Ifong Chen Weddings

August 13, 2016

Lexie & Matt At Hayden Lake Country Club

Vendors:
Flowers- Fleurtations Floral Jenna Sandin
Videography – Sure Shot Video LLC Austin Bishop
Venue, Food & Beverage – Hayden Lake Country Club
Event Planner – HLCC Cory Jasmin
Tent, linens, etc. – Event Rents Spokane
Cake – Cake: Pastry and more
Band: Craig Volosing Good Times Band

Love Story
Matt and Lexie met on Halloween night (2010) at the Beachcomber in Mission Beach. Lexie was a senior at the University of San Diego living in Mission Beach and Matt had recently returned from a 13 month sailing trip with groomsman Jody Lemmon. He was then working as a landscape architect in downtown San Diego. That night, Matt was at (groomsmen) Joe Kilcoyne’s annual Halloween/Birthday bash in Mission Beach when he decided to head over to the Beachcomber for a drink. Lexie had just gotten off a shift at the yacht club and decided to put on a black cat costume (a black dress and eyeliner whiskers) and head out to see if any of her friends were at their favorite local bar. Little did she know she would be meeting the love of her life that night. They made eye contact the minute she entered the bar and they spent the rest of the night sharing stories, dancing, and taking tequila shots.

Lexie knew in her heart that she (really) liked this guy and couldn’t wait to spend more time with him. He took her up to his boat in Long Beach two weeks later and it’s been smooth sailing ever since. Matt and Lexie spent the next 5 years sharing their love of traveling, the outdoors, live music, and great food together. They’ve challenged each other, grown in their careers together, loved and supported each other, and have started a beautiful life together. They both feel so lucky to have met their match. The person that fills their voids and makes them whole. Matt and Lexie are so excited for all of you to share in their love story with them.
The Proposal
IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT LEXIE IS A HUGE FAN OF PICNICS. IF MATT EVER SAID “LET’S GO FOR A PICNIC”, LEXIE WAS GAME. KNOWING THIS, MATT KNEW A PICNIC SETTING WOULD BE THE PERFECT WAY TO ASK LEXIE TO MARRY HIM. SO MATT PLANNED FOR A PICNIC ON THE BAY IN SOUTH MISSION BEACH NEAR THE BEACHCOMBER BAR WHERE THEY MET. THE DAY OF THE PROPOSAL WAS A GLOOMY MORNING AND SO MATT HAD A DIFFICULT TIME MOTIVATING LEXIE TO GET TO THE BEACH, KNOWING HE HAD A TIMED SURPRISE FOR HER. HE GATHERED THE PICNIC GEAR, HIS GUITAR AND IRONED LEXIE’S WRINKLY TOP, AS HE WAS IN A RUSH TO MEET HIS TIMELINE AND SHE WAS MAKING THIS DIFFICULT . AT THAT TIME LEXIE WAS THINKING, “WHY IS HE IN SUCH A RUSH TO GET TO THE BEACH? IT’S CLOUDY AND MATT’S NEVER IN A RUSH!”
AS THEY DROVE TO THE BEACH, MIRACULOUSLY THE CLOUDS BEGAN TO DISAPPEAR. THEY FOUND THEIR SPOT ON THE WHITE SAND OVER LOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL MOORED SAILBOATS IN THE BAY. THEY BEGAN TO EAT THEIR FAVORITE SANDWICHES FROM RUBICON DELI AND DRANK SOME INCONSPICUOUS SIPS OF WHITE WINE. AT THIS POINT LEXIE WAS THINKING THAT THEIR START TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND COULDN’T GET MUCH BETTER.
