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Published on October 13th 2020
Tyler and Melanie Tapajna: A bride and groom who served their wedding food to the people in a shelter.

Tyler and Melanie Tapajna
Tyler and Melanie Tapajna
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Tyler 34 and Melanie 27 of Parma, Ohio paid $2,000 in advance to cater their August wedding for about 150 family members and friends.

But when the pandemic cancelled their plans, here's what they did:

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They held their wedding in Melanie's grandparents' backyard in front of a dozen family members, with their dog Redman serving as best man.

Tyler and Melanie Tapajna
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And then by prearrangement, they went to Laura's Home, a Cleveland shelter for single women and mothers with children.

Still in their wedding attire, they donned hairnets, gloves and masks and then personally served the food to 135-people: Fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese, green beans, potato salad and chocolate cupcakes to everyone.

Tyler and Melanie Tapajna
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"They could have just donated the food and gone their merry way," Rich Trickel, CEO of the City Mission, which runs Laura's Home, told The Washington Post.

"But it was important to them to come and meet everyone and serve the meal."

"It seemed like a great way to spend our wedding day," Tyler told The Post. "It turned out to be the most beautiful day ever."

The couple was deeply moved by all the smiling faces, especially those of the little children.

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"We're going to give a donation to a charity every year to celebrate our wedding day," Tyler added.

"We didn't do what we did for publicity, but we're now hoping it inspires others to do the same."

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