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2020 Gateway Bridal Show

bridal show

Join us for an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and much more! Vendors are continuously being added. Check back for updates!

Brides: Pre-Register HERE! 




Pure Bridal 

We do things a bit different at Pure Bridal in Ames, Iowa. From our award winning customer service, to our remarkable variety of styles (boho to black tie, country to couture) in a wide array of sample sizes (size 2-34), we pride ourselves on being a hidden gem in the heartland. Our stylists are genuinely excited to help you find your dress and make your experience like none other.


Kirstie Veatch Photography 

I believe its so important to connect with my brides and grooms on a personal and creative level, which is why I don’t take on every wedding that comes my way. You deserve the best fit in a photographer to capture your memories and vision!


Milroy’s Tuxedos 

For over four decades Milroy’s Tuxedos has dressed people for the memory-making events of their lives. Three generations of men, boys and women have worn Milroy’s fashions . . . knowing that they are dressed in the most up-to-date styles in tuxedos,
suits and formal wear.


ISU Memorial Union

The Memorial Union is an event and wedding venue that offers more – more space, more amenities, more services, and more freedom for our customers. Our style could be described as rustic elegance, yet simple enough to be the canvas for any wedding style. Our venue comfortably holds up to 550 guests at banquet style setup with space for a head table, cake tables, buffets, bars, and dance floor. Additionally, our ballroom spaces are designed to be separated or used in combination, which allows us to serve intimate weddings of 50 -150 guests as well. At the Memorial Union, we are committed to offering impeccable customer service through our experienced wedding planning staff, complimentary set-up and tear-down, and our wide array of services to make your day as stress-free as possible.


Loya’s Little House B&B 

Innkeepers Denise and Dean Biechler, have lived at the end of 160th St., for nearly 40 years. They were friends with four of the Grandad’s Farm generations and were thrilled when the Getz/Vance family approached them about buying it. Acquisition of Grandad’s Farm helps expand the dreams the Biechlers have shared with their children to establish a farm that uses sustainable farming practices, nourishing both the soil and their family. They are proud to be able to share the beauty of the Skunk River Valley, the beauty of both Grandad’s Farm and RiverRidge Farm, and the farming practices recommended by the leaders in sustainable agriculture.


Joy Anthology 

Joy Anthology has revolutionized the way couples capture the guests at their wedding. Through a custom mobile-friendly online tool, guests are invited to upload a photo (selfies welcome!) to the event’s unique portal. The uploads are then populated into a stunning, artful, canvas print that will be cherished and enjoyed for years to come.


ISU Alumni Center

The ISU Alumni Center offers couples an elegant atmosphere in a one-of-a-kind setting with exceptional service. It is the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, brunches, and luncheons. We would love to be part of your celebration and hope you can picture your special day here at the Alumni Center.


COMPLETE Weddings + Events 

If you’re planning a wedding in Des Moines, IA, then you’ve landed at the right place! Now that you’ve said YES! to spending your life together, you have some exciting decisions ahead. At Complete Weddings + Events planning, wedding events is what we do best. We’re here to guide you through the planning process so you can enjoy the big decisions and leave the details to us. We’ve got all the tools you need to make planning your wedding less of a challenge and help you pull off the wedding of your dreams, starting now.


Hummingbird Confections

Hummingbird Confections is a licensed home kitchen that specializes in weddings, birthdays, graduations, and everything in between. New store coming in 2020!


Pampered Chef / Cindi Sweedler 

Pampered Chef exists to help you enjoy the moments most important to you and yours by inspiring satisfying, stress-free meals fit for the way you live.


A Special Event DJ & PhotoBooth

A Special Event DJ is a growing business, based in family values, that is excited to take part of people’s weddings and events and make them “the best day ever.”


Serenity Couture 

The Serenity Couture brand is an award-winning, world-class salon and spa concept that caters to the individual client with a menu of custom treatments and therapies.Our full-service Salon & Spa is located at North Grand Mall in Ames, Iowa. Walk-ins are always welcome and we encourage guests to come in and tour our space!


