Ifong Chen Weddings

November 18, 2014

Mallori & Dan engaged!

Our love story began after discovering that we were next door neighbors. In March of 2012, I invited Dan and his roommate over for the first time. Little did I know, Dan had been referring to me as “G6″ for a year, as that is the model of car I drive. We went on a date later that week and it was the start of something special.

We dated for a year before our relationship turned long distance. I made the move from Minnesota to Washington to start a graduate program in speech-language pathology at Eastern Washington University and Dan started his pharmacy school rotations in Minnesota. After graduating in May of 2014, Dan got a job at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We have enjoyed the last few months of being in the same location!

Dan proposed to me on October 10, 2014 with the help of our new puppy, Finn. He tied the ring to Finn’s leash, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was the best day of my life. We are excited to move back home to Minnesota and tie the knot on August 1, 2015!

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November 6, 2014

Maureen & Scott Engaged!!

Scott & I would both like to sincerely thank Al Gore for “inventing the internet,” since the two of us met through online dating. It was a perfect time in our lives as I had grown weary of bad first dates, and Scott had become sick of wading through the plethora of girls that were not exactly his style (to put it kindly). I messaged him first, and we chatted a bit before setting up a first date at a cool local brewery. Despite the fact that he lived an hour away, Scott was on time & I was a good 15-20 minutes late, rolling in with an apology & a smile; it’s a good thing he thought I was cute and kept me around. Not wanting the date to end, we got some coffee and took a walk along the river. We laughed together as the local band playing music outside changed their tunes from normal to screamo as the night wore on and all the families went home. We sat & talked for hours that night and haven’t stopped since. I sent him home with a kiss and from then on, we have been inseparable.

The months we spent dating long-distance and spending every waking minute together on weekends passed in a blur and eventually Scott moved in with me and we bought an adorable little corgi named Rex. I am an artist at heart and am emotional and totally free-spirited. Scott balances me by being level-headed, laid-back and logical. The best analogy I’ve ever heard for a relationship came from a friend of a friend who is also an artist. He told me that he’s a balloon, flying wild and free while his wife grounds him by holding onto his string. “All these years,” he said “and she just keeps holding on. For my sake, I hope she never lets go!” I’m so glad Scott & I found each other. The constant laughter echoing throughout the rooms of our home is pure affirmation that this is the man I’m meant to build a life with. For my part, I hope he’s still holding onto my balloon string for many, many, many years to come.

 

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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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