Read Part One here.

Clearly, my proclamation that wedding planning was proceeding swimmingly was premature.

In the first week or so of not hearing back from our venue, I didn’t think much of it.  It was that crazy period in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after all, which I figured was as hectic a time for them as it was for me.  After two weeks, I began to get nervous, but talked myself into believing that they were just overlooking my emails, and that we should give them a little more time.  Christmas came and went, and still no reply arrived.

The week before New Year’s, Matt and I had had enough.  We dug up a phone number for our contact at the venue and dialed it; there was no answer, so I left a message.  While we were waiting for a reply, we decided to check out their website to see if there was anything new that we should know about the construction on the venue.  Their site, though, had disappeared.  So had their Facebook page.  Cue: panic attack.

I tried calling my contact one more time, and a man (her boyfriend or husband, we later surmised) answered and said she was unavailable.  I asked him if, by any chance, he knew of a way to contact someone else at her place of employment, our venue.  “Oh, she doesn’t work there anymore,” he said.  “The whole thing kind of fell through.”  Smoke may have started coming out of my ears at that point.  That was all he could tell us, and it was the most we ever found out.

To this day, we still have no idea what the hell happened to our venue.  All we knew is that we were suddenly back to square one, with no venue and therefore no lingering hope of booking a June wedding anywhere else.

Somehow, I kept myself together, and was able to take the whole thing in stride.  We accepted that a change in date was necessary, and we went on to look at numerous other venues to find the one that was right for us.  Miraculously, we found a gorgeous event space on the 6th floor of a historic building in downtown Kansas City that had some 2012 dates still open and is flexible about and understanding of our vegan catering, cake, and alcohol needs.

Our new venue

So we booked it.  Mark your calendars, ladies and gents…on Saturday, September 8, 2012, Matt and are gettin’ hitched!

Choosing our date and booking our venue was our first big wedding planning checklist item, but there’s still oodles more work to be done in the coming months.  Finding a vegan caterer in the barbecue capital of the world, for example, is no easy task!  Stay tuned for all the colorful details.

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. Amber, that space looks gorgeous. I always believe there’s a rhyme and reason to everything, a Divine blueprint if you will, even for life’s seemingly off-track curve balls. We often that we get something better in the place of something we supposedly lose. Congrats! (Hey, I got married at the court house, so anything is better than that, lol.)

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