Tag: bridal gown


Real Wedding: Sydney and Jake
10 May 2017

Real Wedding: Sydney and Jake

It was an honor to help beautiful Sydney find her Essense of Australia gown for her summer wedding.  She looked breathtaking as she said “I do” to her prince, Jake, in their outdoor wedding.  Thank you so much for being a Hope’s bride, Sydney! Wedding Photographer:  TINT // a visual company  (formally Von Presley Studios)


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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07 Mar 2016

Our Favorite Things

Girls in white dresses…  These are a few of our favorite things! Here’s a glimpse at what our staff loves right now.  It might just tell you a little about each of these special ladies! And our favorite thing of all?  Helping YOU find your favorite style for your special day! Faith, Hope & Love, Johanna  


Bridal Gown Alterations: What to Expect
16 Jun 2015

Bridal Gown Alterations: What to Expect

When it comes to your bridal gown fittings, what should you expect? To many of you, this is the first time you’ve ever had anything altered, let alone a wedding gown! The following is a summary of what to expect when having alterations done to your bridal gown. Even if you do not choose to have your alterations done with us, this information will be...

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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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Bride and Groom Dancing on Main Street
12 Feb 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sarah and Zach

Real wedding by Hope’s couple Zach and Sarah enjoyed their first date at a wedding reception.  Unbeknownst to them, they would be celebrating their own three years later! The couple met at Iowa State, when Zach was living with some of Sarah’s best friends.  When he invited her to keep him company on a drive to a wedding reception after a long day at an...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher
13 Nov 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s: Lindsey and Christopher

Lindsey and Christopher’s wedding is a great example of how DIY and personal touches can make your big day super-special as you will see in this Real Weddings feature!  The two met in Iowa City in the spring of 2008, sharing Whitey’s ice cream in downtown Iowa City for their first date.  Lindsey says Chris is full of cute surprises, which we can say is...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Morgan and Jim
04 Nov 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Morgan and Jim

This Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal features the beautiful Quad Cities news reporter Morgan (Ottier) and Jim Swanson.  The two just married on October 4th in a blustery outdoor ceremony in rural Davenport.  From her on-air engagement to her fashion-forward bridal gown, we just love Morgan’s story! Morgan described how she and Jim met.  “We met while I was in college, working at a golf...

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Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal:  Laura and Alex
22 Oct 2014

Real Weddings by Hope’s Bridal: Laura and Alex

For our first Real Weddings by Hope’s blog post, we are featuring my dear friends Laura and Alex.  They are a couple I love and respect, and you can tell they are perfect for each other.  I’m so excited to share their love story with you! One of the passages shared at their September 28, 2013 wedding was from Romans 12:   “Love must be sincere....

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