Ifong Chen Weddings

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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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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Baby Sadie Lynn

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May 6, 2016

Tina & Dylan Engaged!!

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April 29, 2016

Kyla & Tayler Engaged!

Tayler and I met a few summers ago. He was a friend of a friend that came to my parent’s lake place for the day. We didn’t interact a whole lot that night as I had to work the next morning and left early. Though not even a few days later he sent me a message on Facebook quizzing me about restaurants he’d like to visit but wanted my opinion (Real smooth!) We exchanged numbers a few days after that and then he began asking about a first date! I say began, because I wasn’t totally jumping on the idea and it took several weeks before we “found” a day that worked for the both of us. After that first date, I couldn’t believe that I had ever put him off. Tayler is the most lovable, understanding and magnetic man that I have ever encountered.
Fast forward a year and half I had a tripped planned to meet my parents in Maui for a week vacation. Tayler wasn’t able to go because of work, or so I thought! One of the days we planned to go snuba over at Molokini. It was an excursion that little did I know, kept me away from my phone and busy for most of the day. When we returned to the condo, my dad went to check out a local dive shop to see about taking a dive the very next day. I was told to be ready for dinner fairly early so that when my dad returned we could leave. He returned and about 10 minutes later and so did Tayler, on our patio, down on one knee. It’s been the best day of my life thus far and every day with him is sweeter than the last.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

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March 12, 2016

Megan & Ian Engaged!!

“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
If there were a quote that could encompass Megan, this is it. We met after she she left NY and dancing on her toes. She has had me on my toes every since. Although it is sometimes painful, it is worth it. She is my world.

Ian

“Maybe some girls are not meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find someone, just as wild, to run with.” Ian has somehow managed to calm me, mature me, support me, grow with me, and stabilize me all the while, running wild with me. 11 years later, he is still in many ways an enigma to me. I suspect he is doing this on purpose to bother me, but it turns out I quite like it. I am beyond lucky to have this wonderful man by my side.

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February 20, 2016

Stacie and Shane

Stacie and Shane
Spokane, Washington
Dating for almost 9 years, wedding in September 2016

Chapter 1: First Impressions
Stacie: Shane and I worked at a restaurant together for a couple of years before we actually started dating. I always thought he was super cute and had a secret crush on him.

Shane: I thought Stacie was gorgeous and way out of my league.

Chapter 2: Coupledom
Stacie: We ran in the same circle of friends/coworkers so when I turned 24 I invited him out for my birthday.

Shane: I was stoked that she asked me to hang out with her outside of work, even if it was a group setting.

Stacie: A few days later, we went out for coffee and after that just never really stopped hanging out.

Chapter 3: The Proposal
Stacie: Shane and I go to Seattle every year for my birthday. On this particular trip Shane told me that he found a cool park for us to check out.

Shane: We get to this park (where I have an elaborate proposal planned) and it’s completely unromantic. We’re basically tromping through mud and mosquitos are attacking us at every whim. Stacie wanted to leave.

Stacie: In my defense, I had no idea what was going on.

Shane: She actually thwarted my efforts again later that night when I tried to pop the question as we looked out over the Seattle skyline.

Stacie: I didn’t know! It seemed like a sketchy part of town, and I thought we should get out of there.

Shane: Third times a charm. The next morning we went to Pike Place Market, and I asked a random couple to take our picture. When they started snapping, I got down on one knee.

Stacie: I was completely shocked and caught off guard. You think you know someone after that many years of dating and they still manage to surprise you. It was really sweet.

Chapter 4: Ever After
Stacie and Shane: We are both super excited to be getting married and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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