Vegan Weddings 2011 (Meghan Campbell & Gareth Smith)

Meet Meghan and Gareth, one of 2011’s 10 fabulous wedding couples.


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Meghan Campbell & Gareth Smith
Townsend, Tenn.

Guests: 100
Location: The Lily Barn
Date: September 18, 2010
Cost: $15,000

Their story: While traveling in New Zealand in 2008, Meghan met Gareth on one of her last nights in the country. At midnight, the two met during a mutual friend’s going-away party at a bar. They clicked and talked long into the night, but Meghan had to head back to the States two days later. The relationship flourished over Skype and email, and about three months later, Gareth bit the bullet and traveled to the US for a three-week visit, which ended up lasting until his visa ran out. Soon, Gareth returned to New Zealand and began searching for an eco- and socially conscious engagement ring. Unbeknownst to Meghan, Gareth had the ring sent to her hometown in Tennessee in preparation for his impending visit. Once he arrived, Gareth and Meghan’s mom did the ring hand-off, and he talked Meghan into bringing him to one of her favorite spots—Smoky Mountain National Park. Gareth asked her to marry him amongst the trees and wide-open skies.

The Menu

Appetizers
Breadsticks and hummus served with spring carrots, sugar snap peas, radishes, and heirloom cherry tomatoes
Arugula salad with almonds and vegan Parmesan tossed in an olive oil vinaigrette

Entrées
Vegetable pot pie filled with root vegetables in puff pastry
Portobello mushroom lasagna with mozzarella
Braised spinach, glazed carrots, and steamed asparagus

Desserts
Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla and chocolate frosting and sprinkles

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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