We opened Astraea Bridal in April 2019 with the dream to create a consignment shop that not only focuses on great customer care, but also to tackle the environmental harm the bridal industry creates. Our shop was built with sustainability in mind. All of our bridal racks and front counter were built with our own two hands from recycled materials found in alley ways, the abandoned space upstairs in our building, or purchased at Habitat for Humanity and salvage yards. It’s so important to us that we try and find everything that we need to run this business used or second hand first and if something is not available, to then buy it from a small local business verses big box stores. We also strive to create a safe space for all types of people regardless of dress size, budget, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and skin color. We hope you feel welcome in our store that we so lovingly created with sustainability and acceptance as top priorities.
In Greek mythology, Astraea was the goddess of purity and innocence. Astraea’s name means “starry night” or “star-maiden” and she was the last of the immortals to live among humans during the Golden Age. As humans became progressively wicked, Astraea fled Earth to the heavens and transformed in the constellation Virgo. Both of us, Leslee (September 3rd) and Laura (September 4th) are Virgos and heavily identify with our zodiac signs. During the Renaissance, people viewed Astraea as a symbol of cultural renewal. We wanted to name our business Astraea because we feel the wedding industry needs to go through a “renewal” of its own.
The Green Bride Guide states that the average wedding produces 400 lbs of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. With an estimated 2.5 million weddings per year, that is about 1 billion lbs of trash and as many emissions as approximately 4 people would produce in a year, in just one single day!
Co-Founder & Owner
Growing up in Southern California, Laura was always taught a respect for nature and our environment. “Leave it cleaner then you found it” was our family motto when leaving a beach or a campground. In 2007, Laura visited Seattle for the 1st time and immediately fell in love with the overwhelming beauty. She immediately dreamed of a life surrounded by this beautiful landscape. In 2010 Laura began outfitting brides and fell in love again, this time with a calling. Making women feel beautiful is exactly what she wanted to do. In 2015, Laura was finally able to relocate her family to Western Washington and has remained in the bridal industry. In 2019 Laura found a way to merge her two passions. Co-Founder of Astraea Bridal, she could now both make strides towards protecting her environment as well as outfit women for the most important day of their lives.
Co-Founder & Owner
Leslee moved to the Skagit valley in 2011 and immediately fell in love with its landscapes. She knows this area is so unique, and truly believes there is no place like it. Exploring the farmlands, kayaking the Skagit river and feeding the chickens at Schuh Farms are some of her favorite pass times. Although Leslee has only lived here for a short time, she desperately wants to protect it for future generations which is why she co-founded Astraea Bridal. Leslee became a bridal stylist in 2011 and became totally hooked after her first bride found “the one”. Leslee loves hearing about your wedding plans weather your planning a chic barn wedding or having a space cat galaxy theme (that last one was an actual wedding she helped outfit). Leslee is so excited to marry her two passions and help brides of this beautiful valley feel just as beautiful in their wedding dress at Astraea Bridal.