Ifong Chen Weddings

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.

Ian

“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.

Megan

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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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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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