When the groom got cold feet, others got a warm meal, thanks to Quinn Duane

By Char Adams
October 19, 2015 11:35 AM

A jilted bride turned a sad situation into a chance to help the less fortunate on Saturday when she used the food from her cancelled wedding to feed Sacramento, California’s homeless.

Just days before Quinn Duane’s wedding, the groom-to-be called off the $35,000 event. But when the groom got cold feet, others got a warm meal.

Instead of cancelling the reception, Duane’s family invited the city’s homeless to enjoy the food that would have otherwise gone to waste, KCRA reports.

Duane family banquet

“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.

The family held the dinner on Saturday (the couple’s planned wedding date) in a banquet hall at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Many arrived for the feast, but the 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.”

Kari Duane

The guests, from a local homeless shelter, filed in and feasted on a meal including salad, cauliflower, beef and salmon, according to ABC.

The guests expressed their gratitude to the family, and sympathy for the jilted bride.

Duane family banquet

“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.”

Erika Craycraft, another guest, also weighed in: “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind.”

The lofty wedding bill also included a non-refundable honeymoon trip to Belize, which, KCRA reports, Duane will spend with her mother.

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