WHEN THEY FINISHED THEIR LUNCH, MATT TOOK OUT HIS GUITAR TO PLAY SOME TUNES WHILE LEXIE LAID DOWN ON THE BLANKET TO CATCH SOME RAYS UNDER THE CLEAR BLUE SKY. AFTER PLAYING HIS USUAL LINEUP, MATT TURNED TO LEXIE AND TOLD HER THAT HE WROTE A SONG FOR HER. LEXIE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT, AS SHE HAD BEEN ASKING MATT TO WRITE HER A SONG FOR FIVE YEARS TO NO AVAIL. MATT TOOK OUT HIS LYRICS AND LEXIE QUICKLY STARTED SHEDDING TEARS AS HE BEGAN TO SING THE FUN LOVING SONG. THE HEARTFELT WORDS MOVED LEXIE TO MORE TEARS, BIG SMILES AND DEEP LAUGHTER. THE SONG FLOWED FROM SENTIMENTAL SWEET WORDS TO EVERYDAY INSIDE JOKES, TO EVERY NICKNAME MATT HAD EVER GIVEN HER. AFTER THE SONG FINISHED, LEXIE WAS AT A LOSS FOR WORDS (WHICH IS VERY UNUSUAL FOR HER), WHILE MATT WAS THINKING…”NOW HOW DO I SMOOTHLY TAKE OUT THE BOXED RING IN THE GUITAR CASE AND ASK HER?” LEXIE WAS STILL WIPING AWAY TEARS WHEN MATT SAID, ” WELL, I THINK I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU CRY A LITTLE BIT MORE”. HE GRABBED THE BOX, ASKED HER TO STAND UP, AND GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE. AND YES, SHE SAID YES, AS STRANGERS ON THE BEACH CLAPPED THEIR HANDS IN CELEBRATION.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! LEXIE IMMEDIATELY WANTED TO CALL BOTH OF THEIR PARENTS AND ALL OF THEIR FRIENDS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOOD NEWS, BUT MATT HAD PLANNED FOR A SURPRISE CELEBRATION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THE BEACHCOMBER WHERE THEY MET. LEXIE’S PARENTS, BUZZ AND KELLY, FLEW DOWN FROM PORTLAND, OREGON AND WERE WAITING AT THE BEACHCOMBER WITH MATT’S FAMILY AND MANY OF MATT AND LEXIE’S BEST FRIENDS. KNOWING THAT EVERYONE WAS WAITING FOR THEM AT THE BAR, MATT HAD TO STALL LEXIE’S PHONE CALLS BY TELLING HER THAT THEY SHOULD FIRST CELEBRATE “JUST THE TWO OF THEM” WITH A SHOT OF DON JULIO AT THE COMBER AND PROMISING HER THAT THEY WOULD CALL EVERYONE AFTER THAT. SHE THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY! WITH A LITTLE COAXING, HE FINALLY GOT HER TO AGREE, AND THEY WALKED ACROSS THE SAND TO THEIR FAVORITE BEACH BAR. AS THE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLE WALKED THROUGH THE BEACHCOMBER DOORS, THEY RECEIVED A HUGE CHEER, DOZENS OF HUGS AND WELL WISHES. THEY CELEBRATED ALL NIGHT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOWING THEY WOULD LOVE EACH OTHER FOREVER.

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August 5, 2016

Christie & Jeff at Sunriver Resort Oregon

Title: Christie + Jeff Fore-Ever

A girls date to the driving range resulted in the most important introduction of their lives: “I think I know the perfect guy for you” Suedy said mid-swing. And she did.

A few weeks later, they were on their first date, paddleboarding on a sunny Sunday morning in Richardson Bay off Sausalito, CA. Paddleboarding turned into a picnic in the park, impressing each other with their arms throwing the football around, and then into watching the NBA finals at Christie’s “local watering hole”, and then eating pizza. On his drive home, Jeff said out-loud to himself “I’m going to marry that girl”, and Christie texted her girlfriends “he’s my penguin”.

The year that followed was filled with “bachelor-esque” dates, as Christie called them: Giants games, driving range dates, music festivals, camping, hiking, Seahawks games, going to the batting cage, Oktoberfest, romantic dinners, spa trips, picnics in the park, a trip to Kauai and, eventually, meeting the parents.

