Amber was featured in one of our real vegan proposals and we asked her to share with us… what happens after the ring? She’ll be giving us regular updates on what it’s really like to plan a vegan wedding in Kansas City.

I always knew I wanted to get married.  Although I wasn’t wedding-obsessed by any means, I certainly had numerous daydreams and conversations with girlfriends over the years about what my wedding someday might be like—unique and memorable, with lots of friends and great (atypical) music.  I’ve always envisioned it being the party of the century, in a gorgeous location with swanky décor and (of course) mouthwatering vegan food.  All I had to do was get engaged someday, and the details would all fall into place…right?

After more than two years together, my boyfriend Matt proposed to me last October over a fancy ten-course vegan dinner.  I’d never dared to imagine what it might be like to be proposed to (how can one ever know?), but after it happened, I immediately realized the mountain of work we now had in front of us.

Epic bunny ring

I started out very well-organized and with plenty of initiative.  Within just a couple weeks, Matt and I were discussing dates and touring venues.  I contacted caterers and cake bakers.  We drew up a budget and a guest list.  I was on the ball!  I knew that with the publication of my cookbook happening in early 2012, it was best to make our wedding plans ASAP.

It didn’t take long for us to pick out a brand new venue on the 8th floor of a historic building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, with panoramic views of the skyline and a stunning rooftop balcony in the works.  Since they were such a new venue and hadn’t even opened yet – construction was still wrapping up – their schedule was wide open, and we had no trouble selecting the June 2012 date we wanted.  Everything was proceeding swimmingly!

We had numerous meetings and correspondences with the venue over the course of a few weeks, ironing out details like price, schedule, equipment inclusions, and so on.  We were all set to go in and sign a contract once and for all, right after we got the alcohol situation arranged.  I emailed my contact the list of vegan wine selections they’d requested, and asked if they were free the next day for us to come in and sign the contract, which had already been finished and emailed to me.  Although I’d been hearing back from them promptly all along, I never got a reply that day.

Or the next day.

Or the next week.

Or the next month.


To be continued…

Amber Shea Crawley is a linguist, chef, and author specializing in healthful vegan and raw food. Known for her flexible recipes and friendly voice, she was classically trained in the art of gourmet living cuisine at the world-renowned Matthew Kenney Academy, graduating in 2010 as a certified raw and vegan chef. In 2011, she earned her Nutrition Educator certification at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Her first cookbook, Practically Raw, is now available for preorder. Amber blogs at

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  1. Dee February 7, 2012 Reply

    Hi Amber! Can’t wait to read the rest of your story.

  2. Nicole February 7, 2012 Reply

    Oh, the suspense! I hope everything worked out okay…

  3. Hannah February 8, 2012 Reply

    Totally waiting for the part about you choosing your FAVOURITE BRIDESMAID OF ALL TIME. Far more important than a venue, clearly. 😉


    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan February 8, 2012 Reply

      Excellent idea for a future post! “How I culled my wedding party from the worldwide blogosphere.” 😛

  4. Bobbie {thevegancrew} February 17, 2012 Reply

    Oh, my–what a bummer. I can’t wait to hear how it all worked out for you!

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