Ifong Chen Weddings

July 14, 2015

Maureen & Scott at Bing Theater & Knitting Factory

Family has always been important to Scott and me; aside from it being the first day of summer, we picked the date of June 21st for our big day so that we could share my parents’ joy as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. My dad got to spend Fathers’ Day with both of his daughters for the first time in years! Scott’s brother was his best man and my sister did double duty as our officiant and as a bridesmaid. My engagement ring is a combination of our families using diamonds from my grandmother and Scott’s mother; both passed away in 2013 so it’s a bittersweet reminder of these two amazingly strong women. In planning our wedding, Scott and I wanted two different-feeling experiences for the ceremony and reception. Our ceremony was personal, heartfelt, and a little whimsical with huge purple balloons lining the aisles and non-traditional music. Scott and I wrote (and cried through) our own vows and chose to incorporate a traditional handfasting to symbolize our union.

We worked together to make our invitations really set the stage for our day. The theme I was going for was “urban purple glam” and the Knitting Factory was a perfect venue for us as they really put the time and effort into making the space look exactly like we wanted. It was amazing to see the vision I had in my head translated into real life, not to mention the fact that we were able to celebrate the day with so many close friends and family (some of whom traveled long distances to be with us). Being an artist at heart, I made a lot of the details including chalkboard signage, a monogram art piece, a huge wall quote and a paper chain link installation behind our sweetheart table. We dined on short ribs and salmon, drank some awesome craft beer (among other things) and danced the night away as Eclectic Approach put on a fantastic show for us!

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to some of the best vendors Spokane has to offer. Everything from flowers to desserts to wedding coordination to (obviously) photography was phenomenal and many of our professional relationships turned into friendships. The marquee outside the Bing said “best day ever!” and it definitely was. Scott and I are so thankful for everyone who put their time, effort, and energy into making our day so special and full of love.

Ceremony venue: Bing Crosby Theater
Reception venue: Knitting Factory
Officiant: Reverend Lauren Lorincz, sister of the bride
Wedding Coordinator: Soiree Event Design, Sophie Solinsky
Catering: Knitting Factory, Gary Evans
Desserts: Batch Bakeshop
Lighting: Knitting Factory, Erik Young
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Florist: Erica’s Expressions
Band: Eclectic Approach
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair & bridal party makeup: Blush Beauty Bar
Bridal makeup: Shasta Hankins
Dress: Maggie Sottero, Amy’s Bridal Boutique
Capelet: BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Henkaa
Tuxes: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse
Ties: Knotty Tie Company

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  1. These photos are absolutely beautiful!!!

    Comment by Daniel — July 14, 2015 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  2. Ifong, you captured the day so well! Gorgeous photos. 🙂

    Comment by laurenlorincz — July 14, 2015 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  3. Ifong, you are amazing! Great job!

    Comment by scottastley — July 14, 2015 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  4. I am blown away by the beauty of these pictures. I can’t wait to see the rest of them…what fun to look forward to picking photos for the “parents of the bride” album!!!

    Comment by Debbie Lorincz — July 14, 2015 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  5. Wonderful pictures…didn’t leave any aspect of the day out.

    Comment by Bruce Lorincz — July 14, 2015 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  6. Beautiful couple and stunning pictures!

    Comment by Kaeli — July 14, 2015 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  7. we couldn’t be MORE ecstatic to have chosen you to capture our day, ifong! per usual your eye for detail & color & your perfect capturing of emotion is spot on. thank you for giving us these gorgeous memories! we love you!!!

    Comment by maureen astley — July 15, 2015 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  8. This was such an amazing wedding and you did it such a wonderful job capturing it!! It was wonderful to meet you!! You are truly a delight!

    Comment by Sharee — July 15, 2015 @ 12:03 am | Reply

  9. that was the most beautiful wedding and the pictures brought back such memories. Thank you.

    Comment by Carol Bushek — July 15, 2015 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  10. Captured the day exquisitely!

    Comment by Kyle Matucha — July 15, 2015 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  11. Beautiful! I love so many of these photos! Thank you so much Ifong for taking some amazing photos of Maureen and Scott! Once of the best couples ever!

    Comment by erica — July 15, 2015 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  12. thank you ifong a million times over for giving us such GORGEOUS photos to remember our day!! your eye for color, detail & capturing emotion is just unmatched. we love you & are SO glad we chose you as our photographer! 🙂

    Comment by maureen astley — July 15, 2015 @ 1:15 am | Reply

  13. These photos are absolutely gorgeous and capture how truly special the day was for everyone involved! I can’t wait to see the rest of them; stunning.

    Comment by Jack Clancy — July 15, 2015 @ 2:50 am | Reply

  14. Love all of these. What a beautiful, unique wedding that was captured perfectly!

    Comment by Sophie — July 15, 2015 @ 2:52 am | Reply

  15. Oh wow! These pictures are absolutely stunning! I’m so sorry we couldn’t be there, but looking at these pictures makes me feel like I was. Just gorgeous!

    Comment by Jessica Hammon — July 15, 2015 @ 4:50 am | Reply

  16. Wow, these pics are amazing. Lfong, congrats on a beautiful set of pictures and thanks again for your time in taking them.

    Comment by Elah Snyder — July 15, 2015 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  17. These photos are so amazing and such a great representation of a really wonderful celebration!!

    Comment by Lynlee Fertal — July 15, 2015 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  18. I liked all the photos, but ones of Maureen & Scott toghther are my favorites. They really captured their emotions. I also really liked the outdoor shots. The staging was classy & fun.

    Comment by Gail Johnston — July 15, 2015 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  19. Wow these look amazing! The photos with Scott and Maureen are so rich in color and texture they just absolutely POP off the screen! Incredible!

    Comment by Joshua Alexander — July 16, 2015 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  20. Beautiful pictures and day!! We had an amazing time at your wedding!

    Comment by Melissa Koe — July 17, 2015 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  21. Ifong, good job! Absolutely beautiful pictures. Definitely going to look for your services when it’s my time to get married.

    Comment by jose garcia — July 17, 2015 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  22. Ifong, good job! Absolutely awesome pictures. Definitely going to look for your services when it’s my time to get married.

    Comment by jose garcia — July 17, 2015 @ 4:31 am | Reply

  23. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Comment by Barb Thomasson — July 17, 2015 @ 6:09 am | Reply

  24. Brilliantly done! The pictures are represented so artistically and beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest! You definitely captured all the emotions felt on their special day! Love these pictures! Terry

    Comment by Terry Ewing — July 17, 2015 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  25. […] The following photos are from their wedding ceremony held at The Bing Crosby Theater and their reception at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington.  Most of these were taken by the amazingly talented Ifong Chen, whose gallery of the big day can be found here. […]

    Pingback by Maureen & Scott Astley’s Wedding–June 21, 2015 | on being made well — July 21, 2015 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  26. Awesome pictures that truly captured the “joy” of the day.

    Comment by Sherry Uhl Frye — July 22, 2015 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  27. What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations, Maureen and Scott!
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!

    -Elaine Fippin

    Comment by Elaine Fippin — July 27, 2015 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  28. These photos came out awesome! Thank you again for letting me be a part of it all. Love you guys!

    Comment by Christi Mahan — August 5, 2015 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  29. Absolutely stunning! Your photographer is amazing and she did such an amazing job!! Congratulations on your special day M&S!!

    Comment by Kim schultz — August 12, 2015 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

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