The story of Tim and Sara:
“Timara” is fairly simple. We sat next to each other in biology class at the University of Washington after being introduced by a mutual friend. Tim likes to recollect that it was Sara who couldn’t keep her eyes off his red hair, beautiful calves, and sky blue eyes. She would distract him in class with smiley faces on his note pages and she knew she had caught his eye when he, in return, would provide her some of his seemingly endless supply of Hot Tamales. With a year of flirting and interspersed dates, Tim knew he had sealed the deal when Sara accidently sent a text to him that was meant for her friend stating “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I really like him”. Pretty great for a guy to receive as you can imagine. Dates and hanging out became a regular event ever since then. However, Sara did have requirements:
#. Tim had to have a desire to travel – which led to their cross continental emails from Nicaragua to Priest Lake, Peru to Africa, and then closer from Seattle/Boise/Montana/Michigan to Spokane (much more feasible). They were even able to take some of those travels together going California, Arizona, Victoria, Priest Lake Id, and Orlando.
#. Tim had to be outdoorsy – in which multiple hikes in the cascades, camping at the grand canyon, sailing, and random bike rides together resulted.
#. Tim had to be active – he started running for her. Now he has run a marathon with her. Enough said.
#. Tim had to cook – he usually does most of it….and the cleaning too.
#. Tim couldn’t be too crazy of a night owl – double digits is a success for bed time to him and Sara. Waking up early with a cup of coffee on the deck is the best start to a day.
#. Tim had to expect blonde babies in the future – False. Our dog, Marvolo, is a redhead and so will all future Hatlen babies.
#. Tim needed to understand that Sara didn’t want to be on the Kate and William train of 8 years of dating. He fulfilled that wish on May 26th over Memorial Weekend when he and Sara met half way at Flat Head Lake, MT for camping and hiking. She was completely oblivious the entire day, and even during the actual event, when Tim asked her during a picture break on the hike. They celebrated at a winery and then of course went to have pizza that night for dinner, her favorite food. Tim’s family secretly came to Spokane to carry on the celebration with Sara’s family the next day.
There is a lot more ahead for Timara. Sara is just completing her first year of medical school and Tim is finishing his medical education. He expects to work and pay for Sara to complete school as a general internist, then it is on to retirement and leisure as she becomes the breadwinner and he stays at home relaxing leisurely.
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal
Suit: Brook’s Brother’s
Florist: Evergreen Florist
Venue and Catering: Spokane Club
DJ: DJ Kowax
Hair: Diva’s Studio
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Cake: Just American Desserts
Meghan and Kevin met on a night out with a mutual friend….Kevin was the shy, silent type and Meghan, was, well, everything but…. she made him dance with her to, of all songs, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Meghan left a few days later to go back to school in Boston, but they kept in touch and when she moved back to Spokane, several months later, they began to see each other on a regular basis.
Fast forward 5 years later, Meghan and Kevin are still inseparable, Kevin is slightly less shy and silent and Meghan, as always is still a talkative, energetic, giggly girl. They’re excited to be newly married and are so grateful to have started off with such a supportive group of friends and family around them.
Our wedding story:
Andrew and I met a little over 8 years ago. We were friends out of a mutual friend and both of us were green right out of high school. After knowing Andrew for a couple of years I mustered up the courage to do more than just a little flirting and actually tell him I had a “crush” on him. He shut me down! I was floored. I had never been shut down before, in fact, to this day he’s still the only man to have ever shut me down. We were friends so we stayed in close contact throughout the years. I moved to Portland for school and he moved to Everett for work.
After graduation I moved back to Spokane planning on staying here for a brief amount of time before heading out to find a career. The same mutual friend we had 6 years prior happened to call me up shortly after I moved back and mentioned that he was having a little get together… he also mentioned Andrew was going to be there. I was in! From that night on we didn’t leave each others sides.
Last December Andrew bought a house and I moved in. We knew things were pretty set at this point it was just a matter of timing. On January 20th of this year he surprised me with a trip to Portland and the Oregon coast. After 10 grueling hours in the car through an outrageous ice storm we were finally there, little did I know he was about to propose. Without hesitation I said “yes!”
By the end of February I had my dream dress, a date, and no clue where to go from there with only 7 months to plan. The dress fit perfect so no alterations were needed and slowly but surely with the help of so many family members and friends the wedding started to fall into place.
The local Deer Park florist was happy to do just a few simple bouquets. A very generous farmer, who didn’t know me from Adam, offered up some of his crop for me to use as centerpieces. We decided on using the family farm for the venue, which couldn’t have turned out any better. From there people flocked to help with planning and setting up.
My mother-in-law, whose a master with a sewing machine, made our table runners and helped with decor. My dad found some amazing vintage items that we could use for decor and photos. A few family friends volunteered to cook an amazing meal. The best man and maid of honor couldn’t have done more to help out. And my mom was a saint! Without her I couldn’t have made this happen. She was on top of everything I was either too stressed to figure out or just kept putting off for a later time. It was truly my fairytale wedding. Eight years after Andrew had shut me down we’re married and embarking on an adventure that we can write together from here on out.
Looking back on it now it’s probably a good thing he shut me down. We wouldn’t have worked way back when. We were able to grow individually and experience other relationships that allow us to love and appreciate each other the way we do now. Andrew is everything this world means to me. He is a good leader, strong in faith, and overflowing with love. I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I’ve heard a lot of love stories in my time, and although I’ve given you just a snippet of the beginning of ours, the love story I’m looking forward to the most is the rest of ours.
Flowers- Hillcrest floral (Boise, ID)
Cake- Brenda’s Creative Cakery (Boise, ID)
Hair- Mike at Bliss Salon
Make-up- Shasta Hankins
Venue and catering- Trezzi Farm
Officiant- Jodi with Adventure Weddings
Rentals- Event Rents
Venue & Catering: The Spokane Club
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Music: Neva & DJ UNME
Make-Up: Emily Shankle, Studio Capelli
Hair: Jill Stern, Be Loved Salon
Desserts: Sweet Frostings & Family of the Bride & Groom
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Suits: Jos A. Bank
Ceremony Decor: Design by Soiree
Reception Decor: Charlie Witte, Connie RIchardson, & Greg Hubbard
Flowers: Chets & Anenome
Spokane natives Bill and Danielle were introduced by a mutual friend at a classic South Hill pub and pizza joint in the city, The Park Inn (also fondly referred to as The P.I.).
Bill, a high-energy-super-social-golf-and-finance guy, was the perfect balance for Danielle, the super-organized-artsy-passionate-dance-and-marketing gal. The two fell in love, and two years later decided to “tie the knot” for good.
With an exciting future on the horizon, these two newlyweds feel blessed to have an extraordinary amount of support from their family, friends, and each other in this new adventure called marriage!
“This was not only the wedding of our dreams; it was the start to the life of our dreams.”
– Bill & Danielle