Post # 1
So I’ve been engaged for exactly one month now. I guess I’m a bit late in writing this, but oh well – here it is anyway!!
I knew that the proposal was coming, and so my fiance was doing all that he could to still try and surprise me. We started the night out at one of my favorite restaurants the next town over. (I had fondue, which I love!) During dinner I kept asking him what he had planned for when we were finished eating, since I knew he wouldn’t be proposing atthe restaurant. (I had mentioned to him previously that I didn’t really want a public proposal.) He wouldn’t tell me anything though, and so after a while I just let it go. When we finally did finish dinner we walked outside and there was a limo waiting for us. I was able to guess straight away that it was for me, because there were no school dances going on at the time or anything – and what other reason would it have had for being there? So we get in and we start driving. It’s dark, so I can’t tell for sure where we are headed, but I know that it’s in the direction of home. My fiance informs me that we will indeed be headed home, but that we have one more stop to make along the way. Eventually, the limo pulls up along side of what I guess I would describe as a small park. It is located in the town I grew up in, which is where I was, and am now currently living. (FI and I are long distance right now, with himself living in Ireland and me just outside of Chicago. I am staying with my parents for the time being while I wait for his visa to come though in order to save some money.) Anyway, there was a beautiful fountain there, which was all lit up, and the surrounding trees were all decorated with Christmas lights. We sat down on one of the benches, and he asked me to marry him. I said yes of course!
I have to say, I thought that the entire evening was planned perfectly. I had fully been expecting him to take me into the city to propose, but I love that he ended up asking me where he did. It’s a place that has special meaning, and I will always be able to return to it.
My fiance has since returned to Ireland, and I have started working on his visa. I hope to have him here with me for good by September. We are planning an April 2013 wedding.
And here are some ring pictures, since I know you guys enjoy those!!
Post # 3
Congratulations! I love your beautiful, classic ring! I’m sure it’s no fun working a cross-continental LDR, but I’m glad to hear that it will have a happy ending! Best of luck to you both!
Post # 4
ooooh your ring is to DIE for!!! So sweet 🙂 I hope your sweetie can come live with you soon! LDR are really hard but you guys can do it
Post # 5
Congratulations! Best of luck to both of you!
And really beautiful ring, I have to add! 🙂
Post # 6
Awwww how sweet! Congratulations! And your ring is beautiful too.
Post # 7
awesome proposal and ring!!!
Post # 8
Congratulations I love your ring!
Post # 9
Thanks so much everybody!
@shirasagi: You’re right, it’s really no fun at all! You’d be amazed at all of the paperwork I have collect and fill out! I’ll be seding off his K1 (fiance) visa petiton on monday, and that alone is seventy some pages long. It’ll all be worth it though. After three and a half years of frequent traveling back and forth, I am so ready to be done with this!!
Post # 10
Congrats! Lovely story- I bet you can’t wait until he is here for good! The ring is perfect, gorgeous, and classic!!!
Post # 11
Congratulations! Hope everything works out for you both.
Post # 12
Congratulations, that is so romantic! I hope the joy of the engagement and committment makes the long distance pass a little quicker =)
Post # 13
I was in the same boat as you a few months ago, my fiance arrived here from England at the very end of March on his K1 visa. A very long process, but totally worth it! Do you have to get married ahead of time or is his arrival in time for the wedding to be done within the 90 days? Congrats, and good luck with everything !!!
Post # 14
@mrsrichardson12: If everything goes according to plan then my Fiance will be moving to the states during October or November of this year. Our wedding isn’t until late April of next year though – and so yes, we will have to get ‘legally married’ before that.
Thanks for the well wishes! How long did your whole process take?
Post # 15
@Irish Terrier: Yeah, we had too as well, it was alright though, a small ceremony with my parents there with us. I’m glad its all over with, but right now we’re applying for AOS.
I made my last visit to England in September of last year, and when I came home that first week I sent off all of our paperwork. He had his interview towards the end of march and was here less than a week after it. The approval was in January though, and then it was sent to London. It just took him that long to get an interview at the embassy. So about 7 months from sending it off and him arriving here. Apparently though we applied during a busy time. Let me know if you need help with it though ! And you’re very welcome.
Post # 16
It’ll probably be just the two of us and a judge – I don’t even think that my county requires that there be a witness present, which is nice! Also, even if my Fiance were entering the country within ninety days of our wedding, I think that we’d probably still be getting married early anyway – just so we could get a head start on filing for the EAD card. (Really, I can’t believe the US govrnment expects for people to move to an entire new country – which is expensive, without even being able to have a job lined up. It’s complete madness!)
I guess that seven months isn’t too bad at all. We’re about four months in right now and all we have is the NOA1 … which I got ages ago. Our case hasn’t been touched yet or anything either, but I’ve asked around and I guess that doesn’t really mean anything. The NOA2 should be arriving some time in mid to late July – and once I have that I think it’ll take about another two to three months in Dublin – so hopefully he will have his visa in hand by October!
I’ll probably be needing some help once the NOA2 arrives, since I don’t really understand the rest of the forums that I need to fill out. It’s my understanding that the USCIS actually mails you the documents for packets two and three … is that right? I haven’t been able to find the forums to fill out online like I was for the 1-129f packet.
Thanks again – and I’ll probably have a few more questions for you later once I think of them! (I can’t be bothered with it so much right now, since I’m actually currenly in Ireland visiting with my Fiance after having not seen him for almost six months!)