Ifong Chen Weddings

May 9, 2015

Tia & Kenneth Engaged !

Kenneth and I had our first date on August 6th, 2013 after meeting online! Kenneth was just arriving in Spokane to begin his next chapter at Fairchild AFB after leaving Dayton, Ohio and literally was checking into the Davenport Towers the night of our date. From what I’ve been told by Kenneth, he wasn’t necessarily looking to find “the one”, but as we know now, God had a different plan. We met for a drink at the Safari lounge and right when he walked in there was an instant attraction. True to Kenneth’s style, he was a few minutes late so when he asked to be excused for a minute while he checked into his room. I, true to my style, asked if he didn’t mind me ordering a glass of wine while I waited. Right away, the southern gentleman in him shined as he told the bartender “get her whatever she needs and put it on my card”. We spent the evening talking about our faith, music, family and more! I could tell by the end of the date that Kenneth was a truly a gentleman (he is from Texas) and different than anyone else I had met before. It was the best first date for both of us! As Kenneth says…..since then we’ve been ‘”living the dream”!

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April 28, 2015

Jessica & Zach Engaged!!

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To some, October 18th, 2014, is a holiday only familiar to residents in the midwest known as Sweetest Day. Little did Jessica and Zach know that on that day they would meet their sweetest!

Our first meeting was filled with adventure and romance, unbeknownst to Zach he had planned my dream date! When Zach walked up to my house and I opened the door I thought he has such pretty eyes. I also noticed something behind his back, he had a single red rose and a bottle of sweet wine for Sweetest Day. I thought to myself he is crazy, and that he made up a holiday, but I just went with it, and looked it up later. It is an actual holiday! After our adventurous hike, an amazingly delicious dinner, and a romantic star gazing venture, Zach asked me what I was doing next weekend and I replied “seeing you.”

Our romantic and adventurous excursions didn’t stop at our first date. Our next adventures included romantic dinners, concerts, the ballet, hiking, wine tasting, exploring Leavenworth, pumpkin carving, apple picking, cooking together, or even just spending hours talking. The more time I spent with Jessica, the greater my love grew for her. I first knew that she was “the one” after the third date, when I realized that she is different from everyone else I had met and that she is everything that I am looking for in someone and more! My love for her culminated on November 29th when I first told her that I loved her beneath the twinkling lights of the Christmas trees.

I knew that Zach was “the one” after our third date. The way that I knew, was that I could be myself around him, goofy, silly, and that I could tell him everything. My mother was right, when she said “that you just know,” as I knew when I knew.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015, started as any typical Thursday, work followed by Bible study at the end of the day. I didn’t have a meeting after work that day so I decided to get some shopping in. Unbeknownst to me, back at my house Zach was busily preparing for his marriage proposal. I finally got home, leaving myself 30 minutes to get to Bible study. I pulled into the driveway seeing his truck and thinking, “oh no, something is wrong, he is here in the middle of the week.” I ran around the outside of the house thinking he had to be out there since he doesn’t have a key. He wasn’t there. So I then decided to go inside. Upon walking inside, I found a path lined with candles covered with rose petals. I let out a squeal, and then it took me a second to realize that the path was leading me somewhere. I followed it quickly, as it led me to my bedroom, on my way I noticed that the table was set for dinner and that our song was playing in the background. I went in my room and didn’t see Zach at first, just a big card that said I love you on it. Then I turned, seeing him in his suit and tie. He then went down on one knee and asked me “Jessica Louise Dugger, will you marry me?” I said “yeah, yeah” and I was in such shock. Then he put the ring on my finger and I said a “million times yes, yes, I will marry you!” This was the beginning of our commitment to each other for the rest of our lives!

February 23, 2015

Brittney & Nathaniel engaged!

Countless letters, postcards, Skype dates, phone calls, and texts have been exchanged the past 8 months between Nathaniel and Brittney thanks to a possy of friends who worked together to set them up. Brittney, who resides in Washington, traveled to Michigan to attend a previous roommate’s wedding. Just days before the flight her friend sent a message informing Brittney that there was a groomsman she needed to meet! Unbeknownst to Brittney, Nathaniel was also being prepped by the bride and groom of her arrival. Both Nathaniel and Brittney were a bit reluctant of what their friends were scheming. Fast forward to their friend’s wedding, Nathaniel introduced himself to Brittney and the two hit it off. A month later Nathaniel and Brittney started dating and 5 months later they were engaged! During this time the couple has flown back and forth between Washington and Michigan to see each other until they will be married July of 2015!

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January 20, 2015

Courtney & Drew Engaged!

Courtney and Drew met in the fall of 2010 when Drew was starting his freshman year at WSU as a cross country runner, and Courtney was starting her sophomore year, also on the team. After seeing each other at practice everyday, they starting dating in the spring of 2011, and their relationship continued to grow until November 16, 2014 when drew proposed. They are excited to start their lives together with their dog Beamer and their cat Tink.

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November 18, 2014

Mallori & Dan engaged!

Our love story began after discovering that we were next door neighbors. In March of 2012, I invited Dan and his roommate over for the first time. Little did I know, Dan had been referring to me as “G6” for a year, as that is the model of car I drive. We went on a date later that week and it was the start of something special.

