Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! When Quinn Duane's fiancé called off their $35,000 wedding just days before the couple was set to say "I do," Duane took the opportunity to help those less fortunate.
Instead of canceling the wedding reception after the groom came down with a bad case of cold feet, the bride-to-be's family invited the homeless people in Sacramento, California to come enjoy the food that would have otherwise gone to waste, People reports.
"When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back," Duane's mother Kari told KCRA.
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The family held the dinner this past Saturday (the couple's planned wedding date) in a banquet hall at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Many arrived for the feast, but the jilted and heartbroken bride-to-be stayed home, KCRA reports. "I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her," Kari told the station of her daughter. "But I will take away something good from this, I will."
First to arrive, nearly a half hour early, was a woman who lives in a shelter with others too old to work and too financially strapped to afford rent. "I was thinking at that moment, if she's the only person that comes tonight, this was worth it," Duane said.
But many more came and enjoyed the thoughtful feast, which included salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, beef and salmon. The guests expressed their gratitude to the family, as well as sympathy for the bride.
"When you're going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out to do something different and with your family," Rashad Abdullah said, according to ABC. "It was really a blessing."