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At a recent networking event I noticed a stunning woman standing nearby.

She was beautifully dressed and she looked familiar. I introduced myself and asked if we had worked together, as I seemed to recognize her.

Modestly, she said she’d been on the TV show Project Runway… “Kate” I exclaimed! Katelyn Pankoke, a Chicago native, was a contestant on Project Runway, season 11.

You see, my wife and I are big fans of the show. One of the show’s hosts, Tim Gunn, is famous for telling the designers to “make it work”. The other host is supermodel and fashionista, Heidi Klum. It’s quite interesting to see creative people put to the test under pressure (kind of like a wedding photographer). We talked for quite awhile about her experience on the show and how it’s bolstered her career as well as her own upcoming destination wedding. As charming as she is talented, I’m sure the fashion industry will be hearing a lot from Kate and her design company Elaya Vaughn Bridal.