NEWS

Valentine's Day: B.C. seniors celebrate by renewing vows

02/13/2015 12:59 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT
Seven B.C. couples are choosing to mark Valentine's Day this year not with a candlelit dinner or theatre tickets, but by renewing their marriage vows.

Ramona and Peter Langeman are one of the seven retired couples renewing their marriage vows at Langley Gardens Retirement Community on Friday. The Langemans have been married for 60 years.

Peter says he had been eyeing one of Ramona's girlfriends when he fell for her instead.

"She seemed to be a real true person. I liked her a lot," he told The Early Edition. "Fell in love, I guess."

As they prepare to celebrate their marriage again with others at their retirement home, Ramona and Peter reflect on the keys to a happy, long-lasting marriage.

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer…

The worst challenge the couple had to face occurred just before they got married, when Peter lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, said Ramona.

"So here we were, ready to get married. Should we get married? My parents were having fits because the wedding was in process," she said. "But (Peter) felt we should carry on if I wanted to and I said yes."

"I gave her the option to get out of this if she wanted to and she didn't want to, so we hung around together and that worked out real well for us," Peter added.

Never stop enjoying each other's company

"When we were going around together, we used to skate together, watch movies together," Ramona said. "After we got married — we have a cabin, we like camping, we like fishing. Our children now are involved with us and so it makes for a nice big happy family."

Don't hold grudges

"We get along real good," Peter said. "When we do fight we make up real fast. We never go to bed mad."

To hear the full interview with Ramona and Peter Langeman, click on the audio labelled: Renewing wedding vows after 60 years 

MORE:cbcNews