Ifong Chen Weddings

March 12, 2015

Tamarae and Ryan at The Outrigger Canoe Club, Oahu, Hawaii

Wedding Coordinator= Diana Caro-Salvador (Oahu Weddings)
Florist= Passion Roots
Reception Venue & Catering =The Outrigger Canoe Club
Ceremony Venue= Mystical Rose Oratory-St. Louis Campus
DJ = Troy Michael DJ
Surfboard & Guest Sign-in Plaque= Haleiwa Surfboard Company
Grooms Suit= Ted Baker from Nordstrom Men’s Shop
Brides Dress= La Belle Elaine’s Bridal (Bellevue, WA)
Rings=Dodson’s Jewelers (Family stone in engagement band)
Decorations = various vendors/retailers
Menus/place cards/programs = Wedding Paper Divas

 
When planning our wedding, Ryan and I started with location. We thought that a “destination” type wedding would be fun because it provides an opportunity to spend more time with guests, but we also wanted the wedding to be in a location that was meaningful for us and that we had a strong connection to. Honolulu, HI was the perfect fit. Next we thought, “what’s the best time to leave Spokane and head to a tropical destination?”… February!

In February 2014 we took a quick weekend trip to Honolulu to celebrate Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday and choose a venue and exact date. We decided on the chapel at the St. Louis campus for the ceremony as both our families have connections to the school (Ryan’s dad is an alum, and my mom is an alum of the sister school Sacred Hearts) and the campus is truly gorgeous. For the reception, there was a lot to consider. We knew we wanted to be somewhere that evokes the laid-back, tropical island vibe we love, so hotel ballrooms and resort locations just didn’t fit. Given the number of guests we expected and logistics of traveling/transportation, the outdoor private estate venues also weren’t a great option. We started thinking about some of our favorite spots that we could share with our guests, and quickly remembered the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Club sits directly on the beach and the restaurant and lanai is a favorite lunch location whenever we’re in Hawaii. After a quick walk through (and mahi mahi sandwiches with mai tais for good measure) we decided this was definitely the best venue.

In terms of wedding “details”, Ryan and I really focused on what was most important to us. Delicious, local inspired food and drinks; a fun DJ who would get people on the dance floor; and sharing our perspective and experiences that make Hawaii such a special place for us with those people who matter most. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out not just with the wedding itself, but with all the activities in the days before and after. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to celebrate with so many friends and family members all in one place. For us it was a week that can’t be replicated, full of memories that will never be forgotten, and we owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our wedding so special!

 

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March 1, 2015

Oana & Jeff at Davenport Hotel

Hawaii, May 2014 – We’re sitting down for a nice dinner at a beachfront sushi restaurant talking about what we love most about each other. For those of you who don’t know Jeff very well…. Well, romance and mushy love stuff is not really his thing. So, most of the things said revolved around how compatible we are and how much sense it makes that we’re together. The couple next to us was celebrating their one year anniversary and they were enjoying part of their wedding cake. I remember looking at them and wondering what kind of wedding they had… was it a small intimate evening wedding with soft glowing candles on every table? Then I remember asking myself what kind of wedding Jeff would like to have one day. We started walking back to our hotel and out of nowhere Jeff wanted to walk on the beach instead of the sidewalk. I wasn’t too keen on the idea since I was wearing high heels and a long dress but in the spirit of romance I decided to follow. Shortly after we hit the sand, Jeff wanted to sit and take a break and the first thing that went through my mind is that he ate too much and needs a break. Boy was I wrong! Jeff began sharing his most beautiful thoughts and feelings with me and by the time I said yes, we were both in tears and holding each other. A few months later, on February 15, 2015 Jeff and I were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Davenport Hotel. As we begin our married life together, my biggest hope is that we will always be brave enough to be ourselves around each other and share our deepest thoughts. Crazy enough, we fell in love with each other just the way we are and I hope our love will only grow stronger with time.

Venue: Davenport Hotel
Flowers: Davenport Hotel
Hair: Amanda Winkler, Wink Salon
Makeup: Alexa Jourdan, Kiss and Makeup
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Cake: Marsells Cakes & Desserts
DJ: Justin Haas, AMP’D Entertainment
Piano Player: Doug Scott

 

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