My husband and I are an international couple as well. 🙂 I’m American and he’s Dutch (from the Netherlands in Europe). I see God’s hand all over our meeting – there is NO other explanation!
We ‘met’ via an online MMO (massive international game) that we both play about 3+ years after we originally started playing. Anton was part of a small group of guys that started a new corp (in game group) and it just so happened that I knew a couple of the other guys and they kept bugging me until I joined as well. I recognized Anton’s character name, but I’d never talked to him before. Since he was one of the leaders, he’d put his MSN messenger info into the corp forums. I added him and we started chatting about game things at first, but then moved on to become good friends who talked about pretty much anything and everything.
Neither one of us thought anything more then just friendship about each other, actually we’d not even considered the possibility of more since we knew that we were 6k miles away from each other in real life and would likely never meet. God had other plans for us though! Each year the game (EVE Online) puts on a big meet up held in Iceland, called Fanfest. I’d gone the year before and had a blast, so I made plans to go again that year (2008). Unbeknownst to me, Anton had ALSO gone the year before (but we hadn’t met) and loved it, but he’s much more shy then I am and he didn’t think he knew anyone specifically that was going to Iceland that year.
One day (a few months prior), I happened to mention to him that I was going. He went dead silent and then said “Wait. You’re going to Fanfest?! I wanted to go, but I didn’t think anyone I knew was going!” 2-3 days later he had his trip booked and we’d exchanged phone numbers and planned on meeting! Believe it or not, we still weren’t thinking on a level any higher then “Cool! I’m going to be able to put a face to the name and voice of one of my corpmates!”.
I had a few guys that I’d met the year before ask me to go on dates with them in Iceland this year, and one of the dates happened to be the night that Anton was arriving. I met Anton at the hotel and we went to where everyone (and the guy I was to be going on the date with) was hanging out. Pretty much 5 minutes after I met Anton in person, I knew he was someone very special and I couldn’t help holding his hand and leaning against him whenever I got the chance. I went (VERY reluctantly) on the date, but ended up cutting it short, because honestly all I wanted was to be back with Anton!
It took me a few days to convince Anton that I liked him (for some reason he doesn’t think he’s the wonderful, warm, amazing man that I do) and once he knew, the rest is history! We spent the entire vacation together and were so sad to say goodbye at the end of it. Once we both got home, we immediately started planning for him to come to California to visit me!!
We were engaged 10 months after our first ‘date’, on September 11th, and were married (legally) on April 16th, had our wedding on October 15th. 🙂 Immigration’s been interesting (I say that very tongue in cheek), but thankfully we are just about done. We hit the 2 year mark for the temp greencard in June of 2012, and once we have his permanent greencard, then we are done for dealing with the fiance visa portion of things! I can’t wait!
Here are some of our pictures. Our first ‘date’ in Iceland (he’s actually the taller guy without his arm around me. :P):
Our 2nd ‘date’ in California:
Our engagement pictures:
Our civil ceremony:
And, our wedding:
If you want to see more of my pictures, there are a ton already posted in these links: