Tag: Iowa weddings


Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations
01 May 2017

Three Reasons To Say “I DO” To Custom Invitations

By Guest Blogger Amanda Lund, Weddings by Carue   With the average bride spending nearly $32,000 on her wedding, it’s understandable to make every penny count. But before you snag a couple boxes of print-your-own invitations and call it a day, we recommend looking into the advantages of custom, designer invitations that become instant keepsakes your loved ones will treasure. The invitation is the gateway to your...

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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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31 Dec 2015

New Year Update

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for the past month. There has just been so much going on and not enough time in the day! On this last day of 2015, though, I think it’s appropriate to do a little reflecting on some of the exciting things we have been experiencing! 1) My most amazing blessing is also my most time-consuming job....

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28 Aug 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sarah and Ryan

Sarah and Ryan’s June 26th wedding may have had some classic touches, but these Iowa transplants made it anything but traditional! Read on to swoon over their love story and be inspired by their vintage chic barn wedding with DIY flair! After both moving from out of state to Oskaloosa for agricultural jobs, Ryan and Sarah happened to meet one night at the local watering...

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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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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. 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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29 Jun 2015

Independence Day Reflection: Love and Unity

It’s almost Independence Day. I’m thinking a lot today about the division I’ve seen in my newsfeed since the huge SCOTUS ruling that was given Friday. For Iowans, we’ve had several years to “celebrate” or “get used to” (whatever your opinion may be on gay marriage) the idea of marriage rights extending to any couple, regardless of sexual orientation. In those years, Hope’s has served...

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Summer Wedding Tips
08 Jun 2015

Summer Wedding Tips

Summer is still a couple of weeks away OFFICIALLY, but if you’re like us, it’s already in full force now that school is out and the weather is heating up! Summer weddings are super popular and FUN (Mom and Dad celebrate their anniversary Thursday and JD and I got married in July!), but they do bring some of their own challenges. Here’s how to handle...

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