Ifong Chen Weddings

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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January 9, 2014

Spokane winter engagement-Katie & Jeremiah

I can’t say I love the ice cold temperature, but I am in love with these two!

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October 30, 2013

Alyssa & Jorden Engaged!

Jordan and I met about eight years ago in Mr. Clark’s math class at Mead High School. One of us had a huge crush on the other, but the feeling wasn’t exactly reciprocated.  I cannot say which was which, as that person feels really bad about it – now that we are about to get married! Fast forward a couple years, and we were put in the same math class again. This time, we BOTH hit it off, and started dating a couple months into the school year! We have been together for six years now.

Jordan and I went to different, but local universities (to stay close) and worked hard to juggle school, jobs, track, internships and each other. Whether it was heading out to Cheney for lunch between classes or driving to Gonzaga for coffee before an 8 a.m. class – we made it work.

Jordan had always said we wouldn’t get engaged until we were both finished with college, so in June of 2013 the excuses were running slim. Just a few short weeks following graduation, the time had FINALLY come. He popped the question outside Cedars Floating Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, where we had dinner five years prior for my Senior Prom.

We could not be more excited for our big day in May of 2014!

 

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October 24, 2013

Stacie & Andy Engaged! Long Beach CA

Story of a love-struck groom:

From across the country, Stacie traveled to New York pursuing an education in Speech-Language Pathology. However, little did she know, she would not only gain an education from the books she studied, but from the life she would live in Syracuse. All it took was her making some mutual friends for our paths to cross and in no time at all, she would walk right through my front door.

I knew meeting Stacie would add a new friend in my life, although, I could have never imagined that I was getting to know my future wife.  As she walked through my front door, her beauty instantly struck me. Although, she remained quiet, I could tell she was enjoying herself as we drank wine and laughed with our friends. After our initial meeting, I longed for another chance to get to know her.

Sure enough, I had the chance to get to know her better shortly after, on a trip to the mountains. Although separated at first on the big mountain, fate would bring us together by chance as she stumbled head over heels to me not just in her feelings (little did I know) but literally as she fell off the chair lift. Like a knight in shining armor, I swooped in to save the day as I joined her side by side on the next few runs. By the end of it all, I found out later that all I needed to get her attention was a quick snack at the waffle hut. I knew it was love when she said, “I knew I liked you.” after swallowing whole her entire waffle in what seemed like one bite.

As the months wore on, I knew that her and I would become inseparable once we made our feelings known to each other. At first both of us had trouble expressing how we felt, but after taking a chance, we found those words came effortlessly. And before I knew it, I told her I was ready to travel any distance to make sure she would always be by my side.  As fate would further have it, we traveled to California to embark on new adventures. I have loved every moment since and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us with her by my side as my wife.

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