Blog/Updates

Social Media (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter) will have far more updates that this page but here are the most important such as events and key notifications etc…

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Monday 10th September 2018

I will wear this badge with pride! So happy to join the Bad Ass Mo Flo’s!! ✌️

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Tuesday 28th August 2018

YES! Finally completed and submitted the application for the @allaboutewe show in Birmingham! Cannot wait for this one! I’ll be there with rainbows on 🌈 literally! ✌️

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Saturday 11th August 2018

We’re home from a well deserved holiday feeling refreshed and super charged. Thanks for your patience over the last couple of months and all the support I’ve received. Feeling pretty great and ready for business. If you have an idea of what you’d like for your big day or have no idea but know it needs to be sustainable then have a look at my website (link in bio), my Etsy store or drop me an email: hello@ariabridaluk.com

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Sunday 22nd July 2018

I will be taking a much deserved holiday for two weeks from Tuesday. Hope to see you all refreshed and relaxed when I get back.
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Thanks for your patience ✌️ xxx

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Thursday 7th June 2018

Sorry for the silence on here over the last 5 weeks. The stress of juggling two jobs, a MA and organising a huge show (in addition to life!) unfortunately had a serious impact on my chronic health condition and my mental health and I was ordered to take a break. I’m feeling a “little” bit better now and hoping to be back to normal soon. It has all been too much to take onboard myself and will be getting others to help with the show next time…. Anyway….it will be business as usual very soon!
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Thanks for your patience and understanding ✌️ xxx

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Sunday 29th April 2018

Such an amazing time yesterday both curating and featuring at the SustFashWales show for Fashion Revolution!

See the Aria Bridal UK Insta amount for the videos from the show! BIG love to all that came, helped out, featured, modelled, prepped etc. we were all part of a huge movement for change and I couldn’t have done it without you!! I’m exhausted!

Big love! 💚💙💖💛💜

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Friday 6th April 2018

Reviews like this are what makes me continue to do what I do!

Thanks Kristel! 💚💙💖💛💜

 

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Thursday 8th March 2018

What a day to reveal the designers poster for the @sustfashwales @fash_rev show on #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2018
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The show is organised by a woman (me) so far the designers and contributors are all women and it’s for women (and of course the men!) who want to change the world… See what we can achieve when we all work together!

For info and tickets see the SustFashWales page and show Event Page!

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Sunday 4th March 2018

Its been a bit quiet here for the last week as work has been halted by crappy modern sewing machines and there is nothing worse than a machine breaking down half way through sewing a bridal gown when you’re on a deadline. So I decided to invest in an industrial sewing machine, a vintage 1960’s Pfaff to be precise. Here she is after a bit of TLC. I’ve also included photos of before and during the upcycling project. Ain’t she a beaut? Not bad for a couple of hours work! 😍😍😍 Can’t wait to make many many more gowns on this stunner 😍

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Wednesday 14th February 2018

Congratulations to any couples around the world who got engaged on St Valentines day! Spreading the love to you all! …

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Thursday 25th January 2018

Congratulations to any couples here in Wales who got engaged on St Dwynwen’s Day. For those who don’t know, St Dwynwen is the patron saint of love here in Wales and considered to be the Welsh equivalent of St Valentines day.  It is celebrated on the 25th of January each year…

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Wednesday 24th January 2018

WOW! It’s only January and I have 2, possibly 3, orders on the go!

2018 is going to be great year for brides who dare to be different!

Also currently working on advert artwork for Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride magazine, watch this space!

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Tuesday 16th January 2018

Aria Bridal UK L💚VE “fantastically unique brides” and I’m SUPER excited (as in I’ve been bursting!) to share these images of the simply STUNNING recent bride Kristel Hughes (nee Cowie)…she even matched her hair to her rainbow gown 😍✌️🌈

Kristel’s dress was designed based entirely on her own ideas and made from 100% natural hemp silk sateen hand dyed in a rainbow design using non-toxic and azo-free dyes. This was complemented by the stunning bodice made from specially manufactured organic cotton lace for the off the shoulder design and long flared sleeves, finished with an upcycled blue tulle over-skirt and train…just stunning! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and create your totally unique bridal gown.

HUGE congratulations to you and Dylan, you both looked awesome!
Stunning photography by Katrina Bartlett Photography.

