiring !!

“As a plus-size bride-to-be, I read so many horror stories from women who were insulted and shamed about their weight when looking for a wedding dress in popular chain stores and even some independent boutiques. Amongst all of the negativity, I was able to hunt down The Couture Company. I immediately fell in love with Jo’s designs and range; I had never had a dream dress but I knew I’d find it with Jo. At our first meeting, Jo gave me a big hug and quickly quieted my fears and insecurities. By the end of my appointment, we had picked out the perfect dress and Jo was already conjuring up Whovian extras.

My subsequent meetings with Jo were the absolute best; not only was my dress coming together in the most amazing way but our meetings had become a very welcome (and needed!) therapeutic break in the crazy months leading up to our wedding. I can say with absolute certainty that if it hadn’t been for Jo, I would have spent my wedding day in a poorly-made, ill-fitting, mass-produced dress that would have left me wanting to be invisible. I know this because that awful outlook is what I had mentally conceded to, before finding The Couture Company. Instead, I had an amazing day and did not completely shy away from all of the attention directed toward my husband and me! Everyone loved my dress so much that it made the journey to America with us for our stateside religious ceremony a month after our wedding in Kent.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jo and everyone who works with her. Not only did Jo create an amazing dress, she also helped me find some previously non-existent self-confidence that continues to help me. Thank you so much!

Kath x”

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16 Mar 2016

Our Cherry Blossom dress gets an outing with Steve Gerrard Photography

Last summer, the lovely Laura and Jim were models for Steve Gerrard’s photography workshop , we were over the moon to get to play dress up with Laura , Laura wore our Cherry Blossom gown, and looked stunning 🙂

Custom Shoes by Revive Me Boutique

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2 Jan 2016

New Home- new space, new lease of life for a new chapter- Alternative Wedding Dress Shop

I am so excited to finally share this post with you, it has been 6 months in the planning, 4 months in the doing, many many friends in the form of pixies , elves and fairies helping me along the way, lots of crying (in frustration, despair,joy and pride), much love and support from my team , friends and constantly suffering  husband, and a lot of blood, sweat, blisters and tears!!!

I could not have done it without these wonderful awesome human beings , THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart and the heart of my bottom:)

Darren, Millie, Kaz, Frog, Sally, Emily,  Yasmin, Alicja, Karol, Roberto, Marian, Hannah, Sarah, Colin, Dawn, Ian, Anne, Jim, Mat, Cat, Simon, Lisa, Ian (Captain Smashy) Jude, Julie, Steve, Issac , Dibah, Grindi, Miller, Cinta, Rae, Karl and Dory Deckhed, Millie, Jo, James, Mary, Mike , Paula, Jonnie, Natalie , Amy , Kate Jo, Ian , Tanya, Millsy, Clare bear, Alison….and if I have forgotten anyone please let me know xxx

Be Proud of what we have achieved !! Big UP, nuff respect to YOU all!!! xxxxxxxxx

Enjoy the pics xxx courtesy and with thanks to the lovely Lee Allen Photography

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No.9, Minerva works

158 Fazeley St

Digbeth

Birmingham B5 5RT

We are open  ” By Appointment Only” Feel free to drop us a line  jo@the-couture-company.co.uk or ring 0121 608 4445

 

25 Nov 2015

Sample Sale going down- 3 weeks only- As we are moving :)

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7 Oct 2015

Colourful cute and kitsch alternative wedding inspiration shoot

A couple of months ago we were asked by the lovely Lau from Frenchmade cakes to be part of an alternative wedding inspiration shoot she was planning !!!

So pleased to share this awesome set of pics  with you lovlies

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Concept/ Coordination/ cakes: French Made
Photography: Paola De Paola
Video: Digital Bohemia
Styling #1 and stationery: Beyond Vintage

Styling #2 and Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Co
Make-up #1 : Mel Kinsman
http://melkinsman.com
Make up #2: Anne-Marie Lawson
http://www.lawsonsoflondon.com
Hair : Philippe
philippeperin71@hotmail.com
Headdresses/ hats: La Dame au béret- Millinery

Origami: The Origami Boutique
http://www.theorigamiboutique.com
Domes: Langs Domes for life
http://www.langsdomesforlife.com
Models:
Emily, Olga, Yaourou
Jo and Lukazshttp

30 Mar 2015

Ground control to Major Tom – Intergalactic space shoot -Alternative wedding inspiration

Can you hear me Major Tom????http://camerahannah.blogspot.co.uk

Very very excited to share this space inspired shoot with you !!!

