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Real Wedding by Hope’s:  Amanda and Nate
03 Mar 2017

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Amanda and Nate

Amanda and Nate will soon be celebrating their first wedding anniversary and 10th year together as a couple, and we are so excited to share these high school sweethearts’ wedding with you!  Amanda explains, “It’s kind of crazy how fast time goes!  I would definitely say it is not easy at times, but for us the good times outweigh the bad, and I think that’s...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jackie and Robert
22 Nov 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Jackie and Robert

  Jackie and Robert celebrated their perfect real wedding in Cedar Rapids years after first meeting in early education.  Though Robert moved around with his military family, he returned for high school, which allowed the two to reconnect through mutual friends.  As young professionals, they kept running into each other at local events.  “We were both at pivotal times in our lives when we were...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon
06 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon

Stephanie met Brandon the night before Thanksgiving in 2013.  After a quick introduction from a friend, the two continued the evening with their friends, but exchanged numbers before the night was over.  Brandon sent her a text the next day, and they ended up going to a little place called Stella’s for their first date just a few nights later.  “We talked for hours and...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler
07 Sep 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler

When Hope and Tyler met in high school on a blind date, it wasn’t apparent they would later call each other husband and wife.  “I was painfully shy,” Hope explains.  “He says I didn’t say two words the entire date, until at the end of the night when he tried to open the car door for me and ended up losing his grip and slamming...

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18 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hannah and Dakota

It’s hot outside, but Hannah and Dakota’s January 2nd wedding was a winter wonderland out of a dream.  These two lovebirds fell for each other almost immediately.  “I am loud and very outspoken, Dakota is quiet and reserved.  His sweet demeanor is the perfect balance to my crazy,” says Hannah.  It was an easy decision when they were shopping one day and Dakota said they...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle
08 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle

This is a special one-year anniversary Real Wedding.  Lacey, my childhood best friend, married Kyle August 8, 2015 in a classic church ceremony in Keystone followed by an elegant, fun reception at the DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids. Lacey had heard about her good friend Josephine’s brother Kyle, and even met him once, before sparks flew at a birthday party in December 2011.  Lacey was living...

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20 Jul 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Traci and Kollin

Traci and Kollin might not tell the same story of how they met at a state FBLA competition in high school, but it’s a fun story either way!  Kollin says he “strategically” walked into a room where good-looking girls were hanging out.  Traci says the truth is he walked into their room by accident, thinking it was his own.  “I threw some fruit snacks and...

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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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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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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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