The wedding of Ryan Patrick Hesse and Kelli Jo Kirkendall took place on Friday, June 27, at First Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Ryan is the son of Kerry and Connie Hesse, Farber, and the grandson of Gerald and Mary Hesse, Curryville. Ryan is the godson of Carol Klos, St. Louis, and Robert Stagg, St. Louis, who served as hosts for the wedding.
Kelli is the daughter of Joe and Wendy Kirkendall, Omaha, Nebraska, and the granddaughter of Jay and Karen Kirkendall, and Janice Roarson, all of Sloan, Iowa. She is also the great-granddaughter of Mary Ellen Kirkendall, Sloan, Iowa. The bride’s aunt and uncle, Rita and Mike Roarson, also of Sloan, Iowa, served as hosts for the wedding.
The matron of honor was Kelli’s sister, Amy Brant, Omaha. Best man was Brady Fleshman, Unionville, college roommate of the groom. Other attendants included David and Abbie Rothermich, Kansas City, brother-in-law and sister of the groom; Kyle Brant, Omaha, brother-in-law of the bride; Michael Stagg, Los Angeles, California, cousin of the groom; and Sam Klos, Leawood, Kansas, cousin of the groom. The bridesmaids included Noelle Holler, Kansas City; Erin Carter, Portland, Oregon; and Jordyn Styskal, Omaha; all friends of the bride. Kayla Scott, Omaha, cousin of the bride, served as personal attendant.
Ushers for the event included Brian Klos, St. Louis, a cousin of the groom; David Koziol, Omaha; and Elliott Misemer, St. Joseph, friends of the groom from college. Trevor Roarson, Sloan, Iowa, cousin of the bride, also served as usher for the ceremony.
Braxton Brant, nephew of the bride and son of Kyle and Amy Brant, Omaha, served as ring bearer.
Patrick Stagg, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Colleen Stagg, St. Louis, both cousins of the groom, greeted guests at the church and read scriptures during the ceremony. Chelsea Stearns, cousin of the bride, Chicago, served as guest book attendant.
The bride wore an ivory David Tutera bridal gown featuring a drop waist and sweetheart neckline.
The bride’s attendants wore coral off the shoulder chiffon dresses. The groom and his attendants wore charcoal tuxedos. The bride’s fingertip veil had been worn four years earlier by her sister.
A dinner and dance reception was held at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn, Nebraska. The four-tiered traditional wedding cake and St. Louis Cardinal’s groom’s cake were made by the cousin of the bride.
Attending from a distance were Chris and Vicky Hesse, Curryville; Jim and Dorothy Spencer, Rogersville; Chris and Carol Klos, Brian and Laura Klos, Emily and Jonathan Deves, Claudia and Bob Stagg, all of St. Louis; Craig and Georgia Klos, Maggie Klos, Leawood, Kansas; Jean Coleman, San Diego; Ron and Noreen Guihan Gordon, Myrtle Beach; Lou Mudd, Silex; Kelly and Kim Anderson, Lynn and Diane Allen, Tim, Ann, Miles and Lucy Baker, Greg, Debbie and Serena Newby, all of Columbia; Monte, Marilyn and Joseph Basinger, Ann Carter, Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, Joey and Stacy Hamlett, Christy and Aiden Lowrance, Wayne and Juanita Lynn, Raymond and Ruth Miller, Rex and Debby Moore, Cindy Norton, Barry and Crystal Sparks, Barb and Dewey Straube, Mark, Terri and Todd Udelhoven, all of Vandalia; Brenda Gower, Farber; Austin Strother, Blytheville, Arkansas; Elizabeth, Ellie and Mia Loughran, Iowa City; Phil and Chris Fleshman, Unionville; John Hays, Warrensburg; Tony Jesse, Sherry Sebastian and Skyler Jesse, Jefferson City; Dr. Alicia Lynn and Mark Schumacher, and Kailee Schumacher, Lake St. Louis, Elaine Rees, Blue Springs; Peter Rothermich, Salem; Allison Lynn, Patty Coleman, Larry Driscoll, Mindy Driscoll, Helen Kruczyk, David and Susan Kruczyk, Debbie Lampe, Rich and Rosemary Nigro, Sandra Odenwald, Margaret Vancil, and Karen Zimmer, all of St. Louis.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by Kerry and Connie Hesse on June 26 at Anthony’s Steakhouse, Omaha, Neb.
After a honeymoon trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple is making their home in Gretna, Nebraska. Ryan graduated in 2008 from Van-Far High School where he served as senior class president.
Kelli is a 2008 graduate of Millard North High School.
Both Ryan and Kelli graduated from Northwest Missouri State University.
Kelli is a teacher with Millard Public School District in Omaha, Nebraska. Ryan works as an accountant with Gavilon Global Agriculture Holdings, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska.