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

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February 13, 2017

Holly & Andy Engaged!

When people asked us how we met, I sometimes jokingly tell them that we met in Paris – it just sounds more romantic that way. The truth is that we met on Eharmony.com. I’m not sure why meeting online has a bad connotation to it, because it really shouldn’t, especially in our case. Regardless of how a couple meets, I think the important thing is that they do eventually find each other – and what happens from that point on is where the romantic begins and a love story is made.

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Holly, even her picture. It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014, but this particular Friday wasn’t black at all. I was sitting in the big recliner chair in the living room of my sister’s house, sipping on a cup of morning coffee. I opened my e-mail to find that I had a new message from EHarmony with a new “match”. I skeptically opened the e-mail. After looking over her profile, and reading what she had written about herself and what she was looking for in life, and in a partner, I was immediately interested. I know it sounds a little clichéd, but I truly had a special feeling about her from the very start. I connected with what she had written, and liked everything about her, even her name, “Holly”. It didn’t take me long to muster up the courage to send her a note. I remember my heart beating fast as I sent the message and crossed my fingers that she would respond.

To my delight, she responded quickly, and after a few e-mails back and forth and a phone conversation or two, we agreed to meet in person. Our first date went well, and despite an awkward goodbye on my part, she luckily agreed to see me again. At the end of our second date, I kissed her for the first time, and we laughed together as she told me that I looked just like Andersen Copper and she’d never kissed someone famous before. After that, date number three lead into date number four, and I quickly began to fall in love with this beautiful Spanish Teacher from Spokane. I remember visiting my family shortly after we had started dating and describing Holly to them. They’ve told me since then that it was very evident just how special Holly was to me, even at that time.

At the 4-month mark we started planning a trip to Italy together, knowing full well that it would be the first big test of our relationship. As Holly always says, if you really want to see if you’re meant to be with someone, take an international trip with them. We ended up having a magical time together.

Our relationship only continued to blossom and grow stronger with each coming day, and on a warm sunlit day this past October, while on a walk through the Rose Garden in Manito Park, I asked Holly if she would do me the greatest honor of my life; would she to marry me?

Holly is my best friend, confidant, and sole-mate. She supports me and makes me a better man every day. I trust and respect her deeply. She is smart and engaging, caring, and strong. The size of her heart is only matched by her breathtakingly beauty. We share similar values and have similar life goals. And as basic as it sounds, we simply enjoy spending time with one another. She is the love of my life, and I pinch myself every day just to remind me of how lucky I am to have her in my life.

I was recently asked when was the exact moment that you knew Holly was the right woman for you. I struggled to answer the question because I don’t think there was an exact moment. I truly had a special feeling about her from the very beginning, and I approached our relationship with an open heart. I therefore don’t think it was a singular moment of realization that she was the one for me, but a gradual deepening on my feelings for her. I’ve known for a longtime, from early on, that I loved her, and that she was the woman I would gladly choose, amongst all others, to spend the rest of my life with.

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Caitlin & Kyle Wedding At The golf course of Black Rock

Caitlin and Kyle met in 1999 during their 6th grade year– when the three elementary schools in Pullman merged together for middle school. On Valentine’s Day of their 8th grade year, Kyle asked Caitlin to be his girlfriend with a bouquet of Dissmores roses and a white teddy bear. And the rest, they say, is history.

In February 2016, Kyle planned a weekend at her parent’s cabin on Coeur D’Alene lake, skiing with their friends from the Tri-Cities. On Friday evening as they were in route to the cabin, Caitlin received a message from their friends saying that they were not going to be able to make it to the cabin as a work obligation arose unexpectedly. Caitlin and Kyle decided to continue on to the cabin and make the best of the weekend. Kyle surprised Caitlin by proposing to her on their dock after a waffle breakfast and a walk in the rain with their dogs. Their friends who were supposed to be skiing with with them and helped plan the surprise arrived early afternoon to celebrate.

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Jessica & Daniel Engaged!

Our love story has always begun and continues to run on extraordinary timing. We met originally in school, both sitting at the only left hand desks in the room. Slowly, our conversations grew longer as well as time spent together. In the Fall of 2012, our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we both were taking classes at Washington State University, and living a cozy life of cheap college food and dates. When I attended nursing school up north, Daniel got a job an hour away to keep close. When Daniel accepted his first police officer position, I packed up my scrubs and stethoscope, and we moved to Pullman, the little town we had first met in. Both our jobs leave us on the night shift, playing board games and grocery shopping at 3AM. He is the best part of my life and I adore our every adventure together. We share the same sense of humor and delight in raising our beloved little cat, Phoebe. Though our timing may be set to a different tune throughout our lifetime, I will always be grateful for every second of every day that we have together.

