Sillavan & Whipkey
Showing up early to class proved a special moment for Haley Sillavan and Bryan Whipkey.
“He and I met in Dr. Shaw's geography class at Henderson State University on the first day of classes,” Haley said. “We were some of the first students to class that morning and he chose a seat rather close to mine. We struck up a conversation to keep from sitting in awkward silence and found out that we shared mutual friends.”
Three years later on the couple's anniversary, Bryan surprised Haley with a diamond necklace.
“By doing so, he completely caught me off guard with the proposal that took place the following weekend,” she said.
That Friday, Haley came home from work and Bryan told her they needed to go to the deer woods to get some firewood.
“I wasn't too thrilled about going to cut wood after I just spent all day at work, but I went anyway,” she said. “When we got into the woods, he took me to a clear cut spot that overlooked the lake. It was absolutely beautful and that's where he dropped down on one knee and popped the question. Of course I said `yes!'”
The big day: Oct. 10, 2014. Best Man and Maid of Honor: The Best Man was Jonathan Whipkey, Bryan's brother, and my sister, Holly Hobbs, was the Maid of Honor.
The location: We got married in Bismarck at Ausley Family Farms. The venue was gorgeous and the Ausley Family were a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend this venue!
The reception: The reception was also held at Ausley Family Farms. For the food, we had a potato bar where guests enjoyed baked potatoes that they got to stuff with pulled pork, smoked chicken and barbecue. We also served fresh fruit, with water and sweet tea for beverages. The best part about the meal was that Bryan cooked everything! During the reception, guests were entertained by the bride and groom's first dance, as well as the daddy-daughter dance. For dessert, our guests were treated to a large assortment of candy at our candy bar, where they got to fill their own candy bags to carry home. Our beautiful cakes were made by Sweet Lucy's out of Arkadelphia. The wedding cake was a light yellow, three-tier, vanilla cake. The baker said it was the first time she ever made a yellow wedding cake. The groom's cake was a delicious chocolate cake in the shape of a razorback.
For our wedding we were going for rustic elegance. The colors we chose were light yellow, cream and white. We had more than 70 lace and burlap wrapped mason jars placed around the venue. Each jar held a votive candle to add a romantic glow. For our larger centerpieces, we created homemade floral arrangements. Bryan made each flower box out of pallet wood and I filled them with burlap,
hydrangeas, roses and pinecones. They were a lot of work, but we loved the final product. We also incorporated a lot of burlap accents and pinecones to help finish the rustic look.
The dress: My dress was absolutely perfect. It was a pure white color with a ruched bodice and corset back. The bodice of the dress was adorned with floral accents and a skirt layered with fun ruffles. I knew this was my dress because when I tried it on, my first thought was “Bryan will love this!”
Most unforgettable moment:
The day of our wedding is definitely one that will go down in the books. My first worry was the weather because the week before the wedding our chance of rain was 60-80 percent for Friday evening. But as the day approached, the chance of rain was pushed back to come later that evening. This meant we would probably be safe to have the ceremony at 5:30 p.m., but that would be pushing it. Unfortunately the wedding was delayed for an hour, so we were chancing rain even more, but everything went perfectly because the weather was nice and cool, and we were able to get married as the sun was setting. It was absolutely beautiful.
The honeymoon: For our honeymoon, we stayed in a cabin at Petit Jean State Park. We enjoyed hiking the trails, dining at the lodge and eating homemade fudge. It was a quite getaway that we absolutely loved!