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Vegan Weddings 2011 (Crystal Burnett & Chris Tate)

Meet Crystal and Chris, one of 2011's 10 fabulous wedding couples.

Crystal Burnett & Chris Tate
Austin, Texas

Guests: 50 (wedding), 100 (reception)
Location: Malverde
Date: November 9, 2010
Cost: $1,300

Their story: Crystal and Chris were only 13 when they met in the Corpus Christi punk scene. Their relationship grew over the years as they collaborated on music and later moved in together, still as friends, in Austin, Texas. Things heated up a few months after becoming roommates, and Crystal quickly transitioned to veganism out of consideration for Chris. Crystal’s new passion for veganism led her straight to the kitchen where her vegan queso and the couple’s business, Food for Lovers, was born. While pouring their resources into their business, there wasn’t much room left for fancy dates, but this creative couple made the most of their eclectic city. The proposal didn’t go exactly as Chris had planned when they arrived at Town Lake for an afternoon of sipping wine in a rented boat. Once he realized the boats weren’t available, Chris rushed Crystal along the shore toward one of the many bridges lining the water, stopping when they heard a violinist playing “Something,” one of their favorite Beatles’ songs. Chris knelt beside her, asked for her hand in marriage, and once she had said yes, brought her closer to the shore. Finally, the hidden violinist was revealed and under the bridge hung a sign that read, “Crystal, will you marry me?” Although the day veered from Chris’ plan, it ended perfectly!

The Menu

Appetizers
Housemade chips with trio of salsas 

Dessert
Mexican wedding cookies

Wedding Cake
Chocolate tres leches cake with fresh strawberry filling, topped with whipped chocolate frosting

Meet all of our 2011 Vegan Wedding couples:

Elizabeth Cook & Alap Shah (Itasca, Ill.)
Joselle Palacios & Brian Kantorek (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Stephanie Karpel & Stephen Wright (Mendocino, Calif.)
Kim Karpel & Ben Milner (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Petrina Katsikas & Kevin Butler (Willow, NY)
Astrum Lux Lucis & Alicia Ojeda (Austin, Texas)
Erin Williams & Andrew Page (Hawaii, Big Island)
Crystal Burnett & Chris Tate (Austin, Texas)
Joan Laguatan & Devin Benjamin (San Francisco, Calif.)
Meghan Campbell & Gareth Smith (Townsend, Tenn.)

For a complete list of caterers, dressmakers, and photographers from each of this year’s wedding couples, visit our 2011 Guide to Vegan Weddings. Want to read all about their actual wedding day and see more photos? Check out the May+June edition of VegNews!

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