UPDATE: Attention engaged ladies! Katelyn's new bridal line is now officially available for purchase. This story was originally published on April 1.
Every time we watch an episode of Project Runway, we find ourselves feeling truly inspired. How do they do it? While we'll never be skilled as someone who can design a frock in the time it takes us to eat dinner, we can't help but be curious about what really goes on behind the show. So, we were feelin' pretty lucky when season 11 contestant and local gal Katelyn Pankoke invited us into the studio for a super-exclusive look at her new 2013 bridal collection.
Despite acquiring newfound fame, pulling weekly all-nighters, and planning her own wedding, this bright 23-year-old still manages to stay grounded and look gorgeous no matter what is thrown her way — like a possible partnership with Swarovski, for example. Who needs reality TV? This go-getter is living the dream.
Photographed by Heather Talbert