ONE of Wirral’s longest standing wedding dress suppliers is celebrating 40 years in business.

Jeanie MacLeod, owner of Wild Thyme Creations on Mill Lane in Liscard, makes bespoke wedding dresses from her own workrooms and has supplied around 15,000 dresses to brides during her career.

Jeanie has created bespoke dresses for celebrities, pop stars and footballers wives, and for three generations of some families - providing all her services in house independently.

Wirral Globe: Jeanie MacLeod, owner of Wild Thyme Creations on Mill Lane in LiscardJeanie MacLeod, owner of Wild Thyme Creations on Mill Lane in Liscard (Image: PR)

Jeanie said: “My passion started at the age of six when my mum bought me my first sewing machine after seeing my love of fashion.

“By the age of 10 I had designed my mother a whole new wardrobe of clothes.

“I went to Laird College and started my own business when I was 18.

“I opened my first shop on Seabank Road and word of mouth soon took effect after I sold my first wedding dress.

“Within six months I had to move to a bigger premises on Wallasey Road.

“I’ve since had shops in Hoylake and West Kirby and Opulence was the biggest in the area spread over two floors."

Wirral Globe: Jeanie MacLeod has served Wirral brides for 40 yearsJeanie MacLeod has served Wirral brides for 40 years (Image: PR)

Throughout Jeanie’s 40 year career, she has met some friends for life — with her dresses being the focal point of thousands of weddings and creating magical memories for people that they will cherish forever.

In 2017 Jeanie retired, but her love of what she does soon brought her back out of retirement.

She said: “I decided to retire in 2017 and enjoyed having more time after working so hard for so many years, but soon missed the lovely customers and being part of people’s special day.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Opening her boutique shop on Mill Lane in Liscard, Jeanie says she is “as popular as ever” offering dresses tailored to people’s style preference and to their budget.

Jeanie added: “With many wedding suppliers they are tied to the designs on their rails but our collection is totally interchangeable which means I can give a very personal and bespoke service.

"Choosing a wedding dress is a huge thing so I always make sure that it’s an absolutely magical and fun experience for every single person.

"I really do love what I do and will keep on making dresses for the rest of my life.”