SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It was supposed to be a beautiful wedding overlooking the Sacramento skyline. But after the groom got cold feet, the would-be bride's family was left with a venue but no wedding.
But the family turned a heartbreaking situation into a night they'll never forget, KCRA reported.
The tables were set, the food was hot out of the oven and one by one, the guests arrived. But they aren't the men, women and children the Duane family planned to host, but they were happy to do it nonetheless.
"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," said Kari Duane, the would-be-bride's mother.
Earlier in the week, the would-be groom got cold feet and called off the wedding. Instead of canceling the $35,000 outing, the bride's family invited the city's homeless for a once-in-a-lifetime meal at one of Sacramento's finest hotels.
"I think it's very generous actually," said Erika Craycraft, who is homeless. "To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving."
Many came with their families, giving their kids a rare night out.
"When you're going through a hard time and struggle, for you to get out to do something different and with your family, it was really a blessing," said Rashad Abdullah, who is homeless.
The food was similar to what is found at the hotel's four star restaurant Grange: salad, cauliflower, salmon and tri-tip.
"This is not coming out of our kitchen," said Tamara Dotson, who is homeless. "We love our chef Leo, but he wouldn't be preparing nothing like this."
While full stomachs and smiles were everywhere, the night is still painful for the Duanes. Their 27-year-old daughter chose to stay home.
"I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will," Kari Duane said.
Part of the $35,000 wedding price tag included a nonrefundable honeymoon so mother and daughter will take the trip instead to Belize.