Weddings are a big deal, they’re typically very expensive and for most of the big ticket items – venue, dinner, honeymoon and that sort of thing, all the deposits paid are typically non refundable. So when Quinn Duane called her mother Kari just 5 days before her big day to tell her that her fiance had called off the wedding, there was no hope of being able to cancel and get any of the over $35,000 in deposits paid back.
But instead of crying in her wedding dress on what was supposed to be her wedding day, Quinn and Kari decided to give back to their community. The bride to be and her family decided to host their city’s homeless for an extravagant meal at a banquet hall in a hotel. Quinn’s mom told KCRA News, “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.”
Quinn revealed that everyone from individuals to families to grandparents all showed up to enjoy the lavish meal that consisted of appetizers, salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, salmon, and even tri-tip. Rashad Abdullah arrived with wife and five children to enjoy a full meal and truly appreciated the gesture by Quinn saying “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.” His wife Erika added “To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind.”
Now that’s how you take the lemons life gives you and turns it in to lemonade. I’m sure this is an incredibly difficult time for Quinn but I love that she and her family chose to give back to their community and make something good come out of an otherwise really bad situation. Quinn and her mom Kari will also get to enjoy some bonding time together when they set off on her non-refundable honeymoon to Belize. I hope she enjoys every minute of it.