Ellen graduated from the University of Alabama in 2003 with a degree in apparel design. In this time, she was able to uncover her true passion: the bridal market. This discovery led Ellen to the London College of Fashion in 2004 where she enrolled in a summer intensive program to study bridal construction and beadwork. Upon graduating college, Ellen returned to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to work for Amy Collins, a headpiece and veil designer. With Amy, Ellen learned the ins and outs of bridal headpieces, from hand painting and baking ceramic flowers, to handcrafting ornate jewelry.
Ellen moved to Manhattan in the winter of 2007 when she was offered a position at Nicole Miller as a bridal specialist. During her time at Nicole Miller, Ellen became enamored with the process of getting to know individual brides and helping them create a look that would be personal, meaningful and beautiful. This passion proved invaluable to Ellen when she started Avant Bride in early 2009. Based in Manhattan, Avant Bride boasts a unique and eclectic collection of combs, headbands, pins and veils. A bride donning an Avant Bride creation can truly boast that she is wearing a one-of-a-kind.
The Avant Bride collection can be found in some of the most prestigious stores across the country, including Manhattan’s own Wedding Atelier. Avant Bride has also been featured in multiple national and local publications including, Town and Country Weddings, In Style Weddings and Brides New York.