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Real Wedding by Hope’s:  Karin and Drew
09 Aug 2017

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Karin and Drew

Hope’s bride Karin is “spoiled” by her new husband, who is a true romantic.  And her sweet touches to make their elegant wedding special show she is just as sentimental! Karin was drawn to Drew the first moment she saw him.  “I was driving near NIU Campus and saw Drew walking across the street in a suit and tie, and the rest is history!”  Luckily,...

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Allie helping a current Hope's Bride find her gown.  You can imagine how hard it is to decide on her own!
19 Jul 2017

Allie and Adam: Wedding Planning Part 3

After a month-and-a-half break from wedding planning, Allie is feeling much more focused and excited about it.  She and Adam took a trip to St. Louis to celebrate his birthday with a Cardinals baseball game and some relaxation.  Plus, they have been down to Missouri to visit Adam’s parents and are regularly enjoying taco nights together at Casa Las Glorias.  Overall, they are feeling refreshed...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jami and Scott
06 Jul 2017

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jami and Scott

Jami and Scott’s wedding, like their relationship, was adventurous, unique, and completely beautiful!  The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on an island in the middle of Lake Erie.  Their story is so fun, and one many brides in the midst of stressful planning will likely envy! In high school Scott was friends with Jami’s brother and would regularly hang out at her...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Samantha and Quentin
28 Jun 2017

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Samantha and Quentin

Hope’s Bride Samantha and Quentin go way back to elementary school.  They started dating in March of her sophomore in high school when he was a senior.  That October, Quentin went off to basic training for the Marine Corp. “I thought it was going to be the longest three months of my life. A month into basic, his leg was broken in four places. My...

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Real Wedding: Anna and Dale’s Traditional Wedding
09 Jun 2017

Real Wedding: Anna and Dale’s Traditional Wedding

The river flooding and forcing you out of your wedding reception venue might put a damper on the best day of your life, but Hope’s bride Anna and her husband Dale took it in stride last September. “We knew we didn’t want to see each other until we were in our dress attire, but knew we needed to speak and discuss a new plan. At...

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Allie and Adam:  Wedding Planning Part 2
28 May 2017

Allie and Adam: Wedding Planning Part 2

It’s time to check in again with Allie and Adam’s wedding planning! “Oh my goodness, can we just go to the courthouse now?” Is what Allie asked Adam after dress shopping with her family.   Allie advises other brides to take a small number of people with you when you go shopping.  “It makes it easier; also, take people who are going to enjoy dress shopping,...

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Real Wedding: Sydney and Jake
10 May 2017

Real Wedding: Sydney and Jake

It was an honor to help beautiful Sydney find her Essense of Australia gown for her summer wedding.  She looked breathtaking as she said “I do” to her prince, Jake, in their outdoor wedding.  Thank you so much for being a Hope’s bride, Sydney! Wedding Photographer:  TINT // a visual company  (formally Von Presley Studios)


Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations
01 May 2017

Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations

By Guest Blogger Amanda Lund, Weddings by Carue   With the average bride spending nearly $32,000 on her wedding, it’s understandable to make every penny count. But before you snag a couple boxes of print-your-own invitations and call it a day, we recommend looking into the advantages of custom, designer invitations that become instant keepsakes your loved ones will treasure. The invitation is the gateway to your...

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Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!
19 Apr 2017

Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!

We are extra excited in our Atkins store because our beloved Allie is newly-engaged!  She is such a great sport and agreed to share her wedding planning journey with you.  We will be following her through the next year-and-a-half with the hopes of giving our brides ideas, shared experiences, and a chance to get to know one of our amazing bridal consultants on a whole...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s:  Amanda and Nate
03 Mar 2017

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Amanda and Nate

Amanda and Nate will soon be celebrating their first wedding anniversary and 10th year together as a couple, and we are so excited to share these high school sweethearts’ wedding with you!  Amanda explains, “It’s kind of crazy how fast time goes!  I would definitely say it is not easy at times, but for us the good times outweigh the bad, and I think that’s...

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