A New York City bride whose wedding was called off at the last minute decided to instead make it a day to remember for a group of total strangers.
New York City Bride Yiru Sun did not want to sign a prenuptial agreement with her fiance. The decision changed the plans for a wedding planned for Saturday at Manhattan’s Harold Pratt House, it was called off. Sun made the best of it – she decided to throw a luncheon reception for needy children and their families. Having already put down a non-refundable $8,000 deposit for the reception, and knew that she couldn’t let it go to waste.
“I just thought that I would be more sad if I stayed home,” Sun said “I thought if I could get some low-income families and kids to come, it would make me feel happy to see the kids and help them have a fun day.”
Sun, a single mom of a 6-year-old daughter, reached out to Inwood House, which focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, youth development, and teen family support, to invite teens and their families.
“The more I corresponded with Yiru the more I learned about the humbleness of her beginnings and the goodness of her heart,” Inwood House’s Jennifer Stokes said. “Obviously, we do not have the funding to put on such a fancy event for our clients as money goes directly to giving them the comprehensive services they need to thrive, so when an opportunity such as Yiru’s comes around, it is a gift.”
Sun also invited children from The Salvation Army Phil Ramone Orchestra and their parents to the event.
This experience for the kids, was one they were not sure to forget. They had the most amazing time. Several of Sun’s work colleagues also chipped in to pay for entertainment like face-painting and balloon-making, while her friends served as volunteers for the day.
“It went great,” Sun said. “I met a lot of kids, and my colleagues were very supportive.”
In lieu of wearing her wedding dress, Sun wore an elegant white dress that she bought a while ago but had never gotten the chance to wear. She also spoke to the kids about growing up in difficult financial circumstances in China and working hard to earn a scholarship to Princeton University.