Imagine this: you're throwing a beautiful wedding for your daughter, and right before you get a call from her telling you that the groom-to-be backed out. Deposits for the $35,000 wedding have been paid and more bills are on the way.
It's a heartbreaking disaster.
Well, when this happened to the Duane family in Sacramento, they turned a disaster into something beautiful. They still had the reception, but instead of the 120 guests previously invited, they opened it up to the homeless community.
“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,” Kari Duane told KCRA news.
Kari Duane - the would-have-been mother of the bride, spent that Saturday in a banquet hall at Sacramento's Citizen Hotel with the city's homeless. Those dining included single people, families, grandparents and even newborns. The Duanes didn't skimp on the food - guests ate the same meal as previously planned from a four-star restaurant, that included gnocchi, salmon and tri-tip.
“When you're going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out and do something different, and with your family, is really a blessing," Rashad Abdullah, a homeless man, explained to KCRA.
“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will,” Kari Duane said.
Understandably, the bride-to-be chose to stay home with close friends, but isn't letting the nonrefundable honeymoon to Belize go to waste. She'll be taking the trip with her mother.