Ifong Chen Weddings

July 31, 2014

Annie & Aaron at Mrs. Kalin’s Barn

Vendors:
Venue- Mrs. Kalin’s Barn
Photography- Ifong Chen
Food- Fery’s Catering
Flowers- Help from friends​ and Kelly Moore’s Garden
Dress- Marcella’s Bridal
Cake- Marcel’s Cake
Shortcake- Grandma Alice Gleason’s recipe
All Rentals- A-Z Rentals
Everything Else- A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect. To our parents, siblings, and all other family and friends, you have blessed us more than we deserve. Our wedding was a testament to all of the love and support the people around us provide us with, we are so immensely thankful.

A special thank you to my momma, Kelly Moore. Mom, there are no words to depict how thankful I am not just for your amazing efforts toward this day, but to the woman I am because of who you are. You have been there to encourage Aaron and I from the moment he was just the first boy to show up on our front porch, to creating the most beautiful day for us to start the rest of our lives together. I am in awe of the woman God entrusted my life to. Thank you for everything you do for your kids, we love you so very much!

Our story..
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.

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 just had to comply with the social norms of “dating” – a concept I was not too fond of. Little by little, his charismatic nature, goofy laugh, and servant’s heart showed me the beauty of what a blessing love can be.

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. From Needtobreathe concerts, to soccer games, to long college study sessions,  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.

My best friend asked me to be his wife on July 6, 2013 and on July 18, 2014 I made a promise to be with him for the rest of my life, what a beautiful life it is turning out to be!

 

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