Introducing Bridal Shop Owner, Sharon Patterson from Elody Bride in Newry, mum of 3 with 16,000 laying hens - She has owned her shop 14 years and this is her story

Introducing Sharon Patterson who said, “I graduated with a fashion management degree and I traveled to Australia and got some retail experience. I opened my bridal shop Elody Bride in Newry In November 2005 when I was 27 – almost 14 years ago – am I actually saying that!! I always said if I get past the first 3 years I’d be doing well 😊

I’ve decided to post the picture below as it’s from a charity event I jointly ran 2 years ago called ‘let’s wear our dresses again’ basically a party where people rocked up in their wedding dresses – a definite highlight over the years. I’m wearing Eithne Bells wedding dress from the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust the charity we ran it for!

Sharon Patterson from Elody Bridal in Newry

I’m married with 3 children 9, 7 & 4 and we also run 2 free range hen houses at home (16000 laying hens) yes so life for us is a constant juggling match.

I’ve seen many highs and lows but bridal is in my blood and I love it!! I also fit the dresses and make custom made veils to match the bridal gowns.

I love a good collaboration and working with other like minded suppliers. Last year I created the Meghan Markle replica veil alongside dress designer Shauna Fay within 21 hours after the Royal Wedding. When the images were released it went viral and we got featured on TIME and Good Morning America. One of my career highlights.

I love the MAW group and have huge admiration for Sinead Norton I really don’t know how you fit it all in! What a fabulous group of like minded knowledgeable ladies you have created.”

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