Ifong Chen Weddings

August 24, 2011

Whitefish Lake Wedding-Lena & John

Filed under: Uncategorized — ifongphoto @ 6:24 am

I just love this wedding!  I love the family, how kind they are.  The sweetest bride.  All the beautiful, elegant details.  The fun boat ride.  The amazing scenery.  I had so much fun, and am so glad I was able to be there.  Here are some images from this amazing day.

The love story from the bride:

John and I met about one month or so after I started working at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. I remember seeing a tall, attractive man smile at me as he walked past a doorway in the kitchen of a squadron barbecue that I attended in the fall 2009. The next week I saw the same guy while I was at Smash Burger for lunch — with the other docs from the clinic. We chatted a bit, and he agreed to invite me next weekend so that I could meet other people from our mutual squadron the 350th (Air Refueling Squadron). That weekend John nonchalantly walked into Mort’s unaccompanied and met me. I was out with a few new people that I had dinner with earlier. John sat down at the end of the table next to me, and we started talking. It was like no one else was around except the two of us. Next thing I know, the others at the table were ready to go home. John asked me if I wanted to get another drink. I said yes, of course! While walking down the streets of Old Town, he asked if he could take me to dinner. I said yes again, without even thinking about how I told myself I was going to take a break from dating.  John proposed on New Year’s Eve while we were hanging out with my family for the holiday celebration. I said yes, as soon as I saw the diamond ring he was dangling on a piece of ribbon. Now here we are, almost two years later, ready to take the plunge and begin our future together!




  1. Gorgeous! What a unique and lovely venue, and the couple’s story is so touching… they look so in love, and maybe just as important, they look like they REALLY know how to have fun together! Beautiful job capturing it all, Ifong!

    Comment by Megan Schuyler — August 24, 2011 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful pictures Ifong, you are so very talented!!! Thank you!

    Comment by Lena Hoard — August 24, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  3. The pictures look so wonderful! Lena looks so beautiful!!

    Comment by Karah — August 24, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  4. Wonderful, creative shots. Some very poignant moments captured as well!

    Comment by Sharon Koch — August 25, 2011 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  5. Great pictures, Ifong. Many people have said this was the best wedding they have ever attended. Your technique and creativity have faithfully recorded the beauty of the occasion, not least the pure radiance of Lena and also our handsome son, John!

    Comment by Michael Gowring — August 25, 2011 @ 1:16 am | Reply

  6. Breathless and timeless

    Comment by Shannon Findlay — August 25, 2011 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  7. Lena you look SO gorgeous – as expected:) And everyone looks happy and like they’re having a great time. I really wish we could have been there. Looking forward to you being back in San Antonio!

    Comment by Kelly Bristow — August 25, 2011 @ 2:44 am | Reply

  8. Great job Ifong! I’m you were able to take so many great photographs.

    Comment by John — August 25, 2011 @ 3:04 am | Reply

  9. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous… the bride,the wedding party colors, the flowers, the location, the lake, and the food. Beautiful, creative and artistic camera shots! Lena looks stunningly beautiful !!

    Comment by Rachel — August 25, 2011 @ 5:24 am | Reply

  10. Lena, you are sooo gorgeous! Your hubbie is a lucky, lucky man. I love all the photos where the bridal party is laughing…they seem like they are really having a good time!!!!

    Comment by jaclyn — August 26, 2011 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  11. I think the pictures need to go in a wedding magazine. Every single shot is a great one. What a great memory!!

    Comment by Amy Kronemann — August 26, 2011 @ 1:07 am | Reply

  12. These pictures are amazing! I was smiling and tearing up at the same time while looking through them! Lena you are one gorgeous girl 🙂

    Comment by Abby — August 26, 2011 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  13. These photos are amazing!! Lena and John I am so happy for you. Ifong you are a very talented photographer, what great memories you captured.

    Comment by Lindsay — August 26, 2011 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  14. Just beautiful!!! Lena, you looked beautiful!!! Pictures are beyond wonderful and just a beautiful background. COle and I really wish we could have been there for your special day! Congrats!!!!

    Comment by Annie — August 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  15. Fantastic photos. I can see why you wanted this photographer, Lena. I am so glad that I was able to be there to celebrate it with you both

    Comment by Georgina Drew — August 26, 2011 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  16. Photos look amazing; absolutely beautiful wedding!

    Comment by Jeremy — August 26, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  17. Very nice views!

    Comment by Jeremy — August 26, 2011 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  18. Ifong, your sequence of photos are an outstanding portrayal of a beautiful wedding! An exceptional and fantastic job! Easy to see why Lena selected you as her photographer : ) I’m proud to have such a beautiful and talented grand daughter!

    Comment by Grandpa Jack — August 26, 2011 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  19. I was so delighted and excited to see your creative and extremely artistic series of Lena and John’s wedding photos. The photos of the lodge and in the town of Whitefish were very unique. I love them all! The bride was such a gorgeous subject and John is a very lucky guy..
    Thank you.

    Comment by Shelly — August 26, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  20. These are gorgeous, as are you Lena! Sorry we missed the big day. It looks like it was sonderful.

    Comment by Jen — August 26, 2011 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  21. Our Dear Lenalita,
    Thanks for our enjoyment sharing your perfect wedding, joining a beautiful couple in marriage before The Lord and many friends.
    We have been joined with another family.Mike and Penny, also their friends.
    Ifon is credited with making your dream come through her magnificant photography..Another dear family friend.

    Lena your wait paid off handsomely. May your years together be long and loving.


    MomMom/Grandpa Jack

    Comment by MomMom/Grandpa Jack — August 27, 2011 @ 2:28 am | Reply

  22. Great pictures! I especially like the one of you on the boat dock. Wish I could have been there to help celebrate your day!

    Comment by Loralie — August 29, 2011 @ 2:42 am | Reply

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