Last Friday I got to the keys to our new home AKA the Wegan Manor! I thought I'd introduce you to our new place and give you a little tour. We don't have much to do to the property though we will be changing some things, and I shall run our ideas by you! One things for sure is that the wallpaper is going in our bedroom!
Where he belongs ;)
All that is missing of course is Mis.. Whitney herself! Can't wait for her to be over and for us to be moved in and enjoying our life!
I featured the love story of Sarah and Danielle back in January 2011. They were the second couple to have their love story on our blog, and they have since been the most popular love story to date! I thought you may like to know how they're doing over a year later... So take it away Sarah!
Love Stories: Sarah & Danielle- the UPDATE!
We are pleased to inform you that we are still very much in love and much has happened since our first love story blog post!
At the beginning of March 2011 we went on holiday to Los Angeles and then to Las Vegas where we went to Disneyland, did a tour of LA, saw Celine Dion in her Las Vegas Colosseum show, met up with our friends in the USA, took part in a flash mob and had a jolly time.
Later in the year Danielle found out she had got into the full time post-graduate university course she had hoped for and so since then we have moved house to another part of town so that she doesn’t have to drive too far. This has meant that I am ‘bringing home the bacon’ each month which isn’t the easiest on my wage but knowing that there is just 2 months left of Danielle’s course is comforting for us.
Tightening the purse strings has meant that we can’t go out to dinner and treat each other as often as we would have liked to which is a shame, but we still make time for doing special things together, like going to the cinema and having romantic dinners at home instead. Even though money is tight we know it is most important to make special time for each other and keep the passion alive.
In October 2011 I sent off my 120 page long partner visa application, leaving my fate and destiny in the hands of Aussie immigration. With bated breath we began the wait, constantly wondering if today would be the day we would hear from them. Disappointingly we were told the wait would be up to 10 months which was so frustrating considering I had to pay $3000 for it.
To our surprise just before my birthday in November 2011 last year we received an extremely important letter from immigration. Our partner visa for Australia was accepted (yay!) so I can stay with my love indefinitely in Australia! And what was even greater was my mum was here for the good news. She came from England to visit which was fantastic. She met all of Danielle’s massive family and fit right in! It was so surreal to see my mum standing there chatting with Danielle’s mum. She even said it felt like she had known my mum for years!
Christmas 2012 was spent at Danielle’s parents and involved a lot of food – lasagne to start with followed by schnitzels, turkey, salad and all kinds of Italian-Australian food. We were so full! On Boxing day we headed home to pack for our luxurious holiday to the beautiful tropical Port Douglas on the East coast of Australia. We had a wonderful time and splashed out on expensive meals and had a spa morning one day and just enjoyed being in each others’ company without a care in the world. It was definitely a good idea to go away and spend quality time together without any distractions.
We have now made big life changing plans to move in England in August 2012 as I am starting a post-grad course there (as I cannot afford the Australian international fees!) then we plan to settle in Australia together after my studies are completed in a few years. We are both excited and anxious for this big move to happen. There are just 3 short months until we pack up our life in Australia which is very daunting, however we are happy to spend time in England getting to know my friends and family.
There is no one else I would rather have by my side and we still count our lucky stars each day that we found each other and a love so strong and pure. Sometimes when she is fast asleep laying by my side at night I sometimes try and imagine what my life would be like without her and well, I can’t.
Awww aren't they just one of the cutest couples you've ever seen?? So excited for them to come over to England for a bit! Finally get to meet Danielle and have some double dates yay!!
I can't believe it was 1 year today I got down on one knee at our favourite beach in Hawaii and asked you to marry me. A day we will both forever cherish and never forget. I am so glad that I made the decision to propose to you in Hawaii rather than waiting until the time was 'right'.
I remember trying to figure out how I was going to manage to buy you an engagement ring seeing as we never go anywhere without the other... and how I was going to get away from you to set up the proposal without you running after me wondering where I was going haha. We still laugh about that to this day. I remember sat waiting on the log on the beach anxiously waiting your arrival, going over and over in my head what I was going to say. As soon as you arrived my stomach got crazy butterflies, and it still does watching the moment of you arriving in the video. You were so shocked you didn't think to put your mobile and keys out of your hand. As soon as I got down on one knee to propose you started to cry tears of joy and that moment will forever be etched in my heart.
I love you Whitney Kay Bacon and I cannot wait to say 'I Do' and have you officially as mine.
I look forward to us celebrating our love in front of our family and friends, to be able to call you my wife and to celebrate the many happy wedding anniversaries to come.
Now please get yourself over to my arms in England so we can stat living our lives together once and for all!!
As you're well aware, Whitney and I have been doing long distance coming up to nearly 4 years! Yes, it has been THAT long! Starting out our relationship we really had NO clue what we had in store for us. Whilst this blog has detailed a lot of the ups and downs of us doing long distance, I think it's about time we tell you what it's REALLY like doing long distance loving. We will therefore be bringing you a series of blog posts.. and what better place to start then to tell you the journey. A re-fresher course to those who have followed us diligently, or those newbies looking to catch up.
