Celebs Got Us to Our Wedding!
Stranded Couple: When a road trip leading up to their nuptials took a disastrous turn, three famous actresses saved the day
It was supposed to be the wedding of their dreams. Jessie Caballero and Gus Renaud had spent more than a year planning a weeklong road trip that would culminate with a romantic ceremony set deep in the woods of Seattle. But their journey hit a major speed bump on Aug. 8 when their Jeep’s engine suddenly died. The couple — and the refurbished trailer they’d brought to camp in along the way — were stranded an hour outside of Reno, Nev., 750 miles from their final destination, just four days before the wedding. Then a local mechanic broke the news: Their Jeep would take a week to repair. “We didn’t think we were going to make it,” recalls Jessie.
Things soon went from bad to worse. Jessie, 26, a photographer, and her carpenter groom-to-be, 25, couldn’t find a rental that could haul their 14-foot trailer to Seattle. Low on cash, the panicked couple turned to social media for advice. A friend quickly created a Gofundme page and their story went viral. Among those moved by the couple’s bizarre plight: actresses Sophia Bush, Kate Walsh and Constance Zimmer, who posted about the situation on Instagram and Twitter. “When we saw that, we freaked out,” Gus tells In Touch. “We were crying, saying, ‘ What is going on?!’”
Celebrities were saving the day. “Wanna help a stranger today? It feels good!” UNREAL’S Constance tweeted, along with the link to Gus and Jessie’s Gofundme page. “These stars were taking time out of their busy schedules to share our story,” marvels Jessie. “It was insane!” Within hours, donations for a vehicle that could transport their trailer were pouring in. “We thought about flying to Seattle,” says Jessie, “but we had our cat and dog, luggage and all our valuables in the trailer.”
The social media attention was all they needed. Thanks to Sophia, who had tagged some car companies in her post, Audi got in touch with the couple and had an employee deliver a car to them, complete with a custom hitch for their trailer. Jessie and Gus, who met on Tinder in January 2015, then drove 17 hours straight and made it to Seattle the night before their wedding. (They ended up using the $3,700 raised online to ship their Jeep back home to LA and have it fixed.)
In the end, their big day was even more special than they’d hoped. “We still can’t wrap our heads around what happened,” says Jessie, who tearfully said “I do” to Gus under a canopy of sequoia trees in a cap sleeve Melissa Sweet dress and (very appropriate) hiking boots. “The way it all came together made the wedding even more magical than I ever imagined it could be.” — Reporting by Katie Bruno
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