Ifong Chen Weddings

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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September 30, 2014

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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Vanessa & Greg at Beacon Hill Events

Venue: Beacon Hill

Florist: Just Roses

Event Planner: Soiree Events, Ali Messer

Photographer: Ifong Photography

DJ/MC: Amp’d Entertainment, Sam

Lighting: Amp’s Entertainment

Catering: Beacon Hill Events Catering

Furniture Rentals:Event Rents

Hair: Tryst, Janet Carpenter

Makeup: The Makeup Studio, Julie Farley

Love Story:

Six years ago a girl named Vanessa moved from her hometown, Spokane, WA to head to the big city of Los Angeles. Within the first 6 months of her new adventure to LA, she meet a sweet boy named Greg. Greg worked in the same office as Vanessa and noticed her right away and it didn’t take long before they went on their first date. On Vanessa’s 29th birthday Greg planned a romantic dinner at Malibu beach where he surprised her and asked for her hand in marriage. They are head over heels about each other and are exited to be husband and wife.

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September 29, 2014

Kelly & Tyler at Arbor Crest Winery

Vendors:

Venue: arbor crest

Caterer: catered 4 you

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Cake: Marcells Cakes

Dj: Brent Owen

Hair: Hillary at Jaazzz

Makeup: Julie at the makeup studio

Flowers: Holly Bloom at Safeway on 29th (centrepieces by Tyler’s mom Kim)

Brides maids dresses: A Finer Moment

Brides dress: Mia Sposa (Cambridge, England)

Tyler and I met on his first day at college at WSU, august 21, 2005. I helped check him into his dorm room!

From that day we had always been best friends. After college we both went our separate ways and lived in different states but always kept in touch. We reconnected in 2013 and knew we couldn’t

continue our lives apart. Tyler is a F 15 pilot in the Air Force and we are now stationed/living in England!

 

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September 17, 2014

Lauren & Tyler at Davenport Hotel

Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Rev Darrin Connall
Reception: The Davenport Hotel — Marie Antionette Ballroom
Flowers: Skyline Flowers, Patsy Pattison and Maria Mettler, florists
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom
Tuxes: Mens Wearhouse
Makeup: The Makeup Studio—Julie, Darla and Leslie
Hair: Bliss Salon—Mike
Wedding cake: Marsell’s
DJ: Amp’d Entertainment
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Coordinator for the Day: Kara Noyes

Our wedding story is one not only about us, but how so many that love us came together to make this a wedding a day we will always remember with joy and happiness.  We are so appreciative.

Tyler’s extensive experience as a Liturgical planner and organist allowed him to create a beautiful music liturgy.  With the help of Robert Carr, the Cathedral Choir, and Father Connall, we had a moving wedding ceremony that went hand in hand with the Marriage Preparation that we attended with Fr. Connall to prepare us for marriage beyond the wedding day.

Lauren’s experience as Ifong’s assistant (long ago) gave Lauren the experience to create everything from the invitations to colors to seating charts.   Every detail of the reception was considered for the wedding party and guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

The work done by Lauren, Tyler and all of the talented vendors made the day so magical and memorable.  And of course, our wedding would have been neither of these things were it not for all of the guests that took time and effort to travel (some a very great distance) to be with us to share this most honored event in our lives.

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September 16, 2014

Ashley and Luke at Beacon Hill

Wedding Venue and Cater: Beacon Hill

Makeup: Shasta Hankins

Hair: Becky Harwood

Wedding Dress: Celestial Selections

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Caravan Floral

Desserts: Sweet Frostings

DJ and photo booth: Complete Music

Rentals: Event Rents

Photographer: Ifong Chen

We’d like to thank all of our family and friends who helped make our wedding day even more special than we had ever imagined. No matter how long or how much you prepare for a day like this you can never prepare yourself for the emotions and intense amount of love and support you feel from everyone. We are forever thankful for everyone who traveled near and far to celebrate with us!

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September 12, 2014

Amanda & Eric at Arbor Crest Winery

Venue: Arbor Crest Winery
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Sexton
Catering: Beacon Hill
Flowers : Evergreen Florist
Wedding dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Dessert: Just America Desserts
D j : Justin, Amped
Videographer: Steven Schneidmiller
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair: On Broadway Salon, Victoria
Make-up: Shasta Hankins

A special thank you to our parents and family for all of your help to make our wedding dreams come true! This day is truly one to remember and we are forever thankful for your love, support, and encouragement. We love you!