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Tuesday 9th January 2018

I am thrilled to announce the winner of the dream dress competition (apologies for the delay, I’ve been in Sri Lanka for Xmas and the New Year with limited internet!)…. The lucky bride to be is….. *** Alex Mousey Doyle *** who not only entered herself but was also nominated by, not 1 but 2 of, her bridesmaids: Rose Beatrice Forrest and Josephine James. I was particularly in love with what Josephine had to say on Facebook: “Because my best friend has the most fatasticly unique style; to have a custom made dress is the only way she will beable to get her dream dress and her budget wont be streching to that. I want her to feel like herself on her big day and I hope Aria Bridal Uk will help her !!”
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This 👆 is exactly what Aria Bridal UK is all about, fantastically unique brides who want to feel like themselves on their special day! 💚

CONGRATULATIONS ALEX!!! 💍🎉

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Friday 22nd December 2017

I will be having a well earned rest over the festive break and spending Xmas and the New Year in Sri Lanka so here is my advance Crimbo message…

MERRY CHRISTMAS and an AWESOME NEW YEAR to all you wonderfully unique brides who dare to be different!

Speak soon to you when I’m back on the 8th January!

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Thursday 14th December 2017

Busy put the finishing touches to a very special and unique gown for a beautiful December bride…watch this space…I super excited to share it with you!

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Friday 24th November 2017

Super excited for this!

Any other Eco/Ethical designers fancy showcasing their designs? Or come along and join the show by SustFashWales  💚

Showcasing the best in sustainable fashion in support of the global campaign Fashion Revolution….

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

It’s been a bit “quiet” here for a few weeks, which actually means it’s been quite crazy! I’m currently busy planning an exciting new event for next year. Plus, I’ve been manic planning for and taking my pupils to see their sustainable fashion work at Cardiff Fashion Week including fundraising with the pupils to pay for it all! Was totally worth it though…. How amazing do these designs look? Made by 11-12yr olds! INCREDIBLE! Huge High 5’s all!

If you’d like to see more of what I do in my “other job” follow my teacher instagram account: @MissOSullivanDT

 

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Tuesday 24th October 2017

**COMPETITION TIME**

WIN YOUR “DREAM” CUSTOM MADE BRIDAL GOWN!

FACEBOOK: Like @AriaBridalUK , share (to public or I can’t see it) and comment on this image/post.

INSTAGRAM: Follow @AriaBridalUK, like AND regram this image (don’t forget to tag – or I can’t see it) AND comment below why you should win!
The winner will be selected and announced on January 1st 2018.
GOOD LUCK! (Even those who place an order between now and 1st January 2018, will be still eligible to enter and will get a full refund if you are the winner)
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Monday 23rd October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed The Big Welsh Wedding Show yesterday and finally got to unveil both the new “Aja” dress on the catwalk (shown in the images below) and the amazing upcoming competition! More details coming soon!

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Saturday 21st October 2017

Tomorrow!!! The Big Welsh Wedding Show 11-4 The Depot Cardiff.

Don’t be a pigeon, be a flamingo! 

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

Another sneak peak of the “Aja” gown named after the Yoruba Forest Goddess… Ready for the catwalk The Big Welsh Wedding Show at The Depot in Cardiff this Sunday!

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Saturday 7th October 2017

Absolutely in L💚VE with these appliqués I have made using 100% reclaimed materials. It’s been quite a few hours in the making but well worth it. Definitely #EcoBling 💚 Today shall mostly be spent making the “Aja” dress especially for The Big Welsh Wedding Show at The Depot in Cardiff on Sunday 22nd October!…Very excited!

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We’re on Pinterest!

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Wednesday 27th September 2017

Exclusive Offer: Special discount available for “Mrs & Mrs Rainbow Package”…
Especially for bride couples out there who order any style of dress but each using the same fabric and rainbow effect. Buy one dress get the second half price! 🌈👭💞✌
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Contact me for more info: Hello@ariabridaluk.com

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Sunday 24th September 2017

Great day at Wonderland Weddings today, perfect place to hold our first public launch of the label! Very exciting to meet many brides to be and hopefully got some new leads too…

Can’t wait for The Big Welsh Wedding Show, in just 4 weeks!

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Saturday 23rd September 2017

We are thrilled to announce we are now a Natural Wedding Company “Recommended Supplier”!

Click here or the logo for our listing…

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Saturday 23rd September 2017

Our new promotional video is now live:

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Thursday 21st September 2017

New items added to the Etsy Store including the beautiful “Marialina” aka The Rainbow dress! 🌈😍✌ Prices range between £150-700

 

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Sunday 17th September 2017

What a beautiful day for a photoshoot!

