NY woman turns cancelled wedding into luncheon for disadvantaged

(WCBS/CNN) — Imagine taking the time and spending the money to plan a wedding, only to end up canceling the ceremony before the special day.

Well, that’s what one New York woman did, but instead of letting it get her down, she turned her reception into a party with strangers.

Dozens of families filled the Harold Pratt House on Park Avenue on the upper east side Saturday for a special luncheon hosted by Yiru Sun.

Saturday was supposed to be her special day. She was supposed to get married, but the Princeton graduate canceled the wedding two months ago after a disagreement over the prenuptial.

So instead of getting her money back for the venue and catering, she decided to use it all for good. With help from the Salvation Army and Inwood House, Sun organized a pre-Mother’s Day lunch for people who may not have ever experienced a fancy reception.

“Although I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but all these kids, they can have the princess or prince feeling today and I felt very happy about that.”

Sun said the luncheon was a way to ease the pain of cancelling the wedding and her guests applauded her for what she did.

“I thought it was an incredible selfless act just to turn around and do something that helps others,” said William Natal. “It is an amazing show of character.”

“My guests feel even more happier than wedding guests. They don’t need to prepare wedding gifts,” Sun said with a laugh.

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