Canceled wedding helps feed homeless
After groom backed out, family held reception for others
After her fiance called off the wedding, a devastated bride-to-be in California turned lemons into lemonade -- and a full banquet -- for Sacramento's homeless.
Kari Duane told CNN affiliate KCRA she couldn't believe it when her 27-year-old daughter Quinn called her to tell her that the groom-to-be had called off the wedding.
"When we found out ... that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back," Kari Duane said of Saturday's banquet.
Deposits had already been made for the $35,000 wedding so instead of canceling and letting the food go to waste, the bride's family invited the city's homeless to dine at Sacramento's Citizen Hotel on Saturday.
People old and young came to enjoy the appetizers, salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, salmon and tri-tip meant for the 120 wedding guests.
Rashad Abdullah and his wife and five children, who usually struggle for enough food to feed their whole family three times a day, came to the meal.
"When you're going through a hard time and a struggle for you to get out to do something different and with your family it was really a blessing," Abdullah told the affiliate.
The Duanes' charity meant the world to Abdullah's wife, Erika Craycraft.
"To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind," Craycraft said
The food was the same as the hotel's four-star restaurant, The Grange.
Homeless mother Tamara Dotson told KCRA that the meal was a real treat.
"This is not coming out of our (shelter) kitchen. We love our chef (at the shelter), but he wouldn't be preparing nothing like this," said Dotson.
Even though the Duanes were able to turn the wedding disaster into something good, the bride-to-be decided to stay home, according to KCRA.
"I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will," said mother Kari Duane.
Father David Duane applauded his wife and daughter.
"This was an awful moment, but they have incredible hearts. ... My wife deserves a lot of credit," he said.
Soon after the banquet, mother and daughter left for Belize on what was to have been a honeymoon, so the nonrefundable trip didn't go to waste either.
"They took this situation and did something nice for others and then took the red eye out of here to Belize," he said.
Package thief makes off with wedding dress delivery
A bold thief is on the run after stealing a wedding dress off the front porch of a Las Vegas woman's home.
“The dress was beautiful. I got numerous compliments on the dress. Just wearing the dress made me feel like a princess,” said Cindy Lum.
Lum was married in September in Las Vegas. When she left for her honeymoon, her gorgeous Melissa Sweet gown from David's Bridal was sent to Memories Gown Preservation to be cleaned. The gown was preserved and dropped off in a box on her doorstep near W Cheyenne Ave and N Rampart Blvd on Tuesday, October 13th, but Lum says she never got the delivery.
“When I didn’t receive it, I checked the tracking number and that’s when I saw it was delivered Tuesday the 13th and left on the front door,” she said.
A neighbor's surveillance camera shows a car pull up that day and park in her driveway. The thief gets out, swipes her dress and then takes off.
“Of course, my heart dropped, and I was devastated. I cried and cried. My husband tried to make me feel better,” said Lum.
Lum hopes someone recognizes the gown and returns it to her.
“I worked my butt off to try to get that dress in particular for something like that to happen, it breaks my heart. Even seeing the video, when I see them walking up, that made it even more surreal that it actually happened. It's just horrible,” she said.
The dress is size 16. It has a sweetheart neckline and trumpet bottom. It could still be in a "Memories Gown Preservation" box from David's Bridal.
“For someone to steal it is horrible. It would mean the world for me to have it back. It’s something that money can’t replace,” said Lum.
As we approach the holiday season, there are steps you can take to keep your packages safe. Police recommend you require a signature on drop-off. That way, you will know when something arrives.
Lum sent her dress away to get preserved because it was part of the package where she bought the dress. She skipped over the form that would have allowed her to pay extra to require a signature on the package.
Lum says it wouldn’t surprise her if other people in her community were also missing packages. Neighborhood surveillance video shows the thief checking out the neighborhood before settling on Cindy’s home.
“In the video, you can see them going up and down the cul-de-sacs. Trying to find packages,” she said.
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I had to ask Michael O'Neill if I could marry Vanessa before Euro 2016
Loved-up Northern Ireland goal hero Kyle Lafferty has revealed he sought the blessing of his international manager Michael O’Neill before setting the date for his wedding to fiancee Vanessa Chung next year.
Kesh-born Lafferty, whose seven goals during Euro 2016 qualifying have played an instrumental role in securing Northern Ireland’s first ever appearance at the finals in France, was due to get hitched to Scottish model Vanessa on May 28.
But long before Northern Ireland confirmed their qualification to Europe’s biggest football extravaganza next summer, the ‘marriage counsellor’ Northern Ireland boss advised his star player to move the date forward and now Lafferty and Vanessa are set to enjoy their honeymoon at the tournament.
The Euro 2016 finals kick-off in Paris on June 10 and with Northern Ireland set to play in warm up games two weeks prior to the tournament starting, the May 28 date would have caused a major inconvenience to O’Neill’s preparation.
Lafferty also had to take into account that his club season, he plays for Norwich City in the Premier League, doesn’t conclude until May 15 — leaving a very small window of opportunity.
The wedding is due to take place shortly after that.
“I spoke to Michael before we confirmed the date. It was meant to be the 28th of May but after speaking to Michael he said ‘the closer to the end of the club season the better’, conceded Lafferty, who has a huge tattoo of his 22-year-old fiancee on his arm.
“I spoke with my missus and everything was fine. She will be there in France as well, with her family and my family, so that will be our honeymoon!”
Lafferty was suspended from Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece last Thursday night at Windsor Park, which sealed qualification to the Euro finals for the first time in their history.
The 28-year-old will be restored to O’Neill’s starting line-up tonight in Helsinki when Northern Ireland tackle Finland with the chance to finish the campaign on an almighty high by actually topping the group.
Vanessa will not be in the Finnish capital tonight to cheer on her man, but she has attended all the qualifiers in Belfast. And according to Lafferty, his future bride totally accepted the reason why her wedding date has to be moved.
Lafferty, who split from first wife and former Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh in April last year, admits Vanessa has played as big a role in his re-emergence on the international scene as boss O’Neill.
He says: “She knows my career is very important. She is one of those people that tries to get the best out of me and she won’t settle for anything less than me giving my best.
“Ever since I have met her, she has made me more relaxed off the pitch. That is important, because if things aren’t going right for you off the pitch, you are open to making silly mistakes on it, and obviously I’ve done that in the past. But she keeps me level headed.”
Ebru Dallikavak puts on a busty display in black crop top and skirt
She's been a regular on the party circuit since finding brief fame on The Bachelor.
And on Tuesday Ebru Dallikavak reunited with some of her former co-stars, putting on a busty display in a black lace crop-top and matching pencil skirt.
The brunette posed alongside Emily Simms, Sandra Rato and Madeleine Van Orsouw at the launch of Chinese car brand Havala in Australia.
Wearing her raven locks straightened, Ebru flashed her toned torso in the crop-top which was sure to show off plenty of cleavage.
She paired her outfit with some ankle boots, sporting lashings of make-up for the occasion.
Meanwhile Emily, who stormed off the show after being accused of being high maintenance, showed off her lithe figure in a fitted nude number.
The make-up artist wore her tresses tied in a bun and carried a gold clutch bag with her.
Sandra stuck to a similarly muted colour scheme in a black white and grey striped dress, adding some glamour with a slick of red lipstick.
Madeleine on the other hand opted for a more vibrant look, sporting a bright green and white dress for the occasion.
She wore her long hair in loose waves and appeared to show off a healthy tan at the event, posing happily with her former co-stars in front of a white jeep.
It comes days after the foursome mobbed Bachelorette contestant David Witko on the red carpet of an event.
Posing alongside the model, who was thrown out of the mansion by Sam Frost in the second episode, the girls puckered up in an array of evening dresses at the event.
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Bodybuilding beauty takes plea deal in theft of $2,000 ashtray
A body builder accused of swiping a $2,000 Hermes ashtray and a $10,000 check from the luxury car of a man she’d just met in a nightclub took a plea deal Tuesday in Manhattan court.
Kelly Keiser, 32, copped to disorderly conduct as a violation, not a crime, and agreed to do four days of community service. In exchange, prosecutors will dismiss the grand larceny and possession of stolen property charges against her.
“My client is guilty of nothing other than being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people,” said defense lawyer Thomas Kenniff.
Keiser and an unnamed woman allegedly swiped the items from victim Grant Gordon’s $150,000 ride April 30.
Gordon and a male pal chatted the ladies up at the trendy Manhattan club Lavo and persuaded them to hop into their fancy car and drive to posh Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle for another round.