We are so honoured to have worked with some supremely talented people on this , Photographer Camera Hannah, Hair and Make up genius  Elbie Van Eeden, Rebecca from Working Clasp accessories, and Jenny from Revive Me Boutique , and our 2 space goddesses Rachel  and Elly.

The results just blew our minds

Strap yourselves in , enjoy the ride…..We have lift off!!!

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6 Mar 2015

Rock the frock bridal Boutique is now stocking our gowns for Essex-London-South East

EWE logoWe are absolutely thrilled , delighted ecstatic, jumping up and down and spinning round with excitement here at Couture Co HQ, because the very awesome Rock the Frock Bridal Boutique in Essex now stocking our gowns, We get so so many of you gorgeous South East girls wanting our dresses and Birmingham has been a little bit too far, that we decided we needed someone who had as great service and will look after you as we would look after you. Karen , is Rock the Frock’s owner and is so super awesome and lovely, we know you southern belles will be in great hands going to them:)

Here are the dresses that they are currently stocking

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Maltings Road, Battlesbridge, Essex, SS11 7RF /

By appointment -Phone: 01268 661982

www.rockthefrockbridal.co.uk

3 Feb 2015

We will be at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza – The awesome Alternative wedding fair

We are so excited that we will be back at EWE – aka The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

There are 2 shows this year one in Birmingham on 1st feb 2015 and the other is in London 1st March 2015.

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11 Jan 2015

Wellies and winter woollies for this beautiful Highland shoot by Lisa Devlin

This stunning shoot should warm you up on these cold winter days, our penny gown was teamed with wools and wellies and we love it!! so cosy!

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9 Jan 2015

Gothic Gorgeousness with Frankie Lynn- Alternative wedding dresses

So lovely when we get to work with other awesome creative people, and one of those is the awesome Frankie Lynn who is not only gorgeous but also super talented and designs a range of shoes accessories for her Frankie Lynn’s Emporium , these beautiful images are by Scott Chalmers photography

Both Frankie and ourselves will be exhibiting at the Eclectic wedding Extravaganza on the 1st of Feb in Birmingham

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7 Jan 2015

Post Apocalyptic steampunk inspiration shoot for alternative wedding corset

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We particularly loved working on the leather cog embroidery and and have used this a couple of times since for wedding gown decor :
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8 Oct 2014

A dotty spotty dress with red trims for our lovely Lorna’s wedding

What a sweetheart Lorna was!!! we loved working with her on her gown…..

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What can I say about Jo and the team?

 

A breath of fresh air?

 

I knew I wanted a short dress and ideally something a bit 50’s…I trawled all the local (and not so local) traditional bridal stores in search of ‘the one’.

 

But what I found was pushy staff, taking one look at my size and directing me to the ‘loo roll’ holder dresses. I must have heard it at every store, “you don’t want a short dress, full length will be more slimming”.

 

Not that many dress shops even had a short dress in stock…

 

I was miffed off; I knew what I wanted…this shouldn’t be so hard!After lots of googling I found the Couture Company website…yay!After looking over the site with large excited eyes, I emailed Jo for an appointment.

Me and my Bridesmaid headed off in the snow last January 2013 to meet Jo and the Team, and it was totally worth it…So many beautifully quirky dresses for all sizes, and there, amongst the satin hung ‘the one’, well as close as I had got so far. A polka dot 50’s frock…love at first sight!

I visited again with Mum in tow, and Jo sketched out the tweaks I was after…I still have the drawing…there, on that little sketch was my wedding dress…bespoke for me!

What more could a girl ask for??

