Ifong Chen Weddings

August 12, 2015

Courtney & Drew at Arbor Crest Winery

Venue: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Caterer: Catered 4 You
DJ: Kevin at Complete DJ
Cake: Just American Desserts
Dress: Marcellas Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan
Tuxes: Mens Warehouse
Donuts: Casual Friday Donuts
Hair: Heather Washburn
Make-up: The Make-Up Studio
Officiant: Darryl Jordan
Flowers: Rose & Blossom
Photography: Ifong Chen

Love Story:

Courtney and Drew met each other in the fall of 2010, when Drew started his first year of college at WSU and Courtney started her second. They were teammates on the cross country team so they were around each other every day. The years passed, and their relationship continued to grow. In November of 2014 Drew proposed to Courtney, and they decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Courtney’s mom and sister immediately started planning, and the date was set for July 25, 2015. July 25th ended up being the most perfect day all thanks to the love and support from both of their families and friends.

 

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August 3, 2015

Keshia & Alyson At The golf club at Newcastle, Seattle Washington

Vendor List

Coordinator: Lisa Chambers
Officiant: Reverend Mary Calhoun
Florist: Flora Nova
DJ: Leslie Wheatley at Seattle Parties
Photography: Ifong Chen
Videographer: Benjamin with Magical Touch
Dresses: Calla Bridal & The Dress Theory
Bridesmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Venue & Food: The Golf Club at Newcastle
Cake: The Sweet Side
Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Love Story

Our love story is largely due to sharing a great friend.

Keshia, the brunette bride and a Spokane native, grew up with her best friend, Sam who lived across the cul de sac. The two were inseparable whether they were going on family trips together, playing sports, or relaxing with a good ol’ fashioned cartoon or videogame. Fast forward 15 years and Sam meets Alyson, the blonde bride and longtime Seattleite, during the first couple weeks of college at UW. To quote Sam, “meeting Alyson and becoming instant friends felt like I was hanging out with Keshia again.” Since Keshia went to Western for college, their paths crossed occasionally but not particularly often. After hearing so many stories about Keshia from Sam, Alyson, had a solid crush on her for years, however, the timing never seemed to be right. Though no matter the distance, a game of “words with friends” was an everyday occurrence with chat compliments of “ten points to Gryffindor” for high scoring words. Keshia had so much fun getting to know Alyson through witty word choices and constant humor that she started referring to Alyson as her “Words with Friends Crush” to her college roommates during her senior year.

Another fast forward to Sam’s going away party in Vegas with a handful of her closest friends – A&K’s paths cross yet again, but more significantly this time. Keshia got to know Sam’s friend group much better over the long weekend, and couldn’t wait to keep the fun rolling. As her mom likes to joke, all of a sudden, Keshia was driving down to Seattle all the time and there were fewer calls home.

After dating and living together for a while, Alyson and Keshia decided wedding bells were definitely in their future. Keshia, being the hopeless romantic, planned a week of different adventures each night of the “engagement week” in hopes of retaining a small element of surprise to the proposal. When she didn’t pop the question after an orange sunset on the space needle and an evening return trip on the Bainbridge ferry, Alyson had all but given up. That’s when Keshia asked with a simple picnic in Kerry Park (surprise completed!).

A Note from A&K:

Our family and friends are incredibly important to both of us, so it meant the world that they were not only on board with us getting married but they were ecstatic. We are dumbfounded by the outpouring of love and support, and we are finding it hard to articulate just how grateful and fortunate we feel.

Keshia, my wifey, I love you more than I can express. I’m honored and excited to get to spend my life with you. Alyson, I couldn’t have said it better myself! We have an amazing road ahead.

 

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July 16, 2015

Marcy & Ross At Glover Mansion

Can  I say they are so fabulous that I am falling in love with them!

