COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) - A Twin Cities couple broke the mold when it came to celebrating their wedding day.
Instead of a traditional reception venue, they chose to get married at a non-profit close to their hearts as well as add a special twist to their reception.
Adam Claude and Chara Juneau light up a room with laughter, but their happiness is more than just giggles. Their real joy is helping others, especially children, which they do a lot at the non-profit Feed My Starving Children.
“So a friend of ours suggested that we have the wedding here and we initially just laughed, but after talking about it we thought how fitting,” said Adam. “We met as a result of planning an event here, or a packing session here. We spend a lot of time packing – we had Valentine’s Day here packing meals.”
With that, the Feed My Starving Children location in Coon Rapids was ready to host a wedding and reception in three weeks - and it was perfect.
“Everyone does something that’s special to them or special to their family,” said Chara. “People have traditions and I wanted ours to be us and be unique to us and that this is something we love and something we care about. We have had a lot of date nights here. It’s part of our relationship, so it just felt perfect to have it be exactly that.”
No band or DJ, but the Bee Gees were on the playlist. That led to lots of packing and only a little dancing, which was just fine with Adam.
“I don’t dance, so packing meals was great,” he said.
Their 70 wedding guests packed enough meals to feed 60 children for a year. The new couple says there’s only one thing they would have changed.
“We would have invited more people,” said Adam.
“We could have packed more,” said Chara.
The couple is raising money for the nonprofit at this link.