Every time I visited Jo and the team I felt welcomed and nothing was too much bother and it was great to see my dress evolve from the doodle, to the mock up – to the final version…

And the result, was my perfect dress (and a lush corset to match) – I felt amazing and best of all, I felt like me.

So many of my friends have spent a small fortune on their dresses and an array of alternations, which still led to an ill-fitting dress. With Jo and the team, I got my dream dress, bespoke to me, which fitted like a glove for the same price as an off the peg.

I felt amazing on my wedding day and I had so many compliments on my frock and how it was just ‘so me’.

I couldn’t recommend Jo and the girls more – thank you!

Lorna
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Photos happily supplied by Shepherd Photography.

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Photos happily supplied and are copyright of Shepherd Photography.

12 Jul 2014

Grace got married!!! A pretty bride in a polka dot dress and a fab crystal ombre bow

 

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Grace writes …..”What can I say about Jo and The Couture Company?
I found my “Wedding Godmothers” through a very well-known wedding blog at one of the lowest points in the wedding planning. Any bride struggling to find the “perfect” dress will know how hard and upsetting it is when you just can’t find it anywhere.

I knew what I wanted my wedding dress to look like, I had an image of the neckline, length and style. I had tried an awful lot of dresses on as well as shedding more tears than I care to think about now. Then I saw a wedding on the blogs and the bride was wearing this incredible dress that had been made by The Couture Company, fully bespoke and totally amazing, and like a light bulb going off in my head I knew I had to see them!

Jo and her team we fantastic from the start, I felt so comfortable and relaxed with them from the second I walked in, I knew I would be leaving the shop with my dress sorted. We talked through my ideas and style and I tried a few of their dresses on, Jo brought out all kinds of fabric for me to consider and give ideas and styles I had never thought about. For the first time since I started trying dresses on I felt great! Just as I thought I had decided on “the dress” I saw a sketch the dress I had imaged in their workshop and couldn’t believe how perfect it was.

Because Jo and her team make each and every dress from scratch themselves the process of design and styling is so fluid and allowed me to make minor changes as we went, from embroidering “GRED” and our wedding date into the underskirt, to an ombre bow at the back (which I am completely in love with!) giving me the perfect most incredible dress which my imagination could never have thought up on its own.

Jo and her team as so supportive, honest and unbelievably knowledgeable about everything wedding, if I was struggling with anything to do with the wedding, stockists or ideas I always spoke to them about it in my consultations and came out with everything solved and clear.

No one can prepare you for the emotions, stress and worry you will face when planning a wedding, but to have someone like the Couture Company there with me through made it so much easier. I cannot recommend Jo and the team enough, not just because of their super talented hands and minds, but because they are there 100% for each and every bride, and there is no better feeling than that….well except for wearing one of their dresses!

I cannot thank The Couture Company enough for what they gave to me and my husband. Who said that he thought he had a clear idea of what my dress would be like, on our wedding day he told me that nothing could have prepared him for how beautifully perfect it would be!

Thanks a million Team Couture.

Xxxxxxx”

 

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Thanks so much for coming to us to make your dress Grace, what a blast we had!!

Thanks so much to the incredible Assassynation for these wonderful photos. We love ’em!!

Ps Did you spot our pals The Rebel party Band in there? they are flippin brilliant!

12 Jun 2014

Let’s go Disco!! Pretty girls in pastels with Emma Case

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5 May 2014

Photos from the “Underworld ” series by acclaimed alternative photographer Rebecca Litchfield with our wedding dresses

A few weeks ago we were invited by creative photographer Rebecca Litchfield to collaborate  with her on her ” Underworld” project, after seeing the images she had already done on this , I was absolutely honoured and super excited to be able to provide some of the gowns for her Muse to wear at this daybreak shoot in an abandoned manor house….

