Ifong Chen Weddings

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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July 2, 2014

Jacqueline & Desmond

Wedding: Sacred Heart Parish

Reception: Family home by the river

Hair piece: Finder’s keeper

Dress: Macy’s wedding

Cake: Sweet frosting

Catering: Costa Vida

Spent this Beautiful day with those beautiful two and their wonderful families.

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June 22, 2014

Blaine & Ryan at Davenport Hotel

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Vendors:

Wedding & Catering: Davenport Hotel

DJ: Complete Music Video Photo of Spokane

Gold Plate/Chargers: Event Rents

Photo Booth: Flat 4 Photography

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Officant: Ralph’s Regal Weddings

Floral: The Davenport Flower Shop

Suits: Custom made by Indochino

Lighting: AMP’d Entertainment

Wedding cake: Just American Deserts

The small cake pettifogs: Marcel’s.

Blaine and Ryan are prime examples that the sky is not the limit, and to never give up on your dreams. Blaine (a flight attendant) and Ryan (a pilot) had their first date on a cool evening in the Spring of 2008. After their short walk through Riverfront Park, they both knew their lives would soon change forever. That “short walk” ended up lasting a few hours until almost midnight, as Blaine and Ryan talked about just about anything and everything.

Ryan knew he would have to leave early the next morning back to California; so he asked Blaine that evening when he could see him again. Blaine replied with a simple, “whenever you can”, and to Blaine’s surprise- Ryan flew up that very next day from California just to have lunch with Blaine.

After a month of dinner dates and movie nights, they became an official couple on June 13th, 2008. One year after that, Ryan received a job offer in Miami, so the two moved there together in October of 2009.

After a few more years of dating, new jobs, school, and buying a condo in South Beach, Miami-Ryan asked Blaine to marry him and June 13th, 2012. Two years later they held their rehearsal dinner at the Steamplant Restaurant on their 6 year anniversary (an anniversary they also share with Ryan’s grandparents).

Blaine & Ryan could not have asked for a more beautiful Ceremony and Reception with about 135 family and friends from all over the country (and many from outside the country).

 

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June 21, 2014

Alex & Tom at Hill’s resort, Priest Lake ID

 

Wedding: Hill’s Resort

Photography: Ifong Chen Photography

Videography: Sure Shot Video

Amazing Floral design: Caravan Floral Design

Rental: Event Rents

Lighting: Amp’ed Entertainment

Band: Colorblind

Alex and Tom Fitzgerald don’t remember the exact moment of meeting each other at Santa Clara University, it seemed to them both like they had always known the other. Friends from the beginning, they spent a lot of time hanging out and laughing together during college. While life took them in different directions, where many experiences were gained traveling the world and kicking up dust on mountain peaks, and the sidelines of The Denver Broncos; they watched and admired each other from afar, enjoying each other’s company whenever possible.

After many years and plenty of life lessons later, the pair finally had a chance to connect. And boy did sparks fly! With Tom on the East Coast and Alex on the West Coast the pair agreed early in their relationship to meet in the middle, back to Denver, to give their love a go. Since then the two have been inseparable. Together they’ve embraced all of life’s challenges and triumphs, strengthening their love and commitment to each other. It was their shared passion for life and love for each other that propelled them to enjoin their lives together so that they may experience all that life has to offer as one. Alex and Tom now live and flourish in the beautiful city of San Francisco, working hard, and enjoying life.
Alex and Tom were married on June 7, 2014 in Priest Lake, ID surrounded by the love and goodwill of their families and friends.

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June 13, 2014

Laura Family

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Tamarae & Ryan Engaged!

Ryan and I first met in Las Vegas in 2009. We were both there for the WCC basketball tournament to cheer on the Zags and met through my brother Jimmy. At the time, we didn’t pay much attention to each other as Ryan had a girlfriend back home and I was there to have fun with my girlfriends as part of my senior year spring break!

