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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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Prom 2017 Trend: Simple Sophistication
30 Jan 2017

Prom 2017 Trend: Simple Sophistication

For Prom 2017, simple and sophisticated is a huge trend that appeals to many shoppers.  Timeless styles, with clean and sexy lines, rich fabrics, and bold colors are show-stopping choices.  We love to find dresses that fit perfectly and show off the natural beauty of our prom shoppers, then dress them up in gorgeous accessories to make the look complete.  The sophistication of a simple...

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Prom 2017 Trend:  Two-Piece Prom Dresses
16 Jan 2017

Prom 2017 Trend: Two-Piece Prom Dresses

Next up in our prom trend reports:  Two-piece prom dresses are HUGE from Prom 2017!  All of our designers offered lots of these styles, and we bought them heavily, anticipating our prom shoppers would be asking for them.  Sure enough, our early prom shoppers are gravitating toward the two-piece dresses! Most designers have chosen to give just a peek of skin between the skirt and...

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Prom 2017 Trend Report: PRINTS
12 Dec 2016

Prom 2017 Trend Report: PRINTS

Prom 2017 is sneaking up on us, and the dresses keep pouring into Hope’s by the boxful!  Watch our blog for trend reports over the next few weeks to get a feel for the type of styles you will see from your favorite designers! First up, one of the biggest prom trends of 2017 is going to be prints!  We saw a lot of prints last year...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jackie and Robert
22 Nov 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jackie and Robert

  Jackie and Robert celebrated their perfect real wedding in Cedar Rapids years after first meeting in early education.  Though Robert moved around with his military family, he returned for high school, which allowed the two to reconnect through mutual friends.  As young professionals, they kept running into each other at local events.  “We were both at pivotal times in our lives when we were...

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14 Nov 2016

Ceremony of Wedding Vow Renewal

This is a post written for our audience by a guest writer associated with Honeyfund.com, a site that allows couples to crowd source for their wedding or honeymoon. There are many reasons why a couple would choose to renew their wedding vows. Perhaps they were unable to have the wedding of their dreams at the time they were married. Or perhaps there were important family...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler
29 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler

Meghan and Kyler’s beautiful fall wedding was full of rich colors and special DIY touches.  It was a day to celebrate a couple who has grown to deeply love and appreciate each other.  Meghan says, “He is honestly the most selfless person that I have ever met.  He puts everyone before himself, and he never goes a day without telling me how much he loves...

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Too Soon to Say Good-bye
17 Oct 2016

Too Soon to Say Good-bye

It’s hard to say good-bye.  My 19-year-old cousin was in an accident Friday night and didn’t make it.  Or maybe I should say he made to to the ultimate destination, because I know he’s in heaven.  Praise God for His salvation! He’s not the first our staff has lost recently at a very young age, and we’re all hurting a little.  We are thankful for...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon
06 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon

Stephanie met Brandon the night before Thanksgiving in 2013.  After a quick introduction from a friend, the two continued the evening with their friends, but exchanged numbers before the night was over.  Brandon sent her a text the next day, and they ended up going to a little place called Stella’s for their first date just a few nights later.  “We talked for hours and...

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