Ifong Chen Weddings

August 23, 2014

Thy & Phil at Northern Quest Casino

Vendors:
Venue : Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Hotel: Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Food: Chef Bob Rogers, Executive Chef at Northern Quest
Flowers: Skyline Flowers
Hair: Jessie Davis, Concepts Hair Salon
Event Planner: Danielle Norman, Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Dress : Celestrial Bridal
Tuxedos: Tuxedo Gallery
Singers: Naomi and Jon Deviny
Slide shows: Maria Gardella
Photography : Ifong Chen
Dj: DJ Ramsin
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August 15, 2014

Samantha & Casey

Venders -
Venue: big sky Estates
Flowers : done by my mother and mother-in-law
Wedding dress: Storybrooke bridal
Tux: tuxeido gallery
dessert and cake: Stacy’s cakes
D j : epic vibe ( Ryan)
videographer: Austin bishop
Photographer: ifong Chen
Rental: tables and tent lake city rental chairs hand painted by my mother
Hair and make up: shine salon Jaclyn
Sam and Casey’s history goes back to their high school teen living class.  Sam’s sister, Heather, had been friends with Casey for quite some time. Sam saw Casey in class and was instantly attracted to him.  Heather could tell that Sam was very smitten by Casey, and knew that they must meet.  So, Heather set them up on a date, and they hit it off right away. November 3, 2007, they were an official couple! After only dating for a couple months, everyone around them knew they were perfect, and they were constantly being told that they were soul mates, even by complete strangers!  Casey and Sam were truly a match made in heaven. After five blissful years as boyfriend and girlfriend, and many family vacations, summer days spent on the boat fishing, and winters at Schweitzer mountain skiing and snowboarding, Casey knew it was time to pop the question.  Casey took Sam fishing on September 21, 2012, on Hayden Lake where the engagement happened.  Casey and Sam have been together for seven years now, and are happy as ever!  They had a beautiful backyard country wedding on August 2, 2014.  They truly are, “happy ever after”, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Bride: I wanted to give a special thank to my parents for everything they did to give me the best day of my life. I am so truly blessed to have such amazing parents. Also wanted to give my deepest thanks to my mother and everything she did. For the past two years she has been working very hard on our wedding to make sure everything was perfect. She made all the center centerpieces and flowers arrangements and hand painted all the chairs one by one. Thank u mom love u with all my hart. I am so lucky to be married into the best family ever I am so thankful for everything they did for Casey and I. I am so happy to finally call them my mother and father in law and I can’t thank u guys enough for everything u guys did for our wedding love u all . One last thing thank u too all my girls that made my wedding day the best,love u all and my sisters ( maids of honer) you guys are amazing love u both very much everything u did was amazing.

Senior 2014-Sophia

Make up-The Make up studio

Hair: 14 and grand Salon

Location: Belle Victorian Gardens-Big thanks to Pam and Larry from Belle to allow me using their fabulous venue.

Oh my goodness, Sophie is so beautiful to photograph and so fun to be around.

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August 12, 2014

Katie and Jeremiah at Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington

Vendor List

Venue & Lodging:  Roche Harbor Resort

Catering:  Roche Harbor Resort

Ceremony:  Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel

Photographer:  Ifong Chen Photography

Videographer:  Ferguson Films

Ceremony Music:  Joe Miller

DJ:  DJ Doug (Doug Rhine)

Wedding Cake & Desserts:  Felicitations Bakery

Flowers:  Robin’s Nest

Wedding Dress:  Marcella’s Bridal

Suits:  Joseph A. Banks

Hair & Makeup:  Afterglow Spa

*** A special thank you to our parents and family for all of your help! Especially my mom, Kerry Barbour! This day came together without a hitch because of all your hard work! Thank you for all you did to make the wedding of our dreams come true!

In a year and a half both Katie and Jeremiah would have never guessed their lives would have changed so dramatically in such a short period of time. It started with a blind date set up by a wonderful couple who thought these two should meet. They were right; on January 12th their love story began! They learned quickly how much they had in common. A few beer festivals, kayaking adventures and trips to the San Juan Islands and Mexico later they both knew they had found the one. The surprise kayaking engagement was the ideal setting to ask Katie to be his wife and best friend forever. Now, less than a year later they are living in Denver with new jobs, a new house, a new puppy and now newlyweds! Katie and Jeremiah summed it all up perfectly, “What a wonderful adventure! The best year and a half of our lives with many more to come! We feel so blessed to have found each other!”

