Ifong Chen Weddings

April 22, 2015

Ahnaliese + Brooklyn + Steve

The cutest baby girl ever!! I am in loving with Ahnaliese!

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April 21, 2015

Stacey + Zoye +Nora

Spending a sunny morning with those beautiful people!!

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April 16, 2015

Adelyn + Carly + Greg

Adelyn Mae came into this world three days past her due date, but when she decided to come she was good and ready! The night she was born she held up her own head and at that moment I knew she was going to live up to the framed picture of a Shakespeare quote her Auntie M bought her, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Throughout Addy’s first year she has proved that again and again! She knows what she wants and at the tender age of one is ready to take on the world. In the words of her daddy, “oh man those baby blues…we are in trouble!”

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Miss Adelyn

Filed under: Baby,Family — ifongphoto @ 8:10 pm

Adelyn is a beautiful baby girl with incredible funky and fun personality. At age one, she already master bossing her parents and me around :)

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April 14, 2015

Rebecca & Eric at EJ Roberts Mansion

Love Story
We met online through Plenty of Fish in fall 2012. Through the next 2 years, we were friends and dated off and on. October 31, 2014 was a turning point in our relationship. We went out to dinner and a haunted house, but ended up falling asleep on the couch curled up together while watching a movie. We realized at this point that it was silly for us not to be together. We obviously kept coming back to each other for a reason and it seemed meant to be. January 17, 2015, we were sitting discussing our plans for the future. We were talking about moving across the country for specialized schooling, but didn’t want to be apart or have our relationship end in a strange place away from family and friends. At some point Eric couldn’t hold it in any longer. He told Rebecca that we belong together and shouldn’t be apart and asked her to marry him. While Rebecca had many reasons to wait (didn’t have a ring, he needed to get her dad’s blessing, etc), ultimately she said yes of course! Once we were engaged, pieces starting to fall in to place quickly. We found a place to get married, invited family and a few friends, and said our vows on April 1, 2015. We are completely ecstatic and are excited to start our new life together.

Vendors
EJ Robert’s Mansion for location
Megan Baker (a friend) for cake
Brian Scott (a friend) for officiant
Black Angus for dinner reception location afterwards
Oriental Trading Company for decorations (champagne flutes, mirrors, beads, flowers, chocolates)
David’s Bridal for wedding dress and bridesmaid/flower girl dresses
Tuxedo Gallery for groom/groomsmen/father of groom/ring bearer tuxes

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March 12, 2015

Tamarae and Ryan at The Outrigger Canoe Club, Oahu, Hawaii

Wedding Coordinator= Diana Caro-Salvador (Oahu Weddings)
Florist= Passion Roots
Reception Venue & Catering =The Outrigger Canoe Club
Ceremony Venue= Mystical Rose Oratory-St. Louis Campus
DJ = Troy Michael DJ
Surfboard & Guest Sign-in Plaque= Haleiwa Surfboard Company
Grooms Suit= Ted Baker from Nordstrom Men’s Shop
Brides Dress= La Belle Elaine’s Bridal (Bellevue, WA)
Rings=Dodson’s Jewelers (Family stone in engagement band)
Decorations = various vendors/retailers
Menus/place cards/programs = Wedding Paper Divas

 
When planning our wedding, Ryan and I started with location. We thought that a “destination” type wedding would be fun because it provides an opportunity to spend more time with guests, but we also wanted the wedding to be in a location that was meaningful for us and that we had a strong connection to. Honolulu, HI was the perfect fit. Next we thought, “what’s the best time to leave Spokane and head to a tropical destination?”… February!

In February 2014 we took a quick weekend trip to Honolulu to celebrate Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday and choose a venue and exact date. We decided on the chapel at the St. Louis campus for the ceremony as both our families have connections to the school (Ryan’s dad is an alum, and my mom is an alum of the sister school Sacred Hearts) and the campus is truly gorgeous. For the reception, there was a lot to consider. We knew we wanted to be somewhere that evokes the laid-back, tropical island vibe we love, so hotel ballrooms and resort locations just didn’t fit. Given the number of guests we expected and logistics of traveling/transportation, the outdoor private estate venues also weren’t a great option. We started thinking about some of our favorite spots that we could share with our guests, and quickly remembered the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Club sits directly on the beach and the restaurant and lanai is a favorite lunch location whenever we’re in Hawaii. After a quick walk through (and mahi mahi sandwiches with mai tais for good measure) we decided this was definitely the best venue.

In terms of wedding “details”, Ryan and I really focused on what was most important to us. Delicious, local inspired food and drinks; a fun DJ who would get people on the dance floor; and sharing our perspective and experiences that make Hawaii such a special place for us with those people who matter most. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out not just with the wedding itself, but with all the activities in the days before and after. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to celebrate with so many friends and family members all in one place. For us it was a week that can’t be replicated, full of memories that will never be forgotten, and we owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our wedding so special!

