“Where was the space to say goodbye?” Hennig said. “Where was the space to have that meeting together?”
That inspiration led Hennig to open Chandon Arbors. The Keller events venue centers around what she calls the “jewel box,” or an antechamber where families can say goodbye, pray and provide other sendoffs for married couples.
Hennig, who has a degree in interior design, created the space at Chandon Arbors in accordance with the principle of feng shui. The result, she said, is a calming effect for guests during monumental life events.
Beyond weddings, Chandon Arbors hosts conferences and corporate events. Hennig said the jewel box also works as a place to prepare mentally before a big presentation or sales pitch. Not only does the venue serve customers from Keller and nearby cities, such as Southlake, but it also draws out-of-town companies that appreciate its proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and other attractions.
Since opening in late 2019, Chandon Arbors has hosted at least 35 weddings, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hennig’s husband, Don, who co-owns the business and handles its finances, said they could have had almost double that number without the pandemic. Still, the Hennigs give tours to potential customers almost every day, and the event venue has a successful social media presence, they said.
According to the Hennigs, the majority of couples who book Chandon Arbors for their wedding are usually looking for a fully inclusive experience.
On average, the typical couple has a budget of between $20,000-$30,000, which is a typical budget for the majority of weddings held in the United States, Hennig said.
The Hennigs said they hope to diversify their options in 2021 by holding more themed events that are open to the public, such as a masquerade party or a Valentine’s Day singles event.
Ultimately, the Hennigs said they want Chandon Arbors to be a place for building unity and a place where the community can come together for fun and relaxation.
“To see how happy the families are—that’s what makes it all worth it,” Hennig said.
121 S. Elm St., Keller
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. open 24 hours