Ifong Chen Weddings

February 23, 2015

Brittney & Nathaniel engaged!

Countless letters, postcards, Skype dates, phone calls, and texts have been exchanged the past 8 months between Nathaniel and Brittney thanks to a possy of friends who worked together to set them up. Brittney, who resides in Washington, traveled to Michigan to attend a previous roommate’s wedding. Just days before the flight her friend sent a message informing Brittney that there was a groomsman she needed to meet! Unbeknownst to Brittney, Nathaniel was also being prepped by the bride and groom of her arrival. Both Nathaniel and Brittney were a bit reluctant of what their friends were scheming. Fast forward to their friend’s wedding, Nathaniel introduced himself to Brittney and the two hit it off. A month later Nathaniel and Brittney started dating and 5 months later they were engaged! During this time the couple has flown back and forth between Washington and Michigan to see each other until they will be married July of 2015!

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January 20, 2015

Courtney & Drew Engaged!

Courtney and Drew met in the fall of 2010 when Drew was starting his freshman year at WSU as a cross country runner, and Courtney was starting her sophomore year, also on the team. After seeing each other at practice everyday, they starting dating in the spring of 2011, and their relationship continued to grow until November 16, 2014 when drew proposed. They are excited to start their lives together with their dog Beamer and their cat Tink.

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January 15, 2015

Rebecca & Ryan at Real life ministries-Post Falls ID

Vendor List:
Rose O’dell, wedding cake
Lulu Turbin, florist
Debbie Ross, wedding coordinator
Mary Guevin, emcee
Kathy Warpenburg, cook
Jonathan Grubb, sound/DJ
Shane and Jessie Austen, premarital counseling
Greg Turbin, officiant

Our story:

Ryan and I became friends very easily. It helped that he was a very good friend to my sister, Alex, and that we served together at church in children’s ministry and in the youth ministry. I’ve always had so mucg fun with Ryan, and no matter where we went or what we did I felt safe with him.
During the summer of 2013 we realized we had feelings for each other, but Ryan was leaving for college (all the way to Arkansas!) in the fall, so we thought it best not to date. Well luckily it didn’t last long! By November, he was asking my dad to be in a relationship, and of course my dad said yes! Ryan was my first boyfriend, and it was amazing to be led by him from start as he taught me more about Christ and pushef me to be a stronger woman of God, as I pushed him in his faith too.
August 3, 2014 he proposed! I wasn’t expecting it at all! It was perfect in a sunflower field with my sister secretly taking pictures of the proposal! Soon, Ryan had to go back to college and man was that semester rough. I was planning a wedding in five months and he was studying biology and theology, taking a full class load. But we made it!
January 3, 2015: we’re married! My dad performed an amazing ceremony that was so intimate and special. And my handsome husband and I had a wonderful and beautiful night! We continue to make Christ the priority in our lives, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!

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January 3, 2015

Brenna & Josh At Mirabeau Park Hotel

12.14.13 Josh took me to our friend’s amazing Christmas light display. It is something that we had done each year over the past couple years and I excited to go again. We were standing under the big tree, getting our picture taken when Josh got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. At the time we were also expecting a little boy in March of 2014 so wedding plans weren’t at the front of our minds.

The beginning of November 2014 came and we still hadn’t found a wedding date that worked for us, and our families. It was around this time that Josh sent me a calendar invite to our wedding. I laughed as I read it, and I had to call him to make sure he was serious! Within 2-3 hours after that confirmation phone call we had our wedding planned!

Everything came together in 5 weeks. We had so much help from our amazing friends and family. It was meant to be, we were able to find a venue, caterer, florist, and photographer (the best one) in such a short amount of time. I found my wedding dress, off the rack, and, from the same location my sister got her dress, 3 days after we decided to get married!

12.13.14 Our wedding day! It was the day of our dreams. All our favorite people in the same room celebrating with us. We could not have asked for a better day, it was truly awesome to be surrounded by, and share so much joy with everyone. We also timed it just right so we were pronounced married at 3:16pm (15:16 military time!) :-)

Venue/Caterer: Mirabeau Park Hotel
Florist: Apple Blossom Floral (East Wenatchee, WA)
Cake: Kristi Amend
Photographer: Ifong Chen
Decorations: Beth Willey/Stephanie Smith
Officiant: Melanie Potts
Make-up: Traci @ Gloss Make-Up
Hair: Leah @ Stand By MeBrenna & Josh

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December 18, 2014

Katie & Mack at Davenport Hotel

Wedding, catering, florist: The Davenport Hotel

Planner: Jaime Johnson

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Videographer: ferguson films

Photo Booth: Flat 4 Photography

Cupcakes/cakes: sweet frostings

Band: hot club of Spokane

Make up: make up studio

Hair: wink

How we got engaged:

Katie and I had recently selected a house to buy on 13th avenue across the street from cliff park on the south hill. We had made an offer and they had accepted but the closing date was still a month away. So the house was not technically ours yet. But no hitches were anticipated.

To start our new life together, I wanted to propose to Katie on the front porch of the house on Sunday, March 9, 2014 when she got back in town from a trip.

I surprised her with a nice bottle of champagne that morning and after we drank it (I was nervous since I, after all, was about to ask the coolest woman to marry me) we walked over to the house. I couldn’t convince Katie to go onto the front porch with me at all! She told me it was bad luck and didn’t want to get the cops called on us. I figured if she had another glass of champagne that I could convince her. So we had some more champagne.

Katie still refused (surprisingly) to go on to the property (the owners no longer lived there – it was vacant). At this point Katie’s mom called all excited because she knew what was going to happen that day – but it hadn’t happened yet….

Katie’s response to her moms phone call: “what was she so happy about.”

