18 July 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Vegan - The Healthiest Wedding EVER!

We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our healthy lifestyle with our closest vegan friends and family.  We went to great ends to make it cruelty free to both our guests, the planet and the animal kingdom.   

The groom wore NoHarm Vegan Shoes & selected a Recycled Platinum Wedding Band Ethically sourced from Brilliant Earth and a cotton (not wool) suit from Hugo Boss.   Wedding favors were Mr. & Mrs. Vegan Eco Totes reusable beach/shopping bags by ilu.lily Designs.  The setting was in Kapalua, Hawaii a destination dear to our story line together & with ample healthy food options and fun outdoor activities from mountain hikes to surfing.


When selecting the menu we wanted to be able to actually eat the food served at our wedding with zero guilt and enjoy it, which means whole foods, oil-free vegan down to even the cake!   We were concerned some of our guests would not be accustomed to healthier fare and our mom's were the toughest customers, but it just meant more leftovers the restaurant boxed up and we ate for lunch on our snorkel trip the next day.  The food below was locally sourced farm to table amazing.  The volcanic soil in Hawaii and ample clean rain fall make the best tasting veggies in the world.  The family style service meant SAD eaters could pass on our delicious food they have no tastes buds or appreciation for, thus leaving more for us!

Merriman's Wedding Dinner Menu

 Passed Appetizers

Cucumber Rounds 
Avocado Puree, Radish

Vegan BLT Canapé
Butter Lettuce Cup 
Rice noodles, upcountry vegetables, sweet chili sauce

 Family Style Dinner

Kale Salad, Fresh Strawberries, Hearts of Palm, Maui Onions 
Miso sherry vinegar dressing

Steamed Broccoli
Toasted sesame and macadamia nuts, citrus ponzu

White & Black Steamed Rice
Fresh Asparagus
Lemon zest & black pepper

Smoked Vegetable Ratatouille
Kaboucha puree


Mini Bundt Cake Tower
Seasonal Sorbet 

 Wine  & Beer

Peachy Canyon, Westside, Paso Robles, CA, 2010
Dönnhoff, Estate Riesling, Nahe, Germany, 2011 
Kona Brewing Co. Long Board Lager & Fire Rock Pale Ale 

Menu Design & Handmade Clay Orchid Lauhala Boxes by DK Designs
Merrimans Kapalua, Maui
Flowers by Dellables

Cucumber Rounds, Vegan BLT Canapé, Butter Lettuce Cup 

Kale Salad, Fresh Strawberries, Hearts of Palm, Maui Onions
  Broccoli -toasted sesame & macadamia nuts, citrus ponzu
Fresh Asparagus, lemon zest & pepper

Steamed White & Black Rice

Smoked Vegetable Ratatouille over Koboucha puree
We were most concerned about finding a cake maker willing to play ball with an oil-free wedding cake.  We emailed around this recipe from Fat Free Vegan & Casey and Cheryl Logsdon at Maui Wedding Cakes accepted the challenge and created this exceptional Bundt Cake Tower.  We were blown away by the mini bundt cakes and raspberry sorbet and the delightful presentation.

Oil Free Vegan "Bundt Cake Tower"
Perfect little flowers!

Cheers to starting our married lives together on point.  Eating no added fat whole food vegan can be part of the most wonderful celebration in your life and add to the festivities.  I don't know how anyone can think this way of life is limiting when its so grand and amazing.  Those who couldn't bring themselves to enjoy the food were the most unhealthy at the table.  They were embarrassing.

Roy's Hawaiian Rehearsal Dinner
What's a healthy wedding without a healthy rehearsal dinner?  Roy's to the rescue!  If you haven't ever dined at a Roy's you're really missing out.  Most have a separate vegan tasting menu.  All of them are supreme at customer satisfaction and excelling in turning various food requests into artful and flavorful creations.  No steamed veggies on a plate ever!


First Course:
Asparagus Bisque -grilled asparagus, green bell pepper, potato, salt and  pepper.
Second Course: 
 Tofu Crudo-local tofu, cucumber, pickled jalapeno, pickled radish, yuzu ponzu, preserved lemon, micro watercress
Third Course: 
Veggie Spring Rolls- rice paper, local tofu, mixed greens, purple cabbage, carrots, sweet ponzu. (Specially made for the Bride)
Fourth Course:
Avocado Quinoa Salad Stack- avocado, tomato, parsley, cilantro,sage,chive,red bell pepper, pineapple,coriander, lime and lemon juice, quinoa, small amount of onion, micro shiso, salt and pepper.
Fifth Course:
Grilled Portobello and Ratatouille -grilled portobello mushroom, green and red bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, piquillo pepper and sanmarzano tomato, chives.
Mixed Seasonal Sorbets 

Asparagus Bisque

All smiles from our group after the delicious soup!

 Tofu Crudo
Spring Veggie Rolls

Quinoa & Avocado Salad Stack - Guest FAV!

Grilled Portobello & Ratatouille

Mixed Sorbet

There you have it, a wonderful healthy wedding to start our married lives together.  No compromising, everyone ate and felt great.  Certainly helps to serve healthy food when we hopped on a catamaran the next day and set sail for some snorkeling!  We were a little disappointed in our mom's for not enjoying the food and being so closed minded in front of our wonderful friends, but in the end we were so happy and the food was just amazing we didn't want to come back home.  We have many more posts to come about the amazing healthy meals we had on our adventure in Maui!  Its truly the healthiest most beautiful place on the planet and was the perfect setting for our wedding.


Jenni (aka Vegyogini) said...

What a gorgeous, healthful wedding! I'm so happy for you both and for your ability to find caterers/bakers to accommodate your lifestyle. Congratulations!

quarrygirl said...

AMAZING!! So happy for you guys. Looks like your big day was epic.

Sarah said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful.

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