About Us

Our Shop

Laura Williams and Leslee Hughes opened Astraea Bridal in April 2019 with the dream to create a consignment shop that not only focuses on exceptional customer experience, but also to tackle the environmental harm the bridal and retail industries creates.  Laura and Leslee remodeled the space themselves using recycled materials for fixtures and displays. Even the hangers are purchased recycled. We pride ourselves on operating as a low-waste business and have a zero-tolerance policy for single use plastic. When recycling is not an option, we choose where to shop based on the company’s ethics and ethos.

All are welcome and safe at Astraea Bridal. We are so proud to serve our brides regardless of dress size, budget, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or skin color. We hope you feel welcome in our store that we so lovingly created with sustainability, inclusivity, and acceptance as top priorities.

Who is Astraea?

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.

Pay it forward

Astraea Bridal is proud to partner with The National Forest Foundation. When you purchase your bridal gown with Astraea Bridal, you are also planting a tree in our National Forests where they are needed most after destruction by wildfires, disease, and climate change.

Astraea Bridal is proud to partner with The National Forest Foundation. We plant 1 tree for every gown sold.

The National Forest Foundation works on behalf of the American public to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our National Forests. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF leads forest conservation efforts and promotes responsible recreation. Each year the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, facilitates common ground, plants trees in areas affect by fires, insects and disease and improves recreational opportunities. The NFF believes our National Forests and all they offer are an American treasure and are vital to the health of our communities. Learn more at nationalforests.org.

Our Inventory

At Astraea Bridal we diligently curate our inventory, holding inclusivity as our top priority. Due to the consignment nature of our business, our inventory changes daily. In general, we proudly offer an assortment of over 500 gowns ranging in size 0-28 and price of $800 – $4,000. The bulk of our gowns range between $1000-$2500. Our pricing is determined based on a variety of factors and are priced between 20%-60% off retail price. Our inventory is acquired through our local community who bring us privately owned gowns and designer boutiques who consign their discontinued samples with us. Every gown is carefully inspected for quality, spot cleaned and repaired, if needed, before placed on the showroom floor.

Our Staff

Laura Williams
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.

Leslee Hughes
Co-Founder, Owner

Leslee moved to the Skagit Valley in 2011 and immediately fell in love with it's landscapes. She knows this area is so unique, and truly believes there is no place like it. Exploring local breweries, kyaking and strolling through Christinanson's Nursery are some of her favorite past 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.

Megan Greene
Executive Assistant, Senior Stylist

After growing up all around the upper lefthand corner of the U.S., Megan eventually landed in Bellingham, WA in 2013. She fell in love with all the outdoor opportunities that the area has to offer. Megan enjoys exploring new trails, checking out new breweries, and huffing and puffing up and down the hills on her bike. She started her journey in the world of bridal with Laura and Leslee in 2014 and loved building relationships with brides and their families while creating a positive experience for them. Later, she took a break to explore her music and teaching career before finding her way back to bridal in 2022. Megan was drawn to Astraea Bridal’s mission of creating a more sustainable wedding industry and is excited to contribute to their meaningful endeavor.

Loriah Challman
Formalwear Specialist

Loriah is just starting her bridal career and she is so excited to learn about the industry (and try on lots of beautiful gowns). She live in Burlington with her dog Olive, cat Xerxes, and boyfriend Nick. She loves spending time outdoors on a boat or wandering around the woods with Olive. ⁠

Laura Williams

Co- Founder, Owner​

Favorites

 
Snack Blueberry Yogurt covered pretzels, Cherries
TV Shows Docudramas, The Discovery Channel
Movies Eve After, 300, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
Music Foo Fighters, TOOL, Led Zeppelin
Books Wheel of Time
Hobbies Campfires, Concerts, Watching my son play baseball

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