Tag: wedding planning


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: 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: 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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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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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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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Collette and Brennan
29 Apr 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Collette and Brennan

Collette and Brennan met their freshman year at the University of Iowa, sharing many experiences in the Hawkeye Marching Band and engineering classes. “In the past 8 years we have traveled the country, marched in three bowl games, snowboarded the Colorado Rockies, tailgated, road tripped, dined, wakeboarded, vacationed, spent time with family, tried new things and helped each other grow into the individuals we are...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Carrie and Lane
16 Apr 2015

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Carrie and Lane

We’re excited to share Carrie and Lane’s Real Wedding with you. Carrie worked for Hope’s for seven years through high school and college, so it was special for us to help her with her own big day! Carrie and Lane met seven years ago after being set up by his mom. Right away, they felt like they had known each other a lifetime. After four...

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