No cold feet until after couple takes the plunge
Pastor Dave Stephenson, maid of honour Kim Ray and Ginette and Ken Dehne (along with best man Earl McLean) all jumped in the icy Trent River to raise money for Campbellford Memorial Hospital during the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 26. The Dehnes renewed their vows after almost 20 years of marriage before taking the plunge.
It was a nice day for a wet wedding.
Coming up on 20 years of marriage, Ken and Ginette Dehne of Campbellford decided to renew their wedding vows recently - in a most unusual way.
The couple tied in their event with the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 26, taking to the icy waters of the Trent River in their wedding finery following a brief ceremony.
Ken, owner of Ken's Stereo for 30 years, said he and Ginette wanted to "drum up support for their local hospital" after participating in the plunge last year.
The couple married June 26, 1993, at St. John's United Church.
The wedding party - the Dehnes, maid of honour Kim Ray and best man Earl McLean - arrived at the Lions park in a black stretch limousine.
Pastor Dave Stephenson of the Free Methodist Church performed a short ceremony and then the wedding party - including the pastor - all jumped into the river.
Ken said they were actually quite calm but the women were a little cold standing in their summer dresses.
The wedding party raised $2,418 before the event and another $300 with the wishing well at the plunge. A dance was held later on that night and even more funds were collected.
"I'm really glad they found each other 22 years ago," the couple's daughter, Joanne Chartrand, said. "Kenny is an amazing husband and father."
Chartrand said Ken "took on a family of three children who he treats as his own."
- Anne Marie Taylor-Powney