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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Kasey and Drew
22 Dec 2014

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Kasey and Drew

The high school sweethearts in this Real Weddings feature know how to make memories!  We have known Hope’s bride Kasey and her husband Drew since they were young.  Kasey worked for Hope’s for five years, in fact. So when it came time for them to plan their wedding, we were honored and excited to be able to help their big day be everything they hoped...

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18 Dec 2014

Girls’ Night Out: Veils and Cocktails

Ready for a Girls’ Night Out? Plan to join us January 17th from 7-9 for the “Ultimate Bachelorette Bonding Experience” at Palmer House Stable in Solon.  This is a great spot between our two stores, so it’s accessible for all our brides!  The name of the event sums up the fun we are sure to have: “Veils and Cocktails”- who doesn’t love to do a...

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08 Dec 2014

Christmas Cookie Time!

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie?  We have two festive recipes to share with you today!  We had fun baking some of these over Thanksgiving weekend with Mom’s side of the family.  Let us know which of these Christmas cookies you love! Mrs. Wasley’s Sugar Cookies – from Diane 1 cup sugar 1 cup butter 1 egg beaten 1 teaspoon soda blended with 5...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s: Nicole and Shawn
04 Dec 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s: Nicole and Shawn

The Real Weddings by Hope’s union of Nicole and Shawn Wurzer shows just how beautiful your big day can be on a tight budget.  “Everything for the wedding was handmade, except for the attire of course,” Nicole explained.  Prior to their September 6th wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Caramel in Lawler and reception in Sumner, the families of the bride and groom had...

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01 Dec 2014

Waiting with Hope

We are waiting with HOPE this Advent Season! “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”  Romans 15: 4 Advent is a time of waiting.  You brides out there know a lot about waiting, right?  If you are like me, you were...

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Honduras Mission Part 2
25 Nov 2014

Honduras Mission Part 2

This post is a follow-up to an earlier post you can read here:  Honduras Mission Part 1 Or, here is a little background information about Open Door Ministries in Honduras: Open Door Ministries Booklet Open Door Ministries offers a safe home for girls who have been victims of horrible circumstances.  As part of the girls’ experience growing and learning at the home, they are blessed...

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20 Nov 2014

God of This City: Praying for Peace in St. Louis

God of This City “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:22-23 I live in St. Louis.  I moved here after college to...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher
13 Nov 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher

Lindsey and Christopher’s wedding is a great example of how DIY and personal touches can make your big day super-special as you will see in this Real Weddings feature!  The two met in Iowa City in the spring of 2008, sharing Whitey’s ice cream in downtown Iowa City for their first date.  Lindsey says Chris is full of cute surprises, which we can say is...

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Prom 2015 Style Preview
10 Nov 2014

Prom 2015 Style Preview

Wondering what’s going to be hot for Prom 2015 styles?  We are just starting to get our dresses in, with most coming later this month and in December.  It’s early, but we’re getting excited!  Diane, Moriah, and I went to prom market in Atlanta back in August, buying HUNDREDS of dresses for Hope’s.  Here’s a sneak peek of what is big this year! LACE!  Lace...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Morgan and Jim
04 Nov 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Morgan and Jim

This Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal features the beautiful Quad Cities news reporter Morgan (Ottier) and Jim Swanson.  The two just married on October 4th in a blustery outdoor ceremony in rural Davenport.  From her on-air engagement to her fashion-forward bridal gown, we just love Morgan’s story! Morgan described how she and Jim met.  “We met while I was in college, working at a golf...

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