September 29, 2015
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September 26, 2015
September 25, 2015
September 23, 2015
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.
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. ;)
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!
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!
August 31, 2015
DJ: Rox MC
Tables & Benches: Spokane Farm Tables
Chairs, china, napkins, dance floor: Event Rents
Wine Barrels: Design Events
Bride’s Bouquet: Fleurtations Floral
Floral: Katie Owsley Design with help from the MOH and bridesmaids
Centerpieces & succulent flower boxes: myself
Catering: Cafe Carambola
Cake:Sweet Frostings / Cheesecake & pie: Costco
Restroom Trailer: All About You
Bus: CDA Limo
Arbor: built by Kellen and his brother Evan
Love Story –
Kellen and I met at a mutual friend’s going away party. We saw each other again the following day when the same mutual friend invited us both to lunch. He had me laughing the whole time and I was immediately drawn to him, although, I was freshly single and training for the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’Alene so I was focusing on myself and not interested in starting a relationship. Over the course of the next couple of months he reached out to me via Facebook on several occasions to make small talk and ask for my phone number, so that he could take me out. I genuinely looked forward to the Facebook messages he would send during my long workouts but I maintained that I would not give him my phone number or go out on a date with him. I believe I used the excuse that I was far too busy with training to have time for dating. He was persistent though and a couple months later we both happened to be out in downtown CDA one night and we bumped into each other. I remember being so excited to see him and talk to him that when we parted ways later that night we continued messaging each other, via Facebook of course, until the wee hours of the morning. We met up again the following day for lunch with a group of mutual friends and by a random turn of events ended up going off roading in his 4×4 van and shooting, just the two of us (stereotypical north Idaho date). On the way home that evening he offered to make me dinner. There were several things that stuck out to me that night – Kellen has an incredible sense of humor and the ability to make anyone in his presence feel comfortable, as if they’ve known him forever, and that is how he made me feel; the enchiladas he made me were AMAZING; and finally, he owned his home, which was clean and well decorated, which was impressive considering we had not originally planned to hang out at all. I could tell he was well put together, compassionate and loving. After that day we were practically inseparable. During Ironman a couple months later, he was beyond supportive and encouraging. I ended up getting injured 3 weeks before race day and was in an incredible amount of pain during the race so as the sun went down that night and I was on the last stretch of the run portion, only four miles from the finish line, I saw a shadow in the distance and thought it looked remarkably like my boyfriend. As I got closer I realized, it WAS my boyfriend. He had backtracked the last four miles of the course to find me and make sure that I was doing OK. He walked with me the rest of the way and then ran to the end to watch me cross the finish line.
Fast forward to just over a year later, I had decided to take Kellen home to Alaska with me, where I grew up, to visit my parents. He had been distant before the trip to the point that I wondered if he was going to break up with me. We spent the first day in Alaska exploring several new places and hiking with my little brother. That night we made the hour drive out to my parents house and woke up early the next morning to go hiking in Hatcher Pass, which I always refer to as my “happy place”. It is one of those perfect places that is beautiful beyond words and growing up in Alaska, I had spent much of my childhood and teenage years hiking, exploring, and picking blueberries there. Even my late older brother’s ashes are spread there. It is a place that holds an incredible amount of meaning to me. When we got there the next day we made a plan to explore an abandoned mine, hike up to a mountain peak that has a cross at the top, and then hike across that mountain ridge to an alpine lake. My little brother and his girlfriend were in much better shape than us and made it to the top of the peak much more quickly that we did. When we reached the top we sat down on the boulder that the large cross was attached to and just enjoyed the view for about 10 minutes. Since we hadn’t seen my little brother in a while we decided we better continue on to catch up with him and his girlfriend. As we stood up Kellen pulled me into his chest for a hug and said, “You know I love you more than anything in the world right?” I was pressed so firmly into his chest that I couldn’t even open my mouth to answer. He started to loosen his hug and as he did he got down on his knee and took a ring out of his pocket an asked me to be his wife. I was in such a state of disbelief that all I could mutter was, “Oh my god, are you being serious???” He finally said, “Sonja, I’m asking you to be my wife!?” I said yes, and the rest is history :)
He had set an alarm early that morning and had managed to get both of my parents outside. He asked them both for their blessing in asking me to marry him, which they gladly gave. It turns out that he was being distant prior to the trip on purpose to throw me off. He had already designed and purchased my ring and had been so excited that he had been showing it off to all of our friends and was worried that I would know something was up. It worked because I was completely shocked! It was the best surprise I could ever imagine!
August 28, 2015
Duncan Garden at Manito Park,
S Park Drive (between W 21st Ave & W 23rd Ave),
Spokane, Washington, 99203
Elizabethan Room at the Historic Davenport Hotel,
10 S Post St,
Spokane, Washington, 99201
One-Shoulder Jersey Gown from Ralph Lauren in Pixie Pink
How the couple met:
Ralph and Karol met through match.com. They met in person in June 2014 and began a year long courtship filled with lots of traveling around Washington state and Victoria Island (in Canada). Karol’s family jokes that she special ordered Ralph as he could not have been a better match.
Coordinator: Charyl Ragan
Venue: Coeur d’Alene Resort & Casino, Chinook Meadow
Caterer: Coeur d’Alene Resort & Casino, Smoke House
DJ: Memorable Events, Blake Miller
Cake: Karen’s Cake Shoppe, Karen Cook
Wedding Dress: Celestial Selections
Maid of Honor Dress: Azazie
Tuxes: Celestial Selections
Hair: Jamie Kassarjian
Make-up: Coeur d’Alene Resort & Casino Spa
Officiant: Sam Ragan
Flowers: Floral Design, Angela Austin
Photography: Ifong Chen
Our Love Story
Craig and Daniell met on a fluke one day at Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Daniell was to meet up with a high school friend who ended up bringing his friend Craig. They hit it off right away, talking well through the afternoon. Things started to blossom from there although there was a bump in the road. Daniell was starting to feel scared about how serious the relationship was becoming and wanted to spend time apart. Craig on the other hand left a note and a flower on her car “wishing her a great day”. He didn’t give up and Daniell is so thankful he was persistent. It was all uphill from there for 2 ½ years.
Craig for years had told Daniell that he would never propose on a Holiday, that it was too cliché. Daniell finally got it through her head that he would eventually propose in his own time but knew beyond a shadow of a doubt it wouldn’t be on a Holiday. Last Christmas Daniell told Craig “I just can’t wait to be an Alworth, that’s what I’m so excited about.” Then and there he decided he was going to propose that day. So last Christmas, December 25th, 2014 he asked my dad for my hand in marriage, picked up the family ring from his father’s safe and proposed in front of my family (all without Daniell knowing). The shock and surprise was amazing and of course she said yes. Less than a year later on August 1st, 2015 they were husband and wife (or wiff as Daniell likes to say).
The wedding was amazing and they ended up dancing the night away.
They are happily married now and are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives