When I came to the US in December, Marco and I wanted to see how it would feel to start our life together in Seattle. We wanted to give it a try for a couple weeks, and then decide on tying the knot. I just recently untied the knot from my previous engagement and wanted to give it some thoughts, before doing it again, but being able to stay with your love was a pretty strong argument for getting married. I like to say I just got married for the 'Green Card', but also because I could not have stayed without - and I really wanted to be with Marco.
So, after getting a little restless not knowing if he will finally propose before our actual wedding, we looked into all the paper work and figured, I would have to leave the US in any case to get a Visa stamp in my passport so I could stay in the US for longer then 3 months. We had 2 options.
Option A) I fly home, arrange our marriage, Marco comes, we celebrate, get German marriage certificate translated and authorized, Marco flies back to Seattle, I go to the US Embassy in Frankfurt, wait a couple of weeks in Germany and then meet up with him as newly weds. .
Option B) We fly to Las Vegas, get a US marriage certificate, find a chapel with a cool Elvis impersonator, look for the rental store for wedding attire in the pouring rain when no cab stops, going to Plan C) and just taking a break at the Hofbraeuhaus, then buying/renting a dress and tux, then getting picked up by a limo in front of the MGM, being serenaded by Elvis himself, receiving a free plush toy and sparkly apple juice with our wedding package, then celebrating in the very fancy Michael Mina restaurant AQUA at the Bellagio, getting champagne from an anonymous donor, riding a stretch limo back to the hotel, finding an 'almost' untouched, free wedding cake on our floor staying in a Jacuzzi suite.
Then I fly to Germany, go the the US Embassy, wait a couple of weeks, then Marco comes, we celebrate again, big time, then fly off to our Honeymoon in South Africa, and then fly home together.
We decided on Option B.
Optimistic, curious, human bee.