Iowa Arboretum 

The Iowa Arboretum is a serene location for your wedding. We have both indoor and outdoor rental facilities. Choose from the Hughes Education Center, the Beckwith Grand Pavilion, the Jones Memorial Gazebo, Waterside Garden or any one of our beautiful gardens to make your day memorable


Mel’s Sweet Occasions 

Every sweet is made from scratch, using real butter, and pure flavorings. I don’t use any mixes, preservatives or artificial flavorings. I strongly believe that things should live up to tasting as good (or better) than they look. After all…it’s food, first! If you want a truly unique and delicious sweet for your next occasion, I’m the gal for you! Lets work together to make your next event truly memorable!


Della Viti Wine Bar 

Whether it is the cozy and warm atmosphere, ever revolving craft beers, the fresh appetizers, premium hand crafted drinks or the best wine by the glass selection in town – our mission is to provide you with the best experience we can. Every Time. When the atmosphere, the wine and the company is perfect…it’s magic.


Bus Guys, LLC 

We offer quality bus services for any special occasion. Whether you want to have a night out on the town or wedding we are here to meet your needs. The bus features 30 plus seating, bathroom, LED lights, and bluetooth.


Blank Park Zoo 

Looking for a unique location to host your big day? Blank Park Zoo offers several venue spaces for groups of 30 to 300 that are sure to wow your guests.

Allow guests the chance to walk through the rainforest as they make their way to your ceremony location. Invite turtles, baby alligators, rabbits and other furry creatures to entertain your friends and family during cocktail hour. You even have the option to extend the hours of the exhibits, exclusively for your guests.


Rise Chiropractic 

Our mission at Rise Chiropractic is to restore our communities health through neurologically based chiropractic care. We are committed to educate and empower individuals and their families to reach their God-given health potential and raise the next generation to live healthy full lives.


Sturm Cosmetic Surgery 

Our vision is to be the areas leading cosmetic surgery practice that focuses on inspiring you to be beautifully you. We are set above the rest in our services in both surgical and non-surgical techniques.


Profile by Sanford 

We want to help change lives one relationship at a time and you are worth it! Profile by Sanford was created by expert researchers and physicians at Sanford Health. We have a dedicated team of Certified Profile Coaches to educate and motivate members through every stage of their weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey. Best of all, the program is tailored individually and designed to instill internalized habits that allow you to maintain the results for years to come.


The Queen’s Mirror 

The newest and most innovative photo-tainment you’ve seen yet. With custom animations, start screen, photo prints and interactive photo taking.


The Travel Center LTD 

We are a traditional, full-service travel agency. We sell airline tickets, cruises, tour packages, destination weddings and honeymoons, family vacations, romantic getaways, rail tickets and book cars and hotels. We can help you plan a trip to go anywhere in the world.


Music Man Productions 

Music Man Productions is a full-service mobile DJ company serving Iowa.
The Music Man team of Curtis Dean, Ron Moss, Travis Frazier, and Brock Rodgers provide quality, affordable mobile music for all types of events.


A King’s Throne Portable Restrooms & Septic Service 

A King’s Throne has clean and reliable restrooms for any event. We offer, Construction models built for high rises, Air-conditioned trailers, Fresh running water sinks, Hand sanitizer in every unit, Handicap units, Wedding model with mirrors and hand washing station also flushing toilet. From weddings to construction, we have portable restrooms units that can suit any type of need!


Dentistry at Somerset 

Dentistry At Somerset is a welcoming place where the team goes beyond dentistry to make each patient feel valued and special. Our highest priorities are creating a connection with each patient, giving them more than they expect and making their visits as easy as possible.


Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design 

I believe in capturing real moments and raw emotion. Worried you won’t know what to do when you get in front of my camera? Don’t worry, my assistant and I will walk you through it with prompts and suggestions of actions to get that true feeling of emotion and not just a forced smile. During your engagement session we will take the time to create images showing your love for each other all while getting to know each other and having fun doing it. On your wedding day we will work together similar to as we did for your engagement session but on a personally crafted timeline so details of the day aren’t left out and we keep you on schedule so you truly get to experience your best day ever!


