Ana Maria Bufnila
Ana Maria Bufnila is a brand that creates handcrafted bridal accessories, jewellery and distinctive headpieces.
Ana Maria was initially a consultant in the wedding industry, with this experience giving her an insight as to what brides-to-be wanted. She soon developed a passion for making jewellery, with her winning awards in the process.
“I entered the Fire Mountain Gems 2010 competition winning a Silver Medal, and featured in the Fashion Spotlight Spring/Summer 2011 in bridal wear.”
Taking the idea more seriously
Having proven her ability to create distinctive products – which incorporate pearls, opalescent crystals and pastels – Ana Maria focused on becoming a leader in the bridal accessories market by starting a business.
“Zoe Brown, a Business Manager at Bright Ideas Trust, initially introduced me to the organisation. She’s guided me since I applied and helped me identify new opportunities, build up my confidence and realise what I can achieve. As a result, I received my Start Up Loan in August 2013”.
Walking a tightrope
As a self-described “fighter and hard worker who is prepared to go the extra mile,” Ana Maria still faces obstacles like her fellow entrepreneurs.
“The biggest challenge is to keep a good balance between business and family. I’ve made mistakes and learnt from them, making sure not to repeat them as they are part of the learning process.”
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Create a realistic schedule.
- Always be confident in what you’re doing.