Vegan Weddings 2012 (Kathleen King & Matt Berry)

Meet Kathleen and Matt, one of 2012’s eight fabulous wedding couples.

Kathleen King & Matt Berry
Chicago, IL

Guests: 100
Location: Revolution Brewing Company
Date: September 24, 2011

Their story: When Kathleen and Matt first met at a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign animal-welfare student group meeting, their age difference “precluded anything romantic” (Matt was in graduate school, while Kathleen was only a freshman). A move or two and six-and-a-half years later, however, the duo met again in their hometown of Chicago at a friend’s vegan Thanksgiving. It took Matt a while to ask her out for a casual stroll around the city and $1 PBRs (“I think I made my feelings known,” says Kathleen), but once he did, love was in the air. Roughly two years later, Matt got down on one knee and proposed to Kathleen during a Hawaiian vacation.

The Menu

Mushroom caps with pepper relish
Tofu satay
Crispy polenta squares with Italian-style seitan, marinara sauce, and grilled asparagus

Potato salad with truffle oil and endives
Mini-flatbreads topped with basil purée, beer-battered onion, tomato, and arugula
Tamales with seitan chorizo, poblano peppers, and salsa verde
Asian stir-fry lettuce wraps with rice noodles, vegetables, and cashews
Mini Chicago-style tofu dogs with pickles, relish, yellow mustard, peppers, and celery salt

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, topped with candied carrots, sliced pears, and roasted walnuts
Cookies: Lemon drop, chocolate coffee, chocolate chip, oatmeal scotchie, pumpkin pie, and caramel apple
Assorted fruit

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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