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IN People ON 20 Oct, 2015
It is more like a movie, because happenings like these are bound to happen in movies, but it happened in reality! Groom Landon Borup called off a wedding at the last minute after he got cold feet. But the bride Quinn Duane and family chose to do something memorable instead of mourning over the situation. They decided not to cancel the splendid reception and invited the homeless and the needy to enjoy the wedding dinner worth $35,000, prepared for 120 elite guests.
The smart girl turned lemons into lemonade.
Borup and Quinn were set to get married at Sacramento's luxurious Citizen Hotel, but when Borup got cold feet and called off the wedding, the Duane family from El Dorado Hills decided to make best of this heart wrenching situation and they generously invited the homeless to enjoy the feast.
Elaborating more on the surprise feast to the homeless, would-be-bride's mother, Karie Duane said, " The guests included families with babies and young children, single parents and grandparents and said that it gave them fulfillment to do something for the needy, though they themselves were broken."
Her daughter did not make it to the venue but watched how the homeless enjoyed the feast. Rashad Abdullah, who came with his wife Erika Craycraft and five children, called the meal 'a blessing.' His wife said, "It is commendable that when you lose something as precious as your daughter's wedding, and then also you decide to take it with a positive attitude and made the best of the situation."
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. Not only this, like every wedding, there were plans of honeymoon too, to Belize – which Mrs Duane and her daughter will be jetting off to together in near future.
Quinn and Borup met in July 2011 and began dating shortly afterwards. They got engaged during a family meal while celebrating Easter in April last year. Borup had proposed to her in a very unique way, by asking each member of his family to read a message to his then girlfriend.
The bride Quinn shared her memories on her Facebook page: '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 granddad 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!'
What Quinn's family did was a true act of kindness and a blessing for those who shared this moment with them, we should also learn from them and should learn how to take every situation positively.