By Daniela Degrassi
It’s such a joy today to feature the vegan wedding of Kate and Keith, our very own blog contributors. The fun and adventurous couple are true environmentalists, so they decided to celebrate their love with a small family gathering, in the natural settings of the mesmerizing State they now call home, Maine. Their vegan wedding was captured by Jenelle Kappe Photography.
Kate, how did you and Keith meet?
Keith and I met through photography! We became professional acquaintances and then started working together. A few years later we realized both of us were single, and our relationship quickly shifted!
What made you become vegan?
I was raised vegetarian, but after we watched Cowspiracy, we both realized that as professed environmentalists, our dietary choices could have more impact than any other lifestyle decision we were making. The compassion aspect naturally followed as we continued to learn about the animal agriculture industry.
How did you decide to plan for a vegan wedding?
To us, a wedding is a reflection and celebration of who you are as a couple. So having a vegan dinner was a natural decision. Being such a small celebration, we knew our guests well enough to know they would enjoy the meal.
Were your family/friends supportive?
If so, how? Did they help? Only two or three in the group were more heavy meat eaters. Many guests are more concerned with local and organic (which everything was), and are perfectly open to non-animal option. And a number were already vegan. So we knew as long as the food was fresh and tasty, it would be enjoyed!
What were the major obstacles in planning your wedding?
The decision to not have alcohol was tricky. Funny how choosing vegan caused zero friction, but the thought of not having wine at dinner or champagne for a toast was challenging for my parents. My mom doesn’t even drink, but their concern was that it is so expected by their age group. They didn’t want to let people down. However, in the end, we stood our group and had a dry wedding. Not only did the level of fun remain extremely high, but a number of people expressed how it opened their mind to the role alcohol has in their lives.
What did you wear?
I wore a Stella York dress, Toms wedge shoes. Keith wore Men’s Warehouse.
Did you have a vegan hairstylist/make up artist?
Echo Salon in Bar Harbor, Maine used organic products which I asked to be vegan, but I’m not 100% sure if they were. My best friend called around for anyone that would fit the bill and said they came the closest.
Where did you get married?
We’ve set our celebrations at a family home, and shared our vows surrounded by the natural settings of Acadia National Park.
Who provided the catering?
We were lucky to find Sassafrass Catering, a company on Mount Desert Island in Maine with commitment towards local and organic. And creative enough to feel confident with gorgeous vegan dishes. Our friend, Isabelle Steichen of The Plantiful Podcast provided our wedding cake. All our guests loved the meal, and wouldn’t have pegged it as vegan, just really really delicious food!
Was your wedding all you wanted it to be?
Our wedding was perfect. It was an opportunity to share our love and values with those we care about. And in a place we hold close to our hearts: Acadia National Park, where our love story began. Everyone pitched in to create the celebration, from foraging in the woods for table adornments, to picking wildflowers. And an incredibly lively cajun band to cap the evening off!
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.