Hi everyone! I am SUPER PUMPED for this vendor spotlight post today and I know you will be too! Everyone, meet Stephanie Ward, owner and designer-mastermind behind Punk Rock Bride. Stephanie graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a degree in Apparel Design. In 2006, her closest friend asked her to design her wedding dress, and PRB was formed.
I had the chance to ask Stephanie some questions about PBR, why she started it and anything else she wanted to share about PBR. Her response was perfect:
“The words ‘wedding dress’ conjure up an image of a white strapless puffy ballgown, which, while ideal for some brides, may not suit everyone. There seemed to be a massive void in the bridal industry for wedding dresses that would appeal to a bride who was looking for something that reflected her own personal style. Many girls do not want to wear what their mothers wore on their wedding day, but are looking for something a little more modern and unique. These are the brides that we are reaching out to.”
Stephanie’s company has been a wild success, her designs have been recognized in Brides Magazine, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Get Married, and The Washington Post. I just love that someone is out there (and in our hometown of DC!) recognizing those that crave something different from the ‘norm’ of the wedding dress universe.
And, if PRB didn’t seem cool enough already, all dresses are manufactured in the U.S.! Ok, enough typing, let’s showcase these beauties:
One last note …
Budget-brides rejoice! For 2011, PRB introduced a new line of wedding dresses called “Emma”. All of the dresses in the Emma line retail for under $1,000 and may be purchased online, in standard sizing.
Stephanie told me this and I just had to share:
“The name Emma comes from my great aunt, Teresa Emma. Teresa was an Italian dress-maker in Philadelphia who, in the 1960’s, designed and sewed wedding dresses for brides and entire wedding parties out of her home. The Emma line is a tribute to her love of fashion and passion for offering brides a personal and unique wedding dress experience.”
Let us know if you are going to have a Punk Rock Bride dress for your wedding! We would love to feature you!