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Kennedy & Danielle’s Elegant French Bistro Brunch Wedding // The Gathering Place in Hendricks, Minnesota

Danielle & Kennedy Wedding @ The Gathering Place in Hendricks, Minnesota

Kennedy Omonuwa and Danielle NElson, a New York couple, celebrated their hallmark love story in Hendricks, Minnesota, on August 5, 2023, at The Gathering Place, with a Elegant French Bistro themed Brunch.

Their venue, the church Danielle grew up going to, is now a charming event venue, filled with the prettiest of stained glass windows and dark hardwood floors. Every detail was perfected for their French bistro brunch themed day and held so much meaning for the couple. The couple lives in New York, New York, but chose to have an intimate wedding in Danielle’s hometown so her mother and extended family could attend.

The couple met 12 years ago “the old fashioned way” on eHarmony online (29 dimensions of compatibility) and have since travelled to 65 countries together!

On their first date, they met at a restaurant on the Upper East Side in New York City. Being a gentleman and very attentive to their prior conversations, Kennedy brought Whitman’s chocolates – showcasing his thoughtfulness and generosity. Shortly after meeting they travelled to Paris. It was a special trip and was heavily showcased through decorations throughout their wedding. Together, they have travelled to 65 (Yes, SIXTY FIVE!!) countries together. During the pandemic, when safe, they travelled to Necker Island – Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island in the BVI. Many prominent people have stayed there, such as Princess Diana and her sons and former presidents. Kennedy arranged a special night for them on Turtle Beach and proposed at sunset. The whole island new it was happening, even Sir Richard himself congratulated them personally!

During the planning process, Danielle described her unique wedding like as a “a joyful morning ceremony with 5 Star hotel-like brunch afterwards”. Her vision truly came to life on her big day. One thing that really stood out to me was how Danielle told me “this event is about her” when referring to her mom. How absolutely speechless and tear jerking it is to hear that. Both Kennedy and Danielle paid great attention to her mom and truly made her the star of the whole event. I myself had to wipe a couple tears away throughout the day!

Danielle said, “We could get married anywhere in the world, but have decided to come and get married in my hometown in (Hendricks) Minnesota with my mom, good friends, and family.”

Their jewel color theme really magnified the stained glass in the old church. Danielle’s wedding bouquet florals were calla lilies which were also her own mother’s wedding day flowers as well. Her dress was by Amsale, an Ethiopian American Designer. Kennedy’s suit was custom-made by Brooks Brothers, with the tie by Dormeuil. They both wore Christian Louboutin shoes – the red bottoms! Their bespoke rings were designed and created by Ring Concierge – a female-owned luxury jeweler from New York City. On the top of their cake, they had a Eiffel tower topper to symbolize their first trip to Paris.

During their Fresh Bistro themed brunch, they served make your own mimosa and bloody mary’s and kiddy cocktails served in disco balls, plus make your own coffee from the local The Coffee Corner. The caterer Chef Jeni served the most elegant brunch themed food that consisted of delightful pastries, mouthwatering charcuterie boards, sunset strawberry salad, grilled vegetables, fruits, deviled eggs, sweet chili shrimp, bacon wrapped dates, basil cherry tarts, and savory quiches and breakfast breads, plus beef tenderloin and various cakes and tarts. Truthfully, they hit a home run when trying to make Danielle’s “French bistro brunch” theme come to life with the food options!

All in all, Kennedy and Danielle’s thorough and purposeful planning came to life splendidly on their big day. Everyone in attendance can truly say their day played out like the ending to a happily sappy hallmark love story. The best part was that the entire town got to hear the chapel’s bell ring 12 times to symbolize the couple’s 12 years spent together, during the ceremony. And that is the start of a wonderful marriage for these two as they travel the world together as a married couple.

Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole
Kennedy & Danielle - Wedding at The Gathering Place // Hendrickson, MN | Moments by Danielle Nicole

VENDOR TEAM:
Wedding Venue: The Gathering Place
Wedding Planner: Hitch Studio // Lyric Gruenhagen
Photographer: Moments by Danielle Nicole
Videographer: Moments by Danielle Nicole
Officiant: Darren Shaw
Florist: Thistle + Dot
DJ: Jeff + Cris Engen // The Dance Machine
Cake: Chef April
Desserts: Chef Jeni
Caterer: Chef Jeni
Coffee: The Coffee Corner
Makeup: The Beauty Lounge Glamour Studio
Hair: The Beauty Lounge Glamour Studio

August 5, 2023

  1. Julie Nelson says:

    Love just flows out of Danielle and Kennedy. Imagine in this crazy world, a girl having traveled to all places, yet the day that she gets married “it’s all about her mother.” This couple made all in attendance feel very special just by being their guests. Walking into the sanctuary felt like you just walked into “something special. ” Lyric, you did an amazing job!!. All of the vendors were top notch. Doing what you do with passion!. Danielle has always said that Kennedy goes to his job every day with passion for taking care of his patients. So this was perfect in every way. The couple as they entered!! The beautiful bride in her elegant gown! It was such a great day. I highly recommend all of the vendors!

    • Danielle Jibben says:

      Ekk, you are SO SWEET, Julie! We all loved listening to your speech and verse reading. You are very special to the couple and it is obvious you love them just as much! All vendors involved in making this day were truly amazing, I have to agree! Thank you so much for your comments!

  2. Pam says:

    I wasn’t a guest at the wedding but know the family very well. Danielle’s Mother is a wonderful lady with a beautiful heart, just like Danielle. The pictures, venue, flowers and theme as well as the food and flowers were beautiful as described by family. So very happy for Danielle and Kennedy – Congratulations!

    • Danielle Jibben says:

      I have to agree, Danielle and Kennedy are wonderful and so inspiring!! Thank you for your comments!!

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