Ifong Chen Weddings

July 14, 2016

Jessica & Cameron at Cannon’s edge

Vendor:
Food: Einstein Bagels
Flowers: Roses and More
Rings: Mark Webb Jewelers
Venue: Cannons Edge
Dress: Marcellas Bridal
Mens Suits and Attaire: JcPenny
Cake: Sweet Frosting

Bridesmaid dreses: davids bridal
Make up and hair: silhouette studio

Jessica:

I had just moved to Idaho, ready to start my new life away from California. I was a little anxious and excited to start back at school in a place I had never been and where faces weren’t familiar. Although I was faced with fears, I knew that this chapter in my life had great opportunity to learn and grow.

Cameron:

My last semester in Idaho arrived, but all I could think about was moving onto another school. At the last minute my schedule changed, and I found myself taking the last seat in a chemistry class.

On the first day of chemistry class I was running late (as always: Jessica), but before I sat down I scanned the room to find the cutest girl in the class. I took a seat right across from Jessica, in hopes of having her as my lab partner throughout the semester.

Jessica:

Class began and our instructor informed us that we needed to pick a person to be our lab partner throughout the semester. Before I could even look around, Cameron came around the table and asked me if I would be his partner. Little did I know, this moment was the start of a relationship that would change my life forever.

After a few weeks I began to realize that Jessica was different, she was everything I was looking for in a woman and more than I could imagine. It’s funny how right when you’re about to give up God gives you an amazing blessing. I started to get this feeling in my bones and I knew we had some amazing potential and soon I fell in love with the beauty of her character, her loving heart, her dedication to her passions and mine, her willingness to try or go on any adventure, and her unwavering love. Jessica brings out the best in me and she has shown me things I had no idea I had. I know she will always stand by my side through the crazy adventures, the toughest days, and the greatest moments. She has given me the most precious thing she has, her love and I will cherish it for the rest of my days, she is truly the love of my life and I’m so excited to share her with the world.

Since the beginning, Cameron and I built our relationship in a way that was different for the both of us. We were two friends that challenged one another, and fell madly in love with each other. You see Cameron was different than any other guy that I had met before. He was a true gentleman that held the door open for me, he didn’t try to put “all the right moves on me,” he waited and then asked if he could kiss me (and got rejected the first couple of times), and he truly respected me. I fell in love with his charm, good looks, intelligence, and his adventurous spirit. Cameron has challenged me to do things that I have never done before and he truly brings out the best in me. When I moved up to Idaho, I had no intentions of getting into a relationship, but Cameron was my unexpected surprise and I am so glad that God has brought him into my life. I cannot believe how lucky I am. I look forward to this crazy journey called life, because I know that I have Cameron by my side to catch me when I fall and laugh with me through the joyous of times.

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May 28, 2016

Tina & Dylan At Beacon Hill Events

Venue and Catering – Beacon Hill Events
Flowers – Rose & Blossom
Cupcakes – Sweet Frostings
Music – Noah Styles from Complete
Photo Booth – Flat4Photography
Dress – Marcella’s
Makeup – The Make Up Studio
Tuxedos – Mens Wearhouse

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November 21, 2015

Carthey & Trevor at Bella Victoria Gardens

Dress – Celebrations Las Vegas

Suits- Jos A Bank

Venue – Belle Gardens

Cake – Sweet Frostings

Catering – Red Rock Catering

Flowers – Rose and Blossom

Ice Cream Bar – Ben and Jerry’s

Hair – Stefanie from All Tressed Up

Makeup – Yisel from Boom Boom Glow

Flower Girl Dresses and Decor – Made by Bride

Videograper – Zach Wirchak

Trevor and I meet on Halloween of 2008. He was dressed up as cookie monster and was banging on the door of the house I just moved into at 3am. I told him to go away and he asked my roommate the next day for my number. Unfortunately she refused to give him my number and Trevor and I would run into each other occasionally for the next year and a half. When one of Trevors roommates was moving to Arizona he invited me to the going away party, when the party was ending Trevor told me I should give him a call sometime and I told him he should be a man and call me. A half hour later he had called and asked me on our first date. I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with Trevor the moment I heard him truly laugh for the first time but it took Trevor a bit longer to propose… 3 years in fact! He the weekend before we moved to San Jose California from Seattle with a picture book of all the important places we had been and where we were headed next. It was AMAZING! After seeing Trevor tear up a bit on bended knee I said yes through my own tears and asked if we could high five now. Trevor was so startled that he started laughing great big rolling laughs. Since we were engaged we moved 3 times to 3 different states, adopted one amazing Golden Retriever and feel even more in love.

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August 31, 2015

Sonja & Kellen at Owsley Ranch, CDA

Vendors –
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
Videography: ASM
Photobooth: Complete
Cake:Sweet Frostings / Cheesecake & pie: Costco
Restroom Trailer: All About You
Bus: CDA Limo
Decor: me
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!

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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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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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September 16, 2014

Ashley and Luke at Beacon Hill

Wedding Venue and Cater: Beacon Hill

Makeup: Shasta Hankins

Hair: Becky Harwood

Wedding Dress: Celestial Selections

Tux: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Caravan Floral

Desserts: Sweet Frostings

DJ and photo booth: Complete Music

Rentals: Event Rents

Photographer: Ifong Chen

We’d like to thank all of our family and friends who helped make our wedding day even more special than we had ever imagined. No matter how long or how much you prepare for a day like this you can never prepare yourself for the emotions and intense amount of love and support you feel from everyone. We are forever thankful for everyone who traveled near and far to celebrate with us!

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September 5, 2014

Yuyu & Joseph at Bozarth Mansion

Day of Coordination: Angela, Bill and Luke and many many of great friends

Church: Southhill Bible church

Venue: Bozarth Mansion

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Catering: Sinh and Linda + Just a couple of moms

Flowers: Evergreen Florist

Cake: Sweet Frosting

Chairs & Runner: Event Rents

Make Up: Shasta Hankins

Hair dresser: JAYMIE SMITH from SUNNYBUNS HAIR DESIGN GROUP

Because of Lord Jesus’ amazing plan, we were brought together despite of the fact that we are from two different countries. The journey of learning to love another person is not an easy one. We argued and fought, laughed and cried, and endured long distance between us. Yet because the faithfulness of God, we learned to be faithful to each other.

因着主耶稣的奇妙安排,我们从不同的国度走到一起,并能相知相识。因着主耶稣的爱,我们学会如何相爱。虽然我们时有争执,虽然我们哭过笑过,虽然我们曾经分开,但因着对这位信实的主,我们凭着信心一路同行。

We are thankful for the love and grace from our Heavenly Father, vividly expressed through families, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. As His children, we come daily to enjoy the love of the Father. And we are certain there is abundant richness yet for us to discover and receive.
我们感谢父神透过我们的家人、朋友以及主内的弟兄姊妹将满满的爱和恩典浇灌给我们。每一天我们如同孩子一般来到这位慈爱的父神怀中来领受祂的慈爱。我们知道祂有更多美好的计划等着我们去领受。

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July 2, 2014

Jacqueline & Desmond

Wedding: Sacred Heart Parish

Reception: Family home by the river

Hair piece: Finder’s keeper

Dress: Macy’s wedding

Cake: Sweet frosting

Catering: Costa Vida

Spent this Beautiful day with those beautiful two and their wonderful families.

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September 12, 2013

Jenny & Ryan at Bozarth Mansion

Wedding: Bozarth Mansion

Catering: Groom’s mother

Rental: Event Rents

Make up: Shasta Hankins

Cake: Sweet Frosting

 

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