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Vegan Weddings 2012 (Jaya Bhumitra & Christopher Locke)

Meet Jaya and Chris, one of 2012’s eight fabulous wedding couples.

Jaya Bhumitra & Christopher Locke
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Guests: 150
Location: La Venta Inn
Date: August 5, 2011
Cost: $34,000

Their story: It’s often said that you should be friends first, and Jaya and Chris are evidence that it works. The two met volunteering for Compassion Over Killing in Los Angeles, and as they got to know each other at events, it was Chris who hoped he’d see Jaya’s face among the crowd. The relationship was so natural, in fact, that their first date (a cupcake taste-off between local bakeries Babycakes NYC and Flore) was an “unspoken” romantic rendezvous. Chris, in a not-so-unspoken way, asked Jaya to be his wife on her birthday in 2010, during which he planned a seriously elaborate scavenger hunt that culminated in a proposal that Jaya never saw coming. “She figures out everything I do. The look on her face when I asked her to marry me was the first and only time I’ve ever seen her genuinely surprised by something I was able to do,” Chris says. Well, that’s as good a time as any, don’t you think?

The Menu

Appetizers
Butternut squash ravioli with sage sauce
Not-Pigs in a Blanket with apple-sage sausage 
Twice-baked fingerling potatoes with crisped dulse
Tempura-beet rollatini with balsamic gastrique

Entrées
Fresh-baked foccacia with caramelized onions
Caesar salad
Pine nut and basil-seared chicken breast with lobster mushroom beurre blanc, braised kale, and roasted fingerling potatoes
Peppercorn-encrusted portabello fillets with yellow-tomato Bearnaise sauce and mashed potatoes
Artichoke-ricotta tortellini with saffron cream sauce

Desserts
Guava cake with guava-jam filling, cased in marzipan and frosted with almond buttercream
Yellow cake with chocolate rice milk frosting and raspberries

Meet all of our 2012 Vegan Wedding couples:

Alicia Guzman & Nik Sadler (San Diego, CA)
Mae Stier & Bryan Laubhan (Grand Rapids, MI)
Cher Muzyk & Joseph Longobardo (Detroit, MI)
Jaya Bhumitra & Christopher Locke (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)
Kathleen King & Matt Berry (Chicago, IL)
Sarah Stride & Steve Schwass (Las Vegas, NV)
Stacey Bhaerman & Adam Shapiro (Philadelphia, PA)
Stephanie Bain & Ryan Shapiro (Wheaton, MD and New York, NY)

For a complete list of caterers, dressmakers, and photographers from each of this year’s wedding couples, visit our 2012 Guide to Vegan Weddings. Want to read all about their actual wedding day and see more photos? Check out the July+August edition of VegNews!

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