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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve
13 Jun 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve

Sadie and Steve’s April wedding in St. Louis was picture perfect.  We are so honored we were able to help this gorgeous bride find her amazing Stephen Yearick gown.  As her mom wrote us, “The dress stole the show—we had so many people talking about it all night that we clearly knew we had picked the right dress!” Steve and Sadie met in college. “I...

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Buyer Beware: Alivia’s Online Prom Dress Nightmare
17 May 2016

Buyer Beware: Alivia’s Online Prom Dress Nightmare

We see it all too often, a sweet customer stressed and upset because she tried to purchase a dress online.  Sometimes her dress isn’t what she expected.  Sometimes the dress doesn’t fit and there is no way to return it or alter it.  Sometimes it just doesn’t show up at all. Online prom dress shopping is risky business. This is one prom customer’s experience.  We...

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Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection
07 May 2016

Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!  Mothers, grandmothers, those praying to be a mother, those who mother angels, those with fur-babies, all you who mother in any way- happy day to you! Last Mother’s Day I felt Selah move inside me for the first time, and it was magical.  I absolutely LOVE being her mommy and thank God every day for this chance.  I...

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With designer Kitty Chen at Chicago Bridal Market
22 Apr 2016

Designer Spotlight: Kitty Chen

Kitty Chen designs three bridal lines, all offered at Hope’s Bridal:  Kitty Chen, Kitty Chen Couture, and Ivoire by Kitty Chen.  Kitty was born in China, where she developed her artistic skills before moving to the U.S. in 2003.  She began her company in 2004.  Hope’s Bridal was her first account in Iowa a few years later. We love the sexy styles she creates, the...

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05 Apr 2016

See You Later, Baby

Good-byes are tough.  See you laters should feel a lot easier, but this one I’m facing is killing me. If you stop by the Atkins store the next few days, you might be greeted by raspberry-blowing, toe-eating 5-month old.  She’ll probably be having a grand ole time with Grandma or Aunt Ariel and be soaking up all the attention from our amazing customers like you. ...

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Bridal Market Recap: #BabyBridalBuyer
25 Mar 2016

Bridal Market Recap: #BabyBridalBuyer

The Fall 2016 bridal collections debuted at the National Bridal Market in Chicago last week.  This was a special market trip for our family.  Thirty years ago, Mom took me on a buying trip as a one-month-old, and this year we got to take Selah!  She made the trip fun and exciting, although everything took a little longer because EVERYONE had to stop and talk...

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15 Mar 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Ashley and Rich

Hope’s bride Ashley didn’t know she was connecting with her future husband when they shared a hotdog and a couple beers at a Chicago Cubs game they attended with friends.  But that set off a fun and easy courtship for this Chicago couple, culminating in a thoughtful proposal on a trip to San Francisco in November of 2014.   Rich didn’t seem nervous that morning,...

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07 Mar 2016

Our Favorite Things

Girls in white dresses…  These are a few of our favorite things! Here’s a glimpse at what our staff loves right now.  It might just tell you a little about each of these special ladies! And our favorite thing of all?  Helping YOU find your favorite style for your special day! Faith, Hope & Love, Johanna  


I Got it From My Mama!  Mothers Dresses at Hope’s
25 Feb 2016

I Got it From My Mama! Mothers Dresses at Hope’s

What will Mom be wearing for your big day?  She deserves to look and feel beautiful as she “gives you away.”  Joan, who was recently a mother of the groom herself, hand-picked some styles for the mother who wants to be stylish!  Here are her favorite mothers dresses at Hope’s right now.   Come visit us to see more options for that special woman in...

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Valentine’s Day: Romantic Wedding Gowns Inspiration
14 Feb 2016

Valentine’s Day: Romantic Wedding Gowns Inspiration

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Romance is in the air, so we wanted to inspire you with some romantic wedding gowns!  There are SO MANY gowns out there that fit the romantic look because what’s more romantic than your wedding day?!  Here is a little inspiration from a wide array of designers.  To bring in the romance, we looked for details like delicate laces, illusion necklines and...

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