Ifong Chen Weddings

October 15, 2014

Harper and Casey At Davenport Hotel

Venue: The Davenport Hotel

Photography: Ifong Chen

Catering: The Davenport Hotel

Florist: The Davenport Hotel

Hair: The Davenport Salon & Spa

Cake: Celebrations Bakery

Dress: Marcella’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dress: Bridal Collections

Casey and I first got together nine years ago, shortly after graduating high school. We dated for three years before going our separate ways. In the back of our minds, I think we both knew this would be just a temporary separation. Two years later we were back in each other’s lives. We moved in together, adopted a cat we are both way too in love with, and in the summer of 2013, got engaged!
It was a beautiful fall Saturday when our wedding day finally arrived! It was overwhelming to see so many people we love, gathered together to celebrate this new chapter in our lives. Casey and I both feel that our friends’ support has played a major role in our relationship. This was reflected in our choice to have a friend officiate and oversee the music. We both had a blast dancing the night away with our friends and family! We are so grateful to have so much love in our lives. Here’s to years of love and happiness ahead!!

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October 14, 2014

Jennie + Spencer + Little Gianna

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Brittany & Jordan Engaged!!

The Story of How We Met. (Written partly by Brittany, but mostly by her friend, Michelle)

Jordan and I have a long history…of sorts. As awkward preteens, we shared a middle school; we walked the same halls and sat in the same lunchroom. You would think that we would have been drawn together then, like moths to a flame. But alas, that’s not what destiny had in store. In fact, it wouldn’t be for another 12 years that we actually said our first hellos.

After moving back to Spokane in 2012 to finish grad school, I found myself working at my previous employer where I spent the majority of my college summers. It was here, in 2007, that I met my coworker and friend, Michelle. Being older (she has been holding steady at 29 for some time now), and wiser she schooled me in the joys of finding Mr. Right. We talked about “knowing when you know” and letting destiny lead. That being said, she also said sometimes destiny needs a push and asked if I would be interested in meeting a friend and coworker of her husband’s. She (being the absolute genius she is [yes, she is helping to write this]) swore up and down that we were perfect for each other!

Meanwhile, Michelle’s husband, Kaylen, was mentoring Jordan in the same manner. Of course, when I say mentoring, I mean he shared with Jordan the important pieces of information needed when tediously working on pairing soul mates…. “Dude, you should meet this chick. She is hot, fun and available. Let’s all get drinks.” Such a valiant effort. Oh well, it worked.

Jordan and I met in January of 2013 under the eyes, scrutiny and pressure of a whole gaggle of our friends. Our quiet conversations and awkward interactions were on display for the whole group to witness…some even took pictures. No matter, the setup worked. We clicked, and destiny kicked in.

We had our first official date a few days later, and after that, we were pretty much inseparable. I guess, when you find your other half, that’s the way it goes.

We sometimes wonder where we would be today had we met 12 years ago over a pre-algebra book or in a shared homeroom. Would destiny have rolled out the same way? Quite possibly, but it’s probably best this way. After all, tween marriage is such a cliché.

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Laurine and Scott at Luna

Our Love Story…
Laurine and Scott at Luna

New beginnings can happen at any time in your life. Laurine and Scott’s love story began when mutual friends brought us together. The first time we met, our hearts skipped a beat. It turned out to be a perfect match, at just the right time in both of our lives.

Each of us had been on our separate journeys, learning life lessons that shaped who we are today and helped us truly appreciate the love, joy and acceptance that we’ve now found in each other.

We’re humbled by the overwhelming love, support and generosity from our family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate our wedding day with us. It was the perfect setting — simple and elegant.

We’re eternally grateful to family members who added such meaningful touches to make our day even more memorable, to friends who rallied to overcome last-minute details, and to all of you (and you know who you are) who’ve been been there for us throughout the years.

You all contributed to creating a magical day for us — filled with love, laughter and happiness. It was beyond what we ever imagined.

We live in gratitude that we’ve found each other and can share the rest of
our lives with our best friend. We are truly blessed.

Vendors:

Venue and Catering: Luna
Photography: Ifong Chen
Dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Tuxedo Gallery
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Cake: Just American Desserts
Officiant: Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens
Invitation Design: Hanna & Associates
Music: Michael and Linda Wishkoski (friends of the family)
Video: Cutaway Media
Tent and tables: Event Rents


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Kelly + Ben + Little Maddie

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October 8, 2014

Jo and Bill at Arbor Crest Winery

Florist: Evergreen Florist
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Hair: Sarah Chen & Junae Nack
Makeup: Makeup Studio
Bride’s Dress: Celestial Selections
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Flower Girls Dresses: homemade
Guys Tuxes: Tuxedo Gallery
Caterer: Clover Restaurant
Cake: Happy Cakes
Audio: Amp’d
Linens, China, Glassware: Event Rents
Love Sign: Groom made
Photo Wall: homemade

Bill and i met back in high school. Our first encounter was not so pleasant, but we met again and realized how much we shared in common, and have not gone a day since without the love and support of one another…that was in April of 1996. In 1998, i moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. I cried a lot and turns out Bill couldn’t live without me, so he soon made the move to Seattle too. Over the next decade we met great friends, had tons of grand adventures and deepened our love and respect for one another. We raised two beautiful English bulldogs together and had more fun than i can relay in a few words.
We always knew we would eventually tie the knot (when we were ready for kids) and that time finally came. On a magical September Saturday we gathered all of our family and friends at the Arbor Crest Winery to witness our ceremony, held in the most fitting of places, the enchanted forest. The day itself was a whirlwind, what i remember most vividly is the electrifying feeling, the amazing energy created by our guests. Their excitement for us was palpable, their years of joy visible, the entire day was amazing. Even mother nature contributed by blessing us with the most fiery sunset most of us had ever seen. It brings years to my eyes just thinking about it. I hope this day will live in our loved one’s hearts forever, because i know it will be in ours.
The best part is that Bill and i get to start a new chapter, where the best is yet to come.

