A jilted bride saw past her heartbreak and threw her planned wedding reception for the benefit of her local homeless community instead.
Quinn Duane, 27, was due to tie the knot with Landon Dorup on the 17th of October in Sacramento, USA. But the groom-to-be got cold feet and called off the wedding at the last moment.
But, rather than seeing the plans go to waste, Quinn’s family decided to go ahead with the $35,000 (£22,000) reception anyway. Deposits had already been paid to the four-star Citizen Hotel and with more bills due to come, a cancellation would have seen food for 120 guests go to waste.
Guests at the extravagant feast came from the shelter Next Move and included families with babies and young children, single people and grandparents. Among the 90 homeless visitors who did attend were Rashad Abdullah, his wife Erika Craycraft and their five children. Ms. Craycraft said: “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind.”
Quinn’s mum, Kari, commented, “I went into action mode. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to give to them.”
Quinn was unable to attend the meal because she was too busy packing for her pre-booked honeymoon to Belize shortly afterwards. The flowers from the ceremony were donated to local nursing homes.