Ifong Chen Weddings

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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September 11, 2013

Sara & John at Arbor Crest Winery

Wedding: Arbor Crest Winery

Catering: Beacon Hilling Catering

Make up: The make up studio

Florist: Evergreen Florist

D.J : Amp’D Music

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The story of Sara and John:

John proposed to Sara a mere two weeks before he deployed to Afghanistan. Sara and John kept in contact through love letters, packages, flowers, and Trans-Atlantic phone calls for seven months. John returned to America in April of 2013. He and Sara excitedly anticipated their August wedding and are more in love than ever.

John and Sara met one fateful night at bible study in 2011, and the sparks flew instantly! They, along with a group of their friends, decided to go to Coeur d’ Alene lake for New Year’s Eve, to ring in 2012. John and Sara stole away for a moment alone by taking a walk on the icy pier – it was all Sara could do to not slip and fall in her heels! John, being the gentleman he is, offered his arm, and they walked and talked – arms linked – for the duration of 2011. Chivalry isn’t dead, after all! Soon thereafter, John worked up the courage to ask Sara to the Marine Corps Ball in January of 2012, and she gladly accepted. The Marine Corps Ball in Vegas, will go down in history as the beginning of Sara and John.

John was home for his pre-deployment leave in September, and was staying in a cabin on Deer Lake. Since he couldn’t be home for Christmas that year (if only in his dreams), Sara surprised him with a Summer Christmas! She decorated his cabin with Christmas lights, and decked the halls with boughs of holly, silver bells, a Christmas tree – the works! They were watching their favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas, and quite enjoying the antics of Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, when the fire started dying down into embers. It being a cold night on the lake that it was, John - always the gentleman - went over to the fireplace, and got down on one knee to stoke the fire. Sara stood up from her seat and wandered over to him. John, on bended knee, looked up and asked her if she would like to have her Christmas stocking present now. Surprised, Sara reached into one of the two stockings hanging on the mantel. John quipped that she had selected the wrong stocking, so she reached into the latter, pulled out a box, and opened it to find none other than a giant shiny princess-cut rock! John said some very sweet things, popped the question, and she said yes!

 

 

 

August 15, 2013

Sierra & Bruce at Belle Victoria Garden, Deer Park

There are few people in this world with kindest heart and love. Sierra is one of them.  I have never seem such a beautiful person like Sierra. I am so lucky to know her and so lucky to be part of her event. Thank you Sierra for your kindness and amazing time we have together! Love for Bruce and you! Ifong

P.S. I have also up side down amazed by the MOST incredible cup cake made by:Megan Weirauch!!  Watch out the most incredible baker is coming to town!

 

Here is something from Sierra:

Truly blessed…that is how I feel after our beautiful wedding! The day was perfect and radiated with love and happiness. We cannot thank all of our wonderful family and friends who were able to celebrate with us as we made our vows to each other enough. We are also endlessly grateful for what I call the “Dream Team” of vendors who made each and every detail of our wedding beautiful and perfect. There really is no way for me to express just how thankful I am for everything that people put into making our big day unforgettable!

Bruce and I have been together for six and a half years since we met our senior year of High School. From the beginning we fell head over heals for each other and have been inseparable ever since. Through our ups and downs we grew closer and stronger as a couple. Because of this I know we can weather any storm that come our way.

As we look at the past and the chapter of life that is ending we cherish the amazing memories we have shared, and as we look towards the future and this new chapter in life we are excited for the amazing memories and endless love that we have yet to experience. I pray that God blesses our marriage and I can’t wait to see what He has planned for us!

Thank you everyone who helped create the wedding of our dreams!

With Love,
~Bruce and Sierra Campbell

Our “Dream Team”

The BEST most Talented Photographer: Ifong Chen
Our Breathtaking Venue and Unbeatable Wedding Stylists: Belle Victorian Gardens (Pam and Larry Terpstra)
Hair Extraordinaire: Dominic Powell
Flawless Makeup: Shasta Hankins
Whimsical Florists: Ester at Special Touch Florists, and The Spokane Produce Floral Department
Fabulous DJ: Darius Felice
Gorgeous Gowns: (Custom Wedding Dress by Marcella at Marcella’s Bridal) and Bridal Collections
Stunning Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse (Vera Wang)
Delicious Catering: Reigel Crossroads Catering
Simply Sweet Cake and Cupcakes: Megan Weirauch
Elegant Bridal Party Hair: Staci Schmidt
Beautiful Background Cello Music: Amy Chase
Forever Supportive Family and Friends!

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July 17, 2013

Marci & Keane at Bozarth Mansion, Spokane WA

A blitz. A blur. The tacos went fast. The beer and wine, consumed by all with mounting enthusiasm, made for great hydration against a backdrop of pinatas and sombreros. Mexico was represented, but so too were our friends and family–surely the most lively, best-dressed, rhythm-making crowd to ever beset the Bozarth. Ole!

Wedding goers warned us: time would fly. It did. We enjoyed the company of people from all corners of this great nation. The love and support was a wellspring for communal laughs, chance meetings and the re-ignition of old friendships. Despite our best attempts, we were not able to visit with everyone. Blame the tight schedule or the pace of events. If that’s the case, please know that we truly appreciate that you came, saw and celebrated our wedding with us.