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August 13, 2016

Lexie & Matt At Hayden Lake Country Club

Vendors:
Flowers- Fleurtations Floral Jenna Sandin
Videography – Sure Shot Video LLC Austin Bishop
Venue, Food & Beverage – Hayden Lake Country Club
Event Planner – HLCC Cory Jasmin
Tent, linens, etc. – Event Rents Spokane
Cake – Cake: Pastry and more
Band: Craig Volosing Good Times Band

Love Story
Matt and Lexie met on Halloween night (2010) at the Beachcomber in Mission Beach. Lexie was a senior at the University of San Diego living in Mission Beach and Matt had recently returned from a 13 month sailing trip with groomsman Jody Lemmon. He was then working as a landscape architect in downtown San Diego. That night, Matt was at (groomsmen) Joe Kilcoyne’s annual Halloween/Birthday bash in Mission Beach when he decided to head over to the Beachcomber for a drink. Lexie had just gotten off a shift at the yacht club and decided to put on a black cat costume (a black dress and eyeliner whiskers) and head out to see if any of her friends were at their favorite local bar. Little did she know she would be meeting the love of her life that night. They made eye contact the minute she entered the bar and they spent the rest of the night sharing stories, dancing, and taking tequila shots.

Lexie knew in her heart that she (really) liked this guy and couldn’t wait to spend more time with him. He took her up to his boat in Long Beach two weeks later and it’s been smooth sailing ever since. Matt and Lexie spent the next 5 years sharing their love of traveling, the outdoors, live music, and great food together. They’ve challenged each other, grown in their careers together, loved and supported each other, and have started a beautiful life together. They both feel so lucky to have met their match. The person that fills their voids and makes them whole. Matt and Lexie are so excited for all of you to share in their love story with them.
The Proposal
IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT LEXIE IS A HUGE FAN OF PICNICS. IF MATT EVER SAID “LET’S GO FOR A PICNIC”, LEXIE WAS GAME. KNOWING THIS, MATT KNEW A PICNIC SETTING WOULD BE THE PERFECT WAY TO ASK LEXIE TO MARRY HIM. SO MATT PLANNED FOR A PICNIC ON THE BAY IN SOUTH MISSION BEACH NEAR THE BEACHCOMBER BAR WHERE THEY MET. THE DAY OF THE PROPOSAL WAS A GLOOMY MORNING AND SO MATT HAD A DIFFICULT TIME MOTIVATING LEXIE TO GET TO THE BEACH, KNOWING HE HAD A TIMED SURPRISE FOR HER. HE GATHERED THE PICNIC GEAR, HIS GUITAR AND IRONED LEXIE’S WRINKLY TOP, AS HE WAS IN A RUSH TO MEET HIS TIMELINE AND SHE WAS MAKING THIS DIFFICULT . AT THAT TIME LEXIE WAS THINKING, “WHY IS HE IN SUCH A RUSH TO GET TO THE BEACH? IT’S CLOUDY AND MATT’S NEVER IN A RUSH!”
AS THEY DROVE TO THE BEACH, MIRACULOUSLY THE CLOUDS BEGAN TO DISAPPEAR. THEY FOUND THEIR SPOT ON THE WHITE SAND OVER LOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL MOORED SAILBOATS IN THE BAY. THEY BEGAN TO EAT THEIR FAVORITE SANDWICHES FROM RUBICON DELI AND DRANK SOME INCONSPICUOUS SIPS OF WHITE WINE. AT THIS POINT LEXIE WAS THINKING THAT THEIR START TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND COULDN’T GET MUCH BETTER.
WHEN THEY FINISHED THEIR LUNCH, MATT TOOK OUT HIS GUITAR TO PLAY SOME TUNES WHILE LEXIE LAID DOWN ON THE BLANKET TO CATCH SOME RAYS UNDER THE CLEAR BLUE SKY. AFTER PLAYING HIS USUAL LINEUP, MATT TURNED TO LEXIE AND TOLD HER THAT HE WROTE A SONG FOR HER. LEXIE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT, AS SHE HAD BEEN ASKING MATT TO WRITE HER A SONG FOR FIVE YEARS TO NO AVAIL. MATT TOOK OUT HIS LYRICS AND LEXIE QUICKLY STARTED SHEDDING TEARS AS HE BEGAN TO SING THE FUN LOVING SONG. THE HEARTFELT WORDS MOVED LEXIE TO MORE TEARS, BIG SMILES AND DEEP LAUGHTER. THE SONG FLOWED FROM SENTIMENTAL SWEET WORDS TO EVERYDAY INSIDE JOKES, TO EVERY NICKNAME MATT HAD EVER GIVEN HER. AFTER THE SONG FINISHED, LEXIE WAS AT A LOSS FOR WORDS (WHICH IS VERY UNUSUAL FOR HER), WHILE MATT WAS THINKING…”NOW HOW DO I SMOOTHLY TAKE OUT THE BOXED RING IN THE GUITAR CASE AND ASK HER?” LEXIE WAS STILL WIPING AWAY TEARS WHEN MATT SAID, ” WELL, I THINK I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU CRY A LITTLE BIT MORE”. HE GRABBED THE BOX, ASKED HER TO STAND UP, AND GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE. AND YES, SHE SAID YES, AS STRANGERS ON THE BEACH CLAPPED THEIR HANDS IN CELEBRATION.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! LEXIE IMMEDIATELY WANTED TO CALL BOTH OF THEIR PARENTS AND ALL OF THEIR FRIENDS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOOD NEWS, BUT MATT HAD PLANNED FOR A SURPRISE CELEBRATION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THE BEACHCOMBER WHERE THEY MET. LEXIE’S PARENTS, BUZZ AND KELLY, FLEW DOWN FROM PORTLAND, OREGON AND WERE WAITING AT THE BEACHCOMBER WITH MATT’S FAMILY AND MANY OF MATT AND LEXIE’S BEST FRIENDS. KNOWING THAT EVERYONE WAS WAITING FOR THEM AT THE BAR, MATT HAD TO STALL LEXIE’S PHONE CALLS BY TELLING HER THAT THEY SHOULD FIRST CELEBRATE “JUST THE TWO OF THEM” WITH A SHOT OF DON JULIO AT THE COMBER AND PROMISING HER THAT THEY WOULD CALL EVERYONE AFTER THAT. SHE THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY! WITH A LITTLE COAXING, HE FINALLY GOT HER TO AGREE, AND THEY WALKED ACROSS THE SAND TO THEIR FAVORITE BEACH BAR. AS THE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLE WALKED THROUGH THE BEACHCOMBER DOORS, THEY RECEIVED A HUGE CHEER, DOZENS OF HUGS AND WELL WISHES. THEY CELEBRATED ALL NIGHT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOWING THEY WOULD LOVE EACH OTHER FOREVER.