Our Story;
Her;
A motivated Salon owner and stylist, quite the mover and shaker, Marcy always wanted someone to share her life with but sometimes strong women are well, in part ….strong willed, funny, loving to laugh, and enjoy the successes that trying new things brings in life. Never a dull moment when she is around! Marcy holds her family very close to her heart and considers it to be the most important thing in life. She was holding out for the right one, the right way and even more important someone just as strong that wanted to be in love with her more than themselves. Having been divorced, a skeptic puts it lightly. Someone was going to have to be extraordinarily confident in their self, what they want, extremely patient and be able to prove it.
Him;
An easy-going, likeable, diligent guy, Ross always wanted someone to share his life with, but felt his expectations for what he truly wanted may be a bit too high. The bachelor life was enjoyable to him, but there was always something missing. He knew what to avoid, but had a difficult time finding what he wanted. He wanted someone to trust, admire, respect and strives to enhance their life and others lives. Someone who can be self-sufficient yet open to the love and sharing of a relationship. These expectations are high and typically describe a truly unique and remarkable person.
Them;
It was a slow start. Sam, a longtime friend of Ross’s, was hired by Marcy at her salon. Marcy started joining Sam at trivia nights and other activities as their friendship grew. Little did anyone know, love would be in the air. Ross and Marcy didn’t “hit it off” right away or even speak to each other after meeting the first time. (Though she did think he was VERY handsome, which made her clammy from the start.) A few months passed, as different group outings arose, Ross and Marcy began to converse with each other more often. At the end of each outing, one of them would drop each of the group off, as they were always the last two or first two on the route. They found that they love to laugh, talk, and just spend time in each other’s presence. As time went on they continued to form a relationship stronger than just friends. She truly felt lucky he spent his time with her, even if it always ended up just talking in the car for endless hours. They never truly went on a “first date”. They planned it but it ended up never leaving the drive way, blissfully caught up in conversation the night was over before it began and those were the wonderfully beautifully moments that made friendship grow into crushes and crushes into love. Marcy knew she loved him for his patience, steadfastness, and being deeply committed man that wanted the same things in life she did. Didn’t hurt that her family really liked him too! Ross knew he loved her because of her strength; he admired her loyalty, passion, love of family and personal drive. In April 2013, Ross proposed to Marcy in a way they knew very well. He picked her up from the airport, returning from yet another business trip and they once again got caught up in conversation. They had been talking for over an hour which wasn’t uncommon for them outside her house and he asked. Surprised, elated and in love, she said “Yes” and the rest, as they say, is history.
Vendor list

Both dresses; Custom made name unavailable
Alterations; Amazing Alterations
Suits; JC Pennys
Venue; Glover Mansion
Catering; Red Rock
Hair; Style and the City
Makeup; Style and the City
Photographer; Ifong Chen (BEST EVER)

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Brenna & Justin at Camden Ranch in Elk WA

The Day I Gave My Heart Away.

