Bride-to-Be Invites Homeless to Her Canceled Wedding

She turned a $30K disappointment into an act of charity
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2017 11:15 AM CDT
Canceled Wedding Becomes Celebration for Local Homeless
Sarah Cummins talks with men from Wheeler Mission at the Ritz Charles on Saturday.   (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

A young bride-to-be in Indiana turned what was supposed to be her fantasy wedding over the weekend into an act of charity. Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University, was set to marry Logan Araujo at the Ritz Charles event venue in Carmel on Saturday, but after the couple called off the wedding for "undisclosed reasons," Cummins decided to invite residents of four area homeless shelters, including a group of veterans, to take part in the reception the couple had been planning for two years, the Indianapolis Star reports. The wedding cost about $30,000, all but $500 of which was nonrefundable.

After clearing her plans with Araujo, who Cummins says paid for most of the wedding, Cummins invited people from four area homeless shelters, including the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, to join her for the reception, which, aside from the removal of the head table and shortening of time, went off as originally planned. The couples' idea set off a small wave of charity in the community, with a local man arranging to provide formalwear for several guests. Cummins attended the event along with three of her seven bridesmaids, her mother, and her aunts. She was scheduled to leave Sunday for her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic, alone, USA Today reports. (More uplifting news stories.)

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