A bride who cancelled her wedding because of a row with her fiancé over a pre-nup has done the most selfless thing instead – by throwing a party for children in need.
Yiru Sun’s wedding was all set to take place in a fancy venue.
But when an argument with her intended blew up and the engagement was called off, she decided not to waste the food and the DJ.
Using the £5,500 deposit she had paid on the New York Upper East Side location where she was intending to tie the knot, she invited teen mothers, kids from low income homes and foster families.
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“It was really good. I could have been sitting at home, sad, thinking ‘This was supposed to be my wedding day,'” she told CNN .
“But so many kids and their moms came. I laughed the whole day.”
Yiru, who is corporate vice president and actuary at New York Life Insurance Company, asked her colleagues for their help in making Saturday’s event – held a day before Mother’s Day in the US – a success.
Between them, they paid for a facepainter and balloon artist, brought children’s books as party favours and even worked as event photographer.
Wearing a graceful white gown, Yiru said she was happy she could help: “Although I can’t be the princess of my wedding day, all these kids can have the ‘princess or the prince’ feeling today.”
The Chinese-born bride-that-wasn’t – who has revealed nothing more about her 11th hour break up – said that she believed in doing something for children with difficult upbringings because she had that in common with them.
When she moved to the United States, it was to attend Princeton University where she gained a PhD in electrical engineering.
She added: “I told them if they have similar dreams, you can do it.”