Birmingham & Black Country

Brides 'will have lost their money' after shop closure

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Media captionWedding dress shop owner tells brides 'we haven't got a penny left'

Bridal shop directors say they "haven't got a penny left" after a Birmingham store closed suddenly leaving brides without their dresses, or a refund.

Miriam and Sean Connolly said they "cannot personally pay back" brides who have lost deposits after they claimed to have lost £65,000 themselves.

One bride said she spent over £1,000 on a deposit she is unlikely to get back.

Emily Eve Bridal Boutique in the city centre closed without warning or explanation after financial problems.

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Image caption Miriam and Sean Connolly say they've lost £65,000

Mrs Connolly has over 35 years experience in the industry but said she struggled to cope after having to manage the business alone.

A third director, Fiona Davis, said after a car accident in December she was in hospital for a few months, during which time Mrs Connolly took control of the business.

Mrs Connolly said: "Hand on heart, if I could have carried on I would have carried on."

Image caption The shop is now empty and its website has been deleted

A number of brides have expressed concern about how they will get their deposits back.

Lauren Davies said she spent £1,080 on a deposit for her dress ahead of her wedding next year. She said she has "absolutely no idea" how she's going to get the money back.

Mrs Connolly said: "If they've paid on credit card, I know they'll get it back.

"If they haven't, with the financial problems we've got, there's no way we can personally pay that back. They will have lost their money."

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