Ifong Chen Weddings

October 14, 2014

Laurine and Scott at Luna

Our Love Story…
Laurine and Scott at Luna

New beginnings can happen at any time in your life. Laurine and Scott’s love story began when mutual friends brought us together. The first time we met, our hearts skipped a beat. It turned out to be a perfect match, at just the right time in both of our lives.

Each of us had been on our separate journeys, learning life lessons that shaped who we are today and helped us truly appreciate the love, joy and acceptance that we’ve now found in each other.

We’re humbled by the overwhelming love, support and generosity from our family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate our wedding day with us. It was the perfect setting — simple and elegant.

We’re eternally grateful to family members who added such meaningful touches to make our day even more memorable, to friends who rallied to overcome last-minute details, and to all of you (and you know who you are) who’ve been been there for us throughout the years.

You all contributed to creating a magical day for us — filled with love, laughter and happiness. It was beyond what we ever imagined.

We live in gratitude that we’ve found each other and can share the rest of
our lives with our best friend. We are truly blessed.


Venue and Catering: Luna
Photography: Ifong Chen
Dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Tuxedo Gallery
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Cake: Just American Desserts
Officiant: Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens
Invitation Design: Hanna & Associates
Music: Michael and Linda Wishkoski (friends of the family)
Video: Cutaway Media
Tent and tables: Event Rents

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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.


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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August 10, 2014

Stacie and Andy at Arbor Crest Winery

Vendor List
Catering- Catered For You
Venue- Arbor Crest
Photography: Ifong Chen
DJ- Brent Owen (Sound Climax)
Flowers- Just Roses Spokane Valley
Cake- Just American Desserts
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Make-Up: Shasta Hankins
Hair: Pam Buckner & Teresa Johnson
Priest: Father Tim Hays
A Walk Down the Aisle
If you were to ask Andy where he would be in his life five years ago, he wouldn’t have expected to say that he would be with an amazing woman who would bring him 3,000 miles from home and who would share in daily adventures. Whether the adventure be big or small, it always made him feel close to the girl he could easily say “I love you” too every day.
If you were to ask Stacie what she expected to gain from living in Syracuse, NY, she would of initially told you that it was just a place to get her Master’s degree as she planned to move back immediately to the west coast. However, soon did she realize, her heart had other plans. All it took was that fateful day when Stacie fell off the chair lift and met that wonderful guy who would change everything.
As the old saying goes, ” Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” We both find this saying to become more true each day. Never did we expect to become friends, fall in love, travel the country together, and one day say “I do”. We both had plans and ideas of where our life might be heading; however, we never were sure of the exact course our lives would take. All we know, is that we are glad to be taking this journey together and to have found our partner in crime.
So many people may not know what it feels like to know when you have the one. With Stacie by my side everything began to become a much clearer, bigger picture of what lied ahead in life. The possibilities when you know you have a partner always by your side on your journey seem endless. We knew without a doubt that we had found our other half nearly 2 years ago now and not a single day goes by where we wonder what could have been. Although, it’s funny to realize that when we were first getting to know each other we found out that we had multiple chances to meet from various friends or events. Yet, we both look back and agreed that how we met was meant to be. Without a doubt we knew a wedding was going to happen, but who knew what a wedding it would become!
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June 22, 2014

Blaine & Ryan at Davenport Hotel

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Wedding & Catering: Davenport Hotel

DJ: Complete Music Video Photo of Spokane

Gold Plate/Chargers: Event Rents

Photo Booth: Flat 4 Photography

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Officant: Ralph’s Regal Weddings

Floral: The Davenport Flower Shop

Suits: Custom made by Indochino

Lighting: AMP’d Entertainment

Wedding cake: Just American Deserts

The small cake pettifogs: Marcel’s.

Blaine and Ryan are prime examples that the sky is not the limit, and to never give up on your dreams. Blaine (a flight attendant) and Ryan (a pilot) had their first date on a cool evening in the Spring of 2008. After their short walk through Riverfront Park, they both knew their lives would soon change forever. That “short walk” ended up lasting a few hours until almost midnight, as Blaine and Ryan talked about just about anything and everything.

Ryan knew he would have to leave early the next morning back to California; so he asked Blaine that evening when he could see him again. Blaine replied with a simple, “whenever you can”, and to Blaine’s surprise- Ryan flew up that very next day from California just to have lunch with Blaine.

After a month of dinner dates and movie nights, they became an official couple on June 13th, 2008. One year after that, Ryan received a job offer in Miami, so the two moved there together in October of 2009.

After a few more years of dating, new jobs, school, and buying a condo in South Beach, Miami-Ryan asked Blaine to marry him and June 13th, 2012. Two years later they held their rehearsal dinner at the Steamplant Restaurant on their 6 year anniversary (an anniversary they also share with Ryan’s grandparents).

Blaine & Ryan could not have asked for a more beautiful Ceremony and Reception with about 135 family and friends from all over the country (and many from outside the country).


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January 10, 2014

Weddings of 2013

2013 was an incredible year. It is so hard for me to express how much I have appreciated the people I met, worked with, and photographed this year. Thank you form the bottom of my heart. So many of you have become my friends, and so many of you continuously include me as the next chapters of your lives begin. Love you all! Thank you! Thank you!


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September 13, 2013

Caitlin & Jon at Loon Lake

Design Events (tent/lanterns/cocktail tables)
Event Rents (dishes/linen/dancefloor)
Classic Vintage Rentals (tables)
Shasta Hankins (make up)
Lindsay Duvanich (hair)
Matt Green (videography)
Ifong Chen (photography)
Lance, Big Show Mobile Entertainment (DJ)
Beacon Hill Events (catering)
Diana, Agape Events (planning)
Special Touch Florist
Just American Dessert
Alright, I know this has got to be one of the longest posts, but I am head over heels for this wedding. It was pouring rain from noon to 5 p.m. during all the photo shoots. I thought there is no way I could pull it out with the weather. But we did it!!  We did it all together as a prefect team! Not only the setting is stunning, Caitlin and Jon are so much fun and Caitlin’s dad Mark had made everyone cry and laugh the whole day long. Diana from Agape Event did an incredible job running everything smoothly. Oh, don’t even forget about dancing. My goodness, it had the best dance ever…I could go on and on, but here are some images to show the amazing day!!
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September 5, 2013

Katherine & Pascal At Beacon Hill

Thanks to the following local vendors for their beautiful contributions:

Wedding: St. Joseph Church

Reception: Beacon Hill

Catering: Beacon Hill Event

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Makeup: The Make Up Studio

Florists: Evergreen florist

The gown: Macella’s Bridal

The desserts: Just American dessert

D.J: Ramsin Music

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October 23, 2012

Meghan & Kevin Wedding-Spokane Club, Spokane WA

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

Our story:
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.

August 17, 2012

Layne and Fred Wedding-Spokane country club, Spokane WA

Wedding and Catering: Spokane country club

Wedding dress: J crew

Make up: The make up studio

Florist: Evergreen florist

Cake: Just America desserts

D.J:  Amp D Entertainment




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