Great events are the result of great staff. Details, details, details. Special thanks to all of our vendors, who went above and beyond making this a uniquely memorable experience. In no particular order:

Soiree Event Design – Wedding planning
Batch Bake Shop – Dessert
Tacos El Sol – Food
Complete Music – MC and music
Whimsy Floral – Bouquets
Clearwater Summit Group – Grasses for aisle & transportation of supplies
Sonnenberg’s Market and Deli – Food
Mariachis – Live entertainment
Event Rents – Equipment and place settings
Olive and Boone - Marci’s Fascinator (headpiece)
Nordstrom (Joe Morris – The “Guru”) – Keane’s and groomsmen’ attire
The Davenport Hotel & Tower – Lodging and guest transportation
Bill’s Friendly Rides – Guest transportation

In addition, our parents were instrumental in the planning and creative development process. This would not have been as colorful or as fun without you. To Tim and Elaine Sweet and Dean and Diane Sonnenberg–thank you and we love you!

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June 18, 2013

Baby Jacob

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August 3, 2012

Hailey and Austin Wedding-Hayden ID

I am really falling in love with this wedding! I wish I could attend every weekend.  The families is so nice and welling, the location is so beautiful, the decorations were reflected many many creative thoughts, and Hailey and Austin were incredible. Here are some pictures that tells the day and let me know if you could feel the fun and hear the laughter!! P.S. The hand dipped cheese cake is to die for!!

Here some words from the bride:

Our wedding was more perfect than we ever could have dreamed! We were able to just relax, laugh, and enjoy the day. Such a blessing that the rain stop literally right before I walked down the asile!
Our wedding was completely and truly DIY, a year worths of planning, dreaming, crafting, antique finding… It wouldn’t have all happened without the wonderful help of our family and friends! So we didnt have many vendors….the venue was a meadow where Austin proposed so it meant alot to us, Friends helped make the food (my dad made the frozen cheesecakes), talented Toby (friend) coordinated and help stylize, my dress was storybook, flowers were made by family, cake was made by friends, tables from the attic, all decor was either made, found or from various antique and thirft stores, the bridal outfits I found pieces here and there. Hair was done by my sister, and my makeup was done by my bridesmaid Jacque.
We met in high school… But it was nothing more than small conversations here and there. Life took us separate ways (Hailey to Spain, Austin to Tulsa) Then after several years later out circle of friends crossed and we formed a deep connection and friendship. Austin sweetly and gently pursued me. After much time of pursuing we began dating… And now we are married! Our friendship formed a beautiful romance.


May 8, 2012

Spokane Wedding-Rhianna and Josh

It alway fascinated with how small the human connection will impact big in people’s life. I met Josh years ago in a wedding and asked Josh to help me out during the wedding. After that Josh became a photographer himself. Through years, I am impressed of his work and had a wonderful experience meeting his beautiful bride Rhianna last year. I was so honored to be a guest at Rhianna and Josh’s wedding. It is the most beautiful day of this spring and they are just wonderful. I got to play along with two other amazing photographers-Erica and Natalie. It was super fun to shot with them and here are few shots that I love. Rhianna is just gorgeous!! It is always heart warming to see two amazing people in love!! Make me just want to huge everyone.

May 1, 2012

Barrister Winery Inspiration Shoot

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This was the most fun shoot ever with some of the top people in the wedding industry! Thanks to Melissa from Apple Brides for bringing us together! Here is the Italian, rustic and gorgeous, wedding location hidden in an alleyway in downtown Spokane-Barrister Winery!

Planning and cordination

Apple Bride Blog

www.applebrides.com

Styling

Design By Soiree

Ali Messer

(509)688-9472
ali@designbysoiree.com
www.designbysoiree.com

Venue
Barrister Winery
Sharon Ray  sray5617@aol.com  (509) 723-8631
Greg Lipsker  office@barristerwinery.com  (509) 465-3591
http://www.barristerwinery.com/

Rentals
Event Rents
Andrea Tichey
andrea@event-rents.com
(509) 535-4030
http://www.event-rents.com/

Floral
Special Touch Florist
Esther Ryan
specialtouchflor@qwestoffice.net
509-467-2982
http://specialtouchfloristandgifts.com/

Makeup 
The Make-Up Studio
Julie Farley
julie@themakeupstudio.net
(509) 455-7430
http://themakeupstudio.net/

Hair
Strata Salon & Spa
Keilah Martin
stratasalonspa@gmail.com
(509) 327-1125
http://www.stratasalon.com/

Event DesignCoordination
Soiree Event Design
Ali Messer & Jessica Manfredonia
ali@designbysoiree.com
(509) 688-9472
http://designbysoiree.com/

Dress
Marcella’s Bridal
Marcella
info@marcellasbridal.com
(509) 466-5281
http://marcellasbridal.com/index.htm

Garter
Vintage Vanity
Kelsee Webb
VintageVanity12@gmail.com
208.818.0739
http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageVanityLL…
http://www.pumpkinpiecrafts.blogspot.com

Headpiece 
Veda Lux
Summer Hightower
sumariadesigns@live.com
509.475.1674
http://www.vedaluxboutique.com
http://www.vedalux.etsy.com

Stationary
Mango Ink
Ryan & Heidi
info@mangoink.com
1 888.999.9085
http://www.mangoink.com

Desserts/Caterer
Beacon Hill
Ellie Aaro
ellie@beaconhillevents.com
1 509.482.3556
http://www.beaconhillevents.com/
Beacon hill used desserts from the following shops, Beacon:  chocolate brownie bites with truffle ganache, mini fruit tartlets,

mini coconut cupcakes, Sweet Frostings: macaroons, Europa: chocolate mousse tartlets, raspberry petit fours, éclairs

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