How Acquaint Gathering Came to Be



Acquaint Gathering, your Simply Vintage Venue, welcomes thousands each year to experience dream weddings, amazing anniversaries, beautiful bridal and baby showers, enjoyable end-of-life celebrations, and everything in between.


Built in 1889 and now one of the oldest buildings in Grain Valley, this beautifully restored chapel is Eastern Jackson County’s best kept secret. The rich history of this historic chapel is just the beginning, being first purchased by Mary Kirby Wright and her husband, J.B. Keshlear for just $135! Laurie Hatfield joyfully jumped at the chance to own and operate this gorgeous venue where she fulfills her lifelong dream of helping create memorable moments. She is both “wedding planner extraordinaire” and “little girl at heart!” You will immediately sense her passion for helping people just like you plan the events of their dreams.

Discover our 50-foot mahogany ceiling with stunning 5-foot chandelier and string lighting. Original stained-glass arch windows with curved peaks point toward heaven offering the perfect filtered light for your event. If you prefer the great outdoors, just step into our backyard oasis where you are sure to fall in love with wisteria and fairy-light covered pergola and antique window backdrop. Care was taken to maintain the look of this rural 1800’s church while lovingly accentuating it with the modern features and amenities you seek to make your day truly amazing! The pictures you will capture under the pergola, in front of the Red ’57 Chevy Truck and around our gardens will be memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Large bridal and groom’s suites with private bathroom are yours for the day! Prep kitchen, licensed catering services, bar options including BYOB and bartending service. Each step of the way, Laurie finds simple ways to add to the luxury of your day. We comfortably host indoor events up to 125 guests, and that grows to 200 with our outdoor grounds.


Schedule your personal tour today to meet Laurie and discover all that Acquaint Gathering has to offer. You need only to meet Laurie and explore this glorious space to experience her singular goal… making your dream event come to life, without breaking the bank!