Bride Calls Off Wedding, Invites Homeless Instead

Bride Calls Off Wedding, Invites Homeless Instead

Purdue University pharmacy student Sarah Cummins, 25, has spent the past few years planning her dream wedding with Logan Araujo.

With a nonrefundable contract at the venue, the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Ind., and enough gourmet food for 170 guests who would no longer be attending, Cummins made a decision to invite dozens of homeless people to prevent the food from going to waste.

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

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food, she would bring some goal to the event and contacted area homeless shelters. It was her former fiancé who had paid most of the bill, while Cummins and her parents and an Araujo family friend had paid the balance.

A bride-to-be and her fiance called off their wedding, leaving thousands of dollars in decorations, materials, and food to simply go to waste. Cummins even helped organize two large buses to help transport 150 people and their families to the event, according to WXIN.

The residents of the homeless shelter will enjoy a menu of bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, and chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream.

Working with the hotel's event planner, Ms Cummings is rearranging the tables at the reception so there is no head table for the couple or gift and cake tables.

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The painful break up, which took place a week before their wedding day, led her to take an altruistic step.

The guests will also enjoy a slice of wedding cake. Cummins plans to have the dinner at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion, weather permitting.

She greeted the guests as they arrived, with one guest, Charlie Allen, wearing a donated jacket for the occasion.

Cummins said that when she approached Araujo about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.

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

But Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.

"I'm going by myself".

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