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Kendra and Diallobe said “I do” at a celebration in the SoCal desert

Matoli Keely Photography

The voice was loud.

Kendra heard it the first time she met Diallobe in person. The two have spoken on the phone countless times before, as they both work in the music industry. She’s VP of Marketing for Atlantic Records, he’s an award-winning music executive. So by the time they met in person for lunch to discuss a client they both worked with, they were comfortable with each other in a professional yet laid-back manner.

And then she heard a voice.

“After lunch, he offered to drive me back to my hotel. I get in the car, I look at him and a voice in my head says: you are going to marry this guyshe tells ESSENCE. “It had never happened to me before, so it was quite strange!”

It was also the start for Kendra to see Diallobe differently. While residing in New York City at the time, when she traveled to Los Angeles for work, she made an effort to see him inviting him to meet up with her and her friends.

“I think we started to like each other but neither of us said anything about it,” she says. “Then New Year’s Eve was coming up in 2015. I was in New York and I asked him, ‘Do you have any plans for New Year’s?’ He said no and I was on the next flight!We went to dinner and a Bryson Tiller concert, so I think that was our first official date.

From there, the two went from feeling quiet to knowing they had found one. He would propose to her in November 2020. Surrounded by a small group of his best friends from across the country who met in Palm Springs for a getaway to escape COVID cabin fever, he got down on one knee.

And since one of the greatest moments of their lives happened in Palm Springs, it only made sense that they decided to go back there to say “yes”. They brought family and friends to Palm Desert, which is in the heart of Greater Palm Springs and sits in a Southern California desert. There, on January 15, they worked magic with the help of extravagant flowers, twinkling lights fashioned into a tent, and personal touches that celebrated their romance — photos of them printed on delicious cocktails to an escort display fashioned into a boom box to honor their work in music.

The day was filled with overflowing joy from the guests (including a cuddly dog) to the bride and groom. For Kendra, it was also confirmation of what the voice in her head had told her that afternoon when they first met seven years ago.

“My favorite moment of our wedding day was seeing Diallobe at the altar waiting for me to walk down the aisle,” she recalled. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since we met and for it to finally happen was a dream come true.”

And speaking of dreams, wait until you see the photos of their celebration, orchestrated by Candace Hernandez of Fawn Events. Discover all the beauty of their big day and learn more about their love story. It is sure to hit a “chord”.


Location: Villa Kemp

Planning and design: Fawn Events and Candace Hernandez

Photographer: Matoli Keely

Video: Authentic Storytellers

Catering: Petite Nelly Caterer

Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Cake: Hi, Cupcake!

Floral: joy of blooming

DJ: Mad Skillz

Sound and technology: the index room

Violinist: Jeremy Green

Specialized rentals: Adore Folklore and Catalog Atelier

Ceremonial arch and bar backdrop: The Joy Haven

Rentals: Lighted event rentals

Lin: Lin BBJ

Lighting: Brilliant event lighting

Invitations, escort and paper goods: Velvet Fox Designs

Dance Floor: HCD Portable Dance Floors

Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths

Dress: Sareh Nouri

Married: John Varvatos

Hair and makeup: Saisha Beecham

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