When a groom got cold feet and called off his wedding, the bride’s family decided to make the best out of a heart-breaking situation. Quinn Duane was set to wed Landon Borup, both 27, in a lavish $35,000 ceremony at Sacramento’s luxurious Citizen Hotel yesterday. But when it was called off with less than a week to go, the Duane family, from El Dorado Hills, California, decided not to cancel the venue and catering. Instead, they generously invited the city’s homeless to enjoy the extravagant feast. The would-be bride’s mother Kari Duane, 53, told KCRA:
Matthew 22: 1-10 – And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Luke 14:12-14 – Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
‘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.’ Although her devastated daughter chose to stay home, she watched as her new guests arrived and enjoyed the gourmet spread. ‘I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this,’ she added. The arrivals included families with babies and young children, single people and grandparents. Rashad Abdullah, who came with his wife Erika Craycraft and five children, said the meal was ‘a blessing.’ FULL REPORT