Our Team

Everyone has a story worth sharing. At The Bridal Vault, YOUR story is what we care about most.  

We look forward to listening to anything you’d like to share – not only about what is most important to you for your wedding dress, but also about your fiance, your family and your life. We hope you will visit our shop, and that we will have this opportunity to get to know you and your unique story.

Kelsey East

Owner- Bridal Consultant-Wedding and Event Coordinator

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I was born and raised in Sonora, CA and became the oldest of four girls.  During my last semester of college at the University of Arizona I fell in love with my husband who I had happened to have already known for most of my life.  The greatest things truly happen when you least expect it.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Communications, Media Arts, and Business Marketing, Trever proposed, and that was the beginning of not only the rest of our lives, but the beginning of my love of weddings.  After tying the knot on June 11th, 2011 I started planning weddings locally as a hobby.  We found out that we were pregnant with our 3rd baby and I was finally forced to quit my full-time job and transition to being a full time mother.  I got to spend precious moments with Ruby (4) and Grady (2) before baby Everett arrived in August 2016.  This time with my children not only gave me this special time but also made me think of what I truly wanted to do for my professional career. The only thing that felt completely right was to start a bridal business. I didn’t know when it would happen, but it felt right enough to wait until I received a sign.  

It wasn’t until March of 2017 that I got the sign.  My hard working father-in-law, who owned an empty bank building, brought it to my attention that the previous “bank” had potential for someone, and could very well be “The Bridal Vault.” It still gives me chills and still seems surreal that this dream was finally coming true.  My incredible husband, my in-laws, and my family supported my dream and this entire business would not have been possible to create without each of them.  

 It's the place we feel is our true home for the business, and the future of The Bridal Vault for many years to come.

I love that I have created something that I am proud of. I love meeting some of the most amazing women/brides I have ever met in my entire life. I love all these gorgeous wedding dresses around me every day. I love helping women feel beautiful.  I love giving them a special and welcoming place to find the most important dress they will ever purchase and wear.   I love giving my staff a great place to enjoy rewarding and meaningful work.  I love being a locally owned and operated business, and I love the opportunity each and every day to be the best that I can be. I love being involved with the California bridal industry.  I love every moment when I get to ask a bride if she is going to say yes to her dress and getting goose bumps while I ask. I love celebrating the decision with each bride and being part of this special moment when they feel so beautiful and happy!

My story, who I am, what I care about, and what I love, has all come together to make The Bridal Vault what it is. I hope you feel welcome here, I hope you feel respected and heard, and I hope you enjoy finding your very own, hands-down, without-a-doubt, the most beautiful, I don’t want to take it off, absolutely amazing wedding dress at The Bridal Vault!

 

Amy Banks

Bridal Consultant & Event Planner

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Amy Banks joined The Bridal Vault team in 2017 as an event planner and consultant. Amy has lived in Tuolumne County for 30 years and has been very active in her community. From being on the Joie De Vie Gala committee for Sonora Regional Medical Center raising money for cancer patients for over 13 years to helping with events for Sonora Chamber of Commerce which she was a member of for several years. She is excited to be putting her passion to work at The Bridal Vault and helping brides in any way possible to make their special day a one to remember forever.

Markki Pesce

Web Media Specialist

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Handling The Bridal Vault's website and other media is Markki Pesce. Markki is a fifth generation Tuolumne County resident and childhood friend of Kelsey's since kindergarten. While managing social media for other local businesses, she's excited to help portray the mission and experience of The Bridal Vault. 

Cari Brook

alteration Specialist

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NEW TEAM MEMBER! Our alterations orders have been busy, we just had to bring in another professional. New to Sonora, Cari came from Amador City to live close to her daughter, son in law and they're new baby boy. 
Sewing is something she has loved her entire life. Her mother gifted her first, well loved, sewing machine when she was 12 years old. It's been a passion ever since. Her 46 years of seamstress experience ranges from home sewing, furniture slipcovers, costuming and dressmaking.
Welcome from Cari:
Working with the lovely people at the Bridal Vault is a dream come true for me. My love of luxurious fabrics and costuming fit right in with helping the bride look and feel beautiful and radiant on her special day! It's an honor to be a part of that process!
Welcome Cari! We are so happy to have you part of the team!

Monica Reed

Alterations Specialist

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 The Bridal Vault couldn't be more excited to have Monica on our team as our Alterations Specialist. Monica has had 10 plus years of professional sewing and pattern making experience, including a Bachelors in Fashion Design and Merchandising for San Francisco State University. She has an in-depth knowledge of the alterations world working with several bridal and fashion companies and with VStar Entertainment as an Asst. Production Supervisor in costuming for Sesame Street. Monica is dedicated and has a true passion for fashion. Whether you need your jeans hemmed, zipper fixed, or wedding dress completely altered, Monica will have your back with a fast turnaround. Now booking appointments. 

 

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