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
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.
Our Love Story…
Laurine and Scott at Luna
New beginnings can happen at any time in your life. Laurine and Scott’s love story began when mutual friends brought us together. The first time we met, our hearts skipped a beat. It turned out to be a perfect match, at just the right time in both of our lives.
Each of us had been on our separate journeys, learning life lessons that shaped who we are today and helped us truly appreciate the love, joy and acceptance that we’ve now found in each other.
We’re humbled by the overwhelming love, support and generosity from our family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate our wedding day with us. It was the perfect setting — simple and elegant.
We’re eternally grateful to family members who added such meaningful touches to make our day even more memorable, to friends who rallied to overcome last-minute details, and to all of you (and you know who you are) who’ve been been there for us throughout the years.
You all contributed to creating a magical day for us — filled with love, laughter and happiness. It was beyond what we ever imagined.
We live in gratitude that we’ve found each other and can share the rest of
our lives with our best friend. We are truly blessed.
Venue and Catering: Luna
Photography: Ifong Chen
Tux: Tuxedo Gallery
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Cake: Just American Desserts
Officiant: Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens
Invitation Design: Hanna & Associates
Music: Michael and Linda Wishkoski (friends of the family)
Video: Cutaway Media
Tent and tables: Event Rents
Natalie & Michael met in a thoroughly modern way – on an internet dating site.
Drawn to one another through their mutual sarcasm, dry wit, and intelligence,
they emailed back and forth until a memorable ‘first date’ – a gypsy/carnival
band at the Knitting Factory. He remembers her comfort in ordering and eating
messy chicken wings. They had a lengthy conversation about the didgeridoo,
both naming bands featuring this unusual instrument. She was impressed when
he said he had actually made one (and proved so with pictures, later) There was
an instant spark, but as that grew and deepened into love, so did challenges and
obstacles they overcame. The couple is proud of the value they place on understanding
each other’s differences and honoring their individuality while nurturing their togetherness.
Natalie and Michael met in a thoroughly 21st century kind of way – Natalie outbidding
Michael at the last minute during an Ebay auction. After sending repeated emails to each
(Michael’s typically ending with something like, “I’m not chicken. USA! USA!” – Natalie’s
usually with, “If you love Air Supply as much as me, you should have bid HIGHER!)
the two decided to continue their argument over a plate of buffalo wings and alcohol.
Their ‘first date’ involved:
1) Natalie securing a room at the Montvale Hotel (in case, for some
odd reason, we had a good time together – she wouldn’t need to DWI),
2) Her work closing that day due to snow storm and
3) An afternoon bottle of wine with her name all over it.
They met at the Knitting Factory over cucumber flavored vodka and buffalo wings.
Michael has since commented how he was mesmerized at how her light blue eyes
sparkled when juxtaposed to the dark red buffalo sauce that was dripping off her
hands and chin.
As if a bottle of wine and cucumber flavored vodka weren’t enough, the couple
adjourned to the entertainment portion of the evening – more vodka, the artiste ‘Lynx’,
and the headliner ‘marching band’ called “March Forth”. Now, it should be noted that
band members seemed a striking mix of ‘fair carnies’, original Woodstock groupies and
tattoo afficionados ALL that could actually PLAY wind instruments). Natalie remembers
thinking Michael was stretching the truth regarding didgeridoos – Michael remembers
thinking, “Wow…she does use that word 500x more when she’s had a drink or 3!”.
And their relationship hasn’t changed much since then. Sometimes it is filled sharp clarity.
Other times, surrealism. And then there are times when all of this is happening at the
same time. It’s what initially created a spark between them. It has caused multiple roller-
coaster rides in their relationship without either of them having to leave their home.
And…it is also what continues to pull them together as a couple – the passion to want to
be with each other – created the desire to really want to communicate with each other –
and learning to value the individual and everything they brought to the relationship as well
as what they both created ‘in’ their relationship – their son.
All this and Michael has still yet to see the inside of a Montvale hotel room.
Venue: Arbor Crest Winery
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Sexton
Catering: Beacon Hill
Flowers : Evergreen Florist
Wedding dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Dessert: Just America Desserts
D j : Justin, Amped
Videographer: Steven Schneidmiller
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Rentals: Event Rents
Hair: On Broadway Salon, Victoria
Make-up: Shasta Hankins
A special thank you to our parents and family for all of your help to make our wedding dreams come true! This day is truly one to remember and we are forever thankful for your love, support, and encouragement. We love you!
