Ifong Chen Weddings

October 30, 2013

Alexandra & Andrew at St Aloysius Church and Manito Country Club, Spokane Washington

Florist: Evergreen Florist

Photographer: Ifong Chen Photography

Bride’s gown: Marcella’s Bridal
Bridal party hair: Elite Salon
Bridal party makeup: Shasta Hankins Freelance Makeup
Wedding cake: Cakes by Mary Duray
Ceremony and cocktail hour music: Spokane String Quartet
Dinner and dancing music: Kathleen Cavender Band
Printing: Ditto’s Digital Solutions
Videographer and dance floor lighting: AMP’D Entertainment
Reception: Manito Golf & Country Club

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Alyssa & Jorden Engaged!

Jordan and I met about eight years ago in Mr. Clark’s math class at Mead High School. One of us had a huge crush on the other, but the feeling wasn’t exactly reciprocated.  I cannot say which was which, as that person feels really bad about it – now that we are about to get married! Fast forward a couple years, and we were put in the same math class again. This time, we BOTH hit it off, and started dating a couple months into the school year! We have been together for six years now.

Jordan and I went to different, but local universities (to stay close) and worked hard to juggle school, jobs, track, internships and each other. Whether it was heading out to Cheney for lunch between classes or driving to Gonzaga for coffee before an 8 a.m. class – we made it work.

Jordan had always said we wouldn’t get engaged until we were both finished with college, so in June of 2013 the excuses were running slim. Just a few short weeks following graduation, the time had FINALLY come. He popped the question outside Cedars Floating Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, where we had dinner five years prior for my Senior Prom.

We could not be more excited for our big day in May of 2014!

 

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October 24, 2013

Stacie & Andy Engaged! Long Beach CA

Story of a love-struck groom:

From across the country, Stacie traveled to New York pursuing an education in Speech-Language Pathology. However, little did she know, she would not only gain an education from the books she studied, but from the life she would live in Syracuse. All it took was her making some mutual friends for our paths to cross and in no time at all, she would walk right through my front door.

I knew meeting Stacie would add a new friend in my life, although, I could have never imagined that I was getting to know my future wife.  As she walked through my front door, her beauty instantly struck me. Although, she remained quiet, I could tell she was enjoying herself as we drank wine and laughed with our friends. After our initial meeting, I longed for another chance to get to know her.

Sure enough, I had the chance to get to know her better shortly after, on a trip to the mountains. Although separated at first on the big mountain, fate would bring us together by chance as she stumbled head over heels to me not just in her feelings (little did I know) but literally as she fell off the chair lift. Like a knight in shining armor, I swooped in to save the day as I joined her side by side on the next few runs. By the end of it all, I found out later that all I needed to get her attention was a quick snack at the waffle hut. I knew it was love when she said, “I knew I liked you.” after swallowing whole her entire waffle in what seemed like one bite.

As the months wore on, I knew that her and I would become inseparable once we made our feelings known to each other. At first both of us had trouble expressing how we felt, but after taking a chance, we found those words came effortlessly. And before I knew it, I told her I was ready to travel any distance to make sure she would always be by my side.  As fate would further have it, we traveled to California to embark on new adventures. I have loved every moment since and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us with her by my side as my wife.

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Kelly & Wylie Egaged!!

Filed under: Engagement — ifongphoto @ 4:15 pm

Story from my beautiful bride Kelly:

 

A date on New Year’s Eve? I was surprised when Wylie called and asked me to go out a second time. You see at the age of twenty nine, I had my guard up and my expectations low regarding the subject of men and love. The truth of the matter was I had never truly been head over heels in love and assumed that it wasn’t in the cards for me. Our first date had been a blind date and it had gone as well as a blind date can go, the awkward pauses didn’t last too long. Wylie was shy, very shy and I’m not much of an extrovert myself, so the fact that he called me again caught me off guard. But my cousin had wisely advised me to go out with him again if he asked and see if I could get past his bashful exterior.

As we wandered through the downtown crowds on New Year’s Eve, I over compensated for his quiet nature by talking too much. I couldn’t tell if he was having fun or not but on more than one occasion I found him glancing at my hands as we watched the different performances that evening. As we waited for the fireworks in the freezing night air, I thought I would give him a break waiting for the stroke of midnight. I told him I was freezing and instead of him moving a little closer, he proudly announced that he had hand warmer packets. Neat.

Regardless I had fun, as I did in the next two dates that followed but Wylie remained shy and reserved. I was confused as to why he kept calling. After the fourth date, I texted him inquiring, if he was having fun spending time with me, he texted back, “Yes”. And then followed with “I like you so much, I don’t know how to tell you”. With that and an invitation to dinner at his house, everything began to change. Over a long winter walk, homemade lasagna, and pie, I started to see Wylie clearly. The shyness melted away and I found a warm, loyal, kind, thoughtful, patient, and funny man. In the weeks that followed I remained a little skeptical but with every question, and every date, he gained my respect and trust.