On the second visit with Christie’s parents, Jeff golfed with Christie’s dad John. After the 16 hole, he finally did what he came there to do: ask for her hand in marriage. “I was hoping you were going to ask that” John said. On the next hole, they were both so excited they hit massive drives down the fairway. And a few months later, Jeff proposed to Christie in the most epic and appropriate way possible: on beautiful overlook at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay in front of a group of their best friends…. and some random spectators.

And one year later they wed.

Venue: Sunriver Resort
Catering: Sunriver Resort
Coordinator: Kerry Bergler, Mint
Floral: Mint, Bend OR
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Videography: Amari Productions
DJ: Matt Ledford @ FlipFlop Sounds
Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia, Christine Colucci
Officiant: Suedy McKeeman
Dress: La Belle Elaine’s Bridal Salon, Seattle WA
Tuxes: The Black Tux


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Summer & Michael at Hagadone Event Center, CDA, ID

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July 14, 2016

Jessica & Cameron at Cannon’s edge

Vendor:
Food: Einstein Bagels
Flowers: Roses and More
Rings: Mark Webb Jewelers
Venue: Cannons Edge
Dress: Marcellas Bridal
Mens Suits and Attaire: JcPenny
Cake: Sweet Frosting

Bridesmaid dreses: davids bridal
Make up and hair: silhouette studio

Jessica:

I had just moved to Idaho, ready to start my new life away from California. I was a little anxious and excited to start back at school in a place I had never been and where faces weren’t familiar. Although I was faced with fears, I knew that this chapter in my life had great opportunity to learn and grow.

Cameron:

My last semester in Idaho arrived, but all I could think about was moving onto another school. At the last minute my schedule changed, and I found myself taking the last seat in a chemistry class.

On the first day of chemistry class I was running late (as always: Jessica), but before I sat down I scanned the room to find the cutest girl in the class. I took a seat right across from Jessica, in hopes of having her as my lab partner throughout the semester.

Jessica:

Class began and our instructor informed us that we needed to pick a person to be our lab partner throughout the semester. Before I could even look around, Cameron came around the table and asked me if I would be his partner. Little did I know, this moment was the start of a relationship that would change my life forever.

After a few weeks I began to realize that Jessica was different, she was everything I was looking for in a woman and more than I could imagine. It’s funny how right when you’re about to give up God gives you an amazing blessing. I started to get this feeling in my bones and I knew we had some amazing potential and soon I fell in love with the beauty of her character, her loving heart, her dedication to her passions and mine, her willingness to try or go on any adventure, and her unwavering love. Jessica brings out the best in me and she has shown me things I had no idea I had. I know she will always stand by my side through the crazy adventures, the toughest days, and the greatest moments. She has given me the most precious thing she has, her love and I will cherish it for the rest of my days, she is truly the love of my life and I’m so excited to share her with the world.

Since the beginning, Cameron and I built our relationship in a way that was different for the both of us. We were two friends that challenged one another, and fell madly in love with each other. You see Cameron was different than any other guy that I had met before. He was a true gentleman that held the door open for me, he didn’t try to put “all the right moves on me,” he waited and then asked if he could kiss me (and got rejected the first couple of times), and he truly respected me. I fell in love with his charm, good looks, intelligence, and his adventurous spirit. Cameron has challenged me to do things that I have never done before and he truly brings out the best in me. When I moved up to Idaho, I had no intentions of getting into a relationship, but Cameron was my unexpected surprise and I am so glad that God has brought him into my life. I cannot believe how lucky I am. I look forward to this crazy journey called life, because I know that I have Cameron by my side to catch me when I fall and laugh with me through the joyous of times.

