Valentine’s Day might be geared toward the young and the single, but married couples got to celebrate their lasting love at the second annual Vow Renewal and Wedding Ceremony at the Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.

Justice of the Peace Mary Pugh led nearly a dozen couples through a brief ceremony to renew their wedding vows, which was concluded with kisses and a complimentary champagne toast. “It seems like it’s grown,” said Norwalk’s Pugh, one of the state’s busiest justices of the peace each year.

Sandy and John Novak of Cos Cob heard about the ceremony via an email from the restaurant and figured it would be a nice way to celebrate the holiday as well as their marriage, which will hit the quarter-century mark this October. “It was fun,” said Sandy. “Now we’re going upstairs to have a nice dinner.”

At least one couple used the occasion to begin their life of wedded bliss. Kristin and Frank Pellegrino drove from Farmington to tie the knot, arriving in the afternoon to obtain a marriage license from the Darien town clerk.

“We heard about it on Channel 3,” Kristin said. “It was semi-planned. We didn’t want anything elaborate or complicated, so this seemed perfect.” Her new husband happily made a joke. “It’s a good way to knock off two holidays at once. And I’ll never forget the date of our wedding anniversary.”

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