Beard & Sims

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In This Issue - By Lind­sey Wells, pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of Melissa Al­bey

Not many peo­ple can say that their love story started with a four-legged ca­nine on the side of the road, but for Kirsten Beard and David Sims, that's ex­actly how their story be­gan.

The two went to the same school to­gether since the third grade but, ac­cord­ing to Kirsten, didn't know each other well be­cause they had dif­fer­ent groups of friends.

Dur­ing their sopho­more year of high school, Kirsten was with her friends dur­ing spring break and they hap­pened to see a dog on the side of the road and stopped to res­cue it. “David was com­ing down that same road and he stopped to help us,” she said. “Af­ter that, we started hang­ing out and a few short weeks later we started dat­ing and we have been to­gether ever since.”

David and Kirsten both at­tended Hen­der­son State Univer­sity. David grad­u­ated in 2014 with a bach­e­lor's in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and is now a fi­nan­cial ad­viser for Ed­ward Jones, and Kirsten grad­u­ated in 2015 and is em­ployed at South­ern Ban­corp.

The high school sweet­hearts be­came en­gaged to be mar­ried on Sept. 1, 2014, af­ter weeks of teas­ing on David's part, Kirsten said.

“For weeks lead­ing up to the pro­posal David would bring up en­gage­ment rings and if he had one or not,” said Kirsten. “The whole time he was in the process of de­sign­ing my en­gage­ment ring with the jew­eler who, at the time, I hap­pened to work right next door to.”

One night, while spend­ing time with friends, Kirsten said David left to go to a gas sta­tion and was gone for a long time. When he ar­rived back at home, she was ly­ing on the couch and he threw an empty ring box at her, which she thought was a “re­ally cruel joke.”

Later, David and his friends were play­ing Baggo on the front porch and Kirsten and her

friends were just talk­ing and “Makin' Plans” by Mi­randa Lam­bert, one of Kirsten's fa­vorite songs, started play­ing from David's Jeep stereo.

“I have told David that would be the song I walked down the aisle to one day,” Kirsten said. “He came and sat be­side me on the porch swing and he handed me the ring box again and said `maybe if you wish for it, it will come true.' I opened the ring box and there was the most beau­ti­ful ring I had ever seen and the most per­fect man down on one knee ask­ing me to be his wife. It was such a sweet and per­fect mo­ment in our lives. Our friends were there and they were able to catch ev­ery­thing on video.” The big day: Oc­to­ber 10, 2015.

Best Man and Maid of Honor: Best man was Phillip Twyford, one of David's best friends, and Maid of Honor was Leah Clark, Kirsten's child­hood best friend.

The lo­ca­tion: Aus­ley Fam­ily Farms in Bismarck.

The re­cep­tion: Also at Aus­ley Fam­ily Farms. Guests en­joyed pork, brisket, coleslaw, beans, corn­bread salad, but­tered pota­toes, sweet tea, lemon­ade, beer, wine and mar­gar­i­tas. The bridal cake was four tiers with choco­late and French vanilla lay­ers with an in­tri­cate Ital­ian lace de­sign and an “S” for their new fam­ily name, Sims. The groom's cake was yel­low with choco­late frost­ing and had a duck hunt­ing theme. Both cakes were done by Kirsten's grand­mother, Ge­or­gia Pip­kin.

The look: A rus­tic, fall themed wed­ding with deep red, gold, Cham­pagne and taupe col­ors. Dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded mums, roses, hy­drangeas, pe­onies, lilies, baby breaths, mag­no­lia leaves, white pump­kins with flower ar­range­ments and Ma­son jars with float­ing tea lights. The re­cep­tion area had an old wheel with Ma­son jars hang­ing from it. The cer­e­mony over­looked a pond and the ar­bor was fash­ioned with flow­ers, mag­no­lia vines and sparkling lights. Whiskey bar­rels with flower ar­range­ments on top were also used for dec­o­ra­tion and hay bails with lace over­lays were avail­able for seat­ing. The dress: A three-quar­ter length ivory lace Mag­gie Sot­tero gown with an il­lu­sion neck­line.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: “Hon­estly, the whole day was an un­for­get­table mo­ment. We both en­joyed ev­ery bit of it! So many peo­ple went into mak­ing that day spe­cial for us and we are so very thank­ful to have such great friends and fam­ily,” said Kirsten. Hon­ey­moon: At­lantis in the Ba­hamas.

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