Amanda and Eric’s story began in the summer of 2010. Amanda had just finished her first year of teaching in Deer Park and was enjoying her summer working with kids and spending time with friends at her family’s lake cabin. During her first year of teaching, her principal, Michele, told Amanda about her step son who was a firefighter. Michelle said that her step son was really sweet, but he lived in Yakima, and so Amanda didn’t think much of it. Eric was working in Union Gap as a fireman but made several trips to visit friends and family in Spokane, and over time, he began to pursue a job there.
While Amanda had originally dismissed Michele’s attempts at matchmaking, a short time later, the two met each other online. Amanda was a little bit nervous about going out with her principal’s step son, and she was really hoping that it would go well so things would not get awkward at work!
Fortunately, the two immediately hit it off. After a few weeks of exchanging emails and phone calls, Eric asked Amanda on their first date. Eric took Amanda to one of her favorite restaurants, Twigs, for drinks and appetizers. They talked for hours until the sun set and Eric drove her home. Amanda knew there was something special about Eric. Eric was eager to see Amanda again, and a few days later, he called to make a dinner date at the Wine Cellar in Coeur d’ Alene. Their connection continued to grow, and that night they had their first kiss on the front porch of her apartment.
Amanda and Eric’s relationship continued to grow and they withstood the test of being long-distance for a year. A job opened up in Spokane, and Eric was able to move back to start his career as a Spokane Firefighter. During the next three years, Amanda and Eric’s relationship developed even more through traveling together, having fun, and experiencing new adventures. On trips to San Diego, Florida, Vegas, and Seahawks games, they created lasting memories together. Eric taught Amanda how to water ski and snow ski, he took her camping for the first time, and taught her how to Salmon fish. Through all of these adventures, Amanda learned to trust Eric, and she fell in love. Eric loved how Amanda was so kind, passionate about kids and teaching, and he loved that she was so faithful with her friendships. He thought she was beautiful, both inside and out.
After Amanda and Eric watched the Christmas tree lighting at the Coeur d’ Alene resort last year. Eric got down on one knee and asked Amanda to be his wife. Of course she said “YES!” Eric then took her to dinner at the Wine Cellar where their love story began. Amanda felt like the luckiest girl in the world and now we are happily married!!

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September 5, 2014

Yuyu & Joseph at Bozarth Mansion

Day of Coordination: Angela, Bill and Luke and many many of great friends

Church: Southhill Bible church

Venue: Bozarth Mansion

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Catering: Sinh and Linda + Just a couple of moms

Flowers: Evergreen Florist

Cake: Sweet Frosting

Chairs & Runner: Event Rents

Make Up: Shasta Hankins

Hair dresser: JAYMIE SMITH from SUNNYBUNS HAIR DESIGN GROUP

Because of Lord Jesus’ amazing plan, we were brought together despite of the fact that we are from two different countries. The journey of learning to love another person is not an easy one. We argued and fought, laughed and cried, and endured long distance between us. Yet because the faithfulness of God, we learned to be faithful to each other.

因着主耶稣的奇妙安排,我们从不同的国度走到一起,并能相知相识。因着主耶稣的爱,我们学会如何相爱。虽然我们时有争执,虽然我们哭过笑过,虽然我们曾经分开,但因着对这位信实的主,我们凭着信心一路同行。

We are thankful for the love and grace from our Heavenly Father, vividly expressed through families, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. As His children, we come daily to enjoy the love of the Father. And we are certain there is abundant richness yet for us to discover and receive.
我们感谢父神透过我们的家人、朋友以及主内的弟兄姊妹将满满的爱和恩典浇灌给我们。每一天我们如同孩子一般来到这位慈爱的父神怀中来领受祂的慈爱。我们知道祂有更多美好的计划等着我们去领受。

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August 23, 2014

Thy & Phil at Northern Quest Casino

Vendors:
Venue : Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Hotel: Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Food: Chef Bob Rogers, Executive Chef at Northern Quest
Flowers: Skyline Flowers
Hair: Jessie Davis, Concepts Hair Salon
Event Planner: Danielle Norman, Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Dress : Celestrial Bridal
Tuxedos: Tuxedo Gallery
Singers: Naomi and Jon Deviny
Slide shows: Maria Gardella
Photography : Ifong Chen
Dj: DJ Ramsin
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August 15, 2014

Samantha & Casey

Venders -
Venue: big sky Estates
Flowers : done by my mother and mother-in-law
Wedding dress: Storybrooke bridal
Tux: tuxeido gallery
dessert and cake: Stacy’s cakes
D j : epic vibe ( Ryan)
videographer: Austin bishop
Photographer: ifong Chen
Rental: tables and tent lake city rental chairs hand painted by my mother
Hair and make up: shine salon Jaclyn
Sam and Casey’s history goes back to their high school teen living class.  Sam’s sister, Heather, had been friends with Casey for quite some time. Sam saw Casey in class and was instantly attracted to him.  Heather could tell that Sam was very smitten by Casey, and knew that they must meet.  So, Heather set them up on a date, and they hit it off right away. November 3, 2007, they were an official couple! After only dating for a couple months, everyone around them knew they were perfect, and they were constantly being told that they were soul mates, even by complete strangers!  Casey and Sam were truly a match made in heaven. After five blissful years as boyfriend and girlfriend, and many family vacations, summer days spent on the boat fishing, and winters at Schweitzer mountain skiing and snowboarding, Casey knew it was time to pop the question.  Casey took Sam fishing on September 21, 2012, on Hayden Lake where the engagement happened.  Casey and Sam have been together for seven years now, and are happy as ever!  They had a beautiful backyard country wedding on August 2, 2014.  They truly are, “happy ever after”, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Bride: I wanted to give a special thank to my parents for everything they did to give me the best day of my life. I am so truly blessed to have such amazing parents. Also wanted to give my deepest thanks to my mother and everything she did. For the past two years she has been working very hard on our wedding to make sure everything was perfect. She made all the center centerpieces and flowers arrangements and hand painted all the chairs one by one. Thank u mom love u with all my hart. I am so lucky to be married into the best family ever I am so thankful for everything they did for Casey and I. I am so happy to finally call them my mother and father in law and I can’t thank u guys enough for everything u guys did for our wedding love u all . One last thing thank u too all my girls that made my wedding day the best,love u all and my sisters ( maids of honer) you guys are amazing love u both very much everything u did was amazing.
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