At this point – all of my attempts thwarted – I walked her over to cliff park and surprised her by getting on my knee. Her response before the question was asked: “This is a really mean joke to play on someone!”

Once I convinced her I was serious, she said “yes!” And we drank more champagne….

 

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November 18, 2014

Mallori & Dan engaged!

Our love story began after discovering that we were next door neighbors. In March of 2012, I invited Dan and his roommate over for the first time. Little did I know, Dan had been referring to me as “G6″ for a year, as that is the model of car I drive. We went on a date later that week and it was the start of something special.

We dated for a year before our relationship turned long distance. I made the move from Minnesota to Washington to start a graduate program in speech-language pathology at Eastern Washington University and Dan started his pharmacy school rotations in Minnesota. After graduating in May of 2014, Dan got a job at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We have enjoyed the last few months of being in the same location!

Dan proposed to me on October 10, 2014 with the help of our new puppy, Finn. He tied the ring to Finn’s leash, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was the best day of my life. We are excited to move back home to Minnesota and tie the knot on August 1, 2015!

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November 6, 2014

Maureen & Scott Engaged!!

Scott & I would both like to sincerely thank Al Gore for “inventing the internet,” since the two of us met through online dating. It was a perfect time in our lives as I had grown weary of bad first dates, and Scott had become sick of wading through the plethora of girls that were not exactly his style (to put it kindly). I messaged him first, and we chatted a bit before setting up a first date at a cool local brewery. Despite the fact that he lived an hour away, Scott was on time & I was a good 15-20 minutes late, rolling in with an apology & a smile; it’s a good thing he thought I was cute and kept me around. Not wanting the date to end, we got some coffee and took a walk along the river. We laughed together as the local band playing music outside changed their tunes from normal to screamo as the night wore on and all the families went home. We sat & talked for hours that night and haven’t stopped since. I sent him home with a kiss and from then on, we have been inseparable.

The months we spent dating long-distance and spending every waking minute together on weekends passed in a blur and eventually Scott moved in with me and we bought an adorable little corgi named Rex. I am an artist at heart and am emotional and totally free-spirited. Scott balances me by being level-headed, laid-back and logical. The best analogy I’ve ever heard for a relationship came from a friend of a friend who is also an artist. He told me that he’s a balloon, flying wild and free while his wife grounds him by holding onto his string. “All these years,” he said “and she just keeps holding on. For my sake, I hope she never lets go!” I’m so glad Scott & I found each other. The constant laughter echoing throughout the rooms of our home is pure affirmation that this is the man I’m meant to build a life with. For my part, I hope he’s still holding onto my balloon string for many, many, many years to come.

 

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October 31, 2014

Kate & Joe at Fox Theater

We wanted our wedding to be meaningful and to reflect the five years we spent together. Our first real date was at the Fox Theater to see Ben Folds play with the Spokane Symphony on October 18, 2009. Before Joe proposed, I learned the five year anniversary of that first date fell on a Saturday in one of the most beautiful times of the year. Fortunately, the Fox was available to host our wedding on that date and solidify it as our most important anniversary. We absolutely love the venue and embraced the Art Deco style for most aspects of the wedding. We had nearly two years to plan, make decorations, and have fun celebrating every step. It was a truly memorable time and we are so thankful to all of our friends and family for celebrating our love with us.

Vendors:
Venue: the Fox Theater
Catering: Beacon Hill
Cake: Sweet Frostings
Florist: Liberty Park and Kate Cornwall
Band: 6 Foot Swing
Photography: Ifong Chen
Videography: Ferguson Films
Rings: Jewelry Design Center
Dress: the Dress Theory
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Corinne Brown
Makeup: Shasta Hankins

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October 28, 2014

Steph & Travis Engaged!

We met a little over 3 years ago at Elkfest, the music festival The Elk in Browne’s Addition hosts every year. We were headed to enjoy the music and ran into each other. Travis immediately told my friend I was cute, I thought he was super cute too but thought he wouldn’t be a serious catch.

Little did I know that we would be getting married one day. After hanging out for two weeks with friends we ended up talking or hanging out every day after that and haven’t gotten enough of each other!

We are so excited to spend our lives together and can’t wait for all the fun memories ahead!

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October 25, 2014

Courtney and Jon at Trezzi Farm

Vendors are:
Venue:Trezzi Farm
Catering: Trezzi Farm
Photographer: Ifong Chen
DJs- Randy and Cindy Bronkhorst (they do this as a side profession)
Florist: Erica’s Expressions
Wedding cupcakes: Windy Burkart of Tacoma
Bridal hair: Yelena -Spa paradiso
Bridesmaid hair: Victoria On the Broadway Salon
Bridal makeup: Julie -makeup studio
Bridesmaid makeup: Jamie Couey-Timm (side occupation)
Pastor: Jim Couey
Wedding Coordinator: Holly

How we got engaged

For those that haven’t heard the story……
Jon loves the Detroit Tigers more than anyone I know so when I heard they were coming to Seattle to play the mariners I bought him tickets right behind home plate. As the game went on, we bet on who’s hydroplane color would win. Loser buys the next round of beers. Sadly, I lost the bet so at the end of the 6th inning I stated I was off to buy those beers I owed and use the restroom. Those of you who know Jon well know he is naturally laid back so when he replied “no I think you should sit down” I was confused. Not even to go to the bathroom I asked? Maybe just wait he replied…….confused, I looked around like what was I missing and happened to look right up to the big screen that said Courtney will you marry me Jon? I quickly looked at him to see if that was us. As he fumbled to grab the box out and his tigers fan sign hit the ground as he got down on one knee between aisles, I realized it was! I’m sure my face turned red for fear we were on the big screen and quickly said YES! I never saw it coming that night and couldn’t have been happier than I was at that moment.

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