 

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August 10, 2014

Stacie and Andy at Arbor Crest Winery

Vendor List
Catering- Catered For You
Venue- Arbor Crest
Photography: Ifong Chen
DJ- Brent Owen (Sound Climax)
Flowers- Just Roses Spokane Valley
Cake- Just American Desserts
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Make-Up: Shasta Hankins
Hair: Pam Buckner & Teresa Johnson
Priest: Father Tim Hays
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If you were to ask Andy where he would be in his life five years ago, he wouldn’t have expected to say that he would be with an amazing woman who would bring him 3,000 miles from home and who would share in daily adventures. Whether the adventure be big or small, it always made him feel close to the girl he could easily say “I love you” too every day.
If you were to ask Stacie what she expected to gain from living in Syracuse, NY, she would of initially told you that it was just a place to get her Master’s degree as she planned to move back immediately to the west coast. However, soon did she realize, her heart had other plans. All it took was that fateful day when Stacie fell off the chair lift and met that wonderful guy who would change everything.
As the old saying goes, ” Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” We both find this saying to become more true each day. Never did we expect to become friends, fall in love, travel the country together, and one day say “I do”. We both had plans and ideas of where our life might be heading; however, we never were sure of the exact course our lives would take. All we know, is that we are glad to be taking this journey together and to have found our partner in crime.
So many people may not know what it feels like to know when you have the one. With Stacie by my side everything began to become a much clearer, bigger picture of what lied ahead in life. The possibilities when you know you have a partner always by your side on your journey seem endless. We knew without a doubt that we had found our other half nearly 2 years ago now and not a single day goes by where we wonder what could have been. Although, it’s funny to realize that when we were first getting to know each other we found out that we had multiple chances to meet from various friends or events. Yet, we both look back and agreed that how we met was meant to be. Without a doubt we knew a wedding was going to happen, but who knew what a wedding it would become!
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August 7, 2014

Kirsten & Gabriel Engaged!

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Yu yu and Joseph Engaged!!

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August 1, 2014

Charli & Spencer at Arbor Crest Winery

 

Vendors:

Catering-catered for you
Venue-arbor crest
DJ-audio affiliated
Flowers-just roses plus coeur d’alene
Cake-Dana Bellefeuille
Wedding dress-Marcella’s bridal
Tuxes-affordable elegance
Hair-Janet carpenter
Makeup-Evelyn Mauro
Officiant-Jake Wilson

 

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It’s difficult to tell a story about how two people fell in love, more difficult yet when you’re as close to those two as I am. The journey of wedding planning may have just started the moment Spencer put the ring on my sister, Charli’s, finger, but the relationship is one that I’ve been lucky enough to grow up watching.

Charli and Spencer weren’t just high school sweethearts. It began even before that, when Spencer sat kitty-corner to Charli in the sixth grade and started thinking of her as ‘that cute girl.’

Both bride and groom have a stubborn streak in them (okay, when it comes to the bride it may be a bit more than a streak) so of course it couldn’t be as simple as, “I like you, you like me.” Instead, we all endured years of the two of them dancing around one another, until high school when they finally decided to give a relationship a chance. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m pretty confident neither have regretted that decision.

Taking a groom as easy going as Spencer and adding a bride who’s always finding new projects and constantly ready to go and do makes for an incredibly adventurous relationship. From traveling together to help build water lines in Puebla, Mexico to cruising around the Caribbean, it’s hard to imagine two people better suited for each other’s personalities.

While most of us were still bumbling along trying to figure things out, Charli and Spencer were already buying their first house and settling into adulthood. Then came the question all of us were dying to know… When is he going to propose?

If I had it my way the two of them would already be married with a few babies, but luckily they’re both a bit more sensible than that and gave themselves a chance to grow together and start their lives together.

Needless to say, last winter when Spencer told me he’d been looking at rings I was on cloud nine. Then even more so when I watched him make my sister’s dream ring a reality. And true to Spencer’s nature, he wasn’t rushing himself into the proposal. Our conversations for the next few months revolved around me begging Spencer to propose already and Spencer giving me his signature, ‘don’t worry about it’ shrug.

Finally, on a morning in April I got the call. Well, multiple calls. My mom, my Grams, and of course the just proposed to bride. We spent the morning on numerous three way conversations while I grilledCharli for every detail about the Seattle proposal when Spencer pulled Charli on a stage during the Can-Can and made me the happiest sister in the world. And now, in July of 2014, I’ll get to stand next toCharli and play Maid of Honor to a wedding that I know I’ll never forget.

July 31, 2014

Annie & Aaron at Mrs. Kalin’s Barn

Vendors:
Venue- Mrs. Kalin’s Barn
Photography- Ifong Chen
Food- Fery’s Catering
Flowers- Help from friends​ and Kelly Moore’s Garden
Dress- Marcella’s Bridal
Cake- Marcel’s Cake
Shortcake- Grandma Alice Gleason’s recipe
All Rentals- A-Z Rentals
Everything Else- A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect. To our parents, siblings, and all other family and friends, you have blessed us more than we deserve. Our wedding was a testament to all of the love and support the people around us provide us with, we are so immensely thankful.

A special thank you to my momma, Kelly Moore. Mom, there are no words to depict how thankful I am not just for your amazing efforts toward this day, but to the woman I am because of who you are. You have been there to encourage Aaron and I from the moment he was just the first boy to show up on our front porch, to creating the most beautiful day for us to start the rest of our lives together. I am in awe of the woman God entrusted my life to. Thank you for everything you do for your kids, we love you so very much!

