The reception hall was booked, the menus were all set, and the 120 people wedding was a very happy and promising event at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Unfortunately, the groom-to-be backed out of the wedding almost in the last second and the bride-to-be decided to instantly change the guest list.
She invited the homeless people of Sacramento to feast on tri-tip, salmon and gnocchi, and her mother, Kari Duane, turned the $35,000 wedding reception into a beautiful and extravagant event for the less fortunate.
90 people showed up at the event, all dressed up in their finest clothes, making the would-be-wedding into something even more beautiful, more humane. “It just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back.”, Kari Duane said.
Quinn Duane, the would-be-bride, decided to stay home. “I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her,” says her mother. “But I will take away something good from this. I will.”
And the honeymoon, you ask? Well, that became a well-deserved mother-daughter trip to Belize, where hopefully Quinn will have the time of her life and forget all about her former groom-to-be. “I hope when she looks back at this, she knows she was doing something good with a bad situation,” added Kari Duane.