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Bride and groom donate wedding food to women’s shelter – then serve in gown and tux

Selfless couple arrived at women's shelter to dish up fried chicken, green beans, and mac and cheese.

What do you do when the dream wedding you have been planning for months, or even years, gets cancelled because of a global pandemic?

Well, for one couple, they seized that moment to help those in need.

Tyler and Melanie Tapajna went ahead with their nuptials as planned though had to axe the evening fiesta in which their family and friends had been due to attend.

So, instead of their 150-person lavish party, the duo decided to not only donate but also to serve their wedding reception food to people at a local charity.

[Credit: The City Mission]

Consequently, what would have been the evening meal from Ohio-based food catering service Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers went straight to a women’s shelter.


Speaking about their decision, Melanie explained she much preferred the altruism of giving than having to stress over whether guests were happy at her wedding or not.

Chatting to CNN, Melanie said: “We were actually kind of excited I think more about donating the food than being stressed during the wedding.

“You can definitely give back in times like this.”

[Credit: The City Mission]

Scaling down from original plans, the couple went ahead with a small backyard wedding with immediate family members only, before heading to the Laura’s Home refuge.

Laura’s Home is a facility for women and children that prides itself on being ‘a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency’.

Still in their wedding attire – Tyler in his tux and Melanie in her lace gown – they whacked on face masks, gloves and hairnets before getting to work.

[Credit: The City Mission]

They then served a delicious array of fried chicken, green beans, and mac and cheese from the award-winning food truck service that is also renowned for its gourmet burgers.

CEO of The City Mission, Rich Trickel, who coordinated with the couple and caterer to deliver the food said the experience was an “unbelievable” one.

He explained: “It was unbelievable especially when you think many of our clients, the women and kids in our building, possibly have never been at a wedding like that before.”

Congratulations to the happy couple, in more ways than one.

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