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Letter from Paula and Andy Philips

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There was a wedding held at the Minden Wild Water Preserve on Septhember 4th, 2010. Two members of our paddling community, Paula Semple and Andrew Philips tied the knot on the "Kissing Bridge" on the Gull River.


October 21, 2010

Whitewater Ontario

411 Carnegie Beach Road


RE: Phillips Wedding Ceremony Minden Wild Water Preserve Gull River, Kissing Bridge

Dear Whitewater Ontario Members

Andy and I would like to thank you for allowing us to have our wedding on Kissing Bridge on the Gull River September 4, 2010. It was very special to us and our guests.

John and the other members that fixed Kissing Bridge did a wonderful job. The bridge looked great. I would personally thank Peter Farr for building the plank to the bridge at the last minute. Without it I don’t think I would have made it to the bridge without slipping. It was a nice personal touch.

Our guests, most of whom have never been to the area, loved the scenery and thought it was the best wedding that they had attended. The Gull River and pathway as back drops to the ceremony and for pictures were beautiful. The fellow paddlers that were on the river that day also added to the atmosphere that we were trying to get across. I think the Rescue course participants that were there that day had some chuckles as we were taking pictures on the rocks.

As I mentioned our guests loved the area and most plan to return at some point and may use the camping facilities at the preserve. Some were wondering how to rent the space above the washrooms as it would be good for family gatherings. Andy and I will definitely return as we consider the preserve our second home in the paddling months.

We will try and send you some pictures to use in any promotional work for the Preserve. The pictures were taken in a large format so sending them in an e-mail is too much for the system.

Thank you again for your help and support. Our wedding would not have been as personal to us or as memorable to our guests if we were unable to use the Kissing Bridge.

Thank you

Andy and Paula Phillips

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