Our story..
Aaron and I are your semi-typical high school musical sweethearts, without the cool hair and choreographed dance moves. When we met, I was 15 he was 17 and we were the most competitive students in our PE class at University High School. I immediately sought  him as someone to test my athletic prowess while he was subtly trying to catch my eye from across our attendance spots (and breaking my finger in a basketball game during the process). That spring semester ended with an epic water fight and no exchange of phone numbers.

Summer went by and we didn’t see each other until we ended up both being “Crimson Crew Leaders” at orientation for the incoming freshman class. Before orientation the leaders were required to attend a weekend retreat. It was there, during a rainy pick up soccer game, that I realized that the handsome, athletic senior boy on the other team was the same boy in my PE class just a few months earlier.

It wasn’t until the long awaited, stressful homecoming season and a few hallway encounters later that it seemed Aaron could be the first boy I would maybe, possibly, if I had to, go to the dance with. But it wasn’t until he showed up unexpectedly at my house with a rose in his hand, that I just had to comply with the social norms of “dating” – a concept I was not too fond of. Little by little, his charismatic nature, goofy laugh, and servant’s heart showed me the beauty of what a blessing love can be.

The dance was on October 2nd 2009 and on October 17th after a Spokane Chief’s victory, he became the first (and only) boy I would refer to as “boyfriend” and asked if he could accompany my family and I to church the next day. From Needtobreathe concerts, to soccer games, to long college study sessions,  the rest of our story has been one of a constant journey of growth, love, trust and commitment to one another and our relationships with God.

My best friend asked me to be his wife on July 6, 2013 and on July 18, 2014 I made a promise to be with him for the rest of my life, what a beautiful life it is turning out to be!

 

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July 25, 2014

Amy & Jodi at Riverside State Park, Deep Creek Overlook and Barrister Winery

Ceremony Vendors

Ceremony Permit – Riverside State Park
Officiant – AnJanette Deweese
Photography – Ifong Chen Photography
Video – Rogue Heart Media
Music & Mic – AMP’d Entertainment
Hair – Yelena Stepanova
Makeup – Shasta Hankins
Violinist – Michael Sporre
Flowers – Evergreen Florist
Lavender – Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm, Greenbluff
Farm Benches & Tables – Spokane Farm Tables
Wine Barrels – Barrister Winery
Bridal Dresses – David’s Bridal
Tuxedos – Bridal Collections
Setup Crew – Spokane Women’s Hockey (and families)

Reception Vendors

Reception Location – Barrister Winery
Catering – Beacon Hill Catering
Photography – Ifong Chen Photography
DJ & Lighting – AMP’d Entertainment
Live Music – Chris Anderson Music, Seattle
Setup Crew – Spokane Women’s Hockey (and families)
Accommodation & Transportation – Davenport Hotel

 

Amy and Jodi defied many odds and overcame numerous obstacles to finally have their dream wedding take place on Saturday, July 5th, 2014. Surrounded by family and friends, who travelled from all over North America, they exchanged their own vows on a beautiful cliff in Riverside State Park.

Amy and Jodi met on Match.com nearly 4 years ago, almost accidentially. Amy, living in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Jodi, living in Spokane, Washington, USA, had fate bring them together in a 24 hour window of opportunity. After a month of talking on the phone and Skype, they finally met in person on September 24th, 2010 in Seattle, WA – the halfway point. Jodi knew the moment she saw Amy step off the ferry that she was the one for her. Amy, who thought Jodi was out of her league, wondered about how, logistically, the relationship could work, being from two different countries, and immigration laws that discriminated against same-sex partnerships in the US at the time.

Over the next year and a half, Amy travelled down to Spokane to visit Jodi, and her two lovely children, every 5 or 6 weeks. Every time she left, they really didn’t know when they would see each other again. During this time, Amy requested a work transfer to their Washington State office, and while they waited 9 months for a dual intent work visa to be approved, they kept their relationship strong with creative methods of communication. From writing long letters, sending small tokens, reading books to the kids over the phone, to Skype cooking and dinners together, Amy and Jodi built a foundation during a time when most would have thrown in the towel. It was also during this time that Jodi’s mother was suddenly diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at a very young age. Not being able to travel while her visa petition was under review, Amy struggled to watch Jodi lose her mother from afar. After a courageous battle, Amy and Jodi find peace knowing that “nanny” thought the visa was taking too long, and had to “get up there” to get things rolling. Sure enough, two weeks after her passing the visa was approved and Amy moved to Spokane, WA to finally be with Jodi and the kids.

Amy, Jodi and the kids continued to build a strong foundation, falling even more in love with the opportunity to function as a normal family would under a single roof. Over the next two years, they witnessed a dramatic shift in policies that finally gave them hope that they could live together forever – as a family, as Washington State passed same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act was defeated. Their wedding was more than a marriage, it was a celebration that love wins.

Amy and Jodi are so grateful to all their wedding vendors, who accepted them for who they are; two human beings in love. Their wedding experience in Spokane, WA was nothing short of incredible!

 

 

 

 

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