June 11, 2019
Before Tinder and Bumble, there was Twitter. At least for Anja and Sean, there was Twitter. Literally, a country border separated these two, but a form of social media made the distance a whole lot closer.
Sean was born in Canada, and Anja here in Ohio, but through a stroke of good fortune, and following the same people on Twitter, their two worlds collided. Months would pass as these two tweeted back and forth, and then international calling, and eventually meeting each other face to face.
Many couples find a way to make long distance work, but Anja and Sean had the added challenge of making it work while they both lived in separate countries. Luckily for these two, it’s a short drive – only a handful of hours.
When Sean proposed in December 2017, they quickly realized their challenges weren’t over just yet. It would take about a year for the processing of his K-1. At the beginning of May, Sean received the official word that his K-1, or fiance visa, was approved. He had a week to pack his belongings and make the trip from his old home to his new home – Ohio, with Anja.
This is where the fun really begins for these two. The law dictates that the person who filed for the K-1 Visa only has 90 days to get married. Yes, you read the right, 90 days. Once Sean crosses border patrol in the United States, the countdown begins.
Anja quickly got to work planning their wedding. You can only imagine my slight confusion when I received her email on May 21st saying she was getting married on June 22nd. I first asked if that was a typo if she really meant she was getting married next year. Then she explained the 90-day deadline.
Even with a very short engagement, I wanted to still give Anja and Sean the full experience of being an LJ Bride and Groom. We coordinated a busy summer for me with a jam-packed wedding schedule for the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. and found a date that would work for engagement photos. Thankfully, Mother Nature played nice and gave us a rain-free evening. If 2019 doesn’t go down as one of the wettest springs on record, I’ll be amazed!
10 more days, and I’ll be reunited with these two at Nickajack Farms in Tuslaw. But who’s counting?!
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