A Bispham woman has gone from photographic stills to shop counter tills as she develops her weddings business.
Michelle Sirotko has achieved a long held dream of opening her own bridal wear shop.
Confetti Rain on Red Bank Road in Bispham stocks a range of dresses and other items for weddings.
Michelle, 56, started out as a dress maker and had her own business making children’s and women’s clothing but her dream was to make wedding dresses.
But she said she had to give it up to look after a disabled child and it was some years before she could return to her carer after her children had grown up.
She said: “I had done teaching and I got interested in photography.
“I have always been creative and ran my own wedding photography business which fitted around family life really well. I am a real people person and love weddings. I always wanted my own bridal shop and when this property became available I took the opportunity.
“My partner Paul Jones runs Slice Sandwich Shop further along Red Bank Road so I had experience of retail too.”
Michelle said: “Although I have not got time these days to make wedding dresses, there is scope for alterations if necessary but I am very excited to have my own shop. We have gowns from four different designers, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories.
“I will be offering brides evening session where they can relax and take their time looking at the dresses with nibbles and drinks.”