Ifong Chen Weddings

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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September 29, 2015

Tia & Kenneth at Rooftop of The Spokane Convention Center

 

 

 

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September 23, 2015

Tia & Nick at Cannons Edge

Venue: Cannons Edge
Caterer: David’s Pizza
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Flowers: Rose and Blossom
Dj: Kevin Ryno
Brides and Bridesmaid dresses: Bridal Collections
Suits: bridal Collections Tux Center
Hair- Jill Stern from Be Loved Salon
Makeup- Alexa Shortell at Kiss and Make-upTia:

Nick and I met in high school, I was a freshman and he was a junior. The first time I saw him I thought he was handsome, but he didn’t pay much attention to me. Since we were both athletes, we were in study hall together and had the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit. We hung out a couple times but our relationship never moved beyond a friendship…He was really into sports and I was really into him.
He graduated and went on to play baseball in college and I figured our paths would never cross again. Fast forward 15 years…while I was cutting a mutual high school friend’s hair, Nick’s name came up as we were talking about people we were still friends with. After a few days, I couldn’t stop thinking about him, so I decided to look him up on Facebook. Lucky for me, he was even more handsome than I remembered! We messaged back and forth for a week before going on our first date.

Nick:
After Tia contacted me on Facebook, we hung out for the first time on my 32nd birthday, and things just took off from there. We began dating and spending a lot of time together. Tia met my friends, and I hers, and for the first time my friend’s opinions about my girlfriend didn’t matter because I knew she was special. Fortunately for them, they liked her too.
Then I got sick and Tia literally never left my side. After my first surgery and a day in the hospital, I knew that I loved her more than anything and that she was a very important person to me. She looked after me the entire time I was laid up, even making me eat when I didn’t want to. In fact, that’s the only time she’s ever cooked for me.😉

Tia:
After our first date, we began spending a lot of time together and I eventually introduced Nick to my daughter, Maeya. Since the day he met her, he has treated her like his own daughter, it just melts my heart. At times, I even feel like he is a better parent than me because he is so patient with Maeya. Seeing his love for her made me realized how much I loved him and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him by my side, raising a family together. Even as I took care of him while he was sick, I never once wanted to leave his side and I couldn’t wait to marry him!

Nick:
After I recovered from my surgeries, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would ask her to marry me. She put a little pressure on the timeline, but it was only speeding up the inevitable. The night of the proposal was one of the most nerve racking nights of my life. Before I was about to propose, Tia excused herself to the restroom and it felt like she was gone forever. But, when she came back to the table, I successfully proposed and pow, we were getting married.
After a wonderful surprise engagement party planned with the help of Tia’s cousin and Matron of Honor, the wedding planning commenced. Our 10-month engagement flew by and pow, we are married!

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