A California family has turned their bride-to-be's heartbreak into something positive.
Quinn Duane, 27, was looking forward to a lavish wedding at Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, California, when her fiance got cold feet and called off the event just five days before she had planned to walk down the aisle, KCRA reports.
Quinn's mother, Kari Duane, told KCRA that her heartbroken daughter called her on Oct. 12 and told her that her wedding to fiance Landon Borup, also 27, would no longer take place.
At that point, most of the bills for the $35,000 wedding had already been paid for and couldn't be refunded.
Instead of just cancelling the Oct. 17 wedding banquet, however, the El Dorado Hills, California, family contacted local homeless shelters in Sacramento and invited their residents to come enjoy the extravagant meal.
"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, 53, said.
"I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for [Quinn], but I will take away something good from this," she added.
Although Quinn was too upset to attend the banquet and decided to stay home with friends instead, her parents watched as the city's homeless, including many families with young children, filled the tables originally booked for their 120 wedding guests.
The attendees enjoyed gourmet food from the hotel's four-star Grange restaurant, including salmon, tri-tip steak, gnocchi, salad and appetizers.
The needy diners expressed their gratitude for the Duane family's act of kindness.
“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,” said Rashad Abdullah, who attended the feast with his wife and five children.
Abdullah told KCRA that his family, who were among the 90 homeless adults and children to attend the banquet, normally struggled to get three meals a day.
“To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” Abdullah's wife, Erika Craycraft, added.
Another diner, Tamara Dotson, told KCRA that the food was far better than anything she had tasted at her shelter.
“This is not coming out of our kitchen," she said. "We love our chef Leo, but he wouldn’t be preparing nothing like this."
Quinn and her fiance, Borup, first met in July 2011 and began dating shortly afterward. Borup proposed to Quinn at a family Easter celebration last April.
The young woman reportedly went on the couple's nonrefundable honeymoon to Belize with her mother on Oct. 18, a day after the banquet.
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