Bride turns a canceled $30000 wedding into reception for homeless

Change of plans! Bride feeds 170 homeless people after her Ksh 3.1 million wedding is called off

Change of plans! Bride feeds 170 homeless people after her Ksh 3.1 million wedding is called off

Wanting to turn her personal heartbreak into something positive for someone else, Sarah Cummins, 25, threw a $30,000 soirée for nearly 200 homeless strangers over the weekend.

"It was really devastating to me", Cummins told the IndyStar.

When Sarah Cummins called off her wedding a week before her July 15 ceremony, she was left with a nonrefundable contract for a 170-plate dinner.

"It was really devastating, 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 recalled.

Instead of letting this happen, she got in contact with homeless shelters in the local area to see if people would like to attend.

The food menu included roasted garlic bruschetta and chicken breast with Chardonnay cream. After learning about her decision, Cheryl Herzog, Dayspring's development director, said: "I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need".

Change of plans! Bride feeds 170 homeless people after her Ksh 3.1 million wedding is called off
Sarah Cummins talks with men from Wheeler Mission at the Ritz Charles

While Cummins chose not to disclose the reason for the cancelation, she was still devastated by the sudden change of plans. "I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal in a handsome space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them".

Ms Cummins worked with the Ritz Charles' wedding planner on the event and then contacted homeless shelters, arranging for buses to pick up the new guests. To give the event an extra oomph, several local residents donated suits and other items for the homeless to wear to the party. "At least we can use it somehow", she said. I think I look pretty nice in it.

"I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from", she said.

She had been due to marry Logan Araujo, who had footed the largest part of the bill. "I've worked so many weekends and so much overtime to pay for this, I wanted to make sure it would be the ideal wedding".

Ms Cummins flew out to the Dominican Republic with her mother on Sunday on a holiday that would have been her honeymoon.