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July 7, 2016

Kate & Arik at Belle Gardens

Venue- Belle Gardens
Dress- Allure Bridals, from Celestial Selections
Hair and makeup- Bonnie Jean Masoner
Brides bouquet- Special Touch Florist
Flowers- Bulk flowers from Costco, arranged by Brides sister-in-law, Lex
Food- Charley’s catering
Cake- Lake City Cakes
Nitrogen Ice cream- Street Treat
DJ- Ruby Frogs
Wedding sign- Betsy Kinsey (groom’s aunt)

 

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June 24, 2016

Anne & Anthony at Spokane club

Ceremony: Lady of the Lourdes Cathedral
Reception:The Spokane Club
Cake:Just American Desserts
Florist:Beau K Florist
Make up and Hair: Terri Reece

Anthony and Anne met in Denver 3 and a half years ago and went on their first date shortly after meeting. The relationship started with the mutual love for the outdoors and all that Colorado has to offer. Anthony proposed in the couple’s favorite mountain town, Vail, in November of 2015. They married in Washington, the home state of Anne.

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June 14, 2016

Rachael and Ryan at Sun Mountain lodge in Winthrop

DJ: Big Mobile Entertainment
Flowers: Fawn Meadow Design
Rentals, tent: Event Rents
Cake: Just American Desserts
Hair: Jill Stern
Makeup: Kara McCollum
Everything else: Sun Mountain Lodge

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May 28, 2016

Tina & Dylan At Beacon Hill Events

Venue and Catering – Beacon Hill Events
Flowers – Rose & Blossom
Cupcakes – Sweet Frostings
Music – Noah Styles from Complete
Photo Booth – Flat4Photography
Dress – Marcella’s
Makeup – The Make Up Studio
Tuxedos – Mens Wearhouse

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May 15, 2016

Kyleigh & Nick at Mont Lamm

Photographer: Ifong Chen
Website: http://www.ifongphotography.com

Venue: Mont Lamm Event center
Website: http://montlammevents.com

Hair and Makeup: Breezy Frost
Website: http://Vagaro.com/Breezy Frost

DJ: Complete Wedding and Events
Website: http://djspokanewa.com

Catering: Azar’s Greek Restaurant
Website: http://azarsrestaurant.com

Flowers: Special Touch Florist Inc.
Website: http://www.specialtouchfloristandgifts.com