A year and a half later, right as I was about to begin lawschool here in Spokane, and while Ryan was living in San Francisco, we reconnected through mutual friends at a Kings of Leon concert at the Gorge. That’s where our story really begins. We hit it off at the concert and began dating shortly after. Our first year of dating was long distance, but Ryan then moved back to Spokane after finishing his M.B.A. at Berkeley-Haas.

Fast forward to 2013 and it was a big year for us! I graduated from law school in may and took the BAR exam at the end of July ( I passed :) Ryan then completed his first Ironman in Tempe, AZ in November and we headed to Maui with friends and my family to celebrate thanksgiving and cheer on the zags at the Maui Invitational. On the way back home, we stopped on Oahu to see more family (Ryan’s and mine). Ryan proposed on December 1, 2013 under the cover of an umbrella as we stood on his family’s pier overlooking the ocean. We then got to celebrate with family over brunch!

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June 11, 2014

Kelly & Wylie at Commellini Estate

Ceremony & Reception – Commellini Estate
Flowers – Special Touch Florist
Make-up – Make-up Studio
Hair – Meegan Moen at Studio One
Cake – Kelly Leibing Cakes
Wedding Dress – Celestial Selections

 

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May 30, 2014

Alyssa & Jordan at Bozarth Mansion

Venue: Bozarth Mansion
Catering: Groom’s uncle
Cake: Marcel’s Desserts
DJ: DJ Ramsin
Flowers: Doann Lovell
Bride’s Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Hair: Katie Brown at Signatures Salon
Makeup: The Makeup Studio

First of all – we would like to thank both set of parents for making this the most incredbile day of our lives! Our parents were very instrumental in making this day so perfect and unbelievably fun. We also want to thank all of our friends and family who traveled from all parts of the country to spend this day with us.

Jordan and I met in high school and have been dating for 6 and a half years – so to say our wedding was a long time coming is an understatement! The day was just as magical as we had hoped it would be – full of laughs, happy tears and a lot of fun.

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May 19, 2014

Emily & Josh

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I first met Josh while waitressing in high school. I worked at a local restaurant with Josh’s sister. As his sister and I became friends josh and my relationship started to develop. One night while having a game night at his sister house she decided to play match maker. The next day at work she told me that she thought we would be a “cute couple” and asked me if she could give Josh my number. We started talking outside of the usual friends group and dating over the next couple of years. We got engaged in 2008 and have had a very long engagement so we are very excited for our big day!

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May 16, 2014

Hillary & Billy at The Glover Mansion

Wedding: The glover mansion

Catering: The glover mansion

Make up: The make up studio

florist: Garden of eden

Cake: Europa

How We Met

Hillary and I first met at Huntington Beach, Ca during a Medical School mixer where she turned down my invitation to get Balboa Bars (ice cream). Shortly after, we hit it off at a dinner party at a mutual friend’s house when she discovered I had made a gourmet salad: one that wasn’t just iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, and ranch dressing. Unfortunately I had to leave the festivities early and was not able to try the desert she made: Apple pie. Later that same week, a fortunate misunderstanding in an offer of apple pie led me to her apartment where we sat and talked for two hours. I asked her out on a date to Stell Coffee after several weeks of courting.

The Wonder Years

Most of the time in between our first date and our engagement was spent buried behind a textbook or on the units in the hospital. However, we did find the time to spend with friends, attend church, go snowboarding, tan (or burn, in Hillary’s case) at the beach, camp, and go on the occasional date.

The Engagement

On Saturday May 18th, between our OBGYN and Family Medicine rotation, I told Hillary we were going to spend the day in San Diego with our friends Ben and Sharon. Our morning started at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla watching (and smelling) the harbor seals. We then meandered along the coast and eventually drove to Balboa Park in downtown San Diego for a picnic lunch. There, I sat her down at a quiet tree, opened my basket where the ring box was sitting, and proposed.

 

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