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Vegan Weddings 2017 (Alana Cowl & Daniel Ferens)

A match on online dating site OKCupid led to a lifetime of happiness for this Canadian couple.

The big day: July 30, 2016
The place: Toronto, ON
RSVPs: 120
Honeymoon: Costa Rica


The cake: Lemon cake with blueberry filling and cream cheese frosting
Menu standouts: Deep-fried avocado-mango spring rolls, crispy risotto cakes, late-night poutine station
Guest swag: Small vases of flowers


Alana and Daniel’s Story: With a 96-percent match on OKCupid, Cowl and Ferens had their first date in Toronto six years ago, where a simple coffee plan turned into an eight-hour adventure. Despite Cowl’s cold, the perfect evening ended with a sweet first kiss. Ferens proposed to Cowl on Valentine's Day 2015, while skating through the trees on the ice trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville, Ontario, with a ring boasting a stone that had been in his family for generations (and even made it through the Holocaust without being seized).

The wedding day: Personal touches—such as fresh herbs woven into Cowl’s bouquet to commemorate her work as a chef, and the breaking of the glass to honor Dan’s Jewish background—helped make the big day all the more personal. Groomsman Matt also spent 18 hours creating a custom cake topper depicting the bride, groom, and their companion animals.

Can't get enough of vegan weddings? Pick up a copy of the July+August 2017 issue of VegNews, on newsstands now! And discover all of the caterers, cake makers, wedding venues, and photographers used by our 2017 couples by clicking here. Don't miss these other spectacular plant-based weddings:
Jackie Johnson & Adam McCabe
Emily Brobeck & Pierre Wooldridge
Monica Pandian & Praveen Raj
Lindsay Jones & Daniel Cano

Check out all of our 2016 vegan wedding couples here

Photos Courtesy of Heather Windsor Photography

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