Real Weddings by Hope’s


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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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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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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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Kim and Mitch
02 Jun 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Kim and Mitch

The real wedding of Kim and Mitch was a whimsically elegant affair with rustic touches that created a romantic Victorian feel. The couple tied the knot on October 18th at Pebble Creek Golf Course after four years together. To prepare for the big day, Kim came to shop at Hope’s in Davenport because she was excited to work with our consultant Naomi. “We were friends...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Brooke and Caleb
20 May 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Brooke and Caleb

This romantic Real Wedding by Hope’s started with one of the most thoughtful proposals we have heard! A couple of years after Brooke and Caleb met in college through her roommate, Caleb planned an elaborate surprise involving Brooke’s whole family. Late one night at her parents’ house, Brooke’s dad suddenly came in with a letter. “I found this in the mailbox and it says it’s...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Collette and Brennan
29 Apr 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Collette and Brennan

Collette and Brennan met their freshman year at the University of Iowa, sharing many experiences in the Hawkeye Marching Band and engineering classes. “In the past 8 years we have traveled the country, marched in three bowl games, snowboarded the Colorado Rockies, tailgated, road tripped, dined, wakeboarded, vacationed, spent time with family, tried new things and helped each other grow into the individuals we are...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Carrie and Lane
16 Apr 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Carrie and Lane

We’re excited to share Carrie and Lane’s Real Wedding with you. Carrie worked for Hope’s for seven years through high school and college, so it was special for us to help her with her own big day! Carrie and Lane met seven years ago after being set up by his mom. Right away, they felt like they had known each other a lifetime. After four...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jennifer and Zach
13 Apr 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jennifer and Zach

Hope’s bride Jennifer met her groom Zach back in 2012 through a friend of her sister who worked with him. After exchanging numbers and texting for almost a month, they closed down the restaurant on their first date! He proposed in December 2013 by leaving a series of clues that eventually led to him sitting by a sign lit by blue Christmas lights asking Jennifer...

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Real Wedding by Hope's: Natalie's lace Maggie Sottero was complemented by berry bridesmaid dresses from Alfred Angelo
11 Mar 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Natalie and Matt

The real wedding of Natalie and Matt took place on October 3rd, two years after Matt popped the question. The couple met through friends, and while Natalie knew right away Matt was someone special, they just got to know each other as friends for a few months. Once they started dating, it took Matt just six months to ask her to marry him. They took...

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Real Wedding: Valerie and Trevor
27 Feb 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Valerie and Trevor

Valerie and Trevor grew up in the same small town, but didn’t know each other well because he was six years older.  The two connected when she began working at the University of Iowa with him.  Soon their friendship blossomed into a relationship, and they said “I do” on October 4th in Manchester. For the elegant fall wedding with touches of gold, Valerie wore a...

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