These photographs  just blew us away……so so SO beautiful

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Here is what Rebecca wrote about her wonderful and inspiring project ”

This shoot has been a dream for a long time. I first stepped foot in this manor house over 2 and a half years ago. I had actually put this shoot together many many months ago but just as the date approached to do it, the house became unable to visit.
For so long I dreamt about this scene, my heart torn apart that I would never be able to make it a reality. But then one day while talking to a friend, I was made aware that it was possible, it wouldnt be easy, but that has never stopped me before.
I was lucky to have an amazing model, Jessica Nicole Griffiths recently arrived in London from Melbourne. She was so up for it, it made me the happiest person alive and with the help of amazing Matthew Adams and Richie Gowen we had made it into the house in pitch darkness, arms full of beautiful gowns made my The Couture Company
During the mission to get inside, Richie had already faceplanted a shallow river as he slipped on the log across it. Poor Rich was freezing cold as we slept in this beautiful abandoned manor house.
Sleeping in such a decaying building, with the bitter cold coming through the windows and dust coating the floor, it was a test of endurance, but worth it when the sun finally came up and revealed the beautiful house ready for us to get these photos.
I’m so happy I made this a reality finally. I hope you enjoy the photos”
 and to see more please Visit Rebecca’s website herePhotographer: Rebecca Litchfield Photography
Model: Jessica’s Wanderlust
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18 Feb 2014

My Best Mate Karl got married to his beautiful girl Kate, at their Glastonbury themed EPIC wedding

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When my best friend Karl announced at Glastonbury, whilst waching Cold Play ” I’ve done it!!! I turned round to see Kate crying and Karl looking like the biggest grinning idiot I have ever seen in my life …”Done what ” half knowing what he meant, but not wanting to shout ” Congratulations” in case he hadn’t asked Kate to marry him, and he meant ” I’ve done it as in I’ve done all the vodka in!!”and Kate was inconsolably crying because it was a half hour round trip to the bar!…” Karl ” I shouted over ‘Fix You’ “You need to tell me in complete words what exactly you have done???”” (I had to be sure he had actually done it). ” I’ve asked Kate to marry me!!!” he beamed…. well that was it we all cried, that is one of the happiest moments of my life….seeing my best pal of 25 years at the best moment of his life!!!! Happy days

So Fast forward 2 years and we were at The Shireburn Arms near Clitheroe all ready for the wedding of the decade, I was honoured to be asked to be Best Man/woman and doubly honoured that Kate wanted me to make her wedding gown!!!

We had the best day!! I hope I did a great speech (phew!!) and no body wanted it to end (the day that is not my speech!!), it was Epic seeing all our friends all together in the same room , all happy all smiling and all so so proud of Karl and his beautiful bride Kate

These wonderful photos were taken by my other good pal Sassy from Assassynation Photography, she did a fantastic job of capturing the day

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Here are some lovely words from Kate on having her dress made xx Thanks beautiful!!

“Having a custom made wedding dress was something I thought I could only ever dream of so I was over the moon when it became a reality!

Joanne and her team designed and made my dream dress, it was perfect and just my style.

 I had some ideas of what I wanted and after my first consultation Jo I knew it was going to be amazing. I loved trying on the sample dresses, it was really useful and helped me loads in deciding on a final design.  One of my most memorable moments from our big day was seeing Karl’s face as I walked down the aisle he was beaming from ear to ear. I felt fantastic and it helped to make our wedding day the best day of our lives.

I had so many compliments on my dress, it was just perfect and couldn’t have wished for anything more . I would definitely recommend The Couture Company to anyone; Jo has such an array of stunning designs and a really creative team.”

 Love you, love my dress! x Kate”

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14 Feb 2014

Maria’s Snowflake inspired Christmas wedding and alternative teal blue dress

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What a wonderful time we had getting to know Maria nad her family, we totally loved working on this gown, we love that it is a 1950s inspired gown, very similar to our Steph design, but the fact that its full length just let the style take on a whole new look, We think Maria made the right choice when picking her colour, we absolutely love this teal blue silk dupion…and it was such fun designing her heart and snowflake belt and head piece too.

We love our work so much, because every bride is different and every dress is unique to them and their wedding!!

 On Marias final fitting Maria brought her daughter who is at University, and the pride in her face when she saw her mum, telling her mum how beautiful she looked ( My eyes are leaking as I type). It was a wonderful and very fulflling moment, and there wasnt a dry eye in the shop, Sally our embroidery wizard was passing the tissues round to everyone.!! Moments like that are what makes our job THE best job in the world!!

Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia Walton Farrugia WaltonMaria wrote “I can only say a massive thank you to everyone at The Couture Company for the unique wedding dress  and corset they creative for me. I would not hesitate to recommend them. From the moment of my first visit, they made me feel valued and special. When designing the dress, they used my homemade invitations to create the belt heart and snowflake motif which turned out just perfect. So much so, I ask them to me a headdress with a bird cage veil which they again executed brilliantly. At my final fitting, there wasn’t a dry eye in the shop.On our wedding day, my husband was blown away by the dress. We had an amazing day. I can’t wait to get my dress shortened by Jo and wear it again. 

Mike was absolutely amazed by the way I looked. We are both so glad we came to you. Wishing you a happy new year with lots more amazing dresses x”

12 Feb 2014

A special offer for Valentine’s Day – 10% off all wedding dress orders :)

 

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A very special offer for all you lovely brides to be who want to order your wedding dress with us 🙂

We are giving a massive 10% discount on any gown ordered between 1st and 15th February 2014

*Please note this only apllies to orders placed between 1st and 15th Feb

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3 Feb 2014

Sarah’s pretty daisy chain embroidered wedding dress

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We love brides like Sarah who love to add personal details to their gowns and make them a truly unique and one off . bespoke gown. Sarah chose a pretty ivory 50’s design but we added her wedding colours into the embroidery and beadwork – see  how the bridesmaids dresses match the embroidery of the daisy chain around the neckline and the swallows on the back ? We love the detail on the back of the dress, it is so pretty and really commemorates her wedding day! What better way to do this than add your names and the date of your wedding ???   The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (20) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (22) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (24)  The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (27) The-couture-company-alternative-bespoke-custom-made-wedding-quirky-dresses-rockabilly-1950s-tea-length-swing-vintage-lace-tattoo-tattooed-bride (28)

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Sarah writes

“Having a dress designed and made for me was the most wonderful luxury that I never would have imagined possible before I embarked on my wedding dress hunt.  I didn’t have a huge budget and so I thought this would rule me out of working with a designer but visiting the Couture Company proved me quite wrong. After going to Jo’s shop I was incredibly excited about the possibilities they had opened up for me in terms of dress shapes, colours, fabrics, embroidery, accessories…the list goes on! Jo and the team were incredibly helpful throughout the whole experience, listening my ideas and making suggestions of brilliant things that I never would have thought of.

I was extremely daunted by the prospect of searching for a wedding dress as I knew that traditional styles and fits weren’t for me but once I had visited Jo I was relieved and delighted that the whole process became so enjoyable and inspiring. I knew I wanted to have some colour and fun in my dress whilst still looking elegant and more tradition bridal gowns just didn’t offer this. I wouldn’t have been able to find anything to even come close to my finished dress from anywhere else, the skill, passion and creativity of Jo and her team is clear in every stitch of my beautiful dress.

On our wedding day I loved everything about wearing my dress, it was just beautiful and I couldn’t have been happier with it.  The unique, personal touch of the embroidery was beyond anything I could have imagined and even now it makes me happy whenever I think about it or see it in a photograph.  My husband and all the guests were amazed with the detail of the embroidery too having never seen something like it before, it was definitely a talking point!
Stevie loved my dress and said it was just perfectly ‘me’ which I agree with completely. He told me after the day that his brother, the Best Man was whispering a commentary to him as I was walking down the aisle and described me as looking vintage and very chic! Which I think is a great description especially coming from a man who knows near to nothing about dresses!

I can’t recommend the experience of working with Jo and her team highly enough, if you are getting married any time soon I urge you to go and see them and find out what they could make possible for you.  6 months on, if I could get away with wearing my dress to go down the road and buy milk then I would, it is the loveliest thing I have ever had the pleasure to wear and I didn’t want to take it off!

Thank you Jo and all at The Couture Company.”

