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23 Sep 2015

Falling in Love: Fall Wedding Inspiration

Happy first day of FALL!  In honor of many people’s favorite season, here is a little color inspiration for those brides planning a fall wedding!  Of course, you are free to do ANY color you wish for your wedding, but here are some of our favorite shades for this cider-sipping, apple-picking, pumpkin-carving season! Whatever you choose for your fall wedding, it’s sure to be gorgeous! ...

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Hope’s How-To: Pregnant Bridesmaid
12 Sep 2015

Hope’s How-To: Pregnant Bridesmaid

It’s almost inevitable. One of those ladies you love the most says “YES” to standing by your side on your big day. And then what? She ends up pregnant. I laugh, because I just got to play bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding seven months pregnant myself, and I learned the week of my own wedding the reason my sister-in-law’s dress wouldn’t fit was my...

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Are you getting what you pay for when you order online?
03 Sep 2015

Buyer Beware: Purchasing Authentic Bridal and Formalwear

Photo from www.knockoffnightmares.com – see more at their website or Facebook page. “While online shopping is always risky, buying a wedding dress online may be biggest gamble of them all. Still, many brides-to-be will scour the internet in search of tempting discounts or convincing counterfeit gowns. But if you dare to order that dream dress online, you may well receive a truly unrecognizable garment in...

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28 Aug 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sarah and Ryan

Sarah and Ryan’s June 26th wedding may have had some classic touches, but these Iowa transplants made it anything but traditional! Read on to swoon over their love story and be inspired by their vintage chic barn wedding with DIY flair! After both moving from out of state to Oskaloosa for agricultural jobs, Ryan and Sarah happened to meet one night at the local watering...

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Bride and Groom first look kiss: 1920s wedding dress
21 Aug 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Danielle and Cody

Danielle and Cody perfectly pulled off a Great Gatsby themed wedding in Des Moines on August 8th. We love the rich gold tones and glamorous details of this real wedding! The couple met on Thanksgiving in 2002 during Danielle’s senior year of high school. After meeting, Cody persisted to call her until they finally hung out a few weeks later. After that, they spent every...

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Homecoming Dress Style 2015
18 Aug 2015

Homecoming Dress Style 2015

Hey Girls!  We’re loving the new dresses for Homecoming 2015!  What will you be wearing for the first big dance of the school year?  It’s time to get to Hope’s and find your perfect style!  Here are a few of our favorites! (Keep in mind our inventory is always changing and is shared between two stores in Davenport, IA and Atkins, IA (outside Cedar Rapids). ...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Corrie and Jared
12 Aug 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Corrie and Jared

The July 11th Iowa City wedding of Corrie and Jared was truly unique, incorporating thoughtful touches from family members and their favorite things to create a fun shabby chic event. The two met in junior high, when Jared was the note messenger between Corrie and a boy she was dating. However, she didn’t talk to him much until they were seniors. She always thought he...

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With the owner of Jovani
02 Aug 2015

A Glimpse into Prom Market

We head to markets periodically throughout the year, but have just one prom market each August in Atlanta.  It’s a whirlwind week as we view literally THOUSANDS of dresses to choose our collection for the coming year.  Here’s a peek into our life at market from last year.  Diane, Jody, Hannah, and I are heading back this week, so make sure you let us know...

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Summer Girls’ Get-together Menu
30 Jul 2015

Summer Girls’ Get-together Menu

Hey Ladies!  This week was the finale of The Bachelorette, and while I never used to watch those shows, I got sucked into them after moving to St. Louis.  The drama is just TOO MUCH I can’t turn away!  But really, the reason I’ve gotten so hooked is because the shows are such a fun time to hang out with girlfriends, even if you are...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Megan and Mark
23 Jul 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Megan and Mark

Hope’s Bride Megan met her husband Mark through friends and various charity/golf events. Finally, one night they ran into each other at a local pub where they were catching some live music with friends. Megan recounts, “The stars were aligned. Mark was funny and sweet. He was charming and I felt comfortable with him right away. He gave me his number at the end of...

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