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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

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