Ifong Chen Weddings

September 30, 2014

Amber and Ben Maternity session at Beautiful Portland, OR

“When Ben and I found that I was pregnant, we had a wild range of emotions. We were so happy, but we quickly realized our lives were about to change. Were we ready? With each appointment things became more real and we got more and more excited. We’ve enjoyed each milestone of the pregnancy, from announcing to our friends and family to finding out we were having a girl at our gender reveal party, and taking baby bump pictures along the way!
We got married 4 years ago and Ifong was our wedding photographer. A year later, we moved from Spokane to Portland, Oregon. When we decided we wanted to do maternity pictures, we knew we had to reach out to Ifong! We were so glad that she was willing to fly out to us. We had so much fun taking the pictures.
Now we are five weeks away from our due date and we get more excited every day. We can’t wait to welcome our baby girl to the world!”

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Natalie and Michael at Glover Mansion

Her story

Natalie & Michael met in a thoroughly modern way – on an internet dating site.
Drawn to one another through their mutual sarcasm, dry wit, and intelligence,
they emailed back and forth until a memorable ‘first date’ – a gypsy/carnival
band at the Knitting Factory. He remembers her comfort in ordering and eating
messy chicken wings. They had a lengthy conversation about the didgeridoo,
both naming bands featuring this unusual instrument. She was impressed when
he said he had actually made one (and proved so with pictures, later) There was
an instant spark, but as that grew and deepened into love, so did challenges and
obstacles they overcame. The couple is proud of the value they place on understanding
each other’s differences and honoring their individuality while nurturing their togetherness.

His story

Natalie and Michael met in a thoroughly 21st century kind of way – Natalie outbidding
Michael at the last minute during an Ebay auction. After sending repeated emails to each
(Michael’s typically ending with something like, “I’m not chicken. USA! USA!” – Natalie’s
usually with, “If you love Air Supply as much as me, you should have bid HIGHER!)
the two decided to continue their argument over a plate of buffalo wings and alcohol.
Their ‘first date’ involved:
1) Natalie securing a room at the Montvale Hotel (in case, for some

odd reason, we had a good time together – she wouldn’t need to DWI),
2) Her work closing that day due to snow storm and

3) An afternoon bottle of wine with her name all over it.

They met at the Knitting Factory over cucumber flavored vodka and buffalo wings.
Michael has since commented how he was mesmerized at how her light blue eyes
sparkled when juxtaposed to the dark red buffalo sauce that was dripping off her
hands and chin.
As if a bottle of wine and cucumber flavored vodka weren’t enough, the couple
adjourned to the entertainment portion of the evening – more vodka, the artiste ‘Lynx’,
and the headliner ‘marching band’ called “March Forth”. Now, it should be noted that
band members seemed a striking mix of ‘fair carnies’, original Woodstock groupies and
tattoo afficionados ALL that could actually PLAY wind instruments). Natalie remembers
thinking Michael was stretching the truth regarding didgeridoos – Michael remembers
thinking, “Wow…she does use that word 500x more when she’s had a drink or 3!”.

And their relationship hasn’t changed much since then. Sometimes it is filled sharp clarity.
Other times, surrealism. And then there are times when all of this is happening at the
same time. It’s what initially created a spark between them. It has caused multiple roller-
coaster rides in their relationship without either of them having to leave their home.
And…it is also what continues to pull them together as a couple – the passion to want to
be with each other – created the desire to really want to communicate with each other –
and learning to value the individual and everything they brought to the relationship as well
as what they both created ‘in’ their relationship – their son.

All this and Michael has still yet to see the inside of a Montvale hotel room.



