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

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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

Kiki was named af­ter the re­al­ity star. “She’s so beau­ti­ful,” owner Sherry Struchen says of the cat, whose nat­u­ral nose con­tour­ing would make Kim proud. “And while she doesn’t take self­ies, she does like to pho­to­bomb!”

Sophia Bush was the first celeb to post; Con­stance Zim­mer and Kate Walsh fol­lowed suit. JUST MAR­RIED! “Our story wouldn’t have got­ten the at­ten­tion it did if they didn’t share it,” Jessie says of the ac­tresses. “We can’t thank them enough.”

Kiki, Bo­li­var, Ohio KIM KAR­DASHIAN!

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