Ifong Chen Weddings

February 13, 2017

Holly & Andy Engaged!

When people asked us how we met, I sometimes jokingly tell them that we met in Paris – it just sounds more romantic that way. The truth is that we met on Eharmony.com. I’m not sure why meeting online has a bad connotation to it, because it really shouldn’t, especially in our case. Regardless of how a couple meets, I think the important thing is that they do eventually find each other – and what happens from that point on is where the romantic begins and a love story is made.

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Holly, even her picture. It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014, but this particular Friday wasn’t black at all. I was sitting in the big recliner chair in the living room of my sister’s house, sipping on a cup of morning coffee. I opened my e-mail to find that I had a new message from EHarmony with a new “match”. I skeptically opened the e-mail. After looking over her profile, and reading what she had written about herself and what she was looking for in life, and in a partner, I was immediately interested. I know it sounds a little clichéd, but I truly had a special feeling about her from the very start. I connected with what she had written, and liked everything about her, even her name, “Holly”. It didn’t take me long to muster up the courage to send her a note. I remember my heart beating fast as I sent the message and crossed my fingers that she would respond.

To my delight, she responded quickly, and after a few e-mails back and forth and a phone conversation or two, we agreed to meet in person. Our first date went well, and despite an awkward goodbye on my part, she luckily agreed to see me again. At the end of our second date, I kissed her for the first time, and we laughed together as she told me that I looked just like Andersen Copper and she’d never kissed someone famous before. After that, date number three lead into date number four, and I quickly began to fall in love with this beautiful Spanish Teacher from Spokane. I remember visiting my family shortly after we had started dating and describing Holly to them. They’ve told me since then that it was very evident just how special Holly was to me, even at that time.

At the 4-month mark we started planning a trip to Italy together, knowing full well that it would be the first big test of our relationship. As Holly always says, if you really want to see if you’re meant to be with someone, take an international trip with them. We ended up having a magical time together.

Our relationship only continued to blossom and grow stronger with each coming day, and on a warm sunlit day this past October, while on a walk through the Rose Garden in Manito Park, I asked Holly if she would do me the greatest honor of my life; would she to marry me?

Holly is my best friend, confidant, and sole-mate. She supports me and makes me a better man every day. I trust and respect her deeply. She is smart and engaging, caring, and strong. The size of her heart is only matched by her breathtakingly beauty. We share similar values and have similar life goals. And as basic as it sounds, we simply enjoy spending time with one another. She is the love of my life, and I pinch myself every day just to remind me of how lucky I am to have her in my life.

I was recently asked when was the exact moment that you knew Holly was the right woman for you. I struggled to answer the question because I don’t think there was an exact moment. I truly had a special feeling about her from the very beginning, and I approached our relationship with an open heart. I therefore don’t think it was a singular moment of realization that she was the one for me, but a gradual deepening on my feelings for her. I’ve known for a longtime, from early on, that I loved her, and that she was the woman I would gladly choose, amongst all others, to spend the rest of my life with.

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Jessica & Daniel Engaged!

Our love story has always begun and continues to run on extraordinary timing. We met originally in school, both sitting at the only left hand desks in the room. Slowly, our conversations grew longer as well as time spent together. In the Fall of 2012, our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we both were taking classes at Washington State University, and living a cozy life of cheap college food and dates. When I attended nursing school up north, Daniel got a job an hour away to keep close. When Daniel accepted his first police officer position, I packed up my scrubs and stethoscope, and we moved to Pullman, the little town we had first met in. Both our jobs leave us on the night shift, playing board games and grocery shopping at 3AM. He is the best part of my life and I adore our every adventure together. We share the same sense of humor and delight in raising our beloved little cat, Phoebe. Though our timing may be set to a different tune throughout our lifetime, I will always be grateful for every second of every day that we have together.

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January 5, 2017

Delany & Todd engaged!

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Ashlin & Chris Engagement

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June 1, 2016

Jennifer & Ron Engaged!!

Ron and I met about 5 years ago. We instantly had a connection! We started out as workout buddies and enjoyed going to the YMCA together and going on long runs on the centennial trail.

We became a couple in no time and I knew in my heart he was the one for me! He is handsome, intelligent, a great dad to his boys and has a great sense of humor! He is my rock, my best friend and my everything! I can’t wait to marry the man of my dreams!

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Megan & Willie Engaged!!

