Ifong Chen Weddings

February 18, 2014

Katie & Derek at Davenport Hotel, Spokane wedding

Wedding & Reception: Davenport Hotel

Catering: Davenport Hotel

Florist: Davenport Hotel

Hair: Jazz hair Salon

Make up: Shasta Hankins

D.J: Amp’d entertainment

Amazing uplighting & Smoke effect : Amp’d entertainment

Videographer: Grace Media

Cake: Groom’s family

 

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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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November 14, 2013

Jessica & Aaron at Mountain gate Country Club, Los Angeles, CA

Wedding: Mountain gate country club

Wedding planner: Wish wonder Dream

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Videographer: Zomei Videography

Rental: Imperial Party Rental

Florist: Wenfloral

Wedding Cake: Hansen

Reception lighting: Pacific Event

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October 30, 2013

Alexandra & Andrew at St Aloysius Church and Manito Country Club, Spokane Washington

Florist: Evergreen Florist

Photographer: Ifong Chen Photography

Bride’s gown: Marcella’s Bridal
Bridal party hair: Elite Salon
Bridal party makeup: Shasta Hankins Freelance Makeup
Wedding cake: Cakes by Mary Duray
Ceremony and cocktail hour music: Spokane String Quartet
Dinner and dancing music: Kathleen Cavender Band
Printing: Ditto’s Digital Solutions
Videographer and dance floor lighting: AMP’D Entertainment
Reception: Manito Golf & Country Club

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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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September 30, 2013

Jamie & Chris at Hagadone event center at CDA

Beau K florist- flowers, centerpieces and decor
The attic- dessert table and lounge area
Erin Blackburn- desserts
Hagadone event center- venue
Rox music- DJ
Event rents- linens, chairs, tables
Hair – Alexa Lugviel and Janet Carpenter
Our story:
After 7 years together, Chris and I were very excited to make it official. Our families joined us for a beautiful Catholic ceremony on September 20 at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. The next day we renewed our vows and celebrated with our family and friends at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.  I have never smiled so much or danced so hard. Chris and I both agree it was the best day of our lives… so far! Thank you to all of our guests for making it such a special night.

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September 26, 2013

Ashley & Luke Engaged!

  • Luke and I were introduced in 2006 at a WSU-Oregon football game in Pullman. At that time I was dating his friend, and he was engaged. We hit it off right away as friends and had always stayed in touch.The next year was nothing but a total whirl wind for me…in 2007, I had gotten married, had a baby and lost my husband in a tragic work accident. I was left to raise my 4 month old son Coltan alone.  Around that same time Luke’s engagement fell through weeks before the wedding. Luke was mourning the loss of his friend and would check in periodically and make sure Coltan & I were okay. Even before I was anywhere near ready to start dating again I was always so impressed with Luke and his loyalty to his friends and family.  Neither of us knew it yet but unexpected life events had brought new possibilities. As I went on with life as a single mom, I had literally no interest in dating. Luke and I communicated regularly and as time went on our friendship grew stronger and stronger. I had always gotten a kick out of Lukes adventures as a care free single guy and he always enjoyed updates and photos of Coltan. He was always protective and at times I could tell he was worried about how I was holding up.  The years passed and after a lot of long phone calls and many visits our friendship evolved into more. I began to realize how safe & comforted I felt with Luke. I also loved how I didn’t have to explain the long road Coltan & I had been on the past few years. Luke had always been there for us along the way. We share the same values and beliefs on what family and life are all about. I came to a point where we both knew we were ready to be together, everything about “us” felt right. Everything just fell perfectly into place.  Once we decided to be together there was no hesitation or looking back. We just became this little family right away and the three of us just fell completely in love. We had talked about it and we always knew we would get married eventually… but we never thought we’d end up getting pregnant before we were able to tie the knot. In November 2012, as we were welcoming our baby girl into the world Luke surprised me with a ring (I was shocked because I was not expecting it in between contractions) and asked if I’d make it official and marry him.  We are over the moon happy and so in love with our little family. We can not wait to share our love with our friends and family next summer!

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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 12, 2013

Jenny & Ryan at Bozarth Mansion

Wedding: Bozarth Mansion

Catering: Groom’s mother

Rental: Event Rents

Make up: Shasta Hankins

Cake: Sweet Frosting

 

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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!

 

 

 

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