Ifong Chen Weddings

April 29, 2016

Kyla & Tayler Engaged!

Tayler and I met a few summers ago. He was a friend of a friend that came to my parent’s lake place for the day. We didn’t interact a whole lot that night as I had to work the next morning and left early. Though not even a few days later he sent me a message on Facebook quizzing me about restaurants he’d like to visit but wanted my opinion (Real smooth!) We exchanged numbers a few days after that and then he began asking about a first date! I say began, because I wasn’t totally jumping on the idea and it took several weeks before we “found” a day that worked for the both of us. After that first date, I couldn’t believe that I had ever put him off. Tayler is the most lovable, understanding and magnetic man that I have ever encountered.
Fast forward a year and half I had a tripped planned to meet my parents in Maui for a week vacation. Tayler wasn’t able to go because of work, or so I thought! One of the days we planned to go snuba over at Molokini. It was an excursion that little did I know, kept me away from my phone and busy for most of the day. When we returned to the condo, my dad went to check out a local dive shop to see about taking a dive the very next day. I was told to be ready for dinner fairly early so that when my dad returned we could leave. He returned and about 10 minutes later and so did Tayler, on our patio, down on one knee. It’s been the best day of my life thus far and every day with him is sweeter than the last.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

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April 14, 2016

Courtney + Jed at Davenport Hotel & Overbluff Cellars

Ceremony: Davenport Hotel
Reception: Washington Cracker Building, Overbluff Cellars
Food: Couple of Chefs Catering
Cake: Chaps
Drinks: Perry Street Brewing & Overbluff Cellars
Music: Folkinception & The Twin Towers
Rentals: Event Rents
Florals: Roses and More & Candace Lee (Matron of Honor)
Dress & Veil: Marcella’s Bridal
Makeup: Carolina Johnson
Hair: Janet Sonneborn
Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom, Hugo Boss & Burberry

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March 12, 2016

Megan & Ian Engaged!!

“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
If there were a quote that could encompass Megan, this is it. We met after she she left NY and dancing on her toes. She has had me on my toes every since. Although it is sometimes painful, it is worth it. She is my world.

Ian

“Maybe some girls are not meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find someone, just as wild, to run with.” Ian has somehow managed to calm me, mature me, support me, grow with me, and stabilize me all the while, running wild with me. 11 years later, he is still in many ways an enigma to me. I suspect he is doing this on purpose to bother me, but it turns out I quite like it. I am beyond lucky to have this wonderful man by my side.

Megan

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February 20, 2016

Stacie and Shane

Stacie and Shane
Spokane, Washington
Dating for almost 9 years, wedding in September 2016

Chapter 1: First Impressions
Stacie: Shane and I worked at a restaurant together for a couple of years before we actually started dating. I always thought he was super cute and had a secret crush on him.

Shane: I thought Stacie was gorgeous and way out of my league.

Chapter 2: Coupledom
Stacie: We ran in the same circle of friends/coworkers so when I turned 24 I invited him out for my birthday.

Shane: I was stoked that she asked me to hang out with her outside of work, even if it was a group setting.

Stacie: A few days later, we went out for coffee and after that just never really stopped hanging out.

Chapter 3: The Proposal
Stacie: Shane and I go to Seattle every year for my birthday. On this particular trip Shane told me that he found a cool park for us to check out.

Shane: We get to this park (where I have an elaborate proposal planned) and it’s completely unromantic. We’re basically tromping through mud and mosquitos are attacking us at every whim. Stacie wanted to leave.

Stacie: In my defense, I had no idea what was going on.

Shane: She actually thwarted my efforts again later that night when I tried to pop the question as we looked out over the Seattle skyline.

Stacie: I didn’t know! It seemed like a sketchy part of town, and I thought we should get out of there.

Shane: Third times a charm. The next morning we went to Pike Place Market, and I asked a random couple to take our picture. When they started snapping, I got down on one knee.

