Weddings


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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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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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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13 Feb 2016

A Valentine to Remember: Preserve her Gown!

This makes the perfect Valentine’s present for the recent bride!  If you aren’t familiar with gown preservation, check our previous post with details on how to preserve her gown –> here <–! Also, it would be an extremely thoughtful and sentimental gift if you were to preserve Mom’s or Grandma’s gown to last for future generations.  It’s never too late!  One of our staff members...

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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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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 2)
15 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 2)

Here is Lindsay Thul’s next wedding planning tip! See her above with one of her brides at Hotel Blackhawk.  If you missed the first, please click here! …Speaking of control freak It’s okay (and necessary) to be very organized with your initial planning. BUT the closer you get to the big day, the less stressed you should be- not the other way around. Most venues...

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Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 1)
14 Jul 2015

Wedding Planning Tips from Hotel Blackhawk (Pt. 1)

One of our favorite vendors in the Quad Cities is Hotel Blackhawk.  They recently hosted us for our 2016 catalog photo shoot, and we were reminded once again of the professionalism, gorgeous setting, and amazing service they offer couples planning a wedding. So, we enlisted their help!  Here, Lindsay Thul, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Blackhawk, shares what she has learned in her...

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Dressing Mom for the Big Day
07 Jul 2015

Dressing Mom for the Big Day

Moms, it’s a big moment for you too! What you choose to wear for your son or daughter’s wedding can have a big impact on how you feel that day as you play host, get teary-eyed seeing your baby walk down the aisle, help with all the behind-the-scenes details you are so good at, and dance the night away! At Hope’s, we find that mothers...

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