An Indiana bride was devastated when she had to call off her wedding just a week before the big day.
The 25-year-old had spent years saving for the event and had planned a 170-guest party at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
Sarah Cummins did not say why she had to cancel the wedding at the last minute but the venue and the pre-paid meals were non-refundable. That was $30,000 she would not get back and she didn’t want it all to go to waste.
“I called everyone, canceled, apologized, cried, called vendors, cried some more and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception,” she said.
She consulted her ex-fiancé, Logan Araujo and then decided to invite homeless people in the area to eat the catered bourbon glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and of course, wedding cake.
The homeless came from several shelters in the area and they showed up dressed to impress in clothing donated by community members.
“It’s just a really great opportunity for us, that was going to be a huge tragedy in her life,” Erik Jensen who lives at Wheeler Mission homeless shelter said at the party.
“It’s a great opportunity to spread love … This is just a very nice thing to do,” he said.
Cummins says now when she looks back on the date it won’t be with complete sadness.
“I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,” she said. “I wanted to make sure it would be the perfect wedding.”