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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke
The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
August 9, 2015

Hot Springs native Kelsey Bean and Texas native Kirk Van Slyke fell in love during college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. They were both student athletes at the time—Kirk played basketball and Kelsey ran track. The two quickly became best friends. “He was what I most looked forward to every day,” Kelsey said.

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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

Their dating relationship was one adventure after the next, especially during a nine-month stint when Kirk played professional basketball overseas in Japan. “No number of miles could have kept us from supporting each other,” she said. “The distance was an opportunity for us to grow in our love together.”

Indeed it was, as Kirk proposed as soon as he returned. It was a magical moment atop Pinnacle Mountain.

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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

 THE PROFESSIONALS 
Ceremony The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens
  Reception Mountain Valley Spring Water Building
  Photographer Sweet Tea Photography, North Little Rock
Wedding Planner & Event Design Randi Slick of Signature Events
Rentals Signature Events Rental Department
Florist Flowers & Home
Caterer All About Catering
Bride's Cake Ambrosia Bakery
Music Jarboe String Quartet (ceremony) and DJ Lantz (reception),
Central Arkansas Entertainment, Little Rock
  Groom's Dessert Dolce Gelato
  Invitations By Invitation Only, Little Rock
Wedding Gown Low's Bridal & Formal, Brinkley
  Tuxedo King of Hearts
Hair & Makeup A More Beautiful You
Guest Accommodations The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Rehearsal Dinner The Porterhouse
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Editor’s note: All vendors are based in Hot Springs unless otherwise noted

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Kelsey Bean & Kirk Van Slyke The Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs August 9, 2015

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