After the group finished their drinks, Keiser and her friend bid their farewells and jumped into a cab.
Gordon discovered the missing items and called cops who stopped Keiser’s cab on the Upper East Side. Her friend bolted. The $10,000 check, a utility bill and contracts were allegedly recovered from Keiser’s purse, according to court papers.
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Wedding: Eric Anderson Gardner & Lindsey Marie Walters
Lindsey Marie Walters and Eric Anderson Gardner were united in marriage on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at seven o'clock in the evening at the Audubon Sea Lion Exhibit in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Reverend Robert L. DeMoss II officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Moreau of Monroe and Mr. and Mrs. Gladden S. Walters III of Houston, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Laird of Monroe and Mrs. Nell Walters and the late Gladden S. Walters Jr. of Monroe. The bride earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is employed as an Account Manager for IBM in Monroe.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Kathy Gardner and Mr. Rushing B. Green Jr. and the late Vance Gardner of Monroe. He is the grandson of Mrs. Barbara Parmer of Austin, Texas, and the late Horace H. Gardner Sr. of Selma, Alabama, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerald P. Knutson of Montgomery, Alabama. The groom earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Louisiana State University. He is employed as a Regional Sales Manager for A.H. Lundberg Associates Inc. headquartered in Seattle.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a haute couture gown by designer Galia Lahav of Israel. It featured antique lace throughout the bodice and sides, long sheer sleeves with lace appliqué, a plunging neckline and an open heart-shaped back with enclosed lace at the back neckline, defining the beautiful opening which was lined with antique lace as well. The skirt of the fitted silhouette gown was made of satin imported from Italy with a detachable train made of the same textured antique lace and matching antique lace veil. The bride carried a textured round bouquet of white gardenias, hydrangeas, Patience garden roses, ranunculus, dendrobium orchids and ivory Majolica spray roses.
Attending to the bride as maid of honor was Anne Marie Bourgeois. Bridesmaids were Meryl Kennedy Farr, Lindsey Carolyn Bass, Lindsey Seale Granberry, Lori Elizabeth Griffis, Jordan John Henagan, Jan Hales Strickland and Katelin Hughes Varnado. The bridesmaids wore charcoal grey, floor-length silk chiffon inverted V halter dresses with a ruched bodice. They carried bouquets of white hydrangeas, Patience garden roses, ranunculus, ivory spray roses and blush Jinda Sweet orchids.
The flower girl was Larsen Grace Gardner. She wore an illusion neckline floor-length ivory tulle dress with a charcoal grey beaded sash with blooms of orchids and spray roses in her hair. The ring bearer was baby Elton Joseph Farr wearing a satin ivory tux.
Serving as best man was the groom's brother, Adam Larsen Gardner. Groomsmen included Harrison Oliver Banks, Shelton Brodie Davis, Ryan Herschel Harter, McDonald Robinson Ledbetter, Wilson Trimble Mabray, Robert Wilson Moore and Martin McHenry Zentner. The ushers were William Benton Dukes and John Carnal Gaiennie Jr.
The wedding celebration began on Friday, September 25, with a bridesmaids' luncheon at Broussard's in the French Quarter hosted by Angela Hales, Jody Johnston, Anne Kennedy, Tina Laird, Karen Richter and Brenda White. That night the groom's parents hosted a delightful rehearsal dinner at the Riverview Room at Jax Brewery overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River.
The nuptials were held at the Sea Lion Exhibit after sunset with music provided by a local New Orleans quartet made up of a cello, violin, viola and trumpet. The ceremony was decorated with large cascading white and ivory floral arrangements, rose petals lined the walkway, with the area lit with lanterns, candles and champagne-colored uplighting. Readers for the ceremony were Kelly Dale Gardner and Kelly Kathleen Norris. Following the nuptials was a cocktail hour in the garden at the Audubon Zoo followed by a lovely reception of dinner and dancing at the beautiful Audubon Tea Room decorated throughout with white and ivory floral arrangements and light-pink uplighting. Entertainment was provided by a New Orleans band while a local artist captured the overall experience while creating an oil painting during the reception. The evening ended with the famous New Orleans tradition of a Second Line, as guests wished the bride and groom farewell to their honeymoon in St. Lucia. Following their honeymoon, the couple will make their home in Monroe.