Couple Restores 1897 Castle for Dream Wedding and Community Service

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What would you do in order to have the wedding of your dream? And what if you could, at the same time, do good for your community? One Kansas City couple wentcouple so far as to restore an old castle so that it could be the venue for their wedding, but that’s just the beginning.

Daniel Edwards and Ebony Burnside plan to hold their wedding at the castle after raising $12,500 to restore the abandoned building.

After their June 8th wedding, they intend to turn the old workhouse castle into a community and homeless outreach center.

The castle has been just sitting empty since the 1970’s so the owner was happy when the couple, along with help from volunteers at non-profit 20orMore, came along to help. They all combined forces to clean up the castle in time for the wedding and are even throwing a benefit concert there on Saturday.

After Edwards proposed, he suggested that they invest in the community instead of spending money on a lavish wedding. That commitment led to the castle’s restoration.

“I’m not really big on weddings,” Edwards said. “I asked her ‘Can we reinvest into the community instead of giving our money to some established venue?’ ”

Edwards, who holds a holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a doctorate in community psychology, is also the executive director of 20orMore.  Since the organization seeks to mobilize young people to act collectively, the castle was an obvious choice for the couple.

“This castle here made sense, given that our wedding theme is legendary,” Burnside said.

“No one is focusing on us,” explained Edwards. “There are no outlets for young adults. We have the energy and the desire, but no outlets.”

In this instance, young people have come together and made a dream come true for the couple as well as the community.

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