Devastated bride’s mother holds $35k wedding reception for the homeless after groom gets cold feet

Devastated bride’s mother holds $35k wedding reception for the homeless after groom gets cold feet

When a groom got cold feet and called off his wedding, the bride’s family decided to make the best out of a heart-breaking situation and did THIS!


Quinn Duane was set to wed Landon Borup, both 27, in a lavish $35,000 ceremony at Sacramento’s luxurious Citizen Hotel yesterday.

But when it was called off with less than a week to go, the Duane family, from El Dorado Hills, California, decided not to cancel the venue and catering.

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Instead, they generously invited the city’s homeless to enjoy the extravagant feast.

The would-be bride’s mother Kari Duane, 53, told KCRA: ‘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.’

Although her devastated daughter chose to stay home, she watched as her new guests arrived and enjoyed the gourmet spread.

‘I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this,’ she added.

The arrivals included families with babies and young children, single people and grandparents.

Rashad Abdullah, who came with his wife Erika Craycraft and five children, said the meal was ‘a blessing.’

‘When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out to do something different with your family, it was really a blessing,’ he told KCRA.

His wife Erika also thanked the Duane family for their kindness.

‘To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,’ she said.

The food, originally intended for the wedding’s 120 guests, came from the hotel’s four-star Grange restaurant and included salmon and steak as well as appetizers, salad and gnocchi.

The wedding’s hefty price tag also included a none-refundable honeymoon trip to Belize – which Mrs Duane and her daughter will be jetting off to together on Sunday.

The former couple met in July 2011 and began dating shortly afterwards before getting engaged during a family meal to celebrate Easter in April last year.

Borup had asked each member of her family to read out a message to his then-girlfriend before proposing.

At the time, Duane wrote on Facebook: ‘My mom started by reading off of a slip of paper and saying ‘Quinn, I love how generous you are.’

‘This was followed by my sister saying another reason I am loved and so on… Landon had written down the reasons he loved me and passed them out to my family to read as they went around the table.

My grandad read the last slip saying ‘Quinn, I love planning our future together.’

‘And Landon got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Truly an amazing moment!’
Daily Mail Online contacted the Duane family and Landon Borup for a comment but did not receive a response.

This is an EPIC example of how to turn a lemon into lemonade!

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