Hear from founder Sharon as she reflects on 20 years of Opus& reveals her secret to a long marriage!
At Opus Couture, we're proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary! Our founder, Sharon McPherson, has been a part of the wedding industry for 38 years and we're excited to share her story with you. Sharon started Opus Couture in 2003 and we've been helping brides-to-be find their perfect gown ever since.
In honour of our anniversary, Sharon has opened up about her journey in the wedding industry, shared her expert advice for couples planning their big day, and, of course, talked all things wedding dresses! We're thrilled to continue our mission of making bridal dreams come true for many years to come.
How long have you worked in the wedding industry?
“Forever”, Sharon laughed. “I think it’s 38 years. I was the designer for Isobel Love, who was the main bridal-wear designer in Northern Ireland at the time and this was in ’85.”
Why did you start Opus Couture?
“When I first came to Scotland, I went bridalwear shopping with a friend and I didn’t feel that she got the service that I would have liked her to have, so that planted the seed.”
What is the inspiration for your wedding dress designs?
Sharon revealed that Scotland’s beauty is actually the inspiration for her work. “We’ve got pink sand, we have beautiful sunsets to die for. It’s taken from the colours, the ombres of the different weather that we have, texture of the rock, the colour of the sand – all of that is very inspirational
What’s the secret to a long marriage?
Sharon and co-founder Stewart, have been happily married for 38 years! When asked about the secret to their long-lasting relationship, Sharon stressed the importance of good communication. “My dad once said to me ‘never sleep on a cross word’. I think it’s important that you challenge each other but communicate about it.”
What’s your advice to anyone planning a wedding in 2023?
“Weddings are stressful, it’s exciting, it’s wonderful, everything you ever dreamed of is happening. But at the end of the day, don’t forget you’re there to make vows. “The most important thing in all of this is your relationship with the person that you’re marrying. You’ve got to treasure that, you’ve got to put that at the heart of it. Everything else is just frill.”
At Opus Couture, we believe that finding the perfect wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which is why we offer the best designers in bridal, including the exclusive Scottish stockist of Berta. Our luxury range of dresses also includes designs by Sharon herself.
We are committed to providing our brides with a couture experience, making sure each appointment is tailored to your needs. And now, throughout May 2023, you can book a bridal appointment at our store for free! Whether you're searching for a classic ballgown or a bohemian lace number, we have the perfect dress waiting for you. Book now to see which appointment type is right for you.