Kristin & Erik at Barrister Winery, Spokane, WA

Vendors:
Venue-barrister Winery
Catering- beacon hills
Dessert- sweet frostings
DJ-(lance) complete music
Day Wedding coordinator-Ricki Zipkin
Make-up- SJL makeup artistry (Samantha loessin)
Hair- Nicole parks
Ifong- photography (obvi)

Kristin and Erik met because of mutual friends, but it was not your cliché love at first site story. Erik struggled to find words when Kristin tried to force a conversation with the tall glass of water. It wasn’t until another 3 months before they met again and shared tacos and ipas. As time went on, I love you always, turned into forever, which led to forever and always. Now the two are inseparable and made it official by saying “I do” on 07-28-18.

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Kate & Arik at Belle Gardens

Venue- Belle Gardens
Dress- Allure Bridals, from Celestial Selections
Hair and makeup- Bonnie Jean Masoner
Brides bouquet- Special Touch Florist
Flowers- Bulk flowers from Costco, arranged by Brides sister-in-law, Lex
Food- Charley’s catering
Cake- Lake City Cakes
Nitrogen Ice cream- Street Treat
DJ- Ruby Frogs
Wedding sign- Betsy Kinsey (groom’s aunt)

 

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Ashley & Craig Engaged!

“Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.” -Unknown

That quote is a perfect description of how I feel about my life with Craig. I met him randomly when I was out of town with a girlfriend. He had a great personality and seemed like a fun guy so we invited him to meet us out for dinner. Neither of us expected him to actually take us up on our offer, so when he did it was a pleasant surprise. While I didn’t think he was my type at the time, he is definitely my type now. My perfect match… my soul mate. Craig is the most kind, giving man I know and keeps me laughing on a daily basis. He quickly became my very best friend and even when our lives took different paths for a short while, we stayed close. I knew I needed him in my life and no one compared to the love I felt for him.
Craig proposed to me this past Christmas and I get to marry him in a few short months. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because he can have anyone and yet he chooses me.
-Ashley

 

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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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Jessica & Zach at Davenport Hotel

So after Zach’s amazingly romantic proposal! It was down to business to plan our dream wedding! We started with setting a time and location. Since we were both teachers we felt that a winter (December) wedding would be ideal since we would always have that time of year off to go on a mini-honeymoon. Since most of Zach’s family would have to travel for the wedding, we chose a location (Spokane, WA) with a larger airport than Pullman or Lewiston. When thinking about a venue for the wedding reception, the first place that came to mind was the Historic Davenport Hotel. We had stayed there the previous December after Zach returned from celebrating Christmas with his family in Wisconsin. Seeing how breathtaking the Davenport Hotel was when it was decorated for the Christmas season, simplified our decision. We chose the Marie Antoinette Ballroom, since it had a special place in our hearts. We had shared a dance there when we were exploring the hotel one evening. We were so happy to find out that the room and the date that we wanted were available! We were able to have the ceremony at the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which is about five miles north of the Historic Davenport Hotel.

After arranging the location of the ceremony and reception, was the whirlwind of finding the perfect dress, the best photographer, the tastiest wedding cake, the sexiest tuxes, the funnest DJ, the most beautiful flowers, and finishing up all the other details. Although it seemed that every weekend was consumed in preparing for the wedding, preparations went by fast, where everything seemed to fall into place.

After 8 long months of planning, our BIG DAY finally arrived! December 19th, 2015 was a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Not only because it was a day that we married our best friend, it was a beautiful day, filled with joy, friends, family, love, God, and even a few snowflakes. We couldn’t have imagined anything more wonderful!

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Courtney & Jed engaged!

The meeting was arranged for Jan. 31, 2014. Jed walks into The Saranac Public House prepared to meet a woman he knew little about. A friend of Jed’s spoke to him about a beautiful, brilliant, adventurous woman and said they should meet. Tonight would be the night. The women were seated in the back, three ladies sitting in a booth. Jed says “hi” and sits down. Pleasantries are exchanged when the fourth woman walks up to Jed, “You are in my seat,” she says. Courtney – a lawyer – fails to object. Surprised and apologetic, Jed stands up just when his friends walk in. The meeting was over in about a minute.

But a minute was enough. He finds her stunning. Although they only spoke briefly there is no doubt she is someone Jed wants to meet again. Lucky for Jed, a text message buzzes on his phone at 11:07 that night. “You should call Courtney.” So he does – three days later. Courtney misses his call. After listening to a very calm and confident voicemail Courtney is intrigued and quickly calls back. In three days they will have their first date. Courtney, unsure what to expect, knows two things: 1. She wants to meet new people. 2. Jed has a movie-star smile.

The date is set. Jed is waiting outside Courtney’s office looking dapper in what Courtney will soon recognize as his uniform, a Filson cruiser jacket. She also recalls him wearing rubber boots – but this memory Jed swears to be false. He sees her to the Jeep and she is dazzling.

It is a cold February night on Spokane’s North side at a cocktail bar called Bon Bon. What is supposed to be just drinks soon turns into dinner. The couple exchanges their first laughs and tell stories, both pleasantly surprised by the quality of the other’s company. After the date, Courtney finds herself admiring Jed’s intellect, light-heartedness, and obvious desire to live life to the fullest. She can not wait until their next date. That is, if Jed will call. But he doesn’t. Not for a week…. Cool move, Conklin. Real cool.

Their first date was on a Thursday, and so is their second. Thursdays are becoming their day. Jed and Courtney continue to go out every Thursday for a month. Thursdays are comfortable – almost the weekend but not too committal. For two people not looking for love, Thursdays are the perfect solution. Yet…something changes. When Courtney leaves for vacation, Jed finds himself counting the days until she returns. He can’t stop thinking of her. She is smart, compassionate, caring and absolutely beautiful. This development is fortunate for Courtney because she is thinking of ways to break into Jed’s weekend schedule.

From that point forward the couple is inseparable. Adventure is the theme and Courtney and Jed find themselves hiking, hunting, flyfishing, exploring, rafting, skiing and loving each other unconditionally. In fact, it was in Glacier National Park, standing in a glacial stream, fly rod and bear spray in hand, when Jed says “I love you” for the first time. Just over a year after their first date, Jed asks Courtney to marry him, surrounded by dear friends, while flyfishing on the Big Hole River in Montana. Moments after she says “YES!” the champagne cork pops, the sun comes out and a double rainbow appears framing a small white, riverside chapel. Bald eagles circle overhead, both carrying a trout, and a moose swims across the river. The moment can not be more spectacular. For two people not looking for love, love certainly finds them.

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Karol & Ralph at Davenport Hotel

The Ceremony:
Duncan Garden at Manito Park,
S Park Drive (between W 21st Ave & W 23rd Ave),
Spokane, Washington, 99203

Reception:
Elizabethan Room at the Historic Davenport Hotel,
10 S Post St,
Spokane, Washington, 99201

Bride’s Dress:
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.

 

 

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