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Engaged: Amy Lanasa and Claire Klossner

June 04, 2012|By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The weather is being taken into consideration, as well, with the wedding programs possibly being printed on fans for the guests to use.

Before dinner, guests will be treated to a slide show about the couple put together by Amy's brother, John Lanasa.

The dinner buffet will feature mostly food that is organic and produced locally, with a choice of three entrees: a crabcake with remoulade salad, grilled chicken with ancho chile-corn salsa, and grilled baby eggplant with a chimichurri sauce.

Claire's mother and aunt are also making the wedding cake.

"My whole family is kind of a do-it-yourself kind of family," she says.

Because they are dealing with a limited budget, there will be an open bar with beer and wine until 9:30 p.m. Then, it will become a cash bar.

They're also putting together a playlist on their iPod that will be set up on a speaker system to provide both background and dance music for their guests.

"I have to take it to Ole Jim and make the sure [the system is] loud enough so guests [who are deaf] can feel the vibrations,' Amy explains. "Otherwise we'll get a larger speaker."

Patrick Howard of Bethesda will be the photographer.

The web is playing an important role in the wedding. It's where they've designed their own wedding website, amyandclaire.ourwedding.com. The couple also found their invitations online — at weddingpaperdivas.com — where they found something made from recycled paper, important to Amy.

They are also using depositagift.com, an online cash gift registry that allows people to contribute to a larger project or gift.

"The Huffington Post had an article on non-traditional wedding registry websites, and we picked this one from the front page of their website," says Amy. "They had a same-sex wedding example. So, we said, 'Oh, gay friendly.' We registered to build a deck. And for the beehives we want to get next year."

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