About Us

Ken and Jennifer, owners

Ken and Jennifer Hendrickson

When Ken and I exchanged our own wedding vows, becoming the owners of a vintage wedding venue was not even a glimmer of an idea. Ken was established in his career as an executive in manufacturing and me as an educator. We shared a common retirement dream of one day owning acreage in the country to have a farm and possibly start a small U-Pick business. The retirement plan was always in the back of our minds as we continued pursuing our respective careers.

Then, as life often does, it took an unexpected turn when our son Mason was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma. Six months after his diagnosis, he lost his battle with cancer at 19  years of age, unable to fulfill the dreams he started to have for himself. Ken and I, at this point, had both started to want a change and quickly realized during our experience with Mason that the retirement dream should not wait until retirement.

About a year later, Ken, a Battle Creek native, discovered Southern Exposure was for sale and just as all couples will experience at their first visit, it was love at first sight. When Ken and I stepped onto the beautiful grounds of Southern Exposure for the first time, and with Mason always present in our minds, we knew instantly this was our new dream.

Our favorite days now are wedding days, and nothing gives us greater joy than to create each couple’s perfect day. Just as Southern Exposure has become our dream, we strive to make Southern Exposure the dream location for every wedding.

Ken and Jennifer, owners

Ken and Jennifer Hendrickson

When Ken and I exchanged our own wedding vows, becoming the owners of a vintage wedding venue was not even a glimmer of an idea. Ken was established in his career as an executive in manufacturing and me as an educator. We shared a common retirement dream of one day owning acreage in the country to have a farm and possibly start a small U-Pick business. The retirement plan was always in the back of our minds as we continued pursuing our respective careers.

Then, as life often does, it took an unexpected turn when our son Mason was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma. Six months after his diagnosis, he lost his battle with cancer at 19  years of age, unable to fulfill the dreams he started to have for himself. Ken and I, at this point, had both started to want a change and quickly realized during our experience with Mason that the retirement dream should not wait until retirement.

About a year later, Ken, a Battle Creek native, discovered Southern Exposure was for sale and just as all couples will experience at their first visit, it was love at first sight. When Ken and I stepped onto the beautiful grounds of Southern Exposure for the first time, and with Mason always present in our minds, we knew instantly this was our new dream.

Our favorite days now are wedding days, and nothing gives us greater joy than to create each couple’s perfect day. Just as Southern Exposure has become our dream, we strive to make Southern Exposure the dream location for every wedding.