Ifong Chen Weddings

May 16, 2013

Sara & Tim-A touch of country wedding, Rockford WA

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The story of Tim and Sara:

“Timara” is fairly simple. We sat next to each other in biology class at the University of Washington after being introduced by a mutual friend. Tim likes to recollect that it was Sara who couldn’t keep her eyes off his red hair, beautiful calves, and sky blue eyes. She would distract him in class with smiley faces on his note pages and she knew she had caught his eye when he, in return, would provide her some of his seemingly endless supply of Hot Tamales. With a year of flirting and interspersed dates, Tim knew he had sealed the deal when Sara accidently sent a text to him that was meant for her friend stating “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I really like him”. Pretty great for a guy to receive as you can imagine. Dates and hanging out became a regular event ever since then. However, Sara did have requirements:

#. Tim had to have a desire to travel – which led to their cross continental emails from Nicaragua to Priest Lake, Peru to Africa, and then closer from Seattle/Boise/Montana/Michigan to Spokane (much more feasible). They were even able to take some of those travels together going California, Arizona, Victoria, Priest Lake Id, and Orlando.
#. Tim had to be outdoorsy – in which multiple hikes in the cascades, camping at the grand canyon, sailing, and random bike rides together resulted.
#. Tim had to be active – he started running for her. Now he has run a marathon with her. Enough said.
#. Tim had to cook – he usually does most of it….and the cleaning too.
#. Tim couldn’t be too crazy of a night owl – double digits is a success for bed time to him and Sara. Waking up early with a cup of coffee on the deck is the best start to a day.
#. Tim had to expect blonde babies in the future – False. Our dog, Marvolo, is a redhead and so will all future Hatlen babies.
#. Tim needed to understand that Sara didn’t want to be on the Kate and William train of 8 years of dating. He fulfilled that wish on May 26th over Memorial Weekend when he and Sara met half way at Flat Head Lake, MT for camping and hiking. She was completely oblivious the entire day, and even during the actual event, when Tim asked her during a picture break on the hike. They celebrated at a winery and then of course went to have pizza that night for dinner, her favorite food. Tim’s family secretly came to Spokane to carry on the celebration with Sara’s family the next day.

There is a lot more ahead for Timara. Sara is just completing her first year of medical school and Tim is finishing his medical education. He expects to work and pay for Sara to complete school as a general internist, then it is on to retirement and leisure as she becomes the breadwinner and he stays at home relaxing leisurely.

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  1. Love this couple & love these photos!!! You really captured the moment and their love for each other! Gorg!

    Comment by Natalie Kraft (@NatKraft) — May 17, 2013 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  2. You guys look amazing! Wowzers. Faves are the one holding hands in the field near the top and the bottom half of Sarah’s dress one is soooo cool and gorgeous. How did you get photos so fast!?? That never happens!

    Comment by Kelley Roberts — May 17, 2013 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  3. These are so gorgeous! I’m so happy for you two… the day really seemed to capture your love and personalities. Obsessed!

    Comment by Elissa Wert — May 17, 2013 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  4. These are so beautiful!!! The one framed by the tree with Tim and Sara on the far right is amazing. So is the one with them holding hands in black and white. So good.

    Comment by Katelyn Creech — May 17, 2013 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  5. Photos are amazing! Love the story preceding them as well.

    Comment by Krafty4nj — May 17, 2013 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  6. Great wedding! Great pictures! GO TIMARA!!!!!

    Comment by Stu — May 17, 2013 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  7. These pictures are incredible! Ifong, you certainly have a gift for capturing each aspect of such a wonderful day. Congratulations to Sara and Tim for being the most beautiful and photogenic couple ever! Love!

    Comment by Madelaine Kellman — May 17, 2013 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  8. LOVE these photos Ifong! They turned out great! We are so happy with them!

    Comment by sara — May 17, 2013 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  9. Beautiful photos! Beautiful day! Beautiful couple! So honored to be a part of this time in your life.

    Comment by Trina Olgard — May 17, 2013 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  10. I love everything about this couple – the photos capture their love as well as their fun wedding beautifully. Stunning!!!

    Comment by Kathleen Proud — May 17, 2013 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  11. Loved the outdoor pictures! Walking in the field, bridesmaids skipping and group photo of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Also loved the touching photos of Sara and Tim during the toasts! The pictures captured all the fun and emotions!

    Comment by Sharon Reed — May 17, 2013 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  12. These are beautiful!! The barn pictures turned out amazing capturing everyone’s essences! Such a great teaser that I cannot wait to see more.

    Comment by Anne Dickinson — May 18, 2013 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  13. These pictures are absolutely stunning and capture the essence of Sara and Tim. I am so happy for them and their future together. The wedding couldn’t have been more perfect and more “Timara”!

    Comment by Julie Shogan — May 18, 2013 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  14. Beautiful couple and beautiful country
    Wedding photos

    Comment by Joel Hatlen — May 18, 2013 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  15. Absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to see more!!

    Comment by Meg Hatlen — May 18, 2013 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  16. What a beautiful wedding! It was such a joy to share your bliss. Love always, Grandmother Stejer

    Comment by Norma Stejer — May 18, 2013 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  17. These photos are beautiful! Captured the day and Sara & Tim perfectly (& Marv of course, too!). Can’t stop looking at them 🙂 Great job Ifong!

    Comment by Sara Merriman — May 18, 2013 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  18. Great photos. I liked the color emphasis on many of the photos. Nice way to bring out interesting things. Tim and Sara looked great throughout!

    Comment by Mark Hatlen — May 19, 2013 @ 5:29 am | Reply

  19. I love all of these photos and how they really show your love for each other. They are so honest and fun and do a great job of bringing out your personalities. I love the dandelion picture! I could not be happier for you both 🙂

    Comment by Courtney Hardin — May 20, 2013 @ 3:39 am | Reply

  20. Amazing wedding! You both looked great, and will make a great couple. These pictures look great

    Comment by Stanley Reed — May 20, 2013 @ 3:52 am | Reply

  21. What a perfect wedding, perfect couple, and perfect photos! I can’t imagine anything turning out better.

    Comment by Haley — May 20, 2013 @ 5:10 am | Reply

  22. Beautiful pictures! so happy I could help you two celebrate ❤ see you at Priest this summer for the next adventure 🙂

    Comment by Mayme — May 20, 2013 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  23. Every photo shows a spot with which the photographer has fallen in love with the moment.

    Comment by Joanne Ferris — May 30, 2013 @ 4:25 am | Reply

  24. Gorgeous, Ifong!!

    Comment by Bethany — May 31, 2013 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

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