Our Story

At Unveiled by Sophie we pride ourselves on creating bespoke and ready made veils for your special day.  If you can imagine it, we can make it. Whether you're looking for elegant sophistication, perfect simplicity or a bit more glitz and glamour, we have a selection of hand crafted veils to help make your day perfect.

'After training at the Royal Opera House, I went onto work in a couture bridal and events wear boutique in central London., after which I became a freelance costume maker for stage and screen. I worked on many of the new live action Disney' films, which I loved! I also made headdresses for the West End production of Aladdin, Andrew Lloyd Webbers' Phantom of the Opera for Paris and Norma for The Met in New York.'

 

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When buying from Unveiled by Sophie, you are also supporting a number of charities. 

'I am someone who battles with a number of rare and incurable illnesses. After falling ill in November 2013, I went from running half marathons to not being able to stand. After years of bizarre symptoms, hospital stays, and countless doctors appointments, I dislocated my hip and was eventually diagnosed with a rare, degenerative connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. In turn, this has caused a heart condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)- my heart no longer functions unless I'm horizontal. It is a debilitating condition that affects every aspect of my autonomic nervous system. It has also caused a serious spontaneous allergic condition called Mast Cell Activation Disorder- my body is spontaneously allergic to itself. The NHS don't fund treatment for Mast Cell Activation Disorder or Ehlers-Danlos, and very few cardiologists will treat PoTS. All three conditions are poorly understood and rarely diagnosed. I am passionate to help others in the difficult situation that I find myself in, which is why 10% of my profits will be split between the charities. In December 2016, my dad had a catastrophic stroke, which is why I am also supporting Stroke Association. This is not a sob story, but one of hope. I am determined to maintain a happy life doing something I love, despite the difficulties I face. '

What is Ehlers-Danlos?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is the name for a group of rate and progressive genetic conditions that affect the connective tissue and collagen of the body. Connective tissues support the skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs and bones. Thus a person with EDS can have varying symptoms from frequent dislocation to mitral valve prolapse. There is no cure. Only management. 

What is PoTS?

Postural Orthosatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) is a life altering and debilitating chronic health condition. Simply standing up can be impossible for people with PoTS as their body is unable to adjust to gravity. Symptoms include headaches, severe fatigue, palpitations, blackouts/collapses, nausea and dizziness. It is said that someone living with PoTS has a similar quality of life to someone living with COPD or Congestive Heart Failure.

What is Mast Cell Activation Disorder?

Mast cells, a type of blood cell, play an important role in the body's immune system. They reside in all the body tissue and form part of the body's initial defense system. Mast cells react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of potent chemical mediators, such as histamine when activated. In a healthy person these chemicals will act beneficially to protect and heal the body, but in a person with MCAS these same chemicals are inappropriately triggered and released and have a negative effect on the body. Among the triggers are an extensive variety of foods, exercise, chemicals, fragrance and stress. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and the condition is both difficult to manage and potentially life threatening.