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 14, 2014

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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October 1, 2014

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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August 7, 2014

Kirsten & Gabriel Engaged!

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Yu yu and Joseph Engaged!!

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June 13, 2014

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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May 15, 2014

Lauren and Tyler Engaged! Fun and Funky!

Tyler and I have an exceptionally cliché story. We first met at St. Aloysius Church in September of 2010, where he was the Organist and I was the Sunday School teacher. I knew immediately that we would wind up dating, but he was a bit oblivious at first.

We both studied in the Engineering school at Gonzaga University (class of 2014!), so we ran into each other quite frequently. He finally asked me out in November, after thinking that I was purposefully running into him around campus (a claim I will continue to refute).

Four years, 158 credit hours, a proposal, and a graduation later, here we are! We can’t wait to start the next chapter.

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March 14, 2014

Amanda & Eric Save date session

Just a quick session with Amanda & Eric for their save date card.  I was laughing hard with those super cute two and Eric should entertaining!!

 

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March 11, 2014

Harper and Casey Engaged!

As soon as the crazy snow and rain stopped, I got to spend time with Harper and Casey, and they are just so delightful and crazy good-looking! So excited to be part of their big day! Here is the love story of those beautiful two!

Casey and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2005, shortly after graduating high school. We started dating very soon after and were together for 3 years. We then moved other directions. Casey was going to school in Missoula, MT and I was heading to graduate school across the state.

Two years later, in 2010, we both found ourselves back in Spokane and back in each other’s lives. We decided that we didn’t want to be without each other, so we happily resumed our relationship. Later that year, Casey deployed to Afghanistan for 9 months, serving in the military. Through skype, email and good ol’fashioned letter writing we kept our relationship strong. 

In the fall of 2012, I moved in with Casey where our family grew with the addition of a couple cats, a dog, and a small flock of chickens!  In 2013 Casey proposed in Manito Park, where his parents got married over 30 years ago. I happily accepted and we can’t wait to start our journey as a married couple!

 

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March 7, 2014

Charlotte & Erik Engaged!

Charlotte and I were tricked into dating by a mutual friend in the Fall of 2009. The friend told me that Charlotte had a crush on me, and told Charlotte that I had a crush on her. Knowing only that the other had exceptional taste, we each decided that one date couldn’t hurt. So we spent a little time together. Then we spent more time together. Then some more.

 I was managing a political campaign when I met Charlotte, and my job ended with the election soon after. Faced with moving back to my hometown to look for work, Charlotte took a big chance on me by inviting this unemployed guy six years her junior to move in with her.

 I repaid that faith by immediately enrolling in law school and becoming largely unavailable for the next three years. If you’re unfamiliar with the effect of law school on a relationship, a friend of mine analogized it to riding a tandem bike: your relationship is going to get where it was going anyway, just faster. Luckily for me, it only made our relationship stronger, as I grew to realize that I could depend on Charlotte when I needed her most.

With law school and the bar exam now behind us, it has been wonderful rediscovering our relationship. Just like when we first started dating, we have the opportunity to spend actual quality time together. And to our delight, we never get sick of each other; all we want to do is spend more time together. I look forward to doing just that for the rest of our lives.

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