Ifong Chen Weddings

November 20, 2013

Rachael & Andy at Chateau Rive

Our five-month engagement was a whirlwind, and we couldn’t have pulled everything off without the help of so many friends, family members, and our amazing vendors.  With Andy’s military schedule, a lot was up in the air when it came to choosing a date for our wedding.  We had to pick based on the information we knew at the time, knowing that nothing was set in stone with his deployment and training schedule.  We didn’t expect we’d have time to take a honeymoon after and thought that he would either deploy or have to go to the south for training immediately after our wedding.  By the grace of God, the weekend that we picked ended up being perfect timing to not only be able to have the wedding of our dreams, but also to be able to take a 12-day honeymoon afterward.

We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of God’s goodness and grace in our lives in leading us to our wedding day.  We are overwhelmed by His faithfulness to both of us and his mercy toward us.  Our friend, mentor and premarital counselor, Gerry Breshears, flew in from Portland to officiate our wedding alongside my dad.  It has always been a dream of mine to have my dad give the message at my wedding, and to have Dad and Gerry co-officiate was such a gift.

Since I was finishing up my last semester of graduate school and living in Portland when we got engaged, I knew I needed a lot of help if we were going to pull the wedding off in five months.  I was very fortunate that so many amazing vendors were still available by the time we started planning. Alisa Lewis and her assistants Taylor and Emily were a godsend.  They helped me with styling and coordination throughout the planning process, introduced me to several of our vendors, and made it all happen on our wedding day. We would like to thank our parents for the love and support they have given us, and all of the time and effort they put into helping us plan.  Thank you to everyone involved for helping to make our wedding more wonderful than I could have imagined.

Photography: Ifong Chen

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church

Reception: Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill

Event Coordination and Styling: Alisa Lewis Event Design

Coordination at First Presbyterian: Trudy Burda

Ceremony Music: Jan Whaley and Chuck Evans

Caterer: Red Rock Catering

Florist: Garden of Eden

Make-Up: Shasta Hankins

Hair: Camille Schmidt

DJ: AMP’D Entertainment

Dessert Bar: Erin Blackburn

Specialty Rentals (Head table and chairs, dessert buffet, tabletop décor): The Attic

Rehearsal Dinner: The Steam Plant


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  1. Absolutely stunning! Rachael, you look gorgeous in EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Andy clearly knows how incredibly lucky he is so have such a fantastic and beautiful bride. I’m thrilled for you, and wish you the most wonderful life together.

    Comment by Delynn Hampton-Stocker — November 20, 2013 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful! So happy for you!! 🙂

    Comment by Katie — November 20, 2013 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  3. Unbelievable! The pictures seem to jump off the screen like they are in “real time”, they are so amazing!

    Comment by Debbie — November 21, 2013 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  4. Absolutely beautiful pictures. So unique and amazing. Love all the colors, esp. fall foliage.Rachel you are the most stunning bride. So honored to be a part of your day.

    Comment by Colleen HInes — November 21, 2013 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  5. Beautiful, hard to pick a favorite. We were so honored to be able to be there!

    Comment by Jim and Kathy Brickley — November 21, 2013 @ 2:10 am | Reply

  6. What beautiful photos to capture such a special day! AWEsome 🙂

    Comment by Hilary Schoonover — November 21, 2013 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  7. These turned out gorgeous and you look stunning Chet :). I can’t wait to see more!! Love you!

    Comment by Chelsea Mandeville — November 21, 2013 @ 5:48 am | Reply

  8. Looks absolutely beautiful! ❤

    Comment by Risa Miller — November 21, 2013 @ 6:17 am | Reply

  9. Beautiful photos of such a lovely day!!!

    Comment by Jill Dolan — November 21, 2013 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  10. Beautiful Photos! You were such a pretty bride! So happy for you too.

    Comment by Sarah Dolan — November 21, 2013 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  11. What beautiful pictures. I was so blessed to be part of this special day!!

    Comment by Becky E — November 21, 2013 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  12. Wonderful, beautiful photos! How great it is to relive that wonderful day through Ifong’s creative and talented capture of the day!

    Comment by Beth Hardy — November 22, 2013 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  13. Looks like the perfect wedding. Your photos have reflected this amazing day together with friends and family. It looks like
    everyone at the wedding shared your joy and will treasure this memory shared with you forever in their hearts.

    Comment by Arlene Collins — November 22, 2013 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  14. Wow, what beautiful photos! And a beautiful couple of course 🙂

    Comment by Cousin Jen — November 22, 2013 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  15. Incredible photos! Loved being able to celebrate the special day with you both!

    Comment by Roshana — November 23, 2013 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  16. Great pictures, Very artistically done.

    Comment by Tim Dolan — November 24, 2013 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  17. Great looking couple, beautiful pictures, perfect day.

    Comment by Paul Hardy — November 25, 2013 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  18. Great pictures of a wonderful wedding!!!

    Comment by Julie Berg — November 27, 2013 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  19. We absolutely love them! Thank you Ifong for capturing our day so beautifully and being so fun and professional to work with.

    Comment by Rachael Hardy — November 27, 2013 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  20. These look straight from a magazine! I got chills looking at them. Praying many blessings for your adventure 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — December 1, 2013 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  21. What a beautiful wedding Rachael! You looked stunning. I am so happy for you!!

    Comment by Allison Barrett — December 3, 2013 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  22. I cannot tell if you have the best wedding photographer or if Rachael and Andy are so photogenic that they both should be models for advertising ads but these are some of the best wedding photos I have ever seen . . . Congrats to all of you. Nancy Lemberger Mesa, Arizona

    Comment by Nancy Lemberger — December 4, 2013 @ 5:33 am | Reply

  23. Oh wow! These are so good. That last shot has especially left me amazed at your originality and style!

    Comment by David — December 9, 2013 @ 4:46 am | Reply

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