DESTIN—Valentine‘s Day is around the corner, but some couples are celebrating the holiday early.
Love birds from all over visited Lulu‘s Saturday to celebrate and cherish their partner during a vow renewal ceremony.
The renewal ceremony in Destin catered to around 100 couples, from newlyweds to those with decades of marriage.
During the renewal, Hurricane Jane, an ordained minister, asked the crowd of couples how many answers are there when asked what is love?
She said marriage is about forgiveness and trust.
"Today is a celebration of love," she said.
She quoted a poem called Footprints in the Sand.
In the poem, a person walking through the sand asked why during the hardest struggles, there was only one pair of footprints. During the hardest struggles, God carried the individual who was walking.
Hurricane Jane said she hopes everyone has three footsteps in the sand, and when the toughest times, there is only pair of footsteps.
The longest married couple at the ceremony, Alice and Milton Shepperson, said in their marriage, they had good and bad times, but the bad times made them stronger.
"We are very fortunate," Alice Shepperson said.
The two said they have been married for 69 years. Their 69-year marriage has earned them the award three times.
"It‘s a day by day thing," they agreed.
Alice and Milton are from Virginia, but they come to Florida for the winter months.
Another couple, Richard and Beverly Roehr from Illinois, said they are "still in love." The two have been married for almost 22 years, they said.
"It keeps getting better and better every day," Beverly Roehr said.
The two met through a "Meet Your Match," in the newspaper, and they instantly knew they were soulmates.
The two have been inseparable ever since, Beverly Roehr said. Engaged for six months, they were married on the anniversary of their first date.
"It‘s not trying to find the right person," Richard Roehr said. "It’s being the right person."