Tag: Iowa bridal shop


Real Wedding: Anna and Dale’s Traditional Wedding
09 Jun 2017

Real Wedding: Anna and Dale’s Traditional Wedding

The river flooding and forcing you out of your wedding reception venue might put a damper on the best day of your life, but Hope’s bride Anna and her husband Dale took it in stride last September. “We knew we didn’t want to see each other until we were in our dress attire, but knew we needed to speak and discuss a new plan. At...

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Allie and Adam:  Wedding Planning Part 2
28 May 2017

Allie and Adam: Wedding Planning Part 2

It’s time to check in again with Allie and Adam’s wedding planning! “Oh my goodness, can we just go to the courthouse now?” Is what Allie asked Adam after dress shopping with her family.   Allie advises other brides to take a small number of people with you when you go shopping.  “It makes it easier; also, take people who are going to enjoy dress shopping,...

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Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!
19 Apr 2017

Allie and Adam: Just Engaged & Planning a Wedding!

We are extra excited in our Atkins store because our beloved Allie is newly-engaged!  She is such a great sport and agreed to share her wedding planning journey with you.  We will be following her through the next year-and-a-half with the hopes of giving our brides ideas, shared experiences, and a chance to get to know one of our amazing bridal consultants on a whole...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler
29 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler

Meghan and Kyler’s beautiful fall wedding was full of rich colors and special DIY touches.  It was a day to celebrate a couple who has grown to deeply love and appreciate each other.  Meghan says, “He is honestly the most selfless person that I have ever met.  He puts everyone before himself, and he never goes a day without telling me how much he loves...

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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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5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress
11 Jul 2016

5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress

By Guest Blogger Lacey Hauptman If you’ve ever been a part of a wedding photo shoot, or any photo shoot for that matter, you’d know how difficult it is to get a decent photo that puts your best assets in a good light. You’ll painfully scan through thousands of photos with awkward smiles, critiquing what you see as a bloated tummy, flabby arms, and so...

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