Photo courtesy Lauryn Byrdy Photography

Both engineers in Maryland for the government, Shana and Brian decided to have a destination wedding in Columbus on March 28, 2011. She is from Pittsburgh and he is from Akron, so Columbus was a great meeting point for guests, Shana said. "It was really important for our family to be there, added Shana," who conveyed that importance with a last minute accompaniment to her very tall flower centerpieces: small frames with a picture of each guest at the table they were assigned to. The colorful cookie table was an ode to Shana's mother, who passed away five years ago. "Every female guest made four dozen cookies," Shana explained. "We gave everyone green Chinese takeout containers so everyone could take as many as they wanted."

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