Elaya Vaughn was started in 2010 by creative director, Katelyn Pankoke. The name, Elaya Vaughn, comes from two of Pankoke’s family names.
Katelyn has been designing for nine years; however, as with most girls, her interest in bridal began early on in life. Katelyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and Technology. While still in school, she began her career with commissioned design work that consisted mostly of evening wear. It has always been her goal to start her own line, and that time has finally come.
As a designer, Katelyn is very detail oriented; this is evident in the textile manipulation, and other fine details seen in each of her designs. As creative director, Katelyn ensures that each gown consists of the highest quality of materials. Katelyn is a proponent of fair labor and is proud of keeping the manufacturing of her gowns in The USA. Katelyn describes her design aesthetic as artful femininity.
Foremost in her focus is the fit of her designs and how they make the bride feel. Katelyn insists that Elaya Vaughn is more than a brand; Elaya Vaughn is an Experience. Katelyn also understands that a wedding gown is unlike any other purchase a woman will make, and she is determined to make sure that this experience is just as unforgettable as the wedding itself.
Katelyn was recently engaged this past December to her high school sweet-heart, Zachary Aberman. Now the ultimate question...what will she wear?