When Willie I met we were both working full time. Me, Megan, a nurse- working odd shifts, and Willie, a survival instructor spending a lot of time in the field. Getting out with friends was hard but meeting new people and potential dates seemed to be impossible. We both found ourselves on a dating website to see if we would have better luck. I came across Willie’s profile where the only comment he wrote, besides the usual body type, likes/dislikes, profession etc., read “I find clumsy girls endearing”. The moment I read this I knew I needed to meet him. We decided to meet at The Elk where I talked non-stop thanks to the nerves while Willie smiled and listened. We had so much in common, our sense of humor, passion for living life to the fullest, laid back personalities and especially our love for our friends and family.
Days, weeks and months went by and the pieces began to fall into place. Friends approved enthusiastically, families adored; our lives seemed to come together with ease.
After about two years of dating Willie proposed to me in our living room with the help of our, then-two-month-old, puppy, Rue. It was a crisp, bright October morning. We were on the couch drinking coffee. Willie asked me if I would adjust Rue’s collar, telling me “it seemed tight?” I, not being a morning person and only a few sips into my cup of coffee, rolled my eyes and mumbled under my breath, “Why can’t you do it?” I grumpily unhooked her collar and the ring fell right into my hand. He got down on one knee, in the dog bed, and proposed. I said yes. It was perfect.

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May 7, 2016

Ashley & Craig Engaged!

“Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.” -Unknown

That quote is a perfect description of how I feel about my life with Craig. I met him randomly when I was out of town with a girlfriend. He had a great personality and seemed like a fun guy so we invited him to meet us out for dinner. Neither of us expected him to actually take us up on our offer, so when he did it was a pleasant surprise. While I didn’t think he was my type at the time, he is definitely my type now. My perfect match… my soul mate. Craig is the most kind, giving man I know and keeps me laughing on a daily basis. He quickly became my very best friend and even when our lives took different paths for a short while, we stayed close. I knew I needed him in my life and no one compared to the love I felt for him.
Craig proposed to me this past Christmas and I get to marry him in a few short months. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because he can have anyone and yet he chooses me.
-Ashley

 

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May 6, 2016

Tina & Dylan Engaged!!

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March 12, 2016

Megan & Ian Engaged!!

“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
If there were a quote that could encompass Megan, this is it. We met after she she left NY and dancing on her toes. She has had me on my toes every since. Although it is sometimes painful, it is worth it. She is my world.

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“Maybe some girls are not meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find someone, just as wild, to run with.” Ian has somehow managed to calm me, mature me, support me, grow with me, and stabilize me all the while, running wild with me. 11 years later, he is still in many ways an enigma to me. I suspect he is doing this on purpose to bother me, but it turns out I quite like it. I am beyond lucky to have this wonderful man by my side.

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February 20, 2016

Stacie and Shane

Stacie and Shane
Spokane, Washington
Dating for almost 9 years, wedding in September 2016

Chapter 1: First Impressions
Stacie: Shane and I worked at a restaurant together for a couple of years before we actually started dating. I always thought he was super cute and had a secret crush on him.

Shane: I thought Stacie was gorgeous and way out of my league.

Chapter 2: Coupledom
Stacie: We ran in the same circle of friends/coworkers so when I turned 24 I invited him out for my birthday.

Shane: I was stoked that she asked me to hang out with her outside of work, even if it was a group setting.

Stacie: A few days later, we went out for coffee and after that just never really stopped hanging out.

Chapter 3: The Proposal
Stacie: Shane and I go to Seattle every year for my birthday. On this particular trip Shane told me that he found a cool park for us to check out.

Shane: We get to this park (where I have an elaborate proposal planned) and it’s completely unromantic. We’re basically tromping through mud and mosquitos are attacking us at every whim. Stacie wanted to leave.

Stacie: In my defense, I had no idea what was going on.

Shane: She actually thwarted my efforts again later that night when I tried to pop the question as we looked out over the Seattle skyline.

Stacie: I didn’t know! It seemed like a sketchy part of town, and I thought we should get out of there.

Shane: Third times a charm. The next morning we went to Pike Place Market, and I asked a random couple to take our picture. When they started snapping, I got down on one knee.

Stacie: I was completely shocked and caught off guard. You think you know someone after that many years of dating and they still manage to surprise you. It was really sweet.

Chapter 4: Ever After
Stacie and Shane: We are both super excited to be getting married and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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