Ifong Chen Weddings

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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  1. Ohhhhhh my goodness!These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! So happy for the both of you two!! Cant wait to see more pictures!!! 🙂

    Comment by Megan Hom — October 12, 2013 @ 5:02 am | Reply

  2. These turned out so amazing! What an awesome setting… so gorgeous!

    Comment by Jami Shaw — October 12, 2013 @ 5:05 am | Reply

  3. I m obsessed with these picture. I gong nails it once again. So extremely happy for this special couple.

    Comment by Janet — October 12, 2013 @ 6:18 am | Reply

  4. Couldn’t be more happy for this darling couple.We all know this IS a happy ever after story!!………….Just like her Mom & Dad………..A BIG congratulations to the two of you………..love you to the moon & back………Aunt Dora

    Comment by Dora Achenbach — October 12, 2013 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  5. beautiful!!!!

    Comment by Jess Botto — October 12, 2013 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  6. Wow these are beyond incredible. I wish I could have heard the conversation during all these! Ha! The wedding photos are going to be out if this world

    Comment by Bri the best friend — October 12, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  7. So excited for you two! The photos are beautiful! Love you so much! Xoxo

    Comment by Krista French — October 12, 2013 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  8. Fantastic!!! Congrats

    Comment by Rod Stamm — October 12, 2013 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  9. It was soooo much fun working with you Ifong =)!!! And our pictures turned out better than we could have hoped…thank you so much!!!

    Comment by Charli Shaw — October 13, 2013 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  10. Congratulations Charli and Spencer haven’t seen you guys forever but iv been waiting to see this pop up

    Comment by Tyler smith — October 14, 2013 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

    • Awww thanks Tyler =)!!! I hope all is well with you!

      Comment by Charli Shaw — October 15, 2013 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  11. Finally!! I knew it was only a matter of time before you two love birds tied the knot!! Congrats, wish you both the best 🙂

    Comment by Tyler Rau the better friend than Bri — October 20, 2013 @ 2:43 am | Reply

  12. Hi and greetings from London. I just love these images, you have a great style and you make the couple look really realxed and comfortable. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Robin from London — October 23, 2013 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • Thanks! Robin! Greeting to you from this little town of Washington State! I hope London is not to cold yet

      Comment by ifongphoto — October 25, 2013 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

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