It was a clear blue sky day, and now looking back it was very clear. It was one of those days where you wakeup and somthing feels different, magical, special and amazing. I didn’t know it at the time but this was going to be one of the best days of my life.
On this particular day I was already excited. My friend Big T and I were going to a Static X concert and naturally we were already pumped up. Finally half way through this special day it was time to head to the show. Pumped and ready we jumped into my car. Big T was driving and I was in the passenger seat playing DJ. As we pulled out of the driveway and were jamming the band Static X as loud as we could and started driving down the street. As we came to a stop we saw two girls walking down the road. “STOP!” I said to Big T, “pull up to these girls! I know one of them, let’s go talk”. So T and I rolled up to them, music pumping, dressed and acting as cool as we could be. The funny thing was as we were pulling up, it wasn’t the girl I knew that I was interested in; it was this cute little blonde haired girl that I didn’t know. So anyways as cool as we could be, music still jamming loud and the car parked half way in the street I rolled down my window. Confidence at a ten I looked at the girl I knew and said ” wassup girl? who’s your friend?” She replied that’s my friend Brenna. So I leaned out the window and tilted my sun glasses down a little bit and said “Daaaaang tell her I said hello and to gimme a call sometime”. Now you might be saying to yourself so? But the thing is when you roll up and have an instant crush on a girl, look at her freind and ask her what her friends name is, it’s going to get their attention; and maybe not in the right way, but you’re gonna get it. Not saying much more we said later, and sped off fast with the music blasting loud once more.
Now here’s where for me somthing was different. As the party ravished on, Static X on stage, sold out concert, mosh pit going crazy, kids flying over the crowd, girls everywhere music so loud you can’t even think and there I was alone in the middle of two thousand crazy kids thinking about this blonde haired angle I met earlier that day. As the night went on and even in the next couple days I could not stop thinking about this girl Brenna. I remembered her name too because I thought it was as beautiful as she was. I was hooked. I had to find out more about this girl and I was going to. So to start the process of finding this beauty I first went to her friends house of course. She wasn’t there so I wrote a flirtatious letter saying that if she saw Brenna to tell her I said hi and to come over sometime. So over the next week or so I would breifley run into to her and just couldn’t seem to be able to get a moment of her time. It was driving me nuts because I had still had that same butterfly feeling in my stomach as I did that first day I saw her!
Days have gone by now and I finally catch my first break! As I’m in my daily lazy clothes eating a jar of pickles standing in the kitchen with my hair not combed I get a knock at the door. So I nonchalantly walked over to the glass sliding door and pulled back the curtain and BOOM! There to my surprise was the Neibor girl and her cute friend Brenna. My heart raced as I opened the door. One because I was not in cool clothes and was also eating pickles out of the jar with my hands, and Two because it was the girl who I had been planning the rest of my life with without even knowing her. I calmed down and opened the door. I remember very well. She was wearing flip flops, blue cut off shorts with a little palm tree on them and a white shirt. She was so cute. I let them in and from there we just started talking. We talked for hours, and hours and then we started eating lol. We ate a lot. We ate pickles from the jar, yah from the jar I know, it was perfect. In Fact it was to perfect because she never left. I mean she never left, ever! Brenna over that first night had stole my heart. I was in love and I knew it, I really really knew it and yes if your wondering, I do believe in love at first site. So over the next few years we had so much fun. We traveled we ate good food, camped and just plain had fun.
Well that was 9 years ago. We recently got married after I wrote in a three acre grass field,”WILL U MARRY ME”50 feet wide by a 100 ft long and then flew her over in a helicopter to propose to her. She looked at me as we were flying above the field, crying she said YES. It was awesome.
We are now married and the wedding was the best day of my life. So you see, that day WAS magical, special and amazing. It was

The Day I Gave My Heart Away.

I love you Brenna Glenn always and forever.

Love,
Justin Glenn💗💜💖💘💕💞💓💓💓

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July 14, 2015

Maureen & Scott at Bing Theater & Knitting Factory

Family has always been important to Scott and me; aside from it being the first day of summer, we picked the date of June 21st for our big day so that we could share my parents’ joy as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. My dad got to spend Fathers’ Day with both of his daughters for the first time in years! Scott’s brother was his best man and my sister did double duty as our officiant and as a bridesmaid. My engagement ring is a combination of our families using diamonds from my grandmother and Scott’s mother; both passed away in 2013 so it’s a bittersweet reminder of these two amazingly strong women. In planning our wedding, Scott and I wanted two different-feeling experiences for the ceremony and reception. Our ceremony was personal, heartfelt, and a little whimsical with huge purple balloons lining the aisles and non-traditional music. Scott and I wrote (and cried through) our own vows and chose to incorporate a traditional handfasting to symbolize our union.

We worked together to make our invitations really set the stage for our day. The theme I was going for was “urban purple glam” and the Knitting Factory was a perfect venue for us as they really put the time and effort into making the space look exactly like we wanted. It was amazing to see the vision I had in my head translated into real life, not to mention the fact that we were able to celebrate the day with so many close friends and family (some of whom traveled long distances to be with us). Being an artist at heart, I made a lot of the details including chalkboard signage, a monogram art piece, a huge wall quote and a paper chain link installation behind our sweetheart table. We dined on short ribs and salmon, drank some awesome craft beer (among other things) and danced the night away as Eclectic Approach put on a fantastic show for us!

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to some of the best vendors Spokane has to offer. Everything from flowers to desserts to wedding coordination to (obviously) photography was phenomenal and many of our professional relationships turned into friendships. The marquee outside the Bing said “best day ever!” and it definitely was. Scott and I are so thankful for everyone who put their time, effort, and energy into making our day so special and full of love.

