Spoilers! Our Immigration Story So Far

Spoilers! Our Immigration Story So Far

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We always knew that one of us would have to move across the ocean to be with the other. In order to do it legally and permanently, we would have to go through immigration which seemed scary at the time. There were many long discussions and late nights spent talking about which country we would live in and how we would accomplish this but, in the end, I landed a job here in St. Louis that would support both of us. So we started our journey through immigration for Alec to move to the US using a K1 Visa, better known as the Fiance Visa.

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The entire process took 10 months… 296 days to be exact. It was stressful for both of us. I actually started the process before I left for Ireland. I had to collect evidence of our relationship (7 pictures, itineraries,convention badges, email confirmations for travel plans, etc.) , fill out tons of paperwork, had my family write letters of support, and spent a small fortune to have it all processed. Alec proposed on my trip and had to do more paperwork on his end, go back and forth with the records department in his country for medical records because they couldn’t find them (then it took an additional 6 weeks to get them), visit the doctor for vaccinations and a wellness check, pay for more fees, and finally attend his interview to see if we would get approved for the Fiance Visa.

Long story short: we were approved!

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We booked his tickets to the U.S. as soon as we could. A week later, Alec flew into St. Louis Airport where he and I finally could say we would never ever have to part again because of his visitor visa. We went home and, after soaking in the happiness for awhile, started back on the immigration process: Alec’s marriage green card. We filled out the rest of the documents and knew there was one thing left to do… Get married!

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Due to time constraints and money, we decided to have a private ceremony and to celebrate with friends and family within the following year. On October 21st, 2017, we were married in a very intimate ceremony with just two friends (acting as witnesses and photographers) and an officiant. The day was everything I thought it would be. I only wished our families were there to see it.

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The pictures came out so lovely (and were free courtesy of two good friends). We bargain shopped for our clothes for the day. His clothes came from Dillard’s and American Eagle. I got my dress from Torrid and the crown from a renaissance festival. The bouquet came from a grocery store. I did my make up myself. My hair is naturally straight and I left it as is. Our back drop was Forest Park in St. Louis. It was simple, inexpensive, and low stress for the two of us.

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As we start on this new but continuing journey through immigration, I couldn’t ask for a better person by my side. He is my everything, my light, my best friend. After three years together long distance, it felt so right to stand in front of him and become his wife. I look forward to the rest of our lives together and can’t wait to be done with our immigration journey.

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Stay tuned for more immigration posts! Questions? Comments? Leave them below!

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Spoilers! Yearly Bucket List for Couples

Spoilers! Yearly Bucket List for Couples

If you follow me on FacYearly Bucket List for Couplesebook or Instagram, you already know our fiance visa was approved, and Alec is going to be in the US on October 13, 2017! That’s THREE days away! To say I’m ready is an understatement. I can barely concentrate at work, barely sleep, and barely contain my excitement. We’ve been in a long distance relationship for several years, visiting when we can scrape up the money and get the time off from work, and hoping for the day we can close the distance. And that day is finally here!

We close the distance permanently this Friday! In celebration, we wanted to plan a list of things to do together (but let’s be honest, I’ve had these lists for ages, hoping to do them some day with him). I made this cute yearly list for 4 things to do per month as a couple. Some items are geared towards STL but feel free to insert your city’s zoo or museum! What do you guys think? Would you add anything else to our couples’ bucket list??

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Spoilers! I’m Engaged!

Spoilers! I’m Engaged!
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Dunquin, Ireland | Photo by Megan Price of A Geeky Gal

It’s only fitting that my first post for Spoilers! be my engagement story!

The Fiance (I’m so happy I can finally call him that!) and I have been friends for over ten years now. We met online via a 3D chat room (with avatars and the like). A mutual acquaintance introduced us, and we were quickly best friends after that. A boy from a small town in Ireland and a girl from a small town in Alabama of the USA.

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