For 25-year-old pharmacy student Sarah Cummins, putting together her dream wedding had become an obsession. Over the course of years, she made plans, worked overtime hours, and saved up money — a whopping $30,000 — to pay for her fairy tale event. And then it all came crashing down.
For undisclosed reasons, a broken-hearted Cummins called off the engagement and cancelled the lavish wedding at the beautiful Ritz Charles in Indiana, according to Fox 59. It was one of the hardest things she had ever done.
She explained, “It was really devastating to me. 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.”
Unable to get out of her nonrefundable contract for the pricey affair, Cummins decided she could use her elaborate 170-plate dinner reception to be a blessing to others. That’s when she started making a fresh flurry of phone calls.
After contacting two homeless shelters in the area, she invited 150 residents and their families for a feast this Saturday of reception delicacies, including Chardonnay cream, chicken breast with artichokes, and wedding cake. She also arranged for buses to bring everyone to the meal. For Cummins, it’s been a way to both keep her expensive preparations from going to waste and began the healing process for her broken heart.
“I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,” she said.
According to IndyStar, shelter director Cheryl Herzog said, "I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need. It is truly a very kind gesture on her part. I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal with your family in a beautiful space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them."
Cummins’ devastated ex-fiance Araujo, who gave her his blessing for the homeless dinner, added, "I'm happy through my grief and also Sarah's that she was able to make a selfless and very thoughtful decision in such a hard time.
Araujo also gave his honeymoon plane ticket to Dominican Republic to Cummins’ mom so that Cummins and her mom will be able enjoy a trip together and have time to reflect.