Jilted bride donates wedding reception to Seattle homeless families

KOMO Photo. January 16, 2016.

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- One bride's heartbreak led to a night of joy for a local homeless shelter.

When the groom broke off their engagement, it was too late to get a refund on the reception. As a result, the bride donated their venue, band, and food to 150 homeless families for a night out.

"She just wanted to marry the guy that she loved, and that's not happening, and if she can't have that she is very happy to share it with someone else," the bride's mother Karen Olsen said.

The group from Mary's Place shelter were treated to a night at SODO Park, and the bride's kindness prompted others to donate hair and makeup services.

"It's a nice setting to take my kids," Aariona Foster of Mary's Place said. "That's the fun part for me."