Ifong Chen Weddings

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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April 14, 2016

Courtney + Jed at Davenport Hotel & Overbluff Cellars

Ceremony: Davenport Hotel
Reception: Washington Cracker Building, Overbluff Cellars
Food: Couple of Chefs Catering
Cake: Chaps
Drinks: Perry Street Brewing & Overbluff Cellars
Music: Folkinception & The Twin Towers
Rentals: Event Rents
Florals: Roses and More & Candace Lee (Matron of Honor)
Dress & Veil: Marcella’s Bridal
Makeup: Carolina Johnson
Hair: Janet Sonneborn
Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom, Hugo Boss & Burberry

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January 30, 2016

Jessica & Zach at Davenport Hotel

So after Zach’s amazingly romantic proposal! It was down to business to plan our dream wedding! We started with setting a time and location. Since we were both teachers we felt that a winter (December) wedding would be ideal since we would always have that time of year off to go on a mini-honeymoon. Since most of Zach’s family would have to travel for the wedding, we chose a location (Spokane, WA) with a larger airport than Pullman or Lewiston. When thinking about a venue for the wedding reception, the first place that came to mind was the Historic Davenport Hotel. We had stayed there the previous December after Zach returned from celebrating Christmas with his family in Wisconsin. Seeing how breathtaking the Davenport Hotel was when it was decorated for the Christmas season, simplified our decision. We chose the Marie Antoinette Ballroom, since it had a special place in our hearts. We had shared a dance there when we were exploring the hotel one evening. We were so happy to find out that the room and the date that we wanted were available! We were able to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which is about five miles north of the Historic Davenport Hotel.

After arranging the location of the ceremony and reception, was the whirlwind of finding the perfect dress, the best photographer, the tastiest wedding cake, the sexiest tuxes, the funnest DJ, the most beautiful flowers, and finishing up all the other details. Although it seemed that every weekend was consumed in preparing for the wedding, preparations went by fast, where everything seemed to fall into place.

After 8 long months of planning, our BIG DAY finally arrived! December 19th, 2015 was a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Not only because it was a day that we married our best friend, it was a beautiful day, filled with joy, friends, family, love, God, and even a few snowflakes. We couldn’t have imagined anything more wonderful!

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January 21, 2016

May & Curtis at Barrister Winery

Wedding Vendors – All of the major vendors are noted below:
Venue: Barrister Winery
Catering: Beacon Hill Catering and Events
Beauty: Elite Salon and Spa, The Makeup Studio
Cake: Celebrations Bakery
Florals: Beau K Florists
Rentals: Event Rents
Disc Jockee: Kevin’s Mobile DJ
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Wedding Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsman Apparel: Tuxedo Gallery
May and I had our first date at Laguna Café – it was an extraordinarily warm Saturday afternoon. I was anxious and not sure what to expect. But after a delightful lunch full of entertaining conversation, it was a success and we have been inseparable since then. From trips to New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and San Diego – to fun activities such as yoga and wine & painting classes – to the many other times spending with family and friends, our life story is just beginning and we plan to have many more wonderful memories to come.

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December 12, 2015

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November 21, 2015

Carthey & Trevor at Bella Victoria Gardens

Dress – Celebrations Las Vegas

Suits- Jos A Bank

Venue – Belle Gardens

Cake – Sweet Frostings

Catering – Red Rock Catering

Flowers – Rose and Blossom

Ice Cream Bar – Ben and Jerry’s

Hair – Stefanie from All Tressed Up

Makeup – Yisel from Boom Boom Glow

Flower Girl Dresses and Decor – Made by Bride

Videograper – Zach Wirchak

Trevor and I meet on Halloween of 2008. He was dressed up as cookie monster and was banging on the door of the house I just moved into at 3am. I told him to go away and he asked my roommate the next day for my number. Unfortunately she refused to give him my number and Trevor and I would run into each other occasionally for the next year and a half. When one of Trevors roommates was moving to Arizona he invited me to the going away party, when the party was ending Trevor told me I should give him a call sometime and I told him he should be a man and call me. A half hour later he had called and asked me on our first date. I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with Trevor the moment I heard him truly laugh for the first time but it took Trevor a bit longer to propose… 3 years in fact! He the weekend before we moved to San Jose California from Seattle with a picture book of all the important places we had been and where we were headed next. It was AMAZING! After seeing Trevor tear up a bit on bended knee I said yes through my own tears and asked if we could high five now. Trevor was so startled that he started laughing great big rolling laughs. Since we were engaged we moved 3 times to 3 different states, adopted one amazing Golden Retriever and feel even more in love.