Jewelry: Jewelry Design Center
Website: http://jewelrydesigncenter.com/

Cake: Just American Desserts
Website: http://justamericandesserts.net

Photo Booth: Happy Camper Photo Booth
Website: http://happycamperphotobooth.net

Tux Rental: Mr. Tux
Website: http://mr-tux.com


Kyleigh is the woman I never believed I deserved, but always knew I needed – so that Friday night, when I had the chance to propose, it just had to be perfect.
To start – On our first date, SHE asked ME out…
…well, sort of.
Her email: “I have an extra ticket to a show downtown and my friend can’t go. Would you like to go with me?” She asked me to accompany her to a show at the Bing Crosby Theater, in downtown Spokane. I later found out that there was no ‘friend’ who couldn’t go, it was for me all along (tricky!). A Portland-born cavalcade, ‘The Wanderlust Circus’, stars definitive Ringmaster, Noah Mickens, as the leader of a steam-punk’d troupe full of talented dancers, comedic moments, acrobatic oddities and exciting music in a majestic theater. Having asked me as a ‘friend’, neither one of us were quite certain it was a date, but by the time it was over, I knew I just had to see her again.
As a traveling consultant, living in St. Louis, MO, I was working here in this new and beautiful city, Spokane, WA. It wasn’t long before I came to realize that the atmosphere was very different here. When Kyleigh became part of the story, I quickly knew, although my job here was for a short instance, my time in this place would be life-changing. Less than three months after that seven-week project ended, I had packed up my entire life in St. Louis and moved to the Pacific Northwest. Kyleigh moved in soon after.
Fast-forward 15 months, a few career changes, two cats (sooo cute!!), a beautiful new home in our future; a growing love for each other – and yes, a lovely new custom engagement ring, It was evident that I wanted to marry her. Now I just had to figure out how to propose.
The first week of October, 2015, Kyleigh’s friend, Siobhan, got involved, and as it happens, was key in pulling it all off. Her suggestion: she would take Kyleigh out for a ‘girls night’; then I had to figure out where this grand surprise should occur. Just a few days before the event was to happen, I figured it out; what came to mind was a epiphany – and I never imagined it could work so perfectly.
My revelation: Go back to the beginning!
The Bing Crosby Theater is normally busy every night, especially on the weekends – so how is it possible that, when I opened the calendar on their website, Friday night, October 9th, was wide-open? There was no show scheduled (I found out later that another show was cancelled). ‘Serendipity!’ I thought, ‘Why not just ask?’
After a few calls & a bit of schmoozing, I talked the owner of the Bing Crosby Theater into letting me rent the entire venue out for an hour on Friday night, with music playing & on-stage – a video projection playing collages I made from our past 15 months together – including those adorable cats.
Friday arrived and I had been working out of town all week (a minor fib perhaps, I returned Friday morning to put the plans in motion – she had no idea). Of course, Kyleigh had ‘plans’ Friday night to go out for a ‘Girls Night’ with Siobhan – or so she thought…
They stopped for a drink, and as Kyleigh and Siobhan left the bar, they crossed the street towards the Bing Crosby Theater…
…and as Kyleigh looked up, the grand marquis read:
“THE WANDERLUST
CIRCUS CONTINUES!
FOR: NICK & KYLEIGH”
Tears began streaming down her face as she realized what was about to happen. Siobhan took Kyleigh by the hand and led her into the theater.
Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got a Crush on You” crooned throughout the Bing Theater’s Grand Hall as I stood there at the front, next to the stage, waiting in a suit and tie, cradling two dozen long-stem roses in my left arm and a beautiful engagement ring in my right pocket.
Kyleigh entered the theater. Her sobs were both nervous and happy as she walked down to greet me. Taking her hand, I led Kyleigh up the stairs, onto the stage. I stopped at mid-stage and turned to her; taking a quiet moment before I spoke. With her hands in mine, I expressed just how much I love her, how I cherish the moments we’ve spent together this past year and how I want to continue to live those moments, with her, the rest of my life.
Kneeling down, with my own tear-filled eyes, I gazed up at Kyleigh and spoke these words: “Kyleigh Buess, will you be my wife?”
Her answer: A happy-tears filled “Yes!”
In the same place, on that same stage, where The Wanderlust Circus inspired new romance, I became engaged to the woman I’ve dreamed of for so long. She has captivated me – my heart – completely.
One more thing: As another incredible element to this grand event, while planning the evening, I began to consider that people in Spokane, seeing the Bing’s marquis was changed to say something so different from the usual shows, they might want to know what’s going on. I got in touch with the newsroom at KHQ, the NBC affiliate in Spokane, to tell them why the sign would be so different – just to see what they thought Well, not only were they interested in the story, they sent a camera crew, filmed the entire event and put it on the 11:00 o’clock news!
Here’s the KHQ Site Article: http://www.khq.com/story/30229944/spokane-man-takes-over-bing-theater-for-wedding-proposal
Here’s the Newscast Video: https://youtu.be/_x72OJe_7Os
I’ll forever remember the way she glowed as she appeared at the start of the aisle on our wedding day – she looked like a goddess. My eyes filled up with tears behind my glasses and I started trembling. It truly was the magical moment we had been waiting and planning for.
Kyleigh inspires me to be the man, and the husband I’ve always believed I could be. She’s my wild and wonderful dream come true. We had a beautiful, fun wedding and I’m so very lucky to be married to her!
Cheers!
– Nick Baskerville II

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May 10, 2016

Becky and Pulki at Gonzaga Prep

Ceremony: Gonzaga Prep
Reception: Gonzaga Prep
Food: Catered For You
Cake: Becky’s grandmother’s family recipe made by her aunt (Chris Holley-Starling)
Music: The Rub
Rentals: Event Rents
Florals: Costco
Dress: Sherri Hill
Makeup: Makeup by Evelyn Mauro
Hair: Missy at Studio Capelli
Grooms Suit: JoS. A. Bank

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