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Valentine Vow Renewal

Love was in the air this past Valentine's Day at Boyne Mountain. In fact, we located love at about 1,120 feet above sea level inside the Disciples Warming Hut where a surprise vow renewal took place between our new friends, Dan and Liz.

This is another one of those "once upon a time" stories that is so sweet and endearing that you you may shed a tear (if you are like me) or at least give a smile. It all began exactly one month ago when Dan made a phone call to the resort in search of an event we held on Valentine's Day in the past called Mountaintop Matrimony. While the event wasn't taking place this year, I assured him that we could make a vow renewal a reality for him and his beautiful bride...we just had to figure out how.

Perhaps inspired by the recent Groomer Proposal, a groomer ride seemed like a perfectly romantic way to bring a family of four to the top of the mountain. A plan was quickly coming into place. Then I made the best decision of all, I put Dan in touch with Tina Splan, our high energy Boyne Mountain Shipping and Receiving Manager who spreads her cheer daily at the resort and also happens to be ordained. Fresh off officiating her fourth wedding, she was more than ready for her first vow renewal. Originally planned to be an outdoor ceremony, we opted to move the nuptials inside the charming Disciples Warming Hut due to wind.

It was five o'clock on Saturday, February 14 and a cute family of four was about to experience their first Groomer Ride, a ride that Liz thought was her big Valentine surprise from her husband Dan. As the groomers made their way up to a private warming hut lit with candles, the look of confusion set in on Liz's face. Tina and I welcomed Dan, Liz, Annabelle, and JD inside the hut and handed Liz a bouquet of Valentine flowers. She was shocked and exclaimed, "What is going on?!"  Dan let her know that they were about to renew their vows as a family, and she about melted. 

Tina officiated one of the most beautifully written vow renewal ceremonies I have ever witnessed. She incorporated a time-line of the couple's relationship provided by Dan along with a very Valentine-esque message of love. It was clear that Liz was overwhelmed with emotion; she couldn't stop wiping away the happy tears. When it came time to say their vows, Dan pulled out another surprise for Liz. He had repaired her once broken wedding ring. She was ecstatic, yet mystified by his slyness. (Yes Liz, this is the man you married...way to go girl!) 

Liz and Dan's recommitment to one another was sealed with a kiss and followed by lots of laughter. Dan confessed that he was sure one of the kids was going to blow his cover that day, but they both held strong after he instructed them to only respond to Liz's questions about the evening with, "Five o'clock mom, five o'clock." 

It is to my understanding that there has been many love stories that have unfolded over the years at Boyne Mountain Resort, from finding love on the mountain (or the bar) to engagements and weddings. One thing is for sure, Dan and Liz will not forget their Valentine love story and neither will we.

What a wonderful Valentine's Day it was. In the spirit of love, I will leave you with some words from Tina...let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it. And say, "I love you," every single day. 



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