We dated for a year before our relationship turned long distance. I made the move from Minnesota to Washington to start a graduate program in speech-language pathology at Eastern Washington University and Dan started his pharmacy school rotations in Minnesota. After graduating in May of 2014, Dan got a job at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We have enjoyed the last few months of being in the same location!

Dan proposed to me on October 10, 2014 with the help of our new puppy, Finn. He tied the ring to Finn’s leash, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was the best day of my life. We are excited to move back home to Minnesota and tie the knot on August 1, 2015!

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November 6, 2014

Maureen & Scott Engaged!!

Scott & I would both like to sincerely thank Al Gore for “inventing the internet,” since the two of us met through online dating. It was a perfect time in our lives as I had grown weary of bad first dates, and Scott had become sick of wading through the plethora of girls that were not exactly his style (to put it kindly). I messaged him first, and we chatted a bit before setting up a first date at a cool local brewery. Despite the fact that he lived an hour away, Scott was on time & I was a good 15-20 minutes late, rolling in with an apology & a smile; it’s a good thing he thought I was cute and kept me around. Not wanting the date to end, we got some coffee and took a walk along the river. We laughed together as the local band playing music outside changed their tunes from normal to screamo as the night wore on and all the families went home. We sat & talked for hours that night and haven’t stopped since. I sent him home with a kiss and from then on, we have been inseparable.

The months we spent dating long-distance and spending every waking minute together on weekends passed in a blur and eventually Scott moved in with me and we bought an adorable little corgi named Rex. I am an artist at heart and am emotional and totally free-spirited. Scott balances me by being level-headed, laid-back and logical. The best analogy I’ve ever heard for a relationship came from a friend of a friend who is also an artist. He told me that he’s a balloon, flying wild and free while his wife grounds him by holding onto his string. “All these years,” he said “and she just keeps holding on. For my sake, I hope she never lets go!” I’m so glad Scott & I found each other. The constant laughter echoing throughout the rooms of our home is pure affirmation that this is the man I’m meant to build a life with. For my part, I hope he’s still holding onto my balloon string for many, many, many years to come.

 

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October 28, 2014

Steph & Travis Engaged!

We met a little over 3 years ago at Elkfest, the music festival The Elk in Browne’s Addition hosts every year. We were headed to enjoy the music and ran into each other. Travis immediately told my friend I was cute, I thought he was super cute too but thought he wouldn’t be a serious catch.

Little did I know that we would be getting married one day. After hanging out for two weeks with friends we ended up talking or hanging out every day after that and haven’t gotten enough of each other!

We are so excited to spend our lives together and can’t wait for all the fun memories ahead!

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October 14, 2014

Brittany & Jordan Engaged!!

The Story of How We Met. (Written partly by Brittany, but mostly by her friend, Michelle)

Jordan and I have a long history…of sorts. As awkward preteens, we shared a middle school; we walked the same halls and sat in the same lunchroom. You would think that we would have been drawn together then, like moths to a flame. But alas, that’s not what destiny had in store. In fact, it wouldn’t be for another 12 years that we actually said our first hellos.

After moving back to Spokane in 2012 to finish grad school, I found myself working at my previous employer where I spent the majority of my college summers. It was here, in 2007, that I met my coworker and friend, Michelle. Being older (she has been holding steady at 29 for some time now), and wiser she schooled me in the joys of finding Mr. Right. We talked about “knowing when you know” and letting destiny lead. That being said, she also said sometimes destiny needs a push and asked if I would be interested in meeting a friend and coworker of her husband’s. She (being the absolute genius she is [yes, she is helping to write this]) swore up and down that we were perfect for each other!

Meanwhile, Michelle’s husband, Kaylen, was mentoring Jordan in the same manner. Of course, when I say mentoring, I mean he shared with Jordan the important pieces of information needed when tediously working on pairing soul mates…. “Dude, you should meet this chick. She is hot, fun and available. Let’s all get drinks.” Such a valiant effort. Oh well, it worked.

Jordan and I met in January of 2013 under the eyes, scrutiny and pressure of a whole gaggle of our friends. Our quiet conversations and awkward interactions were on display for the whole group to witness…some even took pictures. No matter, the setup worked. We clicked, and destiny kicked in.

We had our first official date a few days later, and after that, we were pretty much inseparable. I guess, when you find your other half, that’s the way it goes.

We sometimes wonder where we would be today had we met 12 years ago over a pre-algebra book or in a shared homeroom. Would destiny have rolled out the same way? Quite possibly, but it’s probably best this way. After all, tween marriage is such a cliché.

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October 1, 2014

Tahney & Trevor engaged!!

As soon as Trevor and I met there was a strong mutual attraction that was bound to lead to something more. We began talking and quickly decided on a first date that lasted nearly 7 hours; time had gotten away from us! Knowing Trevor was moving away in a few months for the military, we spent as much time together as possible and only grew closer. A long distance relationship was inevitable but we were both committed to making it work because we knew we had something special. We maintained a strong relationship for months while living on opposite ends of the country. At one of his military events soon thereafter, he surprised me with a proposal that I of course could not refuse! We are beyond excited for our future together and are keeping plenty busy planning our special day!

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August 7, 2014

Kirsten & Gabriel Engaged!

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