Ifong Chen Weddings

November 20, 2015

Rachael & Ryan Engaged!

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Rachael was in her last year of Family Medicine Residency, job-searching and planning to return to Boise for work after completing Residency in the following summer. Ryan had recently started a new job as a project manager at Bouten Construction and was in the process of purchasing a house. They both led busy lives without a lot of free time, but they were both ready to fall in love. They found each other on match.com and Ryan messaged Rachael first, referencing her love of skate skiing. The conversation flourished after that with many common interests. They soon decided to meet in person and Ryan recommended Iron Goat Brewing. Rachael had never been there before, but she definitely could appreciate a good microbrew. As she approached Iron Goat on that fall evening, she noticed a tall, lean, handsome strawberry-blonde with big blue eyes and a great smile. He warmly introduced himself and said that they might have to change their date location as it was trivia night and quite noisy in the brewery. They changed the plan and went to another small brewery instead. The conversation was easy and fluid, and Rachael was impressed with Ryan’s relaxed, laid-back, confident demeanor and loved how everything between them felt natural and right. Ryan was awestruck that he finally found a woman who was everything he desired and more- with intelligence, eagerness, kindness and beauty. On their second date they went on a beautiful fall hike, climbing for miles up to a peaceful lake in the foothills. They had several other dates in close succession and things took off quickly.
Rachael recalls being on-call for labor and delivery at the hospital, and trying to make a lunch date with Ryan. She ended up being a few minutes late to their date, wearing her glasses and scrubs and thinking, “well, if he doesn’t like me like this, then it just won’t work out”. He loved the scrubs and glasses.
Rachael went to Venezuela for a mission on cleft lip and palate a few weeks after they started dating. Ryan very graciously helped dog-sit for a few days and stayed at Rachael’s house. Once she returned from Venezuela (finally!) they never spent another night apart.
Their relationship continued extremely smoothly. They just understood each other; they were both on the same page, enjoying so many similar activities with their free time, and equally enjoying relaxing together. Things were uncomplicated between them and they were perfect together.
Ryan planned a proposal during their post-residency vacation to Belize. He decided to propose underwater while scuba diving, and Rachael had no idea he was planning this. The dive master eagerly helped him plan it out:
On their fifth dive, about 45 feet underwater on a sandy patch known as “The Garden”, Ryan picked up a conch shell with a laminated banner underneath it. The banner had been placed there moments prior by the dive master. Rachael initially thought this was a piece of trash, but to her surprise, Ryan unrolled the banner which read, in bold letters, “Will you marry me?” Responding verbally wasn’t an option but she nodded her head as bubbles rapidly flew out of her regulator, and made the “OK” symbol, reciprocated by Ryan. The dive instructor motioned for them to take out their regulators and kiss, which they did after a brief contemplation about their air supply. The dive resumed for about 20 minutes after this proposal with a beautiful wall of sea life and a large manta ray. They were greeted by the island’s resort staff who cheered as they got off the boat. The chef prepared fresh seafood that evening, and they sat under the palm trees enjoying an extremely memorable celebratory dinner together.

November 7, 2015

Tansy & Andy-25th Anniversary

Andy and Tansy first met as children in Southern California. They grew up next door to one another until a tragedy brought them together. They started their young family right away and moved to Spokane in 1990. One year later they were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is what they attribute their success and happy family life to. They’ve stuck together through hard times but in their own words it’s because “not being married isn’t an option”. This year has not only brought a milestone anniversary but also an addition to their family. In just a few months they will welcome their first grandchild and they couldn’t be more excited. Thank you Ifong for capturing all of our major milestones in our growing family. 2 weddings, 1 milestone anniversary, and many more to come!

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November 6, 2015

Becky and Pulkit Engaged!

I was speechless when I met them for the engagement session. First, they were a little late and the day light was running out. I decided to take the sunset plan to the twilight. And As I looked through my camera, I was so impressed with how beautiful they are.  Not just the good looking, but the way they hold themselves in fount of camera was like the models walk out The Vogue. What could I say-I am the luckiest photographer ever!!

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November 5, 2015

Jessica & Brian Engaged!

Brian and Jessica believe destiny (or a mutual need of adult beverages) brought them together. Jessica was living in Puyallup, WA for a year finishing school, and Brian had lived in the area most of his life. They met on October 5, 2015 at Cheers Bar & Grill. Jessica mustered up the courage to make the first move and they ended up talking and laughing the night away, not knowing they would be inseparable from that day on. When Jessica graduated college, she moved back to her hometown of Spokane, WA. Brian made a huge sacrifice and left everything he knew to be with the woman he loved. Today, she works in her family’s business and he works at a machine shop as a welder/fabricator.

