Homeless invited for meal after groom calls off wedding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNN) — A would-be-bride’s family in California turned a sour situation sweet.

After the groom-to-be called off a $35,000 wedding in Sacramento, the bride-to-be’s family invited the city’s homeless for a meal at one of Sacramento’s finest hotels.

“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,” Kari Duane, the bride-to-be’s mother said.

The city’s homeless attended the feast on Sunday at Sacramento’s Citizen Hotel.

“To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” homeless mother Erika Craycraft said.

One-hundred-twenty guests were invited before the wedding got cancelled. The bride-to-be did not attend. Instead, she stayed home with friends.

“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 wedding included a nonrefundable honeymoon. On Sunday, the mother and daughter set off for Belize.

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