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Vanessa & Greg at Beacon Hill Events

Venue: Beacon Hill

Florist: Just Roses

Event Planner: Soiree Events, Ali Messer

Photographer: Ifong Photography

DJ/MC: Amp’d Entertainment, Sam

Lighting: Amp’s Entertainment

Catering: Beacon Hill Events Catering

Furniture Rentals:Event Rents

Hair: Tryst, Janet Carpenter

Makeup: The Makeup Studio, Julie Farley

Love Story:

Six years ago a girl named Vanessa moved from her hometown, Spokane, WA to head to the big city of Los Angeles. Within the first 6 months of her new adventure to LA, she meet a sweet boy named Greg. Greg worked in the same office as Vanessa and noticed her right away and it didn’t take long before they went on their first date. On Vanessa’s 29th birthday Greg planned a romantic dinner at Malibu beach where he surprised her and asked for her hand in marriage. They are head over heels about each other and are exited to be husband and wife.

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September 29, 2014

Kelly & Tyler at Arbor Crest Winery

Vendors:

Venue: arbor crest

Caterer: catered 4 you

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Cake: Marcells Cakes

Dj: Brent Owen

Hair: Hillary at Jaazzz

Makeup: Julie at the makeup studio

Flowers: Holly Bloom at Safeway on 29th (centrepieces by Tyler’s mom Kim)

Brides maids dresses: A Finer Moment

Brides dress: Mia Sposa (Cambridge, England)

Tyler and I met on his first day at college at WSU, august 21, 2005. I helped check him into his dorm room!

From that day we had always been best friends. After college we both went our separate ways and lived in different states but always kept in touch. We reconnected in 2013 and knew we couldn’t

continue our lives apart. Tyler is a F 15 pilot in the Air Force and we are now stationed/living in England!

 

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September 17, 2014

Lauren & Tyler at Davenport Hotel

Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Rev Darrin Connall
Reception: The Davenport Hotel — Marie Antionette Ballroom
Flowers: Skyline Flowers, Patsy Pattison and Maria Mettler, florists
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom
Tuxes: Mens Wearhouse
Makeup: The Makeup Studio—Julie, Darla and Leslie
Hair: Bliss Salon—Mike
Wedding cake: Marsell’s
DJ: Amp’d Entertainment
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Coordinator for the Day: Kara Noyes

Our wedding story is one not only about us, but how so many that love us came together to make this a wedding a day we will always remember with joy and happiness.  We are so appreciative.

Tyler’s extensive experience as a Liturgical planner and organist allowed him to create a beautiful music liturgy.  With the help of Robert Carr, the Cathedral Choir, and Father Connall, we had a moving wedding ceremony that went hand in hand with the Marriage Preparation that we attended with Fr. Connall to prepare us for marriage beyond the wedding day.

Lauren’s experience as Ifong’s assistant (long ago) gave Lauren the experience to create everything from the invitations to colors to seating charts.   Every detail of the reception was considered for the wedding party and guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

The work done by Lauren, Tyler and all of the talented vendors made the day so magical and memorable.  And of course, our wedding would have been neither of these things were it not for all of the guests that took time and effort to travel (some a very great distance) to be with us to share this most honored event in our lives.

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September 16, 2014

Ashley and Luke at Beacon Hill

Wedding Venue and Cater: Beacon Hill

Makeup: Shasta Hankins

Hair: Becky Harwood

Wedding Dress: Celestial Selections

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Caravan Floral

Desserts: Sweet Frostings

DJ and photo booth: Complete Music

Rentals: Event Rents

Photographer: Ifong Chen

We’d like to thank all of our family and friends who helped make our wedding day even more special than we had ever imagined. No matter how long or how much you prepare for a day like this you can never prepare yourself for the emotions and intense amount of love and support you feel from everyone. We are forever thankful for everyone who traveled near and far to celebrate with us!

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September 12, 2014

Amanda & Eric at Arbor Crest Winery

Venue: Arbor Crest Winery
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Sexton
Catering: Beacon Hill
Flowers : Evergreen Florist
Wedding dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Dessert: Just America Desserts
D j : Justin, Amped
Videographer: Steven Schneidmiller
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair: On Broadway Salon, Victoria
Make-up: Shasta Hankins

A special thank you to our parents and family for all of your help to make our wedding dreams come true! This day is truly one to remember and we are forever thankful for your love, support, and encouragement. We love you!