Jillyn Rose Photography & Design 

Several years ago I found my passion for photography. I was the go to for pictures and design work with friends and family. Over the past few months I have invested heavily in myself through education and upgrading my equipment. I will be taking on engagements, weddings, and seniors.



At Cornbred, we have a love affair with all things barbecue. It floats our boat. It butters our bread. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us up late at night. Our commitment is to share our love of barbecue with our customers every day.



Celebrations is party retail and rental store located in Ames, Iowa. We have a wide variety of party stock from themes to graduation to tailgating supplies – we’re your one stop shop! Stop in today to check out our retail selection or start a rental booking for your next event!


Powder Studio 

We specialize in Bridal, Prom and Event Hair & Makeup! We offer Traditional or Airbrush Makeup and False Lashes are included! We retail high-end brands such as Smashbox Cosmetics, Sigma Beauty, The Balm Cosmetic.


Love Blooms Floral and Event Planning by CJ

With years of experience in customer service and designing gorgeous floral arrangements we have decided to expand our services. Happily serving Altoona and surrounding cities, we are now offering fresh cut arrangements and silk flowers. We specialize in everyday arrangements, special occasions, weddings and home decor. We are happy to design anything to fit our customers vision following a one on one consultation with our florist.


Leah Rose Productions 

Videography and event services to capture and create an experience that will last a lifetime.



Since 1959 Hy Cite Enterprises has been providing Newlyweds and the home cook with superior performance minimum moisture cookware and kitchen tools. At Dinner4Two we are committed to support your culinary and entertaining adventures through recipes, photos, kitchen tips and tricks as well as chef forums; helping you to create a lifetime of special memories.


Backcountry Winery 

After almost a year of searching they found the perfect location for their winery – a nearly century old brick barn. Working nights and weekends, the Gables completely remodeled the barn. In addition to a tasting room on the main floor, the barn’s loft has been completely remodeled to host groups of up to 150 people.

We welcome groups of all sizes to come out and enjoy the space – and the wine! – in a casual, relaxing atmosphere. ‘Drink in’ the Backcountry with us!


Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

When couples consider having a wedding in Ames Iowa, they don’t normally imagine exchanging vows in an intimate garden bordered by a tranquil waterfall. At Gateway Hotel, we make your imagination come to life by hosting unforgettable weddings and receptions in breathtaking, natural surroundings. From sharing your first dance on an exquisite starlit terrace to taking photos on our park-like 14 acres of land, there’s a reason why couples have continued to trust the team at Gateway Hotel for over 40 years.


Bridal Boutique 

With over 33 years in business, Bridal Boutique knows what goes into making every bride look and feel as special as the moment. In our salon, we showcase a wide range of fashion from some of the best designers in bridalwear. Each of our staff has finished a full three months of professional training before helping any bride so we can ensure every bride will have the best experience and feel comfortable when selecting that one special gown. It does not end there. Bridal Boutique will help bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom find a gown that perfectly compliments the look and feel of the bride’s wedding day. We also carry a full range of veils, headpieces, jewelry, and all other bridal accessories to add that special touch. Every gown and accessory is carefully handpicked. We can’t wait to meet you and help you select a unique, gorgeous gown for your big day.


Baqara Reclaimed 

Welcome to Baqara, the newest event venue in the Des Moines metro! Baqara is a unique experience for weddings, parties, business meetings and any fun event! Call


Lavinia + Louise Creative Co. 

When you book us for your wedding day, (or any other day) we’re along for the journey. We believe that anyone can take a photo, but it takes much more to produce something that matters. We want your experience to be fun, romantic, exciting, and adventurous. We want to get to know you, help you along your wedding planning and help you plan your day’s timeline. Most of all, we want to help you experience a day you truly won’t forget.