Finding your wedding dress isn't the only important detail for your wedding day! The way you accessorize your dress can bring the whole look together. Ashley Schenkein is one of our local jewelry designers who's dedicated to providing brides with pieces that not only make them feel beautiful, but are unique to their own style.
How long have you been designing?
Officially, I've been designing since the inception of Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design—that's been 11 years now. Unofficially...I've always been creatively inclined and design-minded. I come from a family of creative business people. I learned so much about working on both sides of my brain from my father, who owned a successful Advertising and PR shop in Denver for years. I feel like life has taken me on a really fun ride thus far, but some part of me knows that this designer journey was inevitable.
How did you get into designing jewelry?
I was living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, pursuing a career in Spanish-language translation for medical patients when, I guess you could say, I experienced a calling. I was shopping in town, in a beautiful boutique and found myself admiring a collection of handmade jewelry. I had this sudden swell of inspiration to create my own collection of jewelry. I sort of lost my mind for a moment and approached the person working there—who happened to be the owner—and asked if they were ever looking for new designers. Turns out they were and, before I knew it, I had talked myself into an appointment to come back and present the collection. Mind you, this collection was basically just a concept in my head but I was all-in. I left as calmly as I could, trying my best to look like everything that had just happened was part of the plan, all along. Then, I rushed home and got to work. The next four days were sort of a blur, as worked non-stop on my living room floor to produce the collection. When I walked back into the boutique to present the collection, I couldn't believe how smoothly it went—she ended up purchasing every single piece I had. I walked out of the boutique on a cloud. I was smiling like a crazy person and suddenly had a new direction and sense of purpose. I felt empowered and fortunate and wanted more! That was the day Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design was born.
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Since you are a bride right now, what is your advice to bride picking out their jewelry?
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Want to check out Ashley's collection yourself? Join us for our Local Designer Pop-Up Thursday May 31st from 5-8pm! Enjoy sips and snacks while you check out jewelry from our local accessory designers! The designers can even help you create something custom if you can’t find what you're looking for!