When Haleigh met Hans

it was her first semester away from home. A new college student at the University of Oklahoma, Haleigh decided to join a club on campus to meet some new friends. What was the club she chose? An international student club where Americans and Internationals could meet, do fun things and meet people. She had so much fun at the first club meeting and got invited to a party that evening with some of her American friends. She was nervous to go since she didn’t know any one but took the leap anyway.

As soon as she walked in the door, her eyes met with a striking blond in the corner of the room. Her heart stopped. She thought to herself this could end up being the best thing in her life or it could end very badly. She was introduced to the blond, Hans, and they chatted about music until it was time for her to leave in order for her to wake up for her morning class.

haleigh and hans

The next day, she kept thinking about the blond and if she would ever see him again. A few days later a new friend request on facebook made butterflies in her stomach and happy with excitment. A few facebook messages and msn chats later, Haleigh went on her first date with Hans. They talked the entire time at the restaurant and it was the first time that a first date went so smoothly.

Haleigh later found out that Hans had no where to go for Christmas. She could not think of him staying alone in Norman with no one to spend Christmas with. So, she urgently asked her family if it was alright if some Swedish dude came home with her Christmas. Reluctantly, they said yes.

Haleigh had an amazing 4 days with Hans during Christmas before he went off on a road trip with a Swedish friend. The only bad part? Haleigh fell in love despite the warnings from her family that this boy was leaving the US in May. She didn’t listen even though her mind was telling her to break it off, she would get hurt.. her heart told her something else. Their relationship grew stronger than ever in a short 3 months.

At the beginning of February, spring break plans were being made and Haleigh and Hans decided to go to Negril, Jamaica for a romantic trip together. Haleigh was excited but reluctant because she didn’t want to fall deeper when Hans had to leave in a short 8 weeks.

The first morning in Jamaica, they woke up for a walk on the beach overlooking the sunrise.. when Hans proposed. Haleigh immediately sat yes while fighting back the tears and thought, finally we can actually be together.


Haleigh and Hans tried frantically to figure out how to be together when Hans visa ended in June. Hans had 1 year left of graduate school and Haleigh had just started university. So, she applied for a Swedish visa. Hans left on June 6 and it was a long summer waiting to hear if she would ever see her fiance again. She filled her time with working 40+ hours a week and spending a lot of time with friends.

haleigh and hans 3

When her visa finally came in the mail 2 months later.

After a long, emotional 12 weeks apart, Haleigh and Hans were reunited in Sweden. Haleigh didn’t know how long she would be in Sweden, it ended up being close to 2 years.

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During the first few months in Sweden, Haleigh went to school and met a new best friend from Germany, Inga.

haleigh and inga

She took a fabulous trip to Paris with Hans.

haleigh and hans 5

and brought in the new year with her love, his family and friends.

haleigh and hans 6

All the while, with the help of her mother.. she was trying to plan a wedding from thousands of miles away. After 6 months of living abroad. Haleigh went back home to get ready for the wedding, plan last minute details and attend her bridal showers and bachelorette parties.

After 1 month of wedding planning while Hans was studying in Sweden, it was a much awaited day when Haleigh and Hans would reunited in Anna Maria Island, Florida.

haleigh and hans 7

They said “I do” in front of their closest family and friends in the beautiful Marie Selby garden overlooking the bay.

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They became a Mr. & Mrs.

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After the best day of their lives, they spend their honeymoon at the “most magical place on earth.”

haleigh and hans 8

They returned back to Sweden after the wedding while Hans finished his studies. Of course, they had time for a little fun in the mix. As a wedding present, some of their swedish friends put together a fun horseback riding adventure.

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and Haleigh had an amazing Swedish summer celebrating Midsommar


and going to the peace and love festival.

peace and love

After the best summer of her life, they moved to NorrkΓΆping in August 2008 for Hans final semester of school and promptly awaited the beloved ‘green card’. It was a stressful process but it came and they made plans to move back state-side so Haleigh could resume her studies. In the winter of 2009, they finally moved back to the US and waited for news on the job front for Hans.

Luckily, he found a job as a logistics engineer quickly and they moved to the fabulous city of Charlotte, NC.

It has been a hard path trying to figure out visas, how things will work out, etc… but with love, anything is possible.


I love you Hans!


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25 responses to “When Haleigh met Hans

  1. I love your story of how you and the hubby met! Good to know love conquered all in the end! great pics

  2. DUDE you got married at Marie Selby??? I’m from Sarasota and go back frequently to visit my family!! My husband and I actually almost had our reception at Marie Selby! I’ve performed countless times at Marie Selby on various holidays and such growing up. πŸ™‚ Such a small world!!!

    P.S. I loved this story – what a beautiful, inspirational story of love. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow – what an amazing story, I was almost tearing up. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. What a beautiful story! I think it’s amazing how you two persevered, went for what you wanted, and it worked out in the end! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. lowandbhold

    I love boy meets girl stories! I’m thinking I should have joined that club in college haha. You two are so sweet and in love!

  6. It’s so nice to hear the story of how the two of you met. So cute and I love that you guys fell for eachother so quickly and got engaged after only three months – and are still so in love! πŸ™‚

  7. I love your story…I hope one day I’ll have my own just as great as yours!!

  8. You two are so – beautiful! πŸ˜€

  9. Bec

    Aww what a cute story, you guys are adorable together!

  10. That is the cutest story ever – you guys make a great couple πŸ™‚

  11. Errign

    That is the CUTEST story ever. πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this – I loved reading it! You two are adorable.

  13. kayteesays

    Awww, I love your story! You two are such a cute couple.

  14. Oh, I ADORED this post! Oh wow! What a fairytale-like story, I had no idea such wondrous things happened in real life! Thanks for awaking the childlike wonder for life and love in me again!

  15. What a cute story you two have!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Brandi

    how sweet! what a great story you two have πŸ™‚

  17. balancejoyanddelicias

    Such a sweet love story!

    thanks for visiting my blog! Looking forward to read more about you! πŸ™‚

  18. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww oh my gosh this is such a sweet and amazing story! I love it

  19. awwwwww!!!! girl.. this was so cute! i love it! you guys make a great couple!

    i would have been so scared to make that leap into moving to sweden for 2 years!!! good for you!! it will make for a great story to tell the kids later : )

  20. ah i fell in love with your story! i love learning about how lovebirds meet and your story is precious! so happy for you two, you are obviously made for each other!!

  21. That is the cutest story! Let’s meet up soon! πŸ˜€

  22. Haleigh, that was a beautiful story, so glad you shared it with all of us!!!! πŸ™‚

  23. omgosh reading your love story was so touching it literally brought tears to my eyes. You guys have been EVERYWHERE together, and what a good lookin’ couple you make too!!! Obviously this relationship was meant to be…do you believe in fate?!?!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!!! It really is SO uplifting! πŸ™‚

  24. Kirsty

    Ohhhh, what a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
    Just goes to show, when you know…. you know!
    Gorgeous wedding pics too πŸ™‚

  25. bachelorette parties are of course so nice because you can meet some other girls ;~*

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