Ceremony venue: Bing Crosby Theater
Reception venue: Knitting Factory
Officiant: Reverend Lauren Lorincz, sister of the bride
Wedding Coordinator: Soiree Event Design, Sophie Solinsky
Catering: Knitting Factory, Gary Evans
Desserts: Batch Bakeshop
Lighting: Knitting Factory, Erik Young
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Florist: Erica’s Expressions
Band: Eclectic Approach
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair & bridal party makeup: Blush Beauty Bar
Bridal makeup: Shasta Hankins
Dress: Maggie Sottero, Amy’s Bridal Boutique
Capelet: BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Henkaa
Tuxes: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse
Ties: Knotty Tie Company

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July 9, 2015

Brigette & Jason At St Aloysius Church and Spokane club

Our Love Story
Jason and Brigette met in high school in 2006 and immediately realized the many interests that they shared. Their friendship began sophomore year of high school but they began dating their senior year of high school in 2009. They’ve always shared a love for sports. While they were classmates in the same PE class and participants of track, they became very close.
More important was how much friends and family mean to them both. They frequently attended friend and family gatherings and have worked together with friends and family on jobs and projects. They have always felt a strong importance to spend time with friends and family. Jason felt like Brigette and her family were the right fit for him over time and after attending a family reunion and meeting extended family members in Montana, he truly felt connected to the family. They both have always felt at home with each other and in their families.
Jason asked Brigette to marry him in the summer of 2013 not long after the family reunion. She instantly knew it felt right and said “Yes”. During their long two year engagement, Jason finished school and got a job while Brigette went back to school across the state. Even though apart, they continually grew closer. Their friendship and love for one another continues to grow each day and they are so excited to see what the future holds for them in their lives together.

Vendors
Ceremony- St. Aloysius Church
Officiant- Father Tom Doyle (cousin of the Father of the Bride)
Reception- The Spokane Club
Photographer- Ifong Chen
Cake and Cupcakes- Alecia Teaford (friend) with Rosauers
Flowers- Sally Simmer (friend) at Ritter’s
DJ- Matthew Keller at Showtime’s DJ and MC Services
Bride’s Dress, Veil and Headpiece- Marcella’s
Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Collections
Hair and Makeup- Blush Beauty Bar
Tuxes- Men’s Wearhouse

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April 29, 2015

Anna & Brenton at airplane hanger

This is the coolest wedding that hold at an airplane hanger!

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April 14, 2015

Rebecca & Eric at EJ Roberts Mansion

Love Story
We met online through Plenty of Fish in fall 2012. Through the next 2 years, we were friends and dated off and on. October 31, 2014 was a turning point in our relationship. We went out to dinner and a haunted house, but ended up falling asleep on the couch curled up together while watching a movie. We realized at this point that it was silly for us not to be together. We obviously kept coming back to each other for a reason and it seemed meant to be. January 17, 2015, we were sitting discussing our plans for the future. We were talking about moving across the country for specialized schooling, but didn’t want to be apart or have our relationship end in a strange place away from family and friends. At some point Eric couldn’t hold it in any longer. He told Rebecca that we belong together and shouldn’t be apart and asked her to marry him. While Rebecca had many reasons to wait (didn’t have a ring, he needed to get her dad’s blessing, etc), ultimately she said yes of course! Once we were engaged, pieces starting to fall in to place quickly. We found a place to get married, invited family and a few friends, and said our vows on April 1, 2015. We are completely ecstatic and are excited to start our new life together.

