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Vegan Weddings 2012 (Stephanie Bain & Ryan Shapiro)

Meet Stephanie and Ryan, one of 2012’s eight fabulous wedding couples.

Stephanie Bain & Ryan Shapiro
Wheaton, MD and New York, NY

Guests: 15 (ceremony), 75 (party)
Location: Brookside Gardens and Madame X
Date: September 15 and 17, 2011
Cost: $15,000

Their story: Craigslist: the always-available matchmaker. In 2005, Stephanie took to the want-ad website, looking for a roommate, and answered Ryan’s ad, in which he asked for someone who was vegan. After Stephanie checked out Ryan’s place, the pair headed to the nearby Ellwood Butterfly Preserve and Beach to check out the Santa Barbara scene. But things didn’t go smoothly from there—Stephanie ended up slipping waist-deep into a large puddle. That didn’t stop the two from being roommates, however—Stephanie moved in and they kept it platonic, at least for a little while. Five years later, Ryan proposed to Stephanie in the same place that he likes to say Stephanie “fell for him.”

The Menu

Appetizers
Spring rolls
Hummus plate
Artichoke dip
Dumplings

Entrées
Adult mac and cheese
Jerk-spiced seitan with collard greens and stuffed peppers
Creole-style fried chicken
Bourbon chicken

Desserts
Peach cobbler
Chocolate-covered strawberry shortcake
S'mores
Cupcakes

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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