I dunno... To me, romance is a very staged event. The candles, the music, the right words at the right time, good food, cute outfits, the whole thing may or may not be real. Whereas, to me, love is a verb. You say, "I love you." Love is an action verb. It's something you do. It's in the way you express yourself to another unconditionally, without any strings attached. Love is doing the dishes when you really don't want to, because it makes your wifey feel appreciated. Love is staying up to pick up doggy vomit, because that's what needs to be done. Love isn't a passive event. You just don't fall in love. You make plans and attempt to win over the person you want to love on. You work on love by building communication between your other. You enhance your life through involvement. Showing passion and commitment in order to better love on your special someone is what it's all about. Trial and error, for better or for worse, for kicks and giggles--love is real, it's every day, where romance is planned and staged to have the perfect moment.
Now, I'm not anti-romance, but, honestly, romance without love is a free dinner. Doing cute things can enhance your love life, but romance shouldn't be the epitome of one's relationship. It's not a very strong unifier. It's a good starter, but it's shallow.