Vegan Weddings 2011 (Kim Karpel & Ben Milner)

Meet Kim and Ben, one of 2011’s 10 fabulous wedding couples.

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Kim Karpel & Ben Milner
Newport Beach, Calif.

Guests: 110
Location: Aboard The Athena Yacht
Date: October 30, 2010
Cost: $25,000

Their story: After working at Olive Garden together for a year, Ben and Kim’s mutual friends set them up on a date, and the rest was history. At the beginning of their relationship, Kim saw the film Meet Your Meat and became an instant vegan. Ben’s transition to veganism quickly followed, and they quit their jobs waiting tables. Almost a decade after Ben asked Kim to be his girlfriend at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park, they returned for what Kim thought was just another fun date. Once Ben had convinced her to join him on the Ferris wheel and they were at the very top, overlooking the park, he got down on one knee and asked her to make him the happiest man in the world. As an added surprise, Kim’s family was waiting at the Ferris wheel exit with personalized engagement T-shirts and congratulations (they even made tees for the couple’s three-legged Chihuahuas!).

The Menu

Soy chicken kabobs
Vegetable wontons
Vegetable spring rolls
Chinese salad with lettuce, cabbage, fried wontons, snow peas, and mandarin oranges

Tofu salmon wrapped in seaweed
Asian vegetable stir-fry
Sautéed glass noodles with soy chicken and mushrooms

Wedding Cake
Chocolate cake with raspberry purée and whipped cream filling and vanilla cake with strawberry and chocolate mousse filling, all topped with vanilla buttercream

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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