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21 Jan 2014

Pretty in Pink – Anna Fur Laxis and Diablo Rose Rock our frocks in an Alternative wedding dress shoot

Kicking off the New Year with a POW!!!Here is a fab shoot we did at The Custard Factory with the lovely ladies and top beautifiers at Le keux Events and The Vintage Salon and stars the wonderful pin-up queens Anna Furlaxis and Diablo Rose

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10 Jan 2014

21 days to celebrate 21 years of The Couture Company

 

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We are over the moon to be celebrating our 21st Birthday  as we have now been in business for 21 years!!

We have had the most incredible journey, and have met the most awesome brides and got to work with them on their dream dresses!! It’s been such a privelage!!

We cannot wait to see what the next 21 years brings!!

So as we are in the birthday spirit we thought we would give some of you  new brides to be a little something to celebrate :-

*Book your wedding gown between 1st – 21st of December and get a WHOPPING 21% Off !!!*

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Terms and conditions

* This offer can ONLY be used on wedding dresses that are for weddings AFTER 31st May 2014

* To claim the offer you must book and pay your deposit before the 21st December 2013

* This offer cannot be used with any other offer or discounts

*This offer is to new customers only

*This offer cannot be used against orders that have already been placed

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Book your bespoke head piece between 1st – 21st of December and get a WHOPPING 21% Off !!!**

Terms and conditions for headress offer
**To claim the offer you must book and pay your deposit before the 21st December 2013
** This offer cannot be used against orders that have already been placed

** This offer cannot be used with any other offer or discounts

** This cannot be used if your wedding is before 31st Jnauary 2014

30 Nov 2013

Pictures of EWE – Our Alternative and quirky wedding dresses in the fashion show at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

We had a lot of fun and  met some awesome couples!!!

These fab photos were taken by Jay Mountford Photography 🙂 Thanks Jay xxView More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3   View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3 View More: http://jaymountfordphotography.pass.us/ewe3

26 Nov 2013

3 is the Magic Number for EWE aka The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza

 

Well Folks, We are back at the Eclectic wedding Extravaganza  www.allaboutewe.co.uk on the Sunday 3rd of November and we are super excited  as its gonna be an epic show. Here is a taster of a few of our designs and also of my favorite wedding peeps who are going to be there 🙂Toast of Leeds - S Mantovani-2

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Feeling inspired?? come and see us all at the show!!

Advance tickets are a BAAAArgain £3 each www.allaboutewe.co.uk

 

14 Oct 2013

A 1920’s inspired low back bias cut wedding gown for our stunning Bride steph

Congratulations to the stunning Steph who looks just incredible in her Bias cut Deco inspired gown.

We were her first port of call on her wedding dress mission and she found her dream dress on that first visit. (if only it was that easy for all of you huh?)

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Steph’s gown is made from a beautiful drapey Silk devore velvet which has a delicate scroll pattern to its design, the gown is bias cut and has a low back with a soft cowl draping from her shoulders

Steph had the most gorgeous figure and it certainly is flattered by her choice of gown

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“The great thing about the Couture Company is the variety of Jo’s beautiful designs – there really is something for every body shape, every taste and every type of bride.  I didn’t know what I wanted so had a great time sifting through the variety on offer until I found my dress and loved the design so much that I booked one for myself on the spot (on my first day of shopping for a dress too!)

Jo and the team are so calm and caring and never overwhelm you with sales talk, they listen to what you want and give great advice when asked for it.  I would recommend them to anyone and am so grateful to them all for my gorgeous dress which was an absolute hit on the day!  I felt fantastic and it helped to make our wedding day as special as it was.  Thanks Couture Company!”

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Photographs are copyright of and Thanks to  Samuel da Silva Photography

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25 Jun 2013

A VERY SPECIAL offer for all you awesome couples needing an awesome photographer

I work closely with one of the best alternative wedding photographers , Sassy from Assassynation ….she has a wonderful way about her and is a super creative person… She has hotfooted it ALL over the UK  to shoot her couples,from The highlands of Scotland to the beaches of Cornwall and across the World from Miami to Monte Carlo!!..Here is an inspiring selection of some of her recent work…

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I witnessed her in action at my best friend Karl’s wedding the other week, and everyone thought she was fantastic, The shots I have seen so far are just gorgeous and here are a couple from that awesome day  Cute eh??? Love these two !!!