In March 2015, the two decided to hit the beaches of Hawaii for some much needed RnR. Jessica had no idea, but Brian was secretly scheming. There, on the beach surrounded by the gorgeous sunset, Brian proposed while friends stood by taking photos and videos. It couldn’t have been a more perfect proposal and kickoff to their vacation.

The couple dreams of travelling the world together someday. Their ultimate dream is to grow old together at a home in the countryside with room for all of their animals and hobbies.

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November 1, 2015

Alex & Josh Engaged!

Josh and I met in the beginning of our junior year of high school. We were just 16 years old, I didn’t even have my license yet. It was truly love at first sight. We hung out together for the first time on October 1st, 2010, and have been inseparable ever since. During our junior year, Josh was in running start while I was at Lewis & Clark high school, and he ended up spending more time at LC with me then he did anywhere else. My teachers were always surprised if he wasn’t in class with me. Our senior year we both did running start at SFCC, and during that year we chose to attend college together at Central Washington University. Three years in, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and this spring, he will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Administrative Management, and I will graduate with a Masters of Professional Accountancy. We have grown so much together over the years, and it has brought us closer every step of the way. I couldn’t imagine my life with anyone else. He has taught me so much about myself and how strong of a person I can be. He is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me, and I thank God every day that he is mine.


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October 30, 2015

Courtney & Jed engaged!

The meeting was arranged for Jan. 31, 2014. Jed walks into The Saranac Public House prepared to meet a woman he knew little about. A friend of Jed’s spoke to him about a beautiful, brilliant, adventurous woman and said they should meet. Tonight would be the night. The women were seated in the back, three ladies sitting in a booth. Jed says “hi” and sits down. Pleasantries are exchanged when the fourth woman walks up to Jed, “You are in my seat,” she says. Courtney – a lawyer – fails to object. Surprised and apologetic, Jed stands up just when his friends walk in. The meeting was over in about a minute.

But a minute was enough. He finds her stunning. Although they only spoke briefly there is no doubt she is someone Jed wants to meet again. Lucky for Jed, a text message buzzes on his phone at 11:07 that night. “You should call Courtney.” So he does – three days later. Courtney misses his call. After listening to a very calm and confident voicemail Courtney is intrigued and quickly calls back. In three days they will have their first date. Courtney, unsure what to expect, knows two things: 1. She wants to meet new people. 2. Jed has a movie-star smile.

The date is set. Jed is waiting outside Courtney’s office looking dapper in what Courtney will soon recognize as his uniform, a Filson cruiser jacket. She also recalls him wearing rubber boots – but this memory Jed swears to be false. He sees her to the Jeep and she is dazzling.

It is a cold February night on Spokane’s North side at a cocktail bar called Bon Bon. What is supposed to be just drinks soon turns into dinner. The couple exchanges their first laughs and tell stories, both pleasantly surprised by the quality of the other’s company. After the date, Courtney finds herself admiring Jed’s intellect, light-heartedness, and obvious desire to live life to the fullest. She can not wait until their next date. That is, if Jed will call. But he doesn’t. Not for a week…. Cool move, Conklin. Real cool.

Their first date was on a Thursday, and so is their second. Thursdays are becoming their day. Jed and Courtney continue to go out every Thursday for a month. Thursdays are comfortable – almost the weekend but not too committal. For two people not looking for love, Thursdays are the perfect solution. Yet…something changes. When Courtney leaves for vacation, Jed finds himself counting the days until she returns. He can’t stop thinking of her. She is smart, compassionate, caring and absolutely beautiful. This development is fortunate for Courtney because she is thinking of ways to break into Jed’s weekend schedule.

From that point forward the couple is inseparable. Adventure is the theme and Courtney and Jed find themselves hiking, hunting, flyfishing, exploring, rafting, skiing and loving each other unconditionally. In fact, it was in Glacier National Park, standing in a glacial stream, fly rod and bear spray in hand, when Jed says “I love you” for the first time. Just over a year after their first date, Jed asks Courtney to marry him, surrounded by dear friends, while flyfishing on the Big Hole River in Montana. Moments after she says “YES!” the champagne cork pops, the sun comes out and a double rainbow appears framing a small white, riverside chapel. Bald eagles circle overhead, both carrying a trout, and a moose swims across the river. The moment can not be more spectacular. For two people not looking for love, love certainly finds them.

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October 22, 2015

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September 26, 2015

Jessica & Cameron at Vintage Point


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September 25, 2015

Rachel & Brandon engaged!!

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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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