Stacie: I was completely shocked and caught off guard. You think you know someone after that many years of dating and they still manage to surprise you. It was really sweet.

Chapter 4: Ever After
Stacie and Shane: We are both super excited to be getting married and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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January 30, 2016

Jessica & Zach at Davenport Hotel

So after Zach’s amazingly romantic proposal! It was down to business to plan our dream wedding! We started with setting a time and location. Since we were both teachers we felt that a winter (December) wedding would be ideal since we would always have that time of year off to go on a mini-honeymoon. Since most of Zach’s family would have to travel for the wedding, we chose a location (Spokane, WA) with a larger airport than Pullman or Lewiston. When thinking about a venue for the wedding reception, the first place that came to mind was the Historic Davenport Hotel. We had stayed there the previous December after Zach returned from celebrating Christmas with his family in Wisconsin. Seeing how breathtaking the Davenport Hotel was when it was decorated for the Christmas season, simplified our decision. We chose the Marie Antoinette Ballroom, since it had a special place in our hearts. We had shared a dance there when we were exploring the hotel one evening. We were so happy to find out that the room and the date that we wanted were available! We were able to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which is about five miles north of the Historic Davenport Hotel.

After arranging the location of the ceremony and reception, was the whirlwind of finding the perfect dress, the best photographer, the tastiest wedding cake, the sexiest tuxes, the funnest DJ, the most beautiful flowers, and finishing up all the other details. Although it seemed that every weekend was consumed in preparing for the wedding, preparations went by fast, where everything seemed to fall into place.

After 8 long months of planning, our BIG DAY finally arrived! December 19th, 2015 was a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Not only because it was a day that we married our best friend, it was a beautiful day, filled with joy, friends, family, love, God, and even a few snowflakes. We couldn’t have imagined anything more wonderful!

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January 21, 2016

May & Curtis at Barrister Winery

Wedding Vendors – All of the major vendors are noted below:
Venue: Barrister Winery
Catering: Beacon Hill Catering and Events
Beauty: Elite Salon and Spa, The Makeup Studio
Cake: Celebrations Bakery
Florals: Beau K Florists
Rentals: Event Rents
Disc Jockee: Kevin’s Mobile DJ
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsman Apparel: Tuxedo Gallery
May and I had our first date at Laguna Café – it was an extraordinarily warm Saturday afternoon. I was anxious and not sure what to expect. But after a delightful lunch full of entertaining conversation, it was a success and we have been inseparable since then. From trips to New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and San Diego – to fun activities such as yoga and wine & painting classes – to the many other times spending with family and friends, our life story is just beginning and we plan to have many more wonderful memories to come.

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December 12, 2015

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November 21, 2015

Carthey & Trevor at Bella Victoria Gardens

Dress – Celebrations Las Vegas

Suits- Jos A Bank

Venue – Belle Gardens

Cake – Sweet Frostings

Catering – Red Rock Catering

Flowers – Rose and Blossom

Ice Cream Bar – Ben and Jerry’s

Hair – Stefanie from All Tressed Up

Makeup – Yisel from Boom Boom Glow

Flower Girl Dresses and Decor – Made by Bride

Videograper – Zach Wirchak

Trevor and I meet on Halloween of 2008. He was dressed up as cookie monster and was banging on the door of the house I just moved into at 3am. I told him to go away and he asked my roommate the next day for my number. Unfortunately she refused to give him my number and Trevor and I would run into each other occasionally for the next year and a half. When one of Trevors roommates was moving to Arizona he invited me to the going away party, when the party was ending Trevor told me I should give him a call sometime and I told him he should be a man and call me. A half hour later he had called and asked me on our first date. I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with Trevor the moment I heard him truly laugh for the first time but it took Trevor a bit longer to propose… 3 years in fact! He the weekend before we moved to San Jose California from Seattle with a picture book of all the important places we had been and where we were headed next. It was AMAZING! After seeing Trevor tear up a bit on bended knee I said yes through my own tears and asked if we could high five now. Trevor was so startled that he started laughing great big rolling laughs. Since we were engaged we moved 3 times to 3 different states, adopted one amazing Golden Retriever and feel even more in love.

