Beard & Sims
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.