About the Designer

Fashion Designer, Tess Mann, with her husband, Joe Mann.

The Designer - Tess Mann

"I have always had an affinity for luxury, couture apparel, and began designing gowns as far back as 1981 during my first pageant experiences. Through the years as I followed the wedding industry, I found many of the standard, mass produced wedding dress designs offered in the U.S. fell flat on originality.  Every season, I kept seeing the same designs over and over and they didn't keep up with the high level of European fashion.  In 2013, I decided to create my own label, Couture by Tess Bridal.  I focus specifically on wedding dresses.  


The Couture By Tess Bridal Boutique offers luxurious yet affordable wedding dresses in Cookeville, Tennessee. Here, I can display my designs on a small level to the excited brides searching for something different. I draft my own designs as well as work diligently with Bruce Xia Couture Designs for Couture By Tess to create unique wedding gowns offered exclusively through Couture By Tess Bridal Boutique. Together our creativity creates romantic & traditional designs with a little bit of glam thrown in for good measure .  Be inspired by the Great Age of Hollywood, Renaissance era designs or the pure luxury of extravagant ballgowns.


Also look for our other designer collections from famous, well know designers like Pronovias.  Our website will be updated continuously as we add popular, couture European designers.

- Tess xo


The Label

 The Couture by Tess Bridal is a US Trademark and the brainchild of Tess Mann.


 Tess started her own label, Couture by Tess Bridal, in 2013, with her first samples released in 2015.  She works diligently with Bruce for fabulous creations & additions to the Couture By Tess Bridal collection.  Her label is exclusively sold through the Couture By Tess Bridal Boutique located in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Tess attracts brides from all over the Midsouth including Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Kentucky, Mississippi & Arkansas. #cookevillebridalboutique


BRUCE XIA - Bruce is an exceptionally talented young man and Master Designer of his own label "Bruxe Xia Couture"  as well as the "Couture By Tess Bridal Collection.." Tess is proud to call him partner.  Bruce travels all over the world to find high quality fabrics at affordable prices for our brides.  His lace designs, selections and placement, as well as truly elegant, original vintage designed inspirations are surpassed only with his beautiful beading. Bruce and Tess work very closely in creating and executing the designs for Couture by Tess Bridal.


The Atelier

A Cookeville Tennessee Bridal Boutique where the Couture By Tess Bridal label is designed in Tess' atelier, which doubles as her own bridal salon, Couture By Tess Bridal.   #couturebytessbridal Each design starts with an illustration and is taken to conception with the collaboration of Bruce Xia.  The atelier is located in Cookeville, Tennessee, equally distanced outside the Nashville, Tennessee and Knoxville, Tennessee metropolitan area at a drive of ONLY 1 hour and 15 minutes from either Major city.  It is only a few extra minutes for Chattanooga brides at 1 hour and 30-45 minutes.


STAY TUNED FOR OUR MOVE - we will open a store front in the city of Cookeville, Tennessee to better service, Nashville, Knoxville & Chattanooga area brides searching for unique luxury wedding dresses at affordable prices.