Galia Lahav

Every now and again the Universe gives us a wink, this was one of those times. A horse named Brach, the woods, oh the woods, Galia Lahav Haute Couture, and a “dream team”.

This day would spark the beginning of great things to come. When I look (in awe) of the beauty of this entire shoot, it becomes a song in my mind, a feeling in my soul. It’s so funny how photo’s can evoke feelings.

So with much love, fall, fall deep and aimlessly in love, have your fairytale.

Much love!


Photgraphy: La Candella Weddings/  MUA: Brazil Raine MUA/   Hair: Kristen Campbell Donaldson, La Pomponnee Salon/  Model: Sarah Mantonis/  Jewelry: Edera Jewelry/ Crowns: Kata Banko Couture/  Gown: Galia Lahav “Tony” Gown/   Accessories: Mlle Artsy & Fancy Bowtique/  Flowers: Bella Fiore Designs/  Furniture: Vintage Alley





Trunk Show @Glitter & Grit Pittsburgh PA

For all of you brides who are ditching the mainstream bridal look, there is a place for you, Glitter & Grit, located in Pittsburgh Pa.


This bridal shoppe is to die for!  Its all about originality and the owner, Erin, is quite amazing as well ❤

We are thrilled to be sharing the spotlight with Tara Lauren Bridal  for this trunk show, dreamy romantic bohemian heaven!




And so it begins …

Hello babes!

Trunk show season is in full swing! I am so excited to share the new collection with all of you !

We will be at Unbridaled ( ) in Austin TX for the next week, alongside some super cool dress designers such as Celia Grace , Claire La Faye and Kite and Butterfly!

Stay posted for our next arrivals:)

Big hugs and much love!


Just FYI

Happy Friday everyone!

So this is a random not so bridal entry, well kind of not so bridal ❤

I am often asked by peers in my industry, ” do you think you should maybe be a bit more streamlined, and not so open about how you feel or who you are”? “You could lose clients if you stray away from trends and if you go against the grain”.

My answer is quite simply, no.

Quick description of who I am:

My name is Colleen, I am the owner/designer of Kata Banko Couture. I am often addressed as Kata, Im okay with that, Kata was my grandmothers name, and its pretty cool:)

I am a California girl living on the East Coast…you can take the girl out of Cali but you cant take Cali out of the girl.

I am a mother of two AMAZING young men as well as mommy to two Amazing Chihuahuas.

I live a very chill life, not so into materialism or fancy cars, in fact, I have been driving the same car for the past 12 years, its a car.

I live on a daily dose of great music, when life gets crazy, I go on a Grateful Dead diet, nothing like tunes that give you good vibes.

I am not trying to be like every one else, my designs come from the heart, I do everything the old fashioned way, by hand.

I like to not be completely mainstream, I am totally okay with going against the grain.

This is just the beginning to wonderful, a catalyst to save the world one person, one animal, one acre at a time.

All in all, I wouldn’t change a thing! I have been so lucky to be surrounded by an amazing team, amazing friends family and clients. I have given up  a lot to follow my dream, its not easy, but its so worth it.

So yeah, this is me. I probably will always do my own thing, I can promise all of you Kata Banko Brides out there…you come first in my business, so it is more about you than playing it mainstream. ❤

Big Love Big Hugs ❤




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