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In a heartbreaking tale of Runaway Groom, a would-be bride turns her devastation into joy for some of Sacramento’s most vulnerable.
On Saturday., Quinn Duane should have been walking down the aisle in her dream wedding. Sadly, just a few days before the nuptials, her fiance called off the event for a case of cold feet.
With deposits for the $35,000 wedding already paid, rather than let the money spent go to waste, Duane’s family decided to pay it forward and invited homeless men, women, and children from throughout the city for a feast that otherwise would have simply gone to waste, reported KCRA in Sacramento.
“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 the station.
Duane’s family hosted the dinner on Saturday at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento where Duane was scheduled to get married.
“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her,” Kari told the station. “But I will take away something good from this, I will.”
Rashad Abdullah, his wife, and five children, were among guests at the dinner. The family– which struggles to afford there meals a day–ate like royalty and were treated to appetizers, salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, salmon, and tri-tip .
“When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle for you to get out to do something different and with your family, it was really a blessing,” Abdullah said.
“To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” said Abdullah’s wife, Erika Craycraft.
A true story of turning heartbreak into something beautiful. As for the non-refundable honeymoon to Belize, Quinn and her mom are enjoying the trip together.