OKALOOSA COUNTY — The sandy shores of Okaloosa Island and Destin will be home to multiple Valentine’s Day weddings.
The three couples came from different states to say "I do" on the holiday of love.
Veronica Jamaica and Kerry Head drove from their home in Texas, where they will be married at John Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island.
On Valentine’s Day two years ago, Head proposed to Jamaica on the beaches of Mexico.
Jamaica said a beach wedding was important because of where they were engaged, but she wanted a location where her guests wouldn’t need a passport.
"I love the sand, and the water and the atmosphere," Jamaica said.
Now, two years later they will be married on the same day with around 28 of their closest friends and family. Jamaica said she wanted her friends and family to experience their marriage and celebrate with the bride and groom.
They met on a dating app.
"We felt such a deep connection and such a deep friendship after a couple of years, we decided why not get married?" Jamaica said.
Their relationship is so strong because they never stopped doing the little things, Jamaica said. The two still go on date nights, she said. They attend concerts together and enjoy quality time with each other.
Erika Ball and her husband, Benjamin Free, from Dayton, Ohio decided to have a Valentine’s Day wedding because her fiancé was a "sappy romantic," so the wedding date was perfect.
The two met 15 years ago through a mutual friend. They stayed friends for some time, but six years ago, the two started dating.
"My advice would be to not be too quick to give up," Ball said. "Relationships are a lot of give and take and hard work."
Regina Kaun and her husband Steve were married 33 years ago, and now they are renewing their vows on Valentine’s Day on Crystal Beach in Destin. The two are originally from Minneapolis.
They were planning a beach vacation to Destin. At the same time, they were also buying new rings. In a spur of the moment decision, they decided to renew their vows on Valentine’s Day.
The two will be writing their own vows based on a provided framework.
"A lot of our vows will be looking backward and talking about ... history then looking forward."
They will be saying their vows in an intimate setting just the two of them, encircled in the shape of a heart made out of flowers and shells.
In the 1980’s the two were coworkers. Within a year, they were married.
"Cheers to 33 more years," Regina said.