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August 5, 2016

Christie & Jeff at Sunriver Resort Oregon

Title: Christie + Jeff Fore-Ever

A girls date to the driving range resulted in the most important introduction of their lives: “I think I know the perfect guy for you” Suedy said mid-swing. And she did.

A few weeks later, they were on their first date, paddleboarding on a sunny Sunday morning in Richardson Bay off Sausalito, CA. Paddleboarding turned into a picnic in the park, impressing each other with their arms throwing the football around, and then into watching the NBA finals at Christie’s “local watering hole”, and then eating pizza. On his drive home, Jeff said out-loud to himself “I’m going to marry that girl”, and Christie texted her girlfriends “he’s my penguin”.

The year that followed was filled with “bachelor-esque” dates, as Christie called them: Giants games, driving range dates, music festivals, camping, hiking, Seahawks games, going to the batting cage, Oktoberfest, romantic dinners, spa trips, picnics in the park, a trip to Kauai and, eventually, meeting the parents.

On the second visit with Christie’s parents, Jeff golfed with Christie’s dad John. After the 16 hole, he finally did what he came there to do: ask for her hand in marriage. “I was hoping you were going to ask that” John said. On the next hole, they were both so excited they hit massive drives down the fairway. And a few months later, Jeff proposed to Christie in the most epic and appropriate way possible: on beautiful overlook at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay in front of a group of their best friends…. and some random spectators.

And one year later they wed.

Venue: Sunriver Resort
Catering: Sunriver Resort
Coordinator: Kerry Bergler, Mint
Floral: Mint, Bend OR
Photography: Ifong Chen Photography
Videography: Amari Productions
DJ: Matt Ledford @ FlipFlop Sounds
Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia, Christine Colucci
Officiant: Suedy McKeeman
Dress: La Belle Elaine’s Bridal Salon, Seattle WA
Tuxes: The Black Tux


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Summer & Michael at Hagadone Event Center, CDA, ID

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June 14, 2016

Rachael and Ryan at Sun Mountain lodge in Winthrop

DJ: Big Mobile Entertainment
Flowers: Fawn Meadow Design
Rentals, tent: Event Rents
Cake: Just American Desserts
Hair: Jill Stern
Makeup: Kara McCollum
Everything else: Sun Mountain Lodge

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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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Megan & Willie Engaged!!

When Willie I met we were both working full time. Me, Megan, a nurse- working odd shifts, and Willie, a survival instructor spending a lot of time in the field. Getting out with friends was hard but meeting new people and potential dates seemed to be impossible. We both found ourselves on a dating website to see if we would have better luck. I came across Willie’s profile where the only comment he wrote, besides the usual body type, likes/dislikes, profession etc., read “I find clumsy girls endearing”. The moment I read this I knew I needed to meet him. We decided to meet at The Elk where I talked non-stop thanks to the nerves while Willie smiled and listened. We had so much in common, our sense of humor, passion for living life to the fullest, laid back personalities and especially our love for our friends and family.
Days, weeks and months went by and the pieces began to fall into place. Friends approved enthusiastically, families adored; our lives seemed to come together with ease.
After about two years of dating Willie proposed to me in our living room with the help of our, then-two-month-old, puppy, Rue. It was a crisp, bright October morning. We were on the couch drinking coffee. Willie asked me if I would adjust Rue’s collar, telling me “it seemed tight?” I, not being a morning person and only a few sips into my cup of coffee, rolled my eyes and mumbled under my breath, “Why can’t you do it?” I grumpily unhooked her collar and the ring fell right into my hand. He got down on one knee, in the dog bed, and proposed. I said yes. It was perfect.

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