Ifong Chen Weddings

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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January 15, 2015

Rebecca & Ryan at Real life ministries-Post Falls ID

Vendor List:
Rose O’dell, wedding cake
Lulu Turbin, florist
Debbie Ross, wedding coordinator
Mary Guevin, emcee
Kathy Warpenburg, cook
Jonathan Grubb, sound/DJ
Shane and Jessie Austen, premarital counseling
Greg Turbin, officiant

Our story:

Ryan and I became friends very easily. It helped that he was a very good friend to my sister, Alex, and that we served together at church in children’s ministry and in the youth ministry. I’ve always had so mucg fun with Ryan, and no matter where we went or what we did I felt safe with him.
During the summer of 2013 we realized we had feelings for each other, but Ryan was leaving for college (all the way to Arkansas!) in the fall, so we thought it best not to date. Well luckily it didn’t last long! By November, he was asking my dad to be in a relationship, and of course my dad said yes! Ryan was my first boyfriend, and it was amazing to be led by him from start as he taught me more about Christ and pushef me to be a stronger woman of God, as I pushed him in his faith too.
August 3, 2014 he proposed! I wasn’t expecting it at all! It was perfect in a sunflower field with my sister secretly taking pictures of the proposal! Soon, Ryan had to go back to college and man was that semester rough. I was planning a wedding in five months and he was studying biology and theology, taking a full class load. But we made it!
January 3, 2015: we’re married! My dad performed an amazing ceremony that was so intimate and special. And my handsome husband and I had a wonderful and beautiful night! We continue to make Christ the priority in our lives, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!

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January 3, 2015

Brenna & Josh At Mirabeau Park Hotel

12.14.13 Josh took me to our friend’s amazing Christmas light display. It is something that we had done each year over the past couple years and I excited to go again. We were standing under the big tree, getting our picture taken when Josh got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. At the time we were also expecting a little boy in March of 2014 so wedding plans weren’t at the front of our minds.

The beginning of November 2014 came and we still hadn’t found a wedding date that worked for us, and our families. It was around this time that Josh sent me a calendar invite to our wedding. I laughed as I read it, and I had to call him to make sure he was serious! Within 2-3 hours after that confirmation phone call we had our wedding planned!

Everything came together in 5 weeks. We had so much help from our amazing friends and family. It was meant to be, we were able to find a venue, caterer, florist, and photographer (the best one) in such a short amount of time. I found my wedding dress, off the rack, and, from the same location my sister got her dress, 3 days after we decided to get married!

12.13.14 Our wedding day! It was the day of our dreams. All our favorite people in the same room celebrating with us. We could not have asked for a better day, it was truly awesome to be surrounded by, and share so much joy with everyone. We also timed it just right so we were pronounced married at 3:16pm (15:16 military time!) :-)

Venue/Caterer: Mirabeau Park Hotel
Florist: Apple Blossom Floral (East Wenatchee, WA)
Cake: Kristi Amend
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Decorations: Beth Willey/Stephanie Smith
Officiant: Melanie Potts
Make-up: Traci @ Gloss Make-Up
Hair: Leah @ Stand By MeBrenna & Josh

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December 18, 2014

Katie & Mack at Davenport Hotel

Wedding, catering, florist: The Davenport Hotel

Planner: Jaime Johnson

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Videographer: ferguson films

Photo Booth: Flat 4 Photography

Cupcakes/cakes: sweet frostings

Band: hot club of Spokane

Make up: make up studio

Hair: wink

How we got engaged:

Katie and I had recently selected a house to buy on 13th avenue across the street from cliff park on the south hill. We had made an offer and they had accepted but the closing date was still a month away. So the house was not technically ours yet. But no hitches were anticipated.

To start our new life together, I wanted to propose to Katie on the front porch of the house on Sunday, March 9, 2014 when she got back in town from a trip.

I surprised her with a nice bottle of champagne that morning and after we drank it (I was nervous since I, after all, was about to ask the coolest woman to marry me) we walked over to the house. I couldn’t convince Katie to go onto the front porch with me at all! She told me it was bad luck and didn’t want to get the cops called on us. I figured if she had another glass of champagne that I could convince her. So we had some more champagne.

Katie still refused (surprisingly) to go on to the property (the owners no longer lived there – it was vacant). At this point Katie’s mom called all excited because she knew what was going to happen that day – but it hadn’t happened yet….

Katie’s response to her moms phone call: “what was she so happy about.”

At this point – all of my attempts thwarted – I walked her over to cliff park and surprised her by getting on my knee. Her response before the question was asked: “This is a really mean joke to play on someone!”

Once I convinced her I was serious, she said “yes!” And we drank more champagne….

 

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November 18, 2014

Mallori & Dan engaged!

Our love story began after discovering that we were next door neighbors. In March of 2012, I invited Dan and his roommate over for the first time. Little did I know, Dan had been referring to me as “G6″ for a year, as that is the model of car I drive. We went on a date later that week and it was the start of something special.

We dated for a year before our relationship turned long distance. I made the move from Minnesota to Washington to start a graduate program in speech-language pathology at Eastern Washington University and Dan started his pharmacy school rotations in Minnesota. After graduating in May of 2014, Dan got a job at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We have enjoyed the last few months of being in the same location!

Dan proposed to me on October 10, 2014 with the help of our new puppy, Finn. He tied the ring to Finn’s leash, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was the best day of my life. We are excited to move back home to Minnesota and tie the knot on August 1, 2015!

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November 6, 2014

Maureen & Scott Engaged!!

Scott & I would both like to sincerely thank Al Gore for “inventing the internet,” since the two of us met through online dating. It was a perfect time in our lives as I had grown weary of bad first dates, and Scott had become sick of wading through the plethora of girls that were not exactly his style (to put it kindly). I messaged him first, and we chatted a bit before setting up a first date at a cool local brewery. Despite the fact that he lived an hour away, Scott was on time & I was a good 15-20 minutes late, rolling in with an apology & a smile; it’s a good thing he thought I was cute and kept me around. Not wanting the date to end, we got some coffee and took a walk along the river. We laughed together as the local band playing music outside changed their tunes from normal to screamo as the night wore on and all the families went home. We sat & talked for hours that night and haven’t stopped since. I sent him home with a kiss and from then on, we have been inseparable.

The months we spent dating long-distance and spending every waking minute together on weekends passed in a blur and eventually Scott moved in with me and we bought an adorable little corgi named Rex. I am an artist at heart and am emotional and totally free-spirited. Scott balances me by being level-headed, laid-back and logical. The best analogy I’ve ever heard for a relationship came from a friend of a friend who is also an artist. He told me that he’s a balloon, flying wild and free while his wife grounds him by holding onto his string. “All these years,” he said “and she just keeps holding on. For my sake, I hope she never lets go!” I’m so glad Scott & I found each other. The constant laughter echoing throughout the rooms of our home is pure affirmation that this is the man I’m meant to build a life with. For my part, I hope he’s still holding onto my balloon string for many, many, many years to come.

 

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