I’m Married! Transatlantic love, the fiance visa, and now “I do”

I’m Married! Transatlantic love, the fiance visa, and now “I do”

Written by Heather

Topics: Life in Virginia

I’m back, and I’m married!

Gavin and Heather Palmer

It’s been a whirlwind 3.5 weeks to say the least.

Gav arrived in the US Friday, October 12 at Washington Dulles International Airport on his K-1 fiance visa.

One week later we visited the local Social Security Administrative (SSA) office to file for his Social Security number. He had his card in hand the following Friday.

We’ve purchased a desk and chair for his “office” (aka our second bedroom) and a couch for the living room.

I channeled my practically non-existent crafty side to make “Welcome Home” bunting for Gav’s arrival and various decorations for the ceremony itself.

On more than one occasion we’ve visited the SSA office, the bank, and the local courthouse.

We’ve been the champions of meal planning, finally putting my recipe boards on Pinterest to good use and heading to the grocery store with a budget and plan. Hours have been spent in the kitchen peeling, chopping, dicing, marinating, roasting, cooking, baking, and cleaning.

We planned a small wedding ceremony, including music, decorations, food, and logistics. We wrote our own vows and even developed our own ceremony script from start to finish.

And of course, we became Gavin and Heather Palmer.

Gavin and Heather Palmer's fall wedding in Virginia

Fall is my favorite time of year. How can you not love the smells, colors, sports, food, and decorations?! We’re both so happy that even though our “big” wedding is in the spring for planning purposes, our first wedding took place in the fall — the way we originally wanted it.

decorations for a fall wedding

heart with hands and wedding rings

wedding pinkie swear -- I love you!

Mary Beth Houts of MB Photography recently started her photography page, and we welcomed the chance to work with her! She’s a childhood family friend who I hadn’t seen in over a decade. The watermarked photos are hers, and there are more on the way.

Thanks for all of your well wishes and support in our previous posts and on Facebook! I hope to return to my regular blogging schedule soon.

With lots of love,

18 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Mom says:

    Lovely writing as always sweetheart……..What a beautiful day and a beautiful bride on Oct. 27th 2012.

  2. Laura says:

    WOOHOO!!!!! I am so, so thrilled for you. The ring shot is incredible. I’m not gonna lie- I’m slightly jealous that you’ve been doing so much cooking and baking. I can’t remember- have you set a date for your spring wedding already? I’m going to be excited all over again!

  3. Lindsey says:

    I am so incredibly happy for you both! Massive congratulations! It’s wonderful you were able to have your initial ceremony in the Fall too :)

  4. Sally says:

    Yay! So very happy for you!

  5. Jaime says:

    EEEEeeee so happy for you!!! Sounds like it was perfect. Congrats to the both of you & best wishes on the new journey you both embark. I’m sure it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

  6. Gunther says:

    Congratulations! May you two live long and prosper. And the force be with you. And … ah well, you get the picture. :)

  7. Congrats! Love the pictures, and I’m very happy for you both.

  8. Jayne says:

    Congrats! What wonderful photos of what looks like a very happy day. x

  9. Chris says:

    Congrats to you both. So much has changed since I was planning my trip to Europe and you to Australia. Hope I can get over to see you and Gav in the US next year.

  10. Nicole says:

    Congratulations Heather I’m so happy for you :)
    Beautiful photographs!

  11. Heather says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! We truly appreciate your support :-)

  12. Camille says:

    Congratulations on your greatest adventure yet! Wishing you and Gavin many years of love and happiness. Love from Buffalo!

  13. rich says:

    Me and my fiance’ are starting our K1 journey in December.
    Seeing your successful journey fills me with hope and excitement for ours.

    • Heather says:

      Rich, so glad you found us! Congrats to you and your fiance, and please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions that may pop up!

  14. Deidre says:

    Ugh, sorry i’m so late to this post, but a BIG congratulations again. I’m so happy for you both!


  15. Nicole says:

    I am so behind on my comments, but I wanted to be sure to wish you both a big congrats! Here’s to many years of happiness together! :) And your pictures are beautiful!

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