Glowing in her white gown, her hair braided in a classic updo, Yiru Sun was the picture perfect bride as she looked out at her 60 guests on May 7. But Yiru wasn't getting married, and she didn't know a single one of them.
The Princeton graduate and Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance had canceled her wedding two months ago after she refused to sign the proposed prenuptial agreement. But instead of canceling the reception – which she put down a nonrefundable $8,000 deposit for – at the luxurious Harold Pratt House in the Upper East Side, Yiru decided she would find a group of children and families in need to attend instead.
Finally, Sun invited 60 needy kids and their mothers to the party. The luncheon became a warm-up activity to celebrate Mother's Day.
The event also helped Yiru, single mother to a six-year-old girl, take her mind off the fact that she would not spend the day tying the knot. Yiru would only say that she was not comfortable with the prenup, adding that she 'initially felt frustrated' when she decided to call the wedding off. "I don't want to sign things I don't feel comfortable with," is all she'll reveal of the prenup dust-up.
"Three weeks later, I woke up with this idea," said Sun. "I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale."
Yiru said she couldn't have enjoyed the day more, and she believes her guests felt the same way. 'My guests feel even more happier than wedding guests,' she joked. 'They don't need to prepare wedding gifts.'
But the day was not for wallowing. Instead Yiru told her guests about how she had grown up poor in China before studying in America and winning a full scholarship to obtain her PhD in electrical engineering at Princeton.
Single moms, and their kids, can face difficulties in life and still do great things, she insisted.
Lucille M., Los Angeles, United States
What a woman! What an awesome thing to do. Many blessings to her in return.
Way Lucas, Pittsburgh, United States
Awesome lady. And people whine about immigrants…this woman came from China with nothing to wind up attending Princeton and getting her PhD. The world needs more people like Ms. Yiru.
adnaap, NY, United States
Totally against the vows of marriage, maybe he sprung the pre-nup on her without prior discussion as a way out of the marriage. Pure Lemonade for the Soul! She is an amazing single-mother to be able to turn the sour grapes handed to her by her pre-nup-hubby-to-be into sharing her blessings for Mother's Day with families in need that were as she was growing up needy in China. This is how ya do it when you work for your own living and someone tells you they want you to sign a pre-nup to protect their assets like marriage is a business deal meant to have a loser. Totally against the vows of marriage. Yiru Sun is already the better whole that she is and has no need for such a marriage. This is her own money she used from the reception hall rental cost she paid for her cancelled wedding.