Ifong Chen Weddings

July 25, 2014

Amy & Jodi at Riverside State Park, Deep Creek Overlook and Barrister Winery

Ceremony Vendors

Ceremony Permit – Riverside State Park
Officiant – AnJanette Deweese
Photography – Ifong Chen Photography
Video – Rogue Heart Media
Music & Mic – AMP’d Entertainment
Hair – Yelena Stepanova
Makeup – Shasta Hankins
Violinist – Michael Sporre
Flowers – Evergreen Florist
Lavender – Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm, Greenbluff
Farm Benches & Tables – Spokane Farm Tables
Wine Barrels – Barrister Winery
Bridal Dresses – David’s Bridal
Tuxedos – Bridal Collections
Setup Crew – Spokane Women’s Hockey (and families)

Reception Vendors

Reception Location – Barrister Winery
Catering – Beacon Hill Catering
Photography – Ifong Chen Photography
DJ & Lighting – AMP’d Entertainment
Live Music – Chris Anderson Music, Seattle
Setup Crew – Spokane Women’s Hockey (and families)
Accommodation & Transportation – Davenport Hotel

 

Amy and Jodi defied many odds and overcame numerous obstacles to finally have their dream wedding take place on Saturday, July 5th, 2014. Surrounded by family and friends, who travelled from all over North America, they exchanged their own vows on a beautiful cliff in Riverside State Park.

Amy and Jodi met on Match.com nearly 4 years ago, almost accidentially. Amy, living in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Jodi, living in Spokane, Washington, USA, had fate bring them together in a 24 hour window of opportunity. After a month of talking on the phone and Skype, they finally met in person on September 24th, 2010 in Seattle, WA – the halfway point. Jodi knew the moment she saw Amy step off the ferry that she was the one for her. Amy, who thought Jodi was out of her league, wondered about how, logistically, the relationship could work, being from two different countries, and immigration laws that discriminated against same-sex partnerships in the US at the time.

Over the next year and a half, Amy travelled down to Spokane to visit Jodi, and her two lovely children, every 5 or 6 weeks. Every time she left, they really didn’t know when they would see each other again. During this time, Amy requested a work transfer to their Washington State office, and while they waited 9 months for a dual intent work visa to be approved, they kept their relationship strong with creative methods of communication. From writing long letters, sending small tokens, reading books to the kids over the phone, to Skype cooking and dinners together, Amy and Jodi built a foundation during a time when most would have thrown in the towel. It was also during this time that Jodi’s mother was suddenly diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at a very young age. Not being able to travel while her visa petition was under review, Amy struggled to watch Jodi lose her mother from afar. After a courageous battle, Amy and Jodi find peace knowing that “nanny” thought the visa was taking too long, and had to “get up there” to get things rolling. Sure enough, two weeks after her passing the visa was approved and Amy moved to Spokane, WA to finally be with Jodi and the kids.

Amy, Jodi and the kids continued to build a strong foundation, falling even more in love with the opportunity to function as a normal family would under a single roof. Over the next two years, they witnessed a dramatic shift in policies that finally gave them hope that they could live together forever – as a family, as Washington State passed same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act was defeated. Their wedding was more than a marriage, it was a celebration that love wins.

Amy and Jodi are so grateful to all their wedding vendors, who accepted them for who they are; two human beings in love. Their wedding experience in Spokane, WA was nothing short of incredible!

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments »

  1. Brilliant work as always!

    Comment by Rob — July 25, 2014 @ 2:03 am | Reply

  2. I love the dog in the formal gown! That cracks me up. The images of the ladies standing next to the cliff edge are breathtaking!

    Comment by Alyson — July 25, 2014 @ 2:14 am | Reply

  3. This is one of my absolutely most favorite collection of photos and back story, you’ve done Ifong. (Of course Liz and Matt’s wedding is my ultimate favorite) 😉 I wish this beautiful new family so much love as they embark on their new lives together. Mazel Tov!!

    Comment by Victoria Ferro — July 25, 2014 @ 2:46 am | Reply

  4. One more thought – the photo of Amy and Jody standing on the edges of the individual cliffs spoke volumes of their story. Amazingly gorgeous, thought provoking shot.

    Comment by Victoria Ferro — July 25, 2014 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  5. Absolutely stunning photos and such a beautiful day it was! These amazing ladies are a perfect example of true love, I am lucky to call them good friends and wish them all the best !

    Comment by Jennifer Rennard — July 25, 2014 @ 3:24 am | Reply

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