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So we have a very special offer for you, Sassy has very generously offered anyone who has not already booked  their photography and who reads this article, a whopping £200 discount off your wedding photography ..Thats quite a saving !! 🙂

To qualify  you just have to comply with the following

1.Quote COUTURE when you get in touch with Sassy at  sassy@assassynation.co.uk

2. Book with her before 31st October 2013 (Make sure that Sassy is available on your wedding day)

3.Leave a comment below  xx

(hurry because the end of this year and 2014 is starting to fill up)

Aren’t we good to YOU???

If you want to read some reviews ,Check out her facebook page and read the awesome testimonials from her fabulous couples 🙂

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11 Jun 2013

A Gothic and garnet shoot with our new Ophelia Gown

A couple of weeks ago we had a very special opportunity to work with awesome wedding photographer Assassynation and fellow gown designer Liliia Designs on a Gothic inspired shoot. CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10009_900x600

Both  our models were dressed in ruby red but both with very different look, Jennifer wore our Ophelia corsetted gown, with its beautifully embroidered with cherry Blossom and hummingbird design, and Grace looked stunning in Liliia’s red ethereal chiffon gown CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10011_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10008_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10007_900x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10006_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10004_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10005_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10003_900x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10002_400x600 CoutureCoLiliiaAssassynation-10001_900x600

Zarla for  her fabulous hair Skills

 

Gem from Dollywood Creative for beautification skills,

and our gorgeous girls Grace In Liliia gown

and Jennifer in our Ophelia gown

Special thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for her  incredible camera skills

 

 

3 Apr 2013

We love EWE 2 !!! The Extravaganza is Back!! Sunday 24th March 2013

DON’T Be a Wedding Sheep!! It’s all about EWE!!!

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The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza on the 24th March .

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We had so much fun organising and participating in the last show  with our pals  from Assassynation Photographyand Liliia Designs that we HAD to do it again!!

We will be bringing some of our most awesome and EWEnique designs for your viewing delight and delectation!! The-couture-company-bespoke-wedding-gowns-Sarah+Colin_RobWMayPhotography_308  Photo above credit  Rob W May. Photo below, credit Ben FonesThe-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses-Adele6

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Check out the website to see all the other awesome BAAAAd Ass Mo Flo’s that will be bring EWEnique delights and fabEWElous treats www.allaboutewe.co.uk

If you register for tickets they are a BAAAArgain £3

See EWE there!!!

 

 

7 Mar 2013

A Ruby Red Blossom gown for a beautiful tattooed bride

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When Adele came to see us last year , I could hardly contain my excitement, she did not want a traditional ivory dress , she wanted a RED dress!!!! The-couture-company-bespoke-wedding-dresses-Adele-Dress-1 The-couture-company-bespoke-alternative-wedding-dresses-Adele6not only did she want a Red dress but she was adorned in the most beautiful tattoos a mix of cherry blossoms , lilies and butterflies… I  was filled with inspiration  and felt we had to incorporate some tattoos and colour into her gown. Our embroidery designer Sally got to work from photographs we had taken of Adele’s body art and here are the gorgeous  results for a truly stunningly awesome bride.

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  thanks Adele for sharing your beautiful photos and for this amazing testimonial,

“I’ve know ever since I was a little girl I wanted to get married in red dress, but unfortunately my taste was not shared by many bridal shops, apart from one. I was told about The Couture Company from a friend who was also getting married, I did not hold out much hope as I had been disappointed before. But boy was I so wrong!!! As soon as I walked through the door I knew I’d get my dress from here!! Jo and her team were so lovely and laid back which made me relax and completely trust them to create the dress of my dreams, and she didn’t disappoint, Jo has a fantastic ability to pick the idea out your head and make it a reality. I didn’t want to take my dress off on my wedding day, it was so beautiful, and beauty should not be hidden in a wardrobe, so I have had mine framed and hung on my lounge wall for to see!

Thank you Jo and your team for all your love and  hard work you put into my dress, and helping to make it the best day ever ” xxx

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4 Feb 2013