On Valentine’s Day, we made it exclusive. Every day since then I realize how blessed I am to have him in my life. I can’t wait to marry him in May of 2014.

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October 18, 2013

Kelly+Ben+little Maddy

It was so much fun to photograph again one of my favor bride and groom Kelly & Ben.  On top that got to meet the little miss Maddy just feel so blessed! Here they are the cutest family in town!

 

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October 12, 2013

Charli & Spencer Engaged!

The love story from Charli’s baby sister!

It’s difficult to tell a story about how two people fell in love, more difficult yet when you’re as close to those two as I am. The journey of wedding planning may have just started the moment Spencer put the ring on my sister, Charli’s, finger, but the relationship is one that I’ve been lucky enough to grow up watching.

Charli and Spencer weren’t just high school sweethearts. It began even before that, when Spencer sat kitty-corner to Charli in the sixth grade and started thinking of her as ‘that cute girl.’

Both bride and groom have a stubborn streak in them (okay, when it comes to the bride it may be a bit more than a streak) so of course it couldn’t be as simple as, “I like you, you like me.” Instead, we all endured years of the two of them dancing around one another, until high school when they finally decided to give a relationship a chance. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m pretty confident neither have regretted that decision.

Taking a groom as easy going as Spencer and adding a bride who’s always finding new projects and constantly ready to go and do makes for an incredibly adventurous relationship. From traveling together to help build water lines in Puebla, Mexico to cruising around the Caribbean, it’s hard to imagine two people better suited for each other’s personalities.

While most of us were still bumbling along trying to figure things out, Charli and Spencer were already buying their first house and settling into adulthood. Then came the question all of us were dying to know… When is he going to propose?

If I had it my way the two of them would already be married with a few babies, but luckily they’re both a bit more sensible than that and gave themselves a chance to grow together and start their lives together.

Needless to say, last winter when Spencer told me he’d been looking at rings I was on cloud nine. Then even more so when I watched him make my sister’s dream ring a reality. And true to Spencer’s nature, he wasn’t rushing himself into the proposal. Our conversations for the next few months revolved around me begging Spencer to propose already and Spencer giving me his signature, ‘don’t worry about it’ shrug.

Finally, on a morning in April I got the call. Well, multiple calls. My mom, my Grams, and of course the just proposed to bride. We spent the morning on numerous three way conversations while I grilled Charli for every detail about the Seattle proposal when Spencer pulled Charli on a stage during the Can-Can and made me the happiest sister in the world. And now, in July of 2014, I’ll get to stand next to Charli and play Maid of Honor to a wedding that I know I’ll never forget.

 

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October 7, 2013

Annie & Aaron Engaged!

Are not they so alive and adorable?! When Annie show up with almost no make up and massy hair, I know I have found the bride I’ve dreaming for. They are…something funky, something cool, something that is so different!! Here is where they are in a place called home! Green Bluff!
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Aaron and I are your semi-typical high school musical sweethearts, without the cool hair and choreographed dance moves. When we met, I was 15 he was 17 and we were the most competitive students in our PE class at University High School. I immediately sought  him as someone to test my athletic prowess while he was subtly trying to catch my eye from across our attendance spots (and breaking my finger in a basketball game during the process). That spring semester ended with an epic water fight and no exchange of phone numbers.
Summer went by and we didn’t see each other until we ended up both being “Crimson Crew Leaders” at orientation for the incoming freshman class. Before orientation the leaders were required to attend a weekend retreat. It was there ,during a rainy pick up soccer game, that I realized that the handsome, athletic senior boy on the other team was the same boy in my PE class just a few months earlier whom also happened to be the kicker on the high school’s football team and captain of the soccer team. Being on the women’s soccer team, I began to watch out for Aaron in the hallways and during his football games.
It wasn’t until the long awaited, stressful homecoming season and a few hallway encounters later that it seemed Aaron could be the first boy I would maybe, possibly, if I had to, go to the dance with. But it wasn’t until he showed up unexpectedly at my house with a rose in his hand, that I couldn’t deny my attraction towards him.
 The dance was on October 2nd 2009 and on October 17th after a Spokane Chief’s victory, he became the first (and only) boy I would refer to as “boyfriend” and asked if he could accompany my family and I to church the next day… The rest of our story has been one of a constant journey of growth, love, trust and commitment to one another and our relationships with God. I am honored to be marrying my absolute best friend of four years next July.

 

October 3, 2013

Cat girl

Filed under: Uncategorized — ifongphoto @ 12:17 am

Cat girl

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