Not too long ago, back when snowflakes were twirling through the air (okay, a lot further back than on the weekend!), Karen contacted me about an extended family session. You see, her husband was about to celebrate a birthday milestone and she wanted to surprise him with the gift of family photos! I’m never one to disagree with a gift idea like that, so our circle of communication began.
Karen and Kevin wanted to partake in the location choice for the session (awesome!) and asked if we would be able to use the area by the West Montrose “Kissing Bridge”. For photographers, finding a location that appeals to the client and session type is really important, but it’s equally important to be respectful of your final choice, especially when using non-public areas. The Bridge itself is public, but the property surrounding the Kissing Bridge (aka Covered Bridge) is private and well-protected by the land owners… rightfully so :)
With permission granted, we were able to capture a mixture of moments and enjoy a beautiful sunshine-y morning. Spring, at last! It was great putting faces to names, but the icing on the cake was helping this lovely family add a few more pages to their life story. Happy Birthday Kevin – all the best!!
If you are interested in finding out more about the Covered Bridge, you can check out the BridgeKeepers website, facebook group or follow them on Twitter. Want to help? Volunteer your time or provide a donation – no matter what role you play or dollar figure donated, it all counts.
West Montrose Residents’ Association Inc. aka “BridgeKeepers”
The West Montrose Covered Bridge has its very own cheering section, and they are always looking for additional Bridge lovers and supporters!
BridgeKeepers is a Non-Profit group of thoughtful, committed citizens, each of whom has a significant stake in “The Covered Bridge Experience”. We are committed to preserving the heritage, culture, quality of life and unique appeal of this special place; and to protecting it and its people from misuse or exploitation. Four years ago, a massive gravel pit threatens to destroy the peace and tranquility of this quaint area. Although THE BRIDGE WILL REMAIN, the landscape around it and ‘the covered bridge experience” will be lost. The West Montrose covered bridge (“Kissing Bridge”) is a piece of living history located amid the peaceful farm fields of Mennonite Country in Southwestern Ontario.
Recently the Kissing Bridge was CLOSED! It is in need of repair and TLC. The bridge is a very important structure that has provided a safe route allowing the Mennonite community to cross the Grand River for over 130 years!
Local residents take pride in this “little piece” of living history and it is time the LOCAL government stepped up and invested much needed resources to restore the Kissing Bridge.
If you are committed to preserving “The Covered Bridge Experience”, please consider volunteering on a committee, at one of our events, or to write letters to advocate for us.
THANK YOU to the residents surrounding the Bridge for the use of their property!!