That Kristen Stewart shows up in the darndest places, be it the red carpet in Cannes, a health food store in Los Feliz or occasionally a particularly terrible vampire movie. This past weekend, she reached new levels of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ by turning up at the Canadian wedding of a couple of women she’d never met before..
Kirsten and Kayleigh Jennings celebrated their wedding Saturday in a backyard in the River Heights area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The pair met in 2010 when they were both bartending in the Cayman Islands, and have been together ever since. They moved back to Winnipeg (Kirsten is originally from there; Kayleigh is from Oklahoma) in 2012, as the US government did not federally recognize same-sex marriage at the time. They had a small ceremony in a backyard with about 90 guests, and then had a Dixie-land style band lead their friends and family to a reception at Pizzeria Gusto. As luck would have it, the lesbian wedding gods were smiling fondly upon Pizzeria Gusto that day, as they restaurant had been recently utilized to cater an event for JT LeRoy, a movie about the elusive/nonexistent author, currently filming in Winnipeg and starring the one and only Kristen Stewart.
Around 10 PM, the couple were approached with an intriguing proposition. “The owner came up to me, and he said, ‘Hey, is it OK if Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend Stella [Maxwell] come and have a few drinks with you guys?'” explains Kristen Jennings. “…I was like, ‘Yeah, totally! Yeah, no problem. Um, who is that?'”
Kayleigh continues, “I told Kir, ‘Hey, let’s just treat them as random guests. Let’s just treat them with kindness — southern hospitality. Winnipeg hospitality.'” Stewart and Maxwell arrived half an hour later.
While the couple admitted it was a little awkward having complete strangers crash their wedding party, Stewart and Maxwell were polite and fun and didn’t make a spectacle of themselves. They reportedly hung around for about three hours, danced, drank and even requested songs. “We got to be formally introduced before they came in and partied with us. We got a chance to shake her hand and shake Stella’s hand,” Kayleigh offered. “I actually wasn’t as star-struck as I thought I would be.”
“They looked just like two normal girls,” Kirsten explained. “They look a little Hollywood, but if we didn’t know who they were, I don’t know if I would have known. We said ‘Hey, you know. Come on and meet your guests and, you know, don’t segregate yourselves. Come and party… There were only a few people who were star-struck. My Aunt Linda was extremely excited.” Aunt Linda is not alone in this sentiment.
JT LeRoy will tell the story of Savannah Knoop, a woman who pretended to be the infamous but ultimately imaginary author JT LeRoy for six years. Laura Dern will play Laura Albert, the actual author of all of LeRoy’s books. Aunt Linda is extremely excited.