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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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Prepping for Prom 2016: Survey Time!
20 Jul 2015

Prepping for Prom 2016: Survey Time!

It seems like our crazy fun prom season just got over, but guess what? It’s already time for us to start thinking about Prom 2016! That’s right… In just two weeks, we are heading to Atlanta for the nation’s biggest prom market to buy our inventory for next year! So, we want your input, girls! I’ve created a VERY short survey for prom shoppers to...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 4)
17 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 4)

Thank you so much to Lindsay Thul at Hotel Blackhawk for this week’s series!  If you missed it, please click below to see her first three posts.  Today’s final tip is all about making your guests’ experience enjoyable within you budget and vision. Enjoy! Pt. 1: Prioritize and Budget Pt. 2: …Speaking of Control Freak Pt. 3: Do Your Research Accommodating your guests One of...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 3)
16 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 3)

Here is the third installment from Lindsay Thul at Hotel Blackhawk, this time advising brides specifically on details for booking the perfect venue.  If you missed her previous two wedding planning tips, check out the first here and yesterday’s here.  Do your research Choosing where your wedding ceremony and reception will take place is a difficult task, especially if you have a specific date in...

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