Getting Married on an ESTA

I (UK citizen) am travelling to the US to see my GF (US citizen) later this month on an ESTA. I’ll be there for two weeks. Since we are both fed up of long distance, we plan on getting married while I’m there. I’ll then return to the UK (I have my return flight booked) and my GF (at that point wife) will apply to come and live with me in the UK.

As far as I can tell it’s perfectly legal to enter the US on an ESTA with the intention of getting married, since I don’t plan on adjusting my status, but obviously I will need to convince the border officials of that. I can show them my return flight to the UK which should help. I also have an apartment and a permanent job in the UK, what do you think is the best way of proving these things? I’m thinking just a tenancy agreement and the letter offering me my current job.

I’m also anticipating getting sent to secondary for more questioning, which I’m not exactly looking forward to. Does anyone have any experience of this/a similar situation, and could tell me what that process might be like?

Thanks in advance.

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