Calling off a wedding is never an easy thing to do, but one couple in Indianapolis has taken their painful experience and turned it into an amazing event for the homeless.
Sarah Cummins is a 25 year-old Pharmacy student at Purdue University. She and her now ex-fiancé, Logan Araujo, had saved for two years to afford their $30,000 dream wedding. But only one week before the event at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, the pair decided to call things off.
Speaking with Indianapolis newspaper IndyStar, Cummins said “It was really devastating. 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.”
The wedding was originally scheduled to include 170 guests, and rather than waste the food and decorations for the nonrefundable wedding reception, Cummins decided to turn her cancelled wedding into a wonderful evening for residents of local homeless shelters.
With Araujo’s blessing, Cummins began contacting local homeless shelters, as well as the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, to arrange the event on Saturday night. Speaking with the IndyStar, Araujo, who recently lost his mother, said “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.”
Instructing the Ritz to proceed with the event as scheduled, aside from ditching the gift table and head table, Cummins and her mother arrived early on Saturday morning to decorate the hall, which included using the gold Eiffel Tower centerpieces they designed themselves and filling them with roses. Guests of the revamped event were treated to the same menu Cummins had picked out for her wedding, including bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce. For dessert, the guests were served wedding cake.
Cummins arranged for two buses to pick up guests at the homeless shelters she had contacted, with local businesses and residents donating formal wear for the guests.
As for the honeymoon, Cummins’ ex-fiancé kindly transferred his ticket to the Dominican Republic to Sarah’s mother.
“I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,” said Cummins about the event. “I wanted to make sure it would be the perfect wedding.”
Cummins declined to comment on why the couple called off their wedding, but they both sound like pretty amazing people.