Newlyweds share wedding feast following coronavirus cancellation

Don't Miss This

PARMA, Ohio (WKYC) – A Parma, Ohio couple’s wedding day didn’t include the usual reception, DJ, and first dance. Instead, Tyler and Melanie Tapajna’s said “I Do,” then headed to The City Mission’s Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center in Cleveland to serve women and children experiencing homelessness.

“Why not spread the love,” said bride Melanie Tapajna. “Seeing everybody happy is making us happy.”

The newlyweds, still dressed in their wedding gown and tux, spent their first few hours as husband and wife in the City Mission’s kitchen dishing out fried chicken, mac and cheese, greens, and other items originally intended to be served to guests at their reception.

“We paid for it already so we’re like we might as well donate it,” Tapajna shared just before entering Laura’s Home with her groom.

The original formal reception was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“They’ve could’ve done a hundred other things you know, and yet, they’re choosing to do this, a real act of giving and compassion on a day that is the most important day of their life,” said Richard Trickel, CEO of The City Mission.

Trickel said this is the first time to his knowledge someone has donated their reception food to the crisis center.


Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the KSN News App and stay up-to-date wherever you are. You can even watch KSN News live for free!
Click here to get the app
Get it in the App store
Get it in the Google Play store

3 Day Forecast

KSN Storm Track 3 Weather

Trending Stories