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October 22, 2015

Julie and Andrew at Little Spokane River

“Julie Witherspoon and Andrew Martinez first met at a taqueria shortly after Andrew moved to Denver. They both noticed each other but, true to form, he assumed she was already dating someone and she assumed he was far too attractive to be straight and single. Andrew had to get hit by a car and break his neck the day before Julie’s birthday for either one to make a move: she sent an extra cupcake to the hospital.

Amongst our friends in Denver, we continued to find common interests (wry humor, good beer, chocolate cupcakes, Mexican food, and many adventures in the great outdoors) and learned how to trust each other and find some extra space in our schedules for another person. After moving together to San Francisco and sharing the excitement and exhaustion of new cities, new jobs, new friends, and new routines, we both know that we want to spend the rest of our lives together–wherever that may take us.

The first major commitment was our german-shepherd puppy, Cali. The second, our marriage.”

We chose to get married at Julie’s parent’s house overlooking the Little Spokane River, where Julie grew up and where Andrew proposed to her during a hike on Thanksgiving day last year.

Ifong Photography: Ifong Chen
Feast Catering: Sylvia Fountaine
Batch Bakery: Mika
DJ Traks: Thomas Shaw
Incognito Salon: (hair & make-up) Chelsea Lowe
Event Rents: Laura
Special Touch (flowers) :Esther

Dress is from BHLDN.com and designed by Catherine Deane and Natori.
Shoes from cydwoq.com (LA-based company)

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October 10, 2015

Dana & James at St. Aloysuis Church and The Davenport Hotel

How We Met:

James and I both attended Gonzaga University. However, during our time there neither of us really crossed paths. I knew of him thru friends, but we never really connected. Although, I distinctly remember one night at our favorite local spot, Jack and Dans, locking eyes with him and thinking to myself that I would always remember that moment. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but I know now.

Years passed and I was living with his cousin, Maria Barnes, at the time. Maria and I decided to hit up the Fremont OctoberFEST. It was POURING that night. We bundled up in our rain jackets and hit the town. I was standing in the rain sipping on my beer and I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and there was James. He said to me with a huge grin on his face, “Do you know who I am?” I replied, “Of course I know who are you… you’re James Solan”. He and I both smiled… I didn’t want it going to his head that I knew so I just played it off like, yeah yeah, I know who you are. He always says in that moment when I turned around all he saw was my face tucked in my rain jacket and my huge smile that stole his heart away.

From that little spark the rest is really history. We both flirted away for the next few months with lots of late nights filled with playing darts, singing karaoke, and late nights with our favorite girl Maria. He officially asked me out on Valentines Day 6 years ago. Thru the years we’ve been thru so much together, but with everything, it has always brought us closer.

It has been truly life changing meeting James. His zest for life, fun, and adventure is endless. His love for Gonzaga, family and friends has brought so much happiness into my life. He’s my best friend and I really can’t believe I get to have him by my side for the rest of my life. Jackpot!

Engagement Story:

It was a beautiful Christmas morning. I was with my family sipping coffee, enjoying the time just being home and having James with me. My Dad started mumbling something about how he forgot to put some items in the stockings and asked my mom to help him find the things upstairs. I didn’t think anything of it…this was typical parent behavior. So they headed upstairs…

James and I were sitting by the tree and he began to say some very sweet things about our relationship and what I meant to him. It seemed as though he was getting nervous about something, so to distract me he said, “Hey, which present are you most excited about?” I replied, “Well I don’t know. They are all still wrapped (duh), but I guess that one over there.” When I looked back at him he had the ring out and said, “How about spending the rest of your life with me?” From there, I basically started jumping up and down, exclaiming “Really? Really? Really??!!” I of course said yes and quickly asked, “Do my parents know?” Of course they did too. I went to go see them and there they were standing at the top of the stairs cheering and crying together. It was such a beautiful moment to share with them. I’ll always be so grateful to James for asking me in such a special place to me, my childhood home.

Vendor List:

Church: St. Aloysuis, Priest: Father Steven Kuder, Coordinator: Kathy Yates
Venue: History Davenport
Floral: Davenport Floral
Videographer: Matt Green Films
Wedding Coordinator: Jaime Johnson Events
Hair: Terri Reece
Makeup: The Makeup Studio, Julie Farley
DJ: Big Show
Dress: Unveiled Bridal

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October 2, 2015

Quynh & Eric At Union Cafe, Seattle, Washington

I love wedding that involve with different cultures, and this beautiful Vietnam traditional wedding is one of my favor for this summer!! Quynh- what a very kind and beautiful bride that have treated us like family throughout the whole event. Here are few to share from this incredible wedding!!

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