JONESBORO, Ark. - Bethany Michelle Stallings and Mark Alan Silverthorn II were married in a 2 p.m. ceremony June 26, 2004, at the Forest Home Church of the Nazarene before the Rev. Ken Stallings.
The bride is the daughter of Ron and Deb Stallings of Jonesboro and parents of the bridegroom are Mark and Melisa Silverthorn of Sikeston, Mo.
Pianist Monica Lindley and vocalists Larry Wiles, uncle of the bride, and Kenneth Farish provided music for the occasion.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal strapless gown of white organza, fashioned with an A-line skirt with bands of satin at the waistline and an apron back with a satin edge.
Matron of honor was April Stallings of Jonesboro. Bridesmaids were Jelena Coker of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Laura Purtee and Rachel Purtee of Jonesboro, both cousins of the bride. Flower girl was Grace Farish, daughter of Kenneth and Victoria Farish of Jonesboro.
Matt Drake of Sikeston attended the bridegroom as best man. Groomsmen were Corey Goetz of Sikeston; and Matt Stallings, brother of the bride, and Joe Sugg, both of Jonesboro. Ring bearer was Ben Brown, son of Steve and Paula Brown of Jonesboro.
Ushers were Mike Gibson and Mark Gibson, cousins of the bride and Nathan Eaves and Bryce Wibbenmeyer, cousins of the bridegroom.
Guestbook attendants were Crystal Davis and Heather Stallings cousin of the bride; and program attendants were Emily Eaves, cousin of the bridegroom and Jenna Stallings, cousin of the bride. Wedding coordinator was Debbie Hurst, aunt of the bridegroom and ceremony assistant was Robyn Stallings.
The reception was held in the church gymnasium with Kelly Purtee, Connie Gibson and Mary Wiles, aunts of the bride and Karen Silverthorn and Janna Bryant, aunts of the bridegroom, served as reception assistants. Servers were Fleming Silverthorn, Christy Swindle and Shelly Scott.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the bridegroom's parents, was held in the church fellowship hall.
An engagement party was held at the home of Larry and Mary Wiles, co-hosted by Steve and Kelly Purtee and Larry and Connie Gibson.
A wedding shower was held at the home of Gary and Karen Silverthorn and co-hosted by Mark and Jane Eaves.
The bride was guest of honor for a lingerie shower at the home of April Stallings, co-hosted by Crystal Davis and Letha Grimm.
A miscellaneous shower, sponsored by the church, was hosted at the home of Connie Gibson with co-hostesses Kelly Purtee, Mary Wiles, Tammy Stallings and Brenda Higgins.
The staff of student affairs at Arkansas State University held a surprise miscellaneous "work" shower in the University president's conference room.
A recipe and utensil shower was held at the home of Carol Barnhill with co-hostess Diana Monroe.
Following a honeymoon trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple is making their home in Paragould.