 

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Thursday 14th September 2017

Cannot wait for these…Aria Bridal UK will be attending our first Swansea wedding/bridal fayre at the Liberty Stadium on 24th September as part of the Wonderland Wedding show, then 4 weeks later on the 22nd October at The Big Welsh Wedding Show at The Depot in Cardiff…Very excited!

 

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Friday 8th September 2017

Currently working on new bridal gown designs to be unveiled at the upcoming bridal shows Wonderland Wedding and The Big Welsh Wedding Show’s  …

 

 

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Monday 28th August 2017

I’m back to reality after having a wonderful break in Ibiza and thought it was time to post an update to say a huge thanks to all that supported my Kickstarter project. 💚

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ariabridaluk/sustainable-and-eco-bridal-fashion-label-seeks-sta/posts/1932948

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Friday 18th August 2017

Just to let you all know I’m currently away enjoying a well earned holiday on the beautiful island of Ibiza. I will be home late next week recharged and full of inspiration to continue working on designs, before the craziness of new school year and prep for my 2 bridal shows starts. 💚

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Saturday 5th August 2017

Thank you so much to all my wonderful family, friends and people all over the globe who have supported my #Kickstarter campaign!! I have successfully reached my £500 goal so can buy some amazing eco fabrics and book some bridal shows to launch the brand. I am so thankful for everyone’s support. 💚

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Friday 7th July 2017

Please check out Aria Bridal UK on Kickstarter there are loads of great rewards in exchange for pledges which range between £5-1000…. Please share with your friends to help me make this dream a reality!

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I am hoping to fully establish the label with backing from funders like you. Sustainable materials are very expensive and an additional financial barrier for setting up a sustainable design label, so aim to use the funds from Kickstarter, if successful, to buy the most sustainable and ethical materials from around the world with full traceability of my supply chain. I would also like to attend bridal and trade shows if I am able to raise above my goal.

Thanks so much for your support!

Helen

 

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Monday 29th June 2017

Absolutely thrilled to announce Aria Bridal UK will be attending this years Wonderland Wedding Show at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium!

We will not only have a stand with some photos, information, booking orders and special show offers but also be featuring on the Bridal Catwalk!

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Hope to see you there!

Helen x

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Wednesday 14th June 2017

Aria Bridal UK will continue our support for Fashion Revolution, a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry. I have, personally and professionally, been supporting this amazing cause since it’s conception and meeting with the incredible Carry Somers at the Ethical Fashion Forum Summit in 2013. Therefore I have decided to donate 10% of all Aria Bridal UK’s profits to Fashion Revolution.

Show your support and join the the most revolutionary of movements!

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Monday 12th June 2017

Absolutely thrilled to announce Aria Bridal UK will be attending this years Big Welsh Wedding Show!

We will not only have a stand with some photos, information, booking orders and special show offers but also be featuring on the Bridal Catwalk!

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The Depot,

Construction House,

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Cardiff,

South Glamorgan

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Hope to see you there!

Helen x

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Saturday 3rd June 2017

We’re back on Facebook!

Sorry it’s been very quiet on FB recently, Helen has taken a break from personal social media to concentrate on teaching, Aria and an active social life! But thanks to an alias account and link to the Instagram account, it will be updated frequently. Go give us a like @AriaBridalUK  and please share with any barefoot or eco brides out there!

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Thursday 1st June 2017

Such a productive day today, I’m currently working on 3 new designs and even got time to make a sample of the Maya dress. The dress is a stunning halter style with low back and central lace detail. The dress can either be plain hemp/silk or with the option of lace covering the bodice. the dress can also be dip-dyed. Prices range from £350-420.

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If you’d like to discuss a custom order please do get in touch either through the Etsy shop or directly via hello@ariabridaluk.com

Thanks, Helen

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Tuesday 30th May 2017 

Thrilled to announce that Aria Bridal UK is a founding member of the Common Objective, which builds on 10 years of work by the Ethical Fashion Forum.

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

It’s been a busy couple of months at school and I’m currently working on a couple of custom orders but promise to be a bit more active on here! If you’d like to discuss a custom order please do get in touch either through the Etsy Shop or directly via hello@ariabridaluk.com

Thanks, Helen

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Monday 3rd April 2017

We’re on Instagram! Follow @AriaBridalUK

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