The River Market Event Place is a totally unique Kansas City venue. With it’s tall open spaces, modern design, and huge garage doors that let in tons of bright sunlight, it’s the perfect space for a wedding or event. Plus the staff is so wonderful. They’ve been kind enough to host tons of events for local people, and Rebekah, the coordinator, is a joy to work with. Here’s more about this awesome KC venue:
When and why did you become interested in opening an event space?
There are several partners involved with River Market Event Place. Darryl and Leah Bernstein, Chad and Rebekah Johnson and Morgan Miller. Darryl is the owner of Bernstein Productions and Darryl Bernstein Studios and Morgan Miller owns Cornerstone Photography. The space doubles as their studios. The idea actually sparked when Darryl began looking for a new photo studio for his business. When he found the space he knew it had potential to be more than just a studio. He and Leah invited Chad, Rebekah and Morgan to partner up with them and thus, River Market Event Place was born.
Your venue has such a unique and modern feel. What inspired the design?
The beautiful, modern design was the work of Jonathan Arnold, of Arnold Imaging and Clockwork Architecture and Design right here in Kansas City. They built everything to LEEDS standards, so events held at our venue tread lightly on the environment.
What unique features does the River Market Event Place offer that other venues might not?
We have multiple levels that provide an opportunity for clients to get creative when planning their layout. The high ceilings and glass doors make the room feel spacious and open, not to mention fill the space with wonderful natural light during the day. All of the over-sized glass garage doors can be raised up for an open air effect. When the doors are open, guests can enjoy the patio area, but won’t feel separated from the rest of the party. Being in the River Market District, we are able to provide a downtown urban feel, but without some of the chaos you find in the heart of downtown. Our street is quaint and quiet. We have ample parking down the block and it’s free! We also have our signature piece…the birch branch chandelier. There is not another one like it!
If you could offer words of advice to couples picking out a venue, what would they be?
You should pick the venue that you feel comfortable in and can visualize your memories being made in. The venue sets the tone for the entire event. You should also feel comfortable with the venue’s staff. They are going to be sharing in a special time in your life, so you want to feel confident they will provide the level of service you expect.
What’s your favorite part about being involved with someone’s wedding?
Seeing the couple’s excitement and knowing that this is the day they are going to remember forever! It is an honor to be part of such an important experience and wonderful to meet all the people involved.