A little background intro...
We met on Myspace with Whitney all the way from Hawaii finding Megan in the UK. They started chatting with no real plan to ever meet. (Whitney remembers being frustrated at me not replying much on MSN and then when we met realised how I leave it on when I'm not in the room haha). Whitney went to study abroad in France in the summer of 2008. We tried to plan to meet in Paris originally however I did not have the funds. So we left it until Whitney was moving over to study abroad in London in Septemer 2008. We met on 20th September 2008 and instantly hit it off. We ended up drinking a lot due to nerves haha. We went out in London with my friend Nik Thakkar who introduced us to Lady Gaga tunes. We were asked by his friend how long we had been together as we were a cute couple! haha. I had just started to hold her hand :) Later on we shared our first kiss, and the rest of that night is history... Fast forward to two weeks time and Whitney travelled to Cardiff to meet Megan where she was at University. We laugh at the fact Megan was clueless to what a big deal this was for Whitney to travel on buses and trains to get to her as she hadn't grown up with it like Megan (awww too cute). She also didn't eat much of the first meal Megan cooked due to being nervous haha. After that weekend we agreed to be exclusive and officially together. For the next few weeks we met up for the weekend at London or Cardiff. Then came the time to depart. The funny this is we had never really discussed if doing LONG distance was a good idea or if it was even going to work. It just WAS. We had agreed that I would go to visit Whitney in Hawaii in a few months time, and truly had no idea what heart ache would lie ahead.
Along came March 2009 when Megan flew out to Hawaii (very pale) to join Whitney in her homeland for three glorious weeks of sun and love. Whitney even splashed out and got us a room at Turtle Bay (Forgetting Sarah Marshall!) We grew closer and closer over the weeks and Whitney insists this departure was the worst for her. She remembers dropping me off at the airport and returning to the car to finding my bottle there are just bawling.
Later on in 2009 Whitney came to visit me in the UK where we split out time in between Cardiff, London and France for three weeks!
Fast forward to October 2009, and I was back out visiting my girl and soaking up the Hawaiian culture and soon. It also marked our 1 year anniversary!
Shortly after that Whitney came over to the UK to celebrate Christmas and New Years and Megan with her family.
Welcome to 2010!
Oh what a surprise, it's March/ April 2010 and I'm back in Hawaii for the 3rd time for 3 weeks!! This trip marked our 1 year and a half and Whitney surprised me with my 'engaged to be engaged' ring (which I still wear & love).
We then spent the longest time together that we hand yet when Whitney came to the UK for three months for the summer. This is the first time that we had managed to celebrate a birthday together, which was Whitney's 22nd birthday on 10th June! We sent pretty much 24/7 together which just reconfirmed how we love being together (and hate being apart!) We spent time in Cardiff, Cornwall, Portsmouth, London, Windsor and France.
October 2010 came around and another trip for Megan to Hawaii! This time it was a mere 12 days!! Our highlight was going on the Sunset Cruise in Hawaii, just stunning!
Back to another Christmas time in the UK and Whitney came over for New Years Eve and we enjoyed the festivities of being snuggled up in the cold, we even did ice skating.
This is the year that Megan moved out to Hawaii for three months and officially left her life in Hawaii.
One of our weekly vlogs..
We got up to so much that it's rather hard to sum it all up so I'll stick with the big things...
We celebrated for the first time Megan's birthday together as she turned 24!
Also we got the bad news that deterred our plans of saying good bye to long distance and hello to living life together.. the dreaded refusal of the visa!! As you know we are in the process of re-applying and shall update you fully once we know anything more.
Before Megan sadly had to leave Whitney once more, we took a trip to South Carolina for the first time! Little did Megan know how many times she would end up coming out to SC...
Then October - December...
By this point we were now celebrating our 3 years of being together! & boy had we endured some longggg distance!
Christmas and New Years came and went without us celebrating it together for the first time.. but then we got the great news that Whitney's visitor visa had been granted and so she came over for a month at the end of January where as you know we celebrated Valentines in Paris.
Most recently Megan visited Whitney in South Carolina in April due to Whitney have surgery.
There you have it, almost four years of LONG distance, a ridiculous amount of miles travelled and beds shared together and slept in apart.
As we come up to hopefully what truly WILL be the END of long distance it's time to reminisce long and hard about what pulling through against the odds has truly meant for Wegan.
Now that the journey of Wegan has been re-capped, we'll be bringing you all the other details that go with traveling- the longing, the traveling, the money, the good & the bad.. Everything!!
Got a question/ topic you want to see featured about long distance loving?
Pop it in the comments and we'll try to answer them!
A lot of our posts throughout the years can be found by clicking here. Of course you can waste a lot of your time just going back through all of the posts! on the blog to see what we got up to in more detail. haha.