 

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October 1, 2014

Charlotte & Erik at Beacon Hill Events

Venue and Catering: Beacon Hill
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Hair & Makeup: Davenport Hotel Spa
Bride’s Dress: La Sposa
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Valentino
Groomsmens’ Suits: The Black Tux
Flowers: Evergreen Florist
Cake: Happy Cake
Audio: You-Do-DJ
Guest Gifts: Petunias Marketplace

Erik and I lived together for five years before we got married. We built a good life and loving partnership during that time, and felt a commitment to protect and nurture that for the rest of our lives. On a beautiful day in mid-September, with our families and our friends gathered around us, nothing – and, of course, everything – changed in the most wonderful way.

We will always cherish certain memories from our wedding day. Our accidental first look when the elevator doors opened to reveal shock on both our faces. Circling with my beautiful bridesmaids before walking down the aisle and knowing that I’m joining a very lucky club of happy wives. Feeling so much love from our guests as they applauded our first kiss as husband and wife. Hearing my one-hundred-and-one year old grandmother say “there has never been a happier grandma ever!” and my father calling my new husband “a good man” as he officially welcomed Erik into the family. Dancing under twinkle lights with my handsome groom, and knowing that we have a lifetime of memories still to create together.

Erik and I are filled with much love and gratitude from this very special day.

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Tahney & Trevor engaged!!

As soon as Trevor and I met there was a strong mutual attraction that was bound to lead to something more. We began talking and quickly decided on a first date that lasted nearly 7 hours; time had gotten away from us! Knowing Trevor was moving away in a few months for the military, we spent as much time together as possible and only grew closer. A long distance relationship was inevitable but we were both committed to making it work because we knew we had something special. We maintained a strong relationship for months while living on opposite ends of the country. At one of his military events soon thereafter, he surprised me with a proposal that I of course could not refuse! We are beyond excited for our future together and are keeping plenty busy planning our special day!

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September 30, 2014

Amber and Ben Maternity session at Beautiful Portland, OR

“When Ben and I found that I was pregnant, we had a wild range of emotions. We were so happy, but we quickly realized our lives were about to change. Were we ready? With each appointment things became more real and we got more and more excited. We’ve enjoyed each milestone of the pregnancy, from announcing to our friends and family to finding out we were having a girl at our gender reveal party, and taking baby bump pictures along the way!
We got married 4 years ago and Ifong was our wedding photographer. A year later, we moved from Spokane to Portland, Oregon. When we decided we wanted to do maternity pictures, we knew we had to reach out to Ifong! We were so glad that she was willing to fly out to us. We had so much fun taking the pictures.
Now we are five weeks away from our due date and we get more excited every day. We can’t wait to welcome our baby girl to the world!”

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Natalie and Michael at Glover Mansion

Her story

Natalie & Michael met in a thoroughly modern way – on an internet dating site.
Drawn to one another through their mutual sarcasm, dry wit, and intelligence,
they emailed back and forth until a memorable ‘first date’ – a gypsy/carnival
band at the Knitting Factory. He remembers her comfort in ordering and eating
messy chicken wings. They had a lengthy conversation about the didgeridoo,
both naming bands featuring this unusual instrument. She was impressed when
he said he had actually made one (and proved so with pictures, later) There was
an instant spark, but as that grew and deepened into love, so did challenges and
obstacles they overcame. The couple is proud of the value they place on understanding
each other’s differences and honoring their individuality while nurturing their togetherness.

His story

Natalie and Michael met in a thoroughly 21st century kind of way – Natalie outbidding
Michael at the last minute during an Ebay auction. After sending repeated emails to each
(Michael’s typically ending with something like, “I’m not chicken. USA! USA!” – Natalie’s
usually with, “If you love Air Supply as much as me, you should have bid HIGHER!)
the two decided to continue their argument over a plate of buffalo wings and alcohol.
Their ‘first date’ involved:
1) Natalie securing a room at the Montvale Hotel (in case, for some

odd reason, we had a good time together – she wouldn’t need to DWI),
2) Her work closing that day due to snow storm and

3) An afternoon bottle of wine with her name all over it.

They met at the Knitting Factory over cucumber flavored vodka and buffalo wings.
Michael has since commented how he was mesmerized at how her light blue eyes
sparkled when juxtaposed to the dark red buffalo sauce that was dripping off her
hands and chin.
As if a bottle of wine and cucumber flavored vodka weren’t enough, the couple
adjourned to the entertainment portion of the evening – more vodka, the artiste ‘Lynx’,
and the headliner ‘marching band’ called “March Forth”. Now, it should be noted that
band members seemed a striking mix of ‘fair carnies’, original Woodstock groupies and
tattoo afficionados ALL that could actually PLAY wind instruments). Natalie remembers
thinking Michael was stretching the truth regarding didgeridoos – Michael remembers
thinking, “Wow…she does use that word 500x more when she’s had a drink or 3!”.

And their relationship hasn’t changed much since then. Sometimes it is filled sharp clarity.
Other times, surrealism. And then there are times when all of this is happening at the
same time. It’s what initially created a spark between them. It has caused multiple roller-
coaster rides in their relationship without either of them having to leave their home.
And…it is also what continues to pull them together as a couple – the passion to want to
be with each other – created the desire to really want to communicate with each other –
and learning to value the individual and everything they brought to the relationship as well
as what they both created ‘in’ their relationship – their son.

All this and Michael has still yet to see the inside of a Montvale hotel room.



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