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We wish to express our appreciation to Marie Szaniszlo for her account of the first "ethical vegan" wedding in the State of Massachusetts.

History-making Wedding
Obeys the Vows of Vegans

by Marie Szaniszlo
Sunday, July 8, 2001

The bride was wearing white, but her dress wasn't made of silk. And the groom's shoes definitely weren't made of leather.

To their 50 guests at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, though, Frank De Giacomo and Sabina Wenner looked every bit as fashionable as a Bride magazine spread as the two exchanged vows yesterday at the first "ethical vegan'' wedding reported in state history.

"My mother always said, if you don't like something, don't complain about it; do something about it,'' said De Giacomo, a recent New England School of Law graduate, who looked dapper in a vinyl belt and shoes and Tencel suit made of wood fibers.

So he, and they, did as Mom said, right down to ordering a chocolate wedding cake free of eggs, milk and bone char, a byproduct of certain commercial sugars that are ground up with animal bones.

"As long as there are alternatives, there really is no reason to use them anymore,'' said Wenner, 35, a veterinarian who has been a vegetarian since a college nutrition class 19 years ago that included a field trip to a slaughterhouse.

The couple met two years ago working on a successful campaign to stop a proposed feral-cat feeding ban in Hawaii.

Today, they have 10 "little furry felines,'' De Giacomo said.

Any canines on the way? "No,'' he said. "But we'd like to have some, someday.''

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