What do you do when life throws you lemons? It really depends on who you are. Some people would ask to see the owner of the restaurant or whoever was responsible and try to complain about the situation. Other people, however, are going to take the lemons they have and turn them into the best thing they can, lemonade. It may still include the lemons that are thrown in your direction but by adding a little bit of sugar, you make it palatable for you and for anyone else that happens to be drinking it. It seems as if that metaphor was followed in a very interesting way by a couple who had to cancel their wedding due to the pandemic.
Billy Lewis and Emily Bugg from Chicago were ready to have their wedding and to host all of the guests at a wedding reception. Like many people, they were preparing for a big gathering on their big day. They met back in 2017 and, due to the current state of the world and of the coronavirus pandemic, they opted to go to Chicago City Hall to tie the knot rather than having a huge wedding. Of course, they had everything planned for a bigger wedding, including a DJ, a photographer, and a huge party. They were planning on taking care of 150 guests, but after they were forced to close the event, they took care of even more people.
— Mark Ishaug (@MarkIshaug) November 26, 2020
This couple had a $5000 catering deposit and it was going to go to waste if they didn’t use it for something. That is when Lewis and Bugg got together with Big Delicious Planet, a wedding caterer and did something huge. They used the money to feed hundreds of people on Thanksgiving, working along with Thresholds, a homeless shelter in the area.
When the pandemic upended their wedding plans, Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis had to figure out what to do about their $5000 nonrefundable catering deposit. The newlyweds decided to turn it into 200 Thanksgiving dinners for people with severe mental illness. https://t.co/fEoZuw6Wy5
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) November 26, 2020
In speaking with the news, he said: “In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen. We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”
It’s nice to hear about somebody doing something positive these days.