Ifong Chen Weddings

July 10, 2017

Tami & Curtis at Trezzi Farm & Winery

When people ask me how Curtis and I met, I simply say “he works for my dad”. Then follows a doomful “oh.” – like they completely understand that you’re not supposed to date one of your dad’s employees.

We began like most other relationships, as just friends. We’d exchange brief hellos that led to hour long conversations when we were supposed to be working. So after talking at work for many months and unknowingly turning down multiple dates, Curtis got the courage to bluntly ask me out to dinner. Needless to say, the date went great. So great that I told him we shouldn’t see each other any more. He was, after all, my dad’s employee and that’s just asking for trouble…but there was just something about him that kept pulling me back in.

So we dated for a few months, broke the news to my dad that I had been seeing one of his guys, and the rest is history! Curtis is truly the best part of my life and I can’t wait to start our lives together.

Vendors:
Venue and Catering – Trezzi Farm & Winery
Videographer – Matt Green Films
Dress – Marcella’s Bridal
Makeup – Shasta Hankins
Hair – Studio Nicole / Nicole Parks
DJ – Amp’d / Billy Rask
Flowers – Special Touch Florist
Cake/Pies – White Box Pies
Wood Signs – FromHelloCo
Limo – Legacy Limousine

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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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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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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November 1, 2015

Alex & Josh Engaged!

Josh and I met in the beginning of our junior year of high school. We were just 16 years old, I didn’t even have my license yet. It was truly love at first sight. We hung out together for the first time on October 1st, 2010, and have been inseparable ever since. During our junior year, Josh was in running start while I was at Lewis & Clark high school, and he ended up spending more time at LC with me then he did anywhere else. My teachers were always surprised if he wasn’t in class with me. Our senior year we both did running start at SFCC, and during that year we chose to attend college together at Central Washington University. Three years in, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and this spring, he will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Administrative Management, and I will graduate with a Masters of Professional Accountancy. We have grown so much together over the years, and it has brought us closer every step of the way. I couldn’t imagine my life with anyone else. He has taught me so much about myself and how strong of a person I can be. He is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me, and I thank God every day that he is mine.

 

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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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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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September 22, 2015

Kimmy & Michael at Beacon Hill Events

Ceremony/ Reception Venue & Catering: Beacon Hill
Celebrant: Lucinda Kay
Makeup: Makeup Studio & Alyssa Walsh
Hair: Erin Brittain & Tiffany Harrington
Bridal Dresses: Marcella’s Bridal
DJ: DJ Q (Matt Shuman)
Flowers: Rocket Market
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet Dreams Bakery
Limo Service: Spokane Limousine

Michael and Kimberley met in a small country pub in Western Australia when Kimberley was traveling in Australian. After four years of dating and thousands of frequent flier miles, Michael proposed to Kimberley on January 7, 2014. On August 15, 2015 Michael and Kimberley shared a beautiful wedding at Beacon Hill in Spokane, Washington in front of their closest family and friends from all over the world.

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