 

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March 1, 2015

Oana & Jeff at Davenport Hotel

Hawaii, May 2014 – We’re sitting down for a nice dinner at a beachfront sushi restaurant talking about what we love most about each other. For those of you who don’t know Jeff very well…. Well, romance and mushy love stuff is not really his thing. So, most of the things said revolved around how compatible we are and how much sense it makes that we’re together. The couple next to us was celebrating their one year anniversary and they were enjoying part of their wedding cake. I remember looking at them and wondering what kind of wedding they had… was it a small intimate evening wedding with soft glowing candles on every table? Then I remember asking myself what kind of wedding Jeff would like to have one day. We started walking back to our hotel and out of nowhere Jeff wanted to walk on the beach instead of the sidewalk. I wasn’t too keen on the idea since I was wearing high heels and a long dress but in the spirit of romance I decided to follow. Shortly after we hit the sand, Jeff wanted to sit and take a break and the first thing that went through my mind is that he ate too much and needs a break. Boy was I wrong! Jeff began sharing his most beautiful thoughts and feelings with me and by the time I said yes, we were both in tears and holding each other. A few months later, on February 15, 2015 Jeff and I were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Davenport Hotel. As we begin our married life together, my biggest hope is that we will always be brave enough to be ourselves around each other and share our deepest thoughts. Crazy enough, we fell in love with each other just the way we are and I hope our love will only grow stronger with time.

Venue: Davenport Hotel
Flowers: Davenport Hotel
Hair: Amanda Winkler, Wink Salon
Makeup: Alexa Jourdan, Kiss and Makeup
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Cake: Marsells Cakes & Desserts
DJ: Justin Haas, AMP’D Entertainment
Piano Player: Doug Scott

 

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February 23, 2015

Brittney & Nathaniel engaged!

Countless letters, postcards, Skype dates, phone calls, and texts have been exchanged the past 8 months between Nathaniel and Brittney thanks to a possy of friends who worked together to set them up. Brittney, who resides in Washington, traveled to Michigan to attend a previous roommate’s wedding. Just days before the flight her friend sent a message informing Brittney that there was a groomsman she needed to meet! Unbeknownst to Brittney, Nathaniel was also being prepped by the bride and groom of her arrival. Both Nathaniel and Brittney were a bit reluctant of what their friends were scheming. Fast forward to their friend’s wedding, Nathaniel introduced himself to Brittney and the two hit it off. A month later Nathaniel and Brittney started dating and 5 months later they were engaged! During this time the couple has flown back and forth between Washington and Michigan to see each other until they will be married July of 2015!

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February 7, 2015

Sara & Kyle at Los Angeles Country Club, LA, California

Band: Soulville California Band from American Events Network
Wedding planer: Ashley Nierman, Director of Marketing and Communication at The Los Angeles Country Club
Florist: Duke Nomura at Commerce Flowers
Make up: Chisu Kim
Hair: Donna Jones
Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier
Tux: Mattucci Tuxedos
Photo booth: Photo Cubbies
Videographer: Event Filming

Kyle and Sara’s story actually began about 15 years ago, unbeknownst to them. At Marymount High School, Sara became good friends with her Manhattan Beach partner-in-crime, Carrie Frash, and spent a majority of her weekends in the idyllic beach city. There, she and her friends would hang out with the fun-loving Mira Costa High School boys, one of whom was the ever-polite Kyle Darling. In a time when the commonplace greeting “what’s up girl” was the acceptable form of speech between high school coeds, Sara was always surprisingly taken aback when Kyle would sweetly greet her with, “Hi Sara, how are you?” This (and his ridiculously fantastic last name) was something Sara always remembered about the blonde-haired, blue-eyed cutie. Kyle, meanwhile, insists he always had a crush on Sara (a claim she believes to be quite convenient given the current circumstances, but hey, it adds to the story).

Fast forward 12 years, 2 colleges, and stints in different cities, and Kyle and Sara found themselves reconnecting. Reliving the glory days of high school, Sara found herself venturing out in Manhattan Beach once again with the aforementioned Carrie Frash on a very fateful 4th of July weekend. They landed at Kyle’s house for one of his family’s famous BBQ’s, and Sara quickly discovered that Kyle was no longer a little cutie, but a handsome man with the same genuine charm that she had loved so many years before. Kyle was pleasantly surprised by this blast from the past and wasted no time laying his excellent manners on thick. It was pretty much game over for their single lives after that, and they have been happily playing life together ever since.

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January 20, 2015

Courtney & Drew Engaged!

Courtney and Drew met in the fall of 2010 when Drew was starting his freshman year at WSU as a cross country runner, and Courtney was starting her sophomore year, also on the team. After seeing each other at practice everyday, they starting dating in the spring of 2011, and their relationship continued to grow until November 16, 2014 when drew proposed. They are excited to start their lives together with their dog Beamer and their cat Tink.

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