Ifong Chen Weddings

August 3, 2015

Keshia & Alyson At The golf club at Newcastle, Seattle Washington

Vendor List

Coordinator: Lisa Chambers
Officiant: Reverend Mary Calhoun
Florist: Flora Nova
DJ: Leslie Wheatley at Seattle Parties
Photography: Ifong Chen
Videographer: Benjamin with Magical Touch
Dresses: Calla Bridal & The Dress Theory
Bridesmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Venue & Food: The Golf Club at Newcastle
Cake: The Sweet Side
Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Love Story

Our love story is largely due to sharing a great friend.

Keshia, the brunette bride and a Spokane native, grew up with her best friend, Sam who lived across the cul de sac. The two were inseparable whether they were going on family trips together, playing sports, or relaxing with a good ol’ fashioned cartoon or videogame. Fast forward 15 years and Sam meets Alyson, the blonde bride and longtime Seattleite, during the first couple weeks of college at UW. To quote Sam, “meeting Alyson and becoming instant friends felt like I was hanging out with Keshia again.” Since Keshia went to Western for college, their paths crossed occasionally but not particularly often. After hearing so many stories about Keshia from Sam, Alyson, had a solid crush on her for years, however, the timing never seemed to be right. Though no matter the distance, a game of “words with friends” was an everyday occurrence with chat compliments of “ten points to Gryffindor” for high scoring words. Keshia had so much fun getting to know Alyson through witty word choices and constant humor that she started referring to Alyson as her “Words with Friends Crush” to her college roommates during her senior year.

Another fast forward to Sam’s going away party in Vegas with a handful of her closest friends – A&K’s paths cross yet again, but more significantly this time. Keshia got to know Sam’s friend group much better over the long weekend, and couldn’t wait to keep the fun rolling. As her mom likes to joke, all of a sudden, Keshia was driving down to Seattle all the time and there were fewer calls home.

After dating and living together for a while, Alyson and Keshia decided wedding bells were definitely in their future. Keshia, being the hopeless romantic, planned a week of different adventures each night of the “engagement week” in hopes of retaining a small element of surprise to the proposal. When she didn’t pop the question after an orange sunset on the space needle and an evening return trip on the Bainbridge ferry, Alyson had all but given up. That’s when Keshia asked with a simple picnic in Kerry Park (surprise completed!).

A Note from A&K:

Our family and friends are incredibly important to both of us, so it meant the world that they were not only on board with us getting married but they were ecstatic. We are dumbfounded by the outpouring of love and support, and we are finding it hard to articulate just how grateful and fortunate we feel.

Keshia, my wifey, I love you more than I can express. I’m honored and excited to get to spend my life with you. Alyson, I couldn’t have said it better myself! We have an amazing road ahead.


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