Wedding Story

WOW! Family Of Bride-to-Be Does Something Extra Ordinary After Groom Calls Off The Wedding

By  | 2 years ago

“Devastated.Heartbroken.”

This is how Quinn Duane‘s mother, Kari, described the feelings of her daughter after Landon Borup (the groom) called off the wedding at the last minute.


But instead of filling their heart with anger, the Duane family, from El Dorado Hills, California decided to create something positive out of it. Instead of cancelling the venue and catering, the family invited the city’s homeless to enjoy the extravagant feast!

The Duanes’ decided to turn the $35,000 event into a feast for the homeless. According to an interview, Kari Duane said that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento’s homeless for a once in a lifetime meal at the Citizen Hotel.

“Even though my husband and I were feeling very sad for our daughter, it was heartwarming to see so many people be there and enjoy a meal,” Kari Duane said.

The reception intended for 120 guests was attended by 90 homeless single people, grandparents and whole families with newborns. They enjoyed a meal that included appetizers, salad, gnocchi, salmon, and tri-tip sirloin.

The Reception Turned Into Homeless Feast

Some of the guests gave their thoughts about the occassion. 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.

Quinn Duane (pictured center) with her bridal party

Quinn Duane (pictured center) at her bridal party

For more information about this extra ordinary “wedding reception”, head over to this link.







26 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    October 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    That is really nice. What a great thing that came out of something that wasn’t so great.

  2. Shasta Walton

    October 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    What a wonderful event! What a blessing for all those people!

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    October 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I think it takes a special person to turn such a huge negative into something special like that.

  4. Jeanette

    October 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I just read about this yesterday and I think it is the best way to help others while you try to heal! What a great idea and a great party for those that need something like this.

  5. Megan Elford

    October 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I saw this come up in my Facebook feed, and I was blown away! What an amazing response to a devastating situation. I don’t know if I would do the same, but I sure hope I would!

  6. lisa

    October 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    This is an amazing thing to do. How selfless of her to offer her day to people who really need a little help.

  7. michele d

    October 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I read about this and thought what a beautiful idea. I’m sure these folks appreciated it all!

  8. Mary Edwards

    October 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I actually read about this the other day. I think what they did is amazing and more people should follow suit!

  9. jenni Eaves

    October 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This is such an amazing story. They turned a sad day into something awesome for so many people.

  10. Ourfamilyworld

    October 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    What an amazing event. She is an awesome woman for doing such a selfless act and making people in need happy.

  11. Melissa

    October 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    That’s fantastic! Glad to see the party and all of the money go to good use. they will get some good karma for that one!

  12. Lynndee

    October 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Wow! Gotta love those people. How nice and good of them to do that. Wish more people are like them.

  13. Tonya

    October 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    WOW! This is an amazing story and a great event to do, turned a bad situation into a happy one! What a true blessing for these people from a loving and caring family.

  14. Erin

    October 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This made me cry, its just so amazing! I’m so happy that there are people like her in the world! <3

  15. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    October 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Grabs my tissue! What a way to turn your lemons into lemonade. I love this.

  16. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    October 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    In life we are challenged to turn every single experience into an opportunity which is exactly what this bride to be did, she did a wonderful thing and gained strength (and racked up tons of good karma points) in the process.

  17. Dawn McAlexander

    October 23, 2015 at 1:26 am

    What a great thing to do! I hate that the bride had such a horrible day but I am glad that they were able to make something good out of it.

  18. Melissa

    October 23, 2015 at 5:05 am

    That made me cry! The selflessness that came out of something sooo bad is just amazing!

  19. Shaney Vijendranath

    October 23, 2015 at 9:34 am

    That is brilliant. God will really bless them for this and I can’t even imagine how excited all those people were.

  20. Bonnie @wemake7

    October 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I heard about this the other day. What a great loving story of compassion of others. Glad it turned out to be a great thing.

  21. Rosey

    October 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Blessing others when you’re down and out about something. That’s an awesome thing to do.

  22. tara pittman

    October 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    What a great thing to do. That was one expensive wedding, I am glad my kids are paying for their own weddings.

  23. michelle

    October 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    this is such a touching story and a reminder that just because things don’t happen the way we plan doesn’t mean that something good can’t come out of it

  24. Claudette

    October 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I read about this story elsewhere before and thought that this was a sensible thing to do. 🙂

  25. Krystal

    November 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I love this story since it is so inspirational. I love seeing something positive after something awful happened.

  26. Kelly Hutchinson

    November 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I saw this story on television and I thought it was so above and beyond for the family. I think they really turned an unhappy situation into something positive.