Ifong Chen Weddings

October 28, 2014

Steph & Travis Engaged!

We met a little over 3 years ago at Elkfest, the music festival The Elk in Browne’s Addition hosts every year. We were headed to enjoy the music and ran into each other. Travis immediately told my friend I was cute, I thought he was super cute too but thought he wouldn’t be a serious catch.

Little did I know that we would be getting married one day. After hanging out for two weeks with friends we ended up talking or hanging out every day after that and haven’t gotten enough of each other!

We are so excited to spend our lives together and can’t wait for all the fun memories ahead!

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October 25, 2014

Courtney and Jon at Trezzi Farm

Vendors are:
Venue:Trezzi Farm
Catering: Trezzi Farm
Photographer: Ifong Chen
DJs- Randy and Cindy Bronkhorst (they do this as a side profession)
Florist: Erica’s Expressions
Wedding cupcakes: Windy Burkart of Tacoma
Bridal hair: Yelena -Spa paradiso
Bridesmaid hair: Victoria On the Broadway Salon
Bridal makeup: Julie -makeup studio
Bridesmaid makeup: Jamie Couey-Timm (side occupation)
Pastor: Jim Couey
Wedding Coordinator: Holly

How we got engaged

For those that haven’t heard the story……
Jon loves the Detroit Tigers more than anyone I know so when I heard they were coming to Seattle to play the mariners I bought him tickets right behind home plate. As the game went on, we bet on who’s hydroplane color would win. Loser buys the next round of beers. Sadly, I lost the bet so at the end of the 6th inning I stated I was off to buy those beers I owed and use the restroom. Those of you who know Jon well know he is naturally laid back so when he replied “no I think you should sit down” I was confused. Not even to go to the bathroom I asked? Maybe just wait he replied…….confused, I looked around like what was I missing and happened to look right up to the big screen that said Courtney will you marry me Jon? I quickly looked at him to see if that was us. As he fumbled to grab the box out and his tigers fan sign hit the ground as he got down on one knee between aisles, I realized it was! I’m sure my face turned red for fear we were on the big screen and quickly said YES! I never saw it coming that night and couldn’t have been happier than I was at that moment.

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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…
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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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