Ifong Chen Weddings

September 30, 2013

Katie & Derek Engaged!

Filed under: Engagement — ifongphoto @ 9:45 pm
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As your typical WSU college sweethearts, we don’t have an overly romantic or movie scripted love story.  Our whole story swings back to a date that I went on my Sophomore year of college.  This date, however, was not with Derek but with his best friend.  Anthony is your typical college athlete; loud, crazy, and good with the ladies.  I went on a date with Anthony and decided that we were better off as friends—this is now a friendship that I am forever grateful for.  It was the friendship with Anthony that lead to a summer in Pullman which is when I first caught notice of Derek.  In fact, I clearly remember sitting on the porch of what the boys called the “Palace” and looking in at Derek who was cooking up a storm in the kitchen.  He was shirtless, dancing around to some reggae, and throwing food around.  I had always thought Derek was cute and a really good guy (and that he looked really good in his baseball pants) but I had never seen him in that light.  Over some Bush light, I asked Anthony if he would hook me up with Derek.  Anthony laughed and told me that I wouldn’t want to get in anything with him as all he cared about is baseball.


Derek and I continued to hangout over the rest of summer session (mostly as friends) and then he took off to the Cape for the rest of the summer for baseball.  When we both returned to school in the fall, there was still some definite chemistry.  I finally got the courage to ask Derek “what we were” which I instantly regretted after Derek made it clear that he wanted nothing more than to be friends.  Sad and somewhat frustrated, I decided to move on with my life and go to a party without him and have some fun with my friends.  This may have been strategic, however, we went to a party right next door to the “palace”.  I believe I was flirting with another guy when Derek walked.  When he saw what was going on, he wisped me away and continued to tell me that he had made a mistake and that he wanted to be together.  Trying to play hard-to-get, I tried to play it off like it wouldn’t be that easy.  The rest is history from here…


The rest of college was spent together.  I forced Derek to sit through halftimes of basketball and football to watch me dance our newest dance and I spent snowy, cold spring days in the bleachers watching him play baseball.  Pullman will always be a special place for both of us—we not only share a mutual love for the Cougs but it is where we met and fell in love.  We both graduated and moved to Seattle in hopes of finding good jobs and pursuing our dreams.  Derek is currently climbing his way through the minor league system for the Colorado Rockies and I am working as a Product Specialist for Zillow.  We spend our free time with good friends and rarely miss a Cougar football Saturday.


This Spring, Derek decided to make things more official.  At spring training, Derek got down on a knee in front of both of our families and our closest mutual friend, Anthony (and his family).  We are both blessed to have each other, our families, and our friends who are all mutually supportive.  Derek just got back from 6 months of being away for baseball, and now we are anxiously awaiting the big day (February 1st)!

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  1. So beautiful! The photos are completely them! They are playful and fun – I love, love, love!

    Comment by Carmen Green — September 30, 2013 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  2. I love every single one! You captured their personalities so well, and it was fun to see their story in written form. 🙂

    Comment by Carolyn Green — September 30, 2013 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  3. Just beautiful and romantic!

    Comment by Terri Jones — October 1, 2013 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  4. Absolutely beautiful! And I love the story, I didn’t know.

    Comment by Cory Lester — October 1, 2013 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

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