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She is Jenn Root, a wonderful person that I started dating in July of 1996. The two of us met at work that summer and formed a friendship which later devoped into a relationship. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario we lived in the same city during the summers and two hours apart during the school year. In my first year living in Minneapolis she was still back in London, Ontario, which was a two hour flight away. In the summer of 2000 she was accepted into the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Minnesota. She had a research assistantship at the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse which developed into a full-time position after the completion of her degree in August 2002. We lived together in a cozy little one bedroom apartment from august 2000 through june 2002 when we moved into a nice big 2 bedroom apartment.

We were engaged on December 9, 2001 and began wedding plans are for October 11, 2003. We quickly chose Willistead Manor as the location for both the ceremony and reception. Willistead was built in 1906 by the family of Hiram Walker, founders of the world-renowned distillery that produces Canadian Club. It is a very nice historical building surrounded by a beautiful park where we were able to take lots of great pictures. The size of the venue meant that we had to limit ourselves to only inviting immediate family and close friends, which was difficult, but made for a great day.

My wedding party was made up of Jason Walker as best man and Syx, Borys, and Jason Cross as groomsmen. Jenn's bridesmaids were Jillian Hooper, Susan Brush, Julie Clark and Marlene O'Neill. My sister, Jackie, and Jenn's brother, Jay, acted as our witnesses. My neice, Savannah (my sister's daughter) was our flower girl. My aunt, Pam Campeau, and Jenn's aunt, Coleen Turnbull, both did readings. Margot Dollar was our soloist and performed "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns. Judy Duff was our excellent officient. Jenn's cousin Amy helped out with music during the ceremony. Syx was pulling double duty, both acting as a groomsman and as our photographer. My good friend Kevin Duncan was nice enough to help out with photography too, making things a little easier for him.

The reception was catered by Other Place Catering and it was an excellent meal. We had Chris from Vanrock in London drive down and DJ the reception, and he also did a great job. Our first dance of the night was to "Somebody", originally by Depeche Mode but covered by Veruca Salt. Jenn's dance with her dad was to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Our last dance of the night was to "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton. We spent our wedding night in a great suite at the Hilton in downtown windsor with a view of the Detroit skyline.

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