Ifong Chen Weddings

September 11, 2013

Sara & John at Arbor Crest Winery

Wedding: Arbor Crest Winery

Catering: Beacon Hilling Catering

Make up: The make up studio

Florist: Evergreen Florist

D.J : Amp’D Music

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The story of Sara and John:

John proposed to Sara a mere two weeks before he deployed to Afghanistan. Sara and John kept in contact through love letters, packages, flowers, and Trans-Atlantic phone calls for seven months. John returned to America in April of 2013. He and Sara excitedly anticipated their August wedding and are more in love than ever.

John and Sara met one fateful night at bible study in 2011, and the sparks flew instantly! They, along with a group of their friends, decided to go to Coeur d’ Alene lake for New Year’s Eve, to ring in 2012. John and Sara stole away for a moment alone by taking a walk on the icy pier – it was all Sara could do to not slip and fall in her heels! John, being the gentleman he is, offered his arm, and they walked and talked – arms linked – for the duration of 2011. Chivalry isn’t dead, after all! Soon thereafter, John worked up the courage to ask Sara to the Marine Corps Ball in January of 2012, and she gladly accepted. The Marine Corps Ball in Vegas, will go down in history as the beginning of Sara and John.

John was home for his pre-deployment leave in September, and was staying in a cabin on Deer Lake. Since he couldn’t be home for Christmas that year (if only in his dreams), Sara surprised him with a Summer Christmas! She decorated his cabin with Christmas lights, and decked the halls with boughs of holly, silver bells, a Christmas tree – the works! They were watching their favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas, and quite enjoying the antics of Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, when the fire started dying down into embers. It being a cold night on the lake that it was, John – always the gentleman – went over to the fireplace, and got down on one knee to stoke the fire. Sara stood up from her seat and wandered over to him. John, on bended knee, looked up and asked her if she would like to have her Christmas stocking present now. Surprised, Sara reached into one of the two stockings hanging on the mantel. John quipped that she had selected the wrong stocking, so she reached into the latter, pulled out a box, and opened it to find none other than a giant shiny princess-cut rock! John said some very sweet things, popped the question, and she said yes!





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