Couples are celebrating their weddings at this N.J Shore lighthouse

Couples are celebrating their weddings at this N.J Shore lighthouse ...

Glenn Davis wanted to surprise his wife Diane for Valentine's Day.

He typed in to his GPS and she knew exactly what he would be surprised.

Were renewing our vows, she remembered as they left their home in Bergen County for the more than two hours to Atlantic City.

The first day the couple, who have been married for 36 years, has attended the Valentine's vow renewal ceremony at the lighthouse.

Diane describes the break up as a good thing to do" after declaring their love for each other. It was very romantic, she said, despite a large red heart inside the lighthouse keepers cottage.

According to Jean Muchanic, the lighthouse executive director, the annual tradition and fundraiser bring in nine couples who were "feeling the love" on an unseasonably warm February day.

Dan Venezzio raises a ring on Maura's finger as they renew their vows at the Absecon Lighthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 12, 2022.

The visitors were given a chance to express their passion for Atlantic City in the form of chalk art around the base of the 171-foot tall lighthouse that overlooks the inlet. Local artists were also invited to display their wares in the museum area.

Many of the couples climbed to the platform on the back of the original fresnel lens to take in the 360-degree view of Brigantine.

The Absecon Lighthouse hosts its annual Valentine's Day Eve celebration on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The ceremony was similar to that of last year, but it was not just a loving atmosphere of past renewals that included a band, dancing, and a Champaign toast to finish the evening.

Maura and Dan Venezzio, of Brick, have been married less than a year, but still wanted to renew their vows and brought a special person to the ceremony, their 5-month-old daughter Rhapsody.

After her parents, Maura and Dan, of Brick, renewed their wedding vows, the company's executive director Jean Muchanic plays with Rhapsody Venezzio, a 5-month-old girl.

Marny and Keith Keller reunited in Barnegat's lighthouse as they have been married for eight years.

The ceremony is something they anticipate every year, and has become a new kind of tradition that reaffirms them throughout the year.

Our marriage is fantastic, said Marny, adding that their relatives enjoy playing the game.

For the couples on this day, it all mattered to them that they were together to proclaim their love and be one again. Each couple kissed each other in my final words.

We sat together in the Absecon Lighthouse for a Valentines Day celebration on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Maura and Dan Venezzio, of Brick, and Marny and Keith Keller, of Barnegat, renew their wedding vows at the Absecon Lighthouse on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 12, 2022.Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

After a wedding vow renewal for Valentine's Day at the Absecon Lighthouse, Jean Muchanic gives a bottle of Champagne to Marny and Keith Keller, both of Barnegat, for the occasion. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The couple, from Brick, have been married for less than a year. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Chalk art, sponsored by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, is a part of the Absecon Lighthouse's annual Valentine's Day celebration on February 12, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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