Amanda and Eric’s story began in the summer of 2010. Amanda had just finished her first year of teaching in Deer Park and was enjoying her summer working with kids and spending time with friends at her family’s lake cabin. During her first year of teaching, her principal, Michele, told Amanda about her step son who was a firefighter. Michelle said that her step son was really sweet, but he lived in Yakima, and so Amanda didn’t think much of it. Eric was working in Union Gap as a fireman but made several trips to visit friends and family in Spokane, and over time, he began to pursue a job there.
While Amanda had originally dismissed Michele’s attempts at matchmaking, a short time later, the two met each other online. Amanda was a little bit nervous about going out with her principal’s step son, and she was really hoping that it would go well so things would not get awkward at work!
Fortunately, the two immediately hit it off. After a few weeks of exchanging emails and phone calls, Eric asked Amanda on their first date. Eric took Amanda to one of her favorite restaurants, Twigs, for drinks and appetizers. They talked for hours until the sun set and Eric drove her home. Amanda knew there was something special about Eric. Eric was eager to see Amanda again, and a few days later, he called to make a dinner date at the Wine Cellar in Coeur d’ Alene. Their connection continued to grow, and that night they had their first kiss on the front porch of her apartment.
Amanda and Eric’s relationship continued to grow and they withstood the test of being long-distance for a year. A job opened up in Spokane, and Eric was able to move back to start his career as a Spokane Firefighter. During the next three years, Amanda and Eric’s relationship developed even more through traveling together, having fun, and experiencing new adventures. On trips to San Diego, Florida, Vegas, and Seahawks games, they created lasting memories together. Eric taught Amanda how to water ski and snow ski, he took her camping for the first time, and taught her how to Salmon fish. Through all of these adventures, Amanda learned to trust Eric, and she fell in love. Eric loved how Amanda was so kind, passionate about kids and teaching, and he loved that she was so faithful with her friendships. He thought she was beautiful, both inside and out.
After Amanda and Eric watched the Christmas tree lighting at the Coeur d’ Alene resort last year. Eric got down on one knee and asked Amanda to be his wife. Of course she said “YES!” Eric then took her to dinner at the Wine Cellar where their love story began. Amanda felt like the luckiest girl in the world and now we are happily married!!

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September 8, 2014

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September 5, 2014

Yuyu & Joseph at Bozarth Mansion

Day of Coordination: Angela, Bill and Luke and many many of great friends

Church: Southhill Bible church

Venue: Bozarth Mansion

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Catering: Sinh and Linda + Just a couple of moms

Flowers: Evergreen Florist

Cake: Sweet Frosting

Chairs & Runner: Event Rents

Make Up: Shasta Hankins

Hair dresser: JAYMIE SMITH from SUNNYBUNS HAIR DESIGN GROUP

Because of Lord Jesus’ amazing plan, we were brought together despite of the fact that we are from two different countries. The journey of learning to love another person is not an easy one. We argued and fought, laughed and cried, and endured long distance between us. Yet because the faithfulness of God, we learned to be faithful to each other.

因着主耶稣的奇妙安排,我们从不同的国度走到一起,并能相知相识。因着主耶稣的爱,我们学会如何相爱。虽然我们时有争执,虽然我们哭过笑过,虽然我们曾经分开,但因着对这位信实的主,我们凭着信心一路同行。

We are thankful for the love and grace from our Heavenly Father, vividly expressed through families, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. As His children, we come daily to enjoy the love of the Father. And we are certain there is abundant richness yet for us to discover and receive.
我们感谢父神透过我们的家人、朋友以及主内的弟兄姊妹将满满的爱和恩典浇灌给我们。每一天我们如同孩子一般来到这位慈爱的父神怀中来领受祂的慈爱。我们知道祂有更多美好的计划等着我们去领受。

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