Vendors
EJ Robert’s Mansion for location
Megan Baker (a friend) for cake
Brian Scott (a friend) for officiant
Black Angus for dinner reception location afterwards
Oriental Trading Company for decorations (champagne flutes, mirrors, beads, flowers, chocolates)
David’s Bridal for wedding dress and bridesmaid/flower girl dresses
Tuxedo Gallery for groom/groomsmen/father of groom/ring bearer tuxes

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March 12, 2015

Tamarae and Ryan at The Outrigger Canoe Club, Oahu, Hawaii

Wedding Coordinator= Diana Caro-Salvador (Oahu Weddings)
Florist= Passion Roots
Reception Venue & Catering =The Outrigger Canoe Club
Ceremony Venue= Mystical Rose Oratory-St. Louis Campus
DJ = Troy Michael DJ
Surfboard & Guest Sign-in Plaque= Haleiwa Surfboard Company
Grooms Suit= Ted Baker from Nordstrom Men’s Shop
Brides Dress= La Belle Elaine’s Bridal (Bellevue, WA)
Rings=Dodson’s Jewelers (Family stone in engagement band)
Decorations = various vendors/retailers
Menus/place cards/programs = Wedding Paper Divas

 
When planning our wedding, Ryan and I started with location. We thought that a “destination” type wedding would be fun because it provides an opportunity to spend more time with guests, but we also wanted the wedding to be in a location that was meaningful for us and that we had a strong connection to. Honolulu, HI was the perfect fit. Next we thought, “what’s the best time to leave Spokane and head to a tropical destination?”… February!

In February 2014 we took a quick weekend trip to Honolulu to celebrate Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday and choose a venue and exact date. We decided on the chapel at the St. Louis campus for the ceremony as both our families have connections to the school (Ryan’s dad is an alum, and my mom is an alum of the sister school Sacred Hearts) and the campus is truly gorgeous. For the reception, there was a lot to consider. We knew we wanted to be somewhere that evokes the laid-back, tropical island vibe we love, so hotel ballrooms and resort locations just didn’t fit. Given the number of guests we expected and logistics of traveling/transportation, the outdoor private estate venues also weren’t a great option. We started thinking about some of our favorite spots that we could share with our guests, and quickly remembered the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Club sits directly on the beach and the restaurant and lanai is a favorite lunch location whenever we’re in Hawaii. After a quick walk through (and mahi mahi sandwiches with mai tais for good measure) we decided this was definitely the best venue.

In terms of wedding “details”, Ryan and I really focused on what was most important to us. Delicious, local inspired food and drinks; a fun DJ who would get people on the dance floor; and sharing our perspective and experiences that make Hawaii such a special place for us with those people who matter most. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out not just with the wedding itself, but with all the activities in the days before and after. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to celebrate with so many friends and family members all in one place. For us it was a week that can’t be replicated, full of memories that will never be forgotten, and we owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our wedding so special!

 

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March 1, 2015

Oana & Jeff at Davenport Hotel

Hawaii, May 2014 – We’re sitting down for a nice dinner at a beachfront sushi restaurant talking about what we love most about each other. For those of you who don’t know Jeff very well…. Well, romance and mushy love stuff is not really his thing. So, most of the things said revolved around how compatible we are and how much sense it makes that we’re together. The couple next to us was celebrating their one year anniversary and they were enjoying part of their wedding cake. I remember looking at them and wondering what kind of wedding they had… was it a small intimate evening wedding with soft glowing candles on every table? Then I remember asking myself what kind of wedding Jeff would like to have one day. We started walking back to our hotel and out of nowhere Jeff wanted to walk on the beach instead of the sidewalk. I wasn’t too keen on the idea since I was wearing high heels and a long dress but in the spirit of romance I decided to follow. Shortly after we hit the sand, Jeff wanted to sit and take a break and the first thing that went through my mind is that he ate too much and needs a break. Boy was I wrong! Jeff began sharing his most beautiful thoughts and feelings with me and by the time I said yes, we were both in tears and holding each other. A few months later, on February 15, 2015 Jeff and I were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Davenport Hotel. As we begin our married life together, my biggest hope is that we will always be brave enough to be ourselves around each other and share our deepest thoughts. Crazy enough, we fell in love with each other just the way we are and I hope our love will only grow stronger with time.

Venue: Davenport Hotel
Flowers: Davenport Hotel
Hair: Amanda Winkler, Wink Salon
Makeup: Alexa Jourdan, Kiss and Makeup
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Cake: Marsells Cakes & Desserts
DJ: Justin Haas, AMP’D Entertainment
Piano Player: Doug Scott

 

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