Jilted Bride Finally Speaks Out About Donating Her $35,000 Wedding Reception Feast To The Homeless

Bride-to-be Quinn Duane was making final preparations for her wedding day when her groom-to-be got cold feet. The would-be groom, Landon Borup, informed the bride that they would not be getting married. Quinn made a phone call to her parents who had already paid for much of the wedding. When the heartbroken Quinn told her parents that the wedding, which was to be held at the ritzy Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, wouldn’t be taking place, they asked if it would be alright to donate the wedding reception food. Quinn said she immediately agreed and had no idea the outpouring of support she would receive for the kind deed.

The Daily Mail reported that Quinn Duane had planned her dream wedding at Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel and was making final preparations for her big day when her groom, Landon Borup, got cold feet. The would-be bride’s parents had already paid for a lot of the wedding and knew they would not be receiving deposits back on account of the cancelled wedding. Therefore, Quinn’s mother, Kari, said she wanted to do something to give back to the community. Kari noted that she felt so much heartbreak for her daughter that she was determined to take something good from the whole ordeal.

“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will.”

Though Quinn did not attend the banquet, she said she never expected so many people from around the world to feel the impact of her story. She said she received an outpouring of support since the story made headlines and that she just wants the focus to remain on charity and giving back to the community.

“People across the country have been reaching out, saying how they have been inspired or impacted. That was not something I ever expected.”

She says the whole experience has been overwhelming and that she is just happy so many people have been able to get something good out of the cancelled wedding. Quinn says she realizes that many people want the backstory and to know what happened with the groom. However, Quinn says she will not be sharing those personal details and would rather the good deed be the focus.

“I feel like, a lot of times people want the story behind it and they want it to be personal, but that’s not the focus. The focus should be charity, and doing something great.”

Citizen's Hotel
The Citizen’s Hotel was the location that Quinn Duane’s wedding was scheduled to take place before the wedding was cancelled. Instead, the area homeless got to come into the hotel for a gourmet meal of salmon and steak. [Image via Marriott]
The homeless guests that attended the four-course meal from the four-star restaurant inside of Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel are among the thankful. The Duanes say that families, the elderly and single people all showed up for the feast and that it was nice to see the appreciation from everyone. Rashad Abdullah, who came with his wife, Erika Craycraft and five children, noted that the food was a blessing to the family and that the food was really helping them in a time of struggle.

“When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out to do something different with your family, it was really a blessing.”

His wife noted that it was very giving of the Duanes to think of others during such a difficult time in their own lives. Those in attendance will likely not forget the kindness that the Duane family showed them that day in Sacramento, and Quinn is hoping that others will follow the lead and try to do something nice for others even during their own personal struggles.

While Quinn’s parents visited with guests at the banquet they provided to the homeless, the jilted bride was at home packing for the nonrefundable honeymoon to Belize she would share with her mother.

She said despite the heartbreak she enjoyed a fantastic vacation with her mother.

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