Now that’s star power! A bride and groom got stranded on the way to their wedding, but were able to make it to the venue with the help of social media, Sophia Bush, and several other celebrities.
The couple — a lovely duo named Gus and Jessie — decided to make the trek from L.A. to the Pacific Northwest in their Jeep with their trailer home in tow. Along the way, the pair wanted to celebrate their upcoming marriage by stopping by beautiful national destinations like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. As they made their way to Washington state, the bride and groom were suddenly faced with an unlikely predicament: Their Jeep overheated and everything shut down — while they were headed downhill on the edge of a mountain.
With their trailer behind them, Jessie’s survival instincts kicked in and she quickly pulled the emergency brake, just as they nearly went over a cliff. Though they were safe and sound, the two were stranded on the side of a mountain and far from their wedding destination. So, they posted a plea for help on Instagram, which caught the eye of Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush.
The One Tree Hill alum, who was moved by their story, then took to her popular Instagram page to ask big brands to help the pair. “Hey @enterprise_inspires, @alamorentacar, @thriftyrentacar, @hertz, @audi who wants to be a hero and help these about-to-be-newlyweds @ragmopandgoose?” she wrote, sharing the couple’s GoFundMe page which was set up by one of their pals.
UPDATE: over the course of the last 5 hours so many people have jumped in to to try and help these two. We have a car en route to them now — with a trailer hitch for their #tinyhouse and two pups!! — and tomorrow we will be sure to post the full update. HUMANS ARE AMAZING AND THE WORLD IS GLORIOUS AND GOOD K BYYYYYYE 💥🌈🙌🏽 ••• Hey @enterprise_inspires, @alamorentacar, @thriftyrentacar, @hertz, @audi who wants to be a hero and help these about-to-be-newlyweds @ragmopandgoose? ••• #repost @azitaloves I’ve never met Gus or Jesse, but just came by their story and I’m fairly certain this is what the internet was created for. They are two days out from their wedding. The beautiful trailer home they built over the last year was hitched onto their car that almost went off a cliff a day ago when it broke down, they were saved by their emergency break. They are exhausted and now stranded (with their two pets) near Nevada and have to get to Seattle by Friday for their wedding. I’m thinking hero points for the car company or people that can help make this happen. Their Go Fund Me has all the details of what is surely going to be a great story to tell to their kiddos one day. https://www.gofundme.com/gusandjessie ••• #RagmopandGooseGetHitched @jessieshungry @gusforthewin ❤️🙏🏼🚙💨✨🌈👰🏻 ••• link in my bio!
Then, stars like Kate Walsh and Constance Zimmer got involved.
— Constance Zimmer (@ConstanceZimmer) August 10, 2016
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) August 11, 2016
With the pull of stars and social media, the two — who will marry in a forest in Seattle on Friday, August 12 — received generous donations and even, a new car. Audi stepped in and provided a car to help the pair get up the coast to their destination without engine issues.
A triumphant Bush then updated her original post on Instagram and praised people for willingly helping out Jessie and Gus. “Over the course of the last 5 hours so many people have jumped in to to try and help these two,” she wrote. “We have a car en route to them now — with a trailer hitch for their#tinyhouse and two pups!! — and tomorrow we will be sure to post the full update. HUMANS ARE AMAZING AND THE WORLD IS GLORIOUS AND GOOD K BYYYYYYE.”
there is magic out there ✨ via @ragmopandgoose ・・・ On Mon we were stranded on a mountain top with no cell phone service for 4 hours after losing power and brakes to our vehicle on a downslope. On Tues, we sat in our trailer all day waiting for the verdict on our jeep. By Tues night we were holding each other, both in tears of disappointment, because it was becoming difficult to find the light at the end of this tunnel after getting more bad news of the status of our whereabouts. Come Wed afternoon, a complete turn of events led us to holding each other, both in tears of joy, shock, and gratitude. We were waiting in line at the DMV watching all of this unfold and couldn’t believe a single word of it. Instagram and Facebook shares, comments, DMs, donations, messages, friend requests, and a phone call from two complete strangers telling us not to worry, we were being taken care of. We laugh-cried for hours at each new development. By Wed night, a 2017 Audi Q7 was driven to us from San Francisco. It’s Thurs morning and we are on our way to our wedding. By tomorrow night, Gus will be my husband and I will be his wife and it could not have happened without any of this. We have been at the mercy of the kindness of strangers and we have so many people to thank. We will be sharing a letter thanking each individual who has shown us hospitality in this situation from the beginning, but first we’d like to again thank @alchemy7om and @almostalwayshungry for creating the @gofundme on our behalf, for @azitaloves and @psimadethis for searching for resources to help us and contacting us to let us know everything was going to be okay, to @sophiabush and @katewalsh for sharing our story to their audience and reaching out to auto companies to help us, to @audi for being the first to offer their hand to us in lending us a car, and to @enterprise_inspires and @hertz for being ready to step in to help in case anything fell through, To Marc of @pmk_bnc for piecing it all together, and a big thank you to Alex who worked an 8hr shift and voluntarily hopped in the Q7 for an 7hr trip to deliver it to us at 11pm last night. We have a 13hr drive ahead so wish us luck! Love, The Renauds
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The bride also released a sweet message of her own. “We have been at the mercy of the kindness of strangers and we have so many people to thank,” she shared. “We will be sharing a letter thanking each individual who has shown us hospitality in this situation from the beginning.”