Amanda and Eric’s story began in the summer of 2010. Amanda had just finished her first year of teaching in Deer Park and was enjoying her summer working with kids and spending time with friends at her family’s lake cabin. During her first year of teaching, her principal, Michele, told Amanda about her step son who was a firefighter. Michelle said that her step son was really sweet, but he lived in Yakima, and so Amanda didn’t think much of it. Eric was working in Union Gap as a fireman but made several trips to visit friends and family in Spokane, and over time, he began to pursue a job there.
While Amanda had originally dismissed Michele’s attempts at matchmaking, a short time later, the two met each other online. Amanda was a little bit nervous about going out with her principal’s step son, and she was really hoping that it would go well so things would not get awkward at work!
Fortunately, the two immediately hit it off. After a few weeks of exchanging emails and phone calls, Eric asked Amanda on their first date. Eric took Amanda to one of her favorite restaurants, Twigs, for drinks and appetizers. They talked for hours until the sun set and Eric drove her home. Amanda knew there was something special about Eric. Eric was eager to see Amanda again, and a few days later, he called to make a dinner date at the Wine Cellar in Coeur d’ Alene. Their connection continued to grow, and that night they had their first kiss on the front porch of her apartment.
Amanda and Eric’s relationship continued to grow and they withstood the test of being long-distance for a year. A job opened up in Spokane, and Eric was able to move back to start his career as a Spokane Firefighter. During the next three years, Amanda and Eric’s relationship developed even more through traveling together, having fun, and experiencing new adventures. On trips to San Diego, Florida, Vegas, and Seahawks games, they created lasting memories together. Eric taught Amanda how to water ski and snow ski, he took her camping for the first time, and taught her how to Salmon fish. Through all of these adventures, Amanda learned to trust Eric, and she fell in love. Eric loved how Amanda was so kind, passionate about kids and teaching, and he loved that she was so faithful with her friendships. He thought she was beautiful, both inside and out.
After Amanda and Eric watched the Christmas tree lighting at the Coeur d’ Alene resort last year. Eric got down on one knee and asked Amanda to be his wife. Of course she said “YES!” Eric then took her to dinner at the Wine Cellar where their love story began. Amanda felt like the luckiest girl in the world and now we are happily married!!
Wedding & Catering: Davenport Hotel
DJ: Complete Music Video Photo of Spokane
Gold Plate/Chargers: Event Rents
Photo Booth: Flat 4 Photography
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Officant: Ralph’s Regal Weddings
Floral: The Davenport Flower Shop
Suits: Custom made by Indochino
Lighting: AMP’d Entertainment
Wedding cake: Just American Deserts
The small cake pettifogs: Marcel’s.
Blaine and Ryan are prime examples that the sky is not the limit, and to never give up on your dreams. Blaine (a flight attendant) and Ryan (a pilot) had their first date on a cool evening in the Spring of 2008. After their short walk through Riverfront Park, they both knew their lives would soon change forever. That “short walk” ended up lasting a few hours until almost midnight, as Blaine and Ryan talked about just about anything and everything.
Ryan knew he would have to leave early the next morning back to California; so he asked Blaine that evening when he could see him again. Blaine replied with a simple, “whenever you can”, and to Blaine’s surprise- Ryan flew up that very next day from California just to have lunch with Blaine.
After a month of dinner dates and movie nights, they became an official couple on June 13th, 2008. One year after that, Ryan received a job offer in Miami, so the two moved there together in October of 2009.
After a few more years of dating, new jobs, school, and buying a condo in South Beach, Miami-Ryan asked Blaine to marry him and June 13th, 2012. Two years later they held their rehearsal dinner at the Steamplant Restaurant on their 6 year anniversary (an anniversary they also share with Ryan’s grandparents).
Blaine & Ryan could not have asked for a more beautiful Ceremony and Reception with about 135 family and friends from all over the country (and many from outside the country).
2013 was an incredible year. It is so hard for me to express how much I have appreciated the people I met, worked with, and photographed this year. Thank you form the bottom of my heart. So many of you have become my friends, and so many of you continuously include me as the next chapters of your lives begin. Love you all! Thank you! Thank you!