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November 20, 2015

Rachael & Ryan Engaged!

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Rachael was in her last year of Family Medicine Residency, job-searching and planning to return to Boise for work after completing Residency in the following summer. Ryan had recently started a new job as a project manager at Bouten Construction and was in the process of purchasing a house. They both led busy lives without a lot of free time, but they were both ready to fall in love. They found each other on match.com and Ryan messaged Rachael first, referencing her love of skate skiing. The conversation flourished after that with many common interests. They soon decided to meet in person and Ryan recommended Iron Goat Brewing. Rachael had never been there before, but she definitely could appreciate a good microbrew. As she approached Iron Goat on that fall evening, she noticed a tall, lean, handsome strawberry-blonde with big blue eyes and a great smile. He warmly introduced himself and said that they might have to change their date location as it was trivia night and quite noisy in the brewery. They changed the plan and went to another small brewery instead. The conversation was easy and fluid, and Rachael was impressed with Ryan’s relaxed, laid-back, confident demeanor and loved how everything between them felt natural and right. Ryan was awestruck that he finally found a woman who was everything he desired and more- with intelligence, eagerness, kindness and beauty. On their second date they went on a beautiful fall hike, climbing for miles up to a peaceful lake in the foothills. They had several other dates in close succession and things took off quickly.
Rachael recalls being on-call for labor and delivery at the hospital, and trying to make a lunch date with Ryan. She ended up being a few minutes late to their date, wearing her glasses and scrubs and thinking, “well, if he doesn’t like me like this, then it just won’t work out”. He loved the scrubs and glasses.
Rachael went to Venezuela for a mission on cleft lip and palate a few weeks after they started dating. Ryan very graciously helped dog-sit for a few days and stayed at Rachael’s house. Once she returned from Venezuela (finally!) they never spent another night apart.
Their relationship continued extremely smoothly. They just understood each other; they were both on the same page, enjoying so many similar activities with their free time, and equally enjoying relaxing together. Things were uncomplicated between them and they were perfect together.
Ryan planned a proposal during their post-residency vacation to Belize. He decided to propose underwater while scuba diving, and Rachael had no idea he was planning this. The dive master eagerly helped him plan it out:
On their fifth dive, about 45 feet underwater on a sandy patch known as “The Garden”, Ryan picked up a conch shell with a laminated banner underneath it. The banner had been placed there moments prior by the dive master. Rachael initially thought this was a piece of trash, but to her surprise, Ryan unrolled the banner which read, in bold letters, “Will you marry me?” Responding verbally wasn’t an option but she nodded her head as bubbles rapidly flew out of her regulator, and made the “OK” symbol, reciprocated by Ryan. The dive instructor motioned for them to take out their regulators and kiss, which they did after a brief contemplation about their air supply. The dive resumed for about 20 minutes after this proposal with a beautiful wall of sea life and a large manta ray. They were greeted by the island’s resort staff who cheered as they got off the boat. The chef prepared fresh seafood that evening, and they sat under the palm trees enjoying an extremely memorable celebratory dinner together.

November 7, 2015

Tansy & Andy-25th Anniversary

Andy and Tansy first met as children in Southern California. They grew up next door to one another until a tragedy brought them together. They started their young family right away and moved to Spokane in 1990. One year later they were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is what they attribute their success and happy family life to. They’ve stuck together through hard times but in their own words it’s because “not being married isn’t an option”. This year has not only brought a milestone anniversary but also an addition to their family. In just a few months they will welcome their first grandchild and they couldn’t be more excited. Thank you Ifong for capturing all of our major milestones in our growing family. 2 weddings, 1 milestone anniversary, and many more to come!

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