Jacquie and Ricardo 10th Anniversary
The day has come! October 24, 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of our wedding!
Here is our history (click on the links to see each phase of our lives in more details):
Jacquie and Ricardo met online on October 17, 2008 and two weeks later, on October 29, 2008,
they were engaged. Little did Ricardo knew but he was talking initially to Jacquie's friend who
posted her profile on the dating site. Ricardo never knew when they switched so until today he
does not know if he proposed to jacquie or to her friend.
It was a difficult time because the relationship had to be based on online communication but they
kept the channel between them open through the many ways possible at that time. One of them is
the celebration of one of Jacquie's birthday that year. Jacquie claims to have two birthdays!
Online dating was not only enough so Ricardo planned to meet Jacquie in Manila on January 17,
2009 at SM Makati. The photo below is the first photo they took together:
10th Anniversary Celebration Timeline
|June 25, 2017
||Nicole starts her Pilgrimage
|July 2, 2018
||Nicole ends her Pilgrimage
|October 6, 2018
||Mini vacation: Disney Animal Kingdom (Pandora)
|October 11, 2018
||Pages 1 to 39 of Nicole's Pilgrimage book are Released
|October 17, 2018
||Celebrating our First Contact
|October 26, 2018
||Celebrating our 9th Anniversary
|November 8, 2018
||Celebration Interrupted: Mother Olinda Haragutchi passed away
|November 8, 2018
||Planning the Trip to Visit Mother Olinda Haragutchi
|November 21-22, 2018
||Going to DC to renew Jacquie's Passport so we can Visit Olinda
|December 27, 2018
||How we Celebrated Jacquie's Birthday in 2008
|December 30, 2018
||How we Celebrated Jacquie's Birthday in 2018
|January 1, 2019
||Family New Years Resolution
|January 16, 2019
||Jacquie and Ricardo Meet for the First Time
|May 6 to June 9, 2019
||Europe Trip Celebration
|July 2, 2019
||Fiance VISA Confirmation
| After meeting her friends in Manila and her family in Cagayan Valley, Ricardo returned to US to
start the Fiance VISA process to bring Jacquie to the US. The filing of the paperwork was finally
confirmed on February 27, 2009 (the detailed information is on the middle of the page and the
other data was more online communication they had between them).
We continue the online communication with the hope that Jacquie's Fiance Visa process would be
accepted. While they waited, Ricardo planned a second trip to the Philippines for May 1, 2009 to
meet Jacquie and her family again. The video below shows the moments we had together:
On June 25, 2009 they finally received the approval of the Fiance VISA. The approval was done
at the US side so we still had to go through the approval from the US Embassy in the Philippines
so we had to prepare for a series of other procedures to prepare for Jacquie's interview.
While we waited for the interview, we already started preparing for the wedding. The location was
chosen on July 15, 2009: Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC.
From then on, things started to accelerate. Jacquie went to the interview at the US Embassy on
August 24, 2009 and she finally received the VISA on her passport on September 7, 2009. On
September 19, 2009 Ricardo was already going to the Philippines to bring Jacquie to the US. It
was now the actual start for a big adventure for Jacquie, leaving the Philippines for the first time
on September 26, 2009.
The NC Wedding License was requested on October 2, 2009 and they were busy going to the
wedding location, planning the ceremony in a record time of less than a month!
They were finally bringing their dreams to reality on October 24, 2009 with their Wedding Day!
"Jacquie, we reached an important milestone in our lives and I enjoyed
every moment of these 10 years! Thank you for every second of it! May
our journey continue to be blessed!"