Ifong Chen Weddings

September 26, 2015

Jessica & Cameron at Vintage Point


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August 28, 2015

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

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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April 14, 2015

Rebecca & Eric at EJ Roberts Mansion

Love Story
We met online through Plenty of Fish in fall 2012. Through the next 2 years, we were friends and dated off and on. October 31, 2014 was a turning point in our relationship. We went out to dinner and a haunted house, but ended up falling asleep on the couch curled up together while watching a movie. We realized at this point that it was silly for us not to be together. We obviously kept coming back to each other for a reason and it seemed meant to be. January 17, 2015, we were sitting discussing our plans for the future. We were talking about moving across the country for specialized schooling, but didn’t want to be apart or have our relationship end in a strange place away from family and friends. At some point Eric couldn’t hold it in any longer. He told Rebecca that we belong together and shouldn’t be apart and asked her to marry him. While Rebecca had many reasons to wait (didn’t have a ring, he needed to get her dad’s blessing, etc), ultimately she said yes of course! Once we were engaged, pieces starting to fall in to place quickly. We found a place to get married, invited family and a few friends, and said our vows on April 1, 2015. We are completely ecstatic and are excited to start our new life together.

EJ Robert’s Mansion for location
Megan Baker (a friend) for cake
Brian Scott (a friend) for officiant
Black Angus for dinner reception location afterwards
Oriental Trading Company for decorations (champagne flutes, mirrors, beads, flowers, chocolates)
David’s Bridal for wedding dress and bridesmaid/flower girl dresses
Tuxedo Gallery for groom/groomsmen/father of groom/ring bearer tuxes

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March 12, 2015

Tamarae and Ryan at The Outrigger Canoe Club, Oahu, Hawaii

Wedding Coordinator= Diana Caro-Salvador (Oahu Weddings)
Florist= Passion Roots
Reception Venue & Catering =The Outrigger Canoe Club
Ceremony Venue= Mystical Rose Oratory-St. Louis Campus
DJ = Troy Michael DJ
Surfboard & Guest Sign-in Plaque= Haleiwa Surfboard Company
Grooms Suit= Ted Baker from Nordstrom Men’s Shop
Brides Dress= La Belle Elaine’s Bridal (Bellevue, WA)
Rings=Dodson’s Jewelers (Family stone in engagement band)
Decorations = various vendors/retailers
Menus/place cards/programs = Wedding Paper Divas

When planning our wedding, Ryan and I started with location. We thought that a “destination” type wedding would be fun because it provides an opportunity to spend more time with guests, but we also wanted the wedding to be in a location that was meaningful for us and that we had a strong connection to. Honolulu, HI was the perfect fit. Next we thought, “what’s the best time to leave Spokane and head to a tropical destination?”… February!

In February 2014 we took a quick weekend trip to Honolulu to celebrate Ryan’s grandmother’s birthday and choose a venue and exact date. We decided on the chapel at the St. Louis campus for the ceremony as both our families have connections to the school (Ryan’s dad is an alum, and my mom is an alum of the sister school Sacred Hearts) and the campus is truly gorgeous. For the reception, there was a lot to consider. We knew we wanted to be somewhere that evokes the laid-back, tropical island vibe we love, so hotel ballrooms and resort locations just didn’t fit. Given the number of guests we expected and logistics of traveling/transportation, the outdoor private estate venues also weren’t a great option. We started thinking about some of our favorite spots that we could share with our guests, and quickly remembered the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Club sits directly on the beach and the restaurant and lanai is a favorite lunch location whenever we’re in Hawaii. After a quick walk through (and mahi mahi sandwiches with mai tais for good measure) we decided this was definitely the best venue.

In terms of wedding “details”, Ryan and I really focused on what was most important to us. Delicious, local inspired food and drinks; a fun DJ who would get people on the dance floor; and sharing our perspective and experiences that make Hawaii such a special place for us with those people who matter most. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out not just with the wedding itself, but with all the activities in the days before and after. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to celebrate with so many friends and family members all in one place. For us it was a week that can’t be replicated, full of memories that will never be forgotten, and we owe a big THANK YOU to everyone who made our wedding so special!


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February 7, 2015

Sara & Kyle at Los Angeles Country Club, LA, California

Band: Soulville California Band from American Events Network
Wedding planer: Ashley Nierman, Director of Marketing and Communication at The Los Angeles Country Club
Florist: Duke Nomura at Commerce Flowers
Make up: Chisu Kim
Hair: Donna Jones
Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier
Tux: Mattucci Tuxedos
Photo booth: Photo Cubbies
Videographer: Event Filming

Kyle and Sara’s story actually began about 15 years ago, unbeknownst to them. At Marymount High School, Sara became good friends with her Manhattan Beach partner-in-crime, Carrie Frash, and spent a majority of her weekends in the idyllic beach city. There, she and her friends would hang out with the fun-loving Mira Costa High School boys, one of whom was the ever-polite Kyle Darling. In a time when the commonplace greeting “what’s up girl” was the acceptable form of speech between high school coeds, Sara was always surprisingly taken aback when Kyle would sweetly greet her with, “Hi Sara, how are you?” This (and his ridiculously fantastic last name) was something Sara always remembered about the blonde-haired, blue-eyed cutie. Kyle, meanwhile, insists he always had a crush on Sara (a claim she believes to be quite convenient given the current circumstances, but hey, it adds to the story).

Fast forward 12 years, 2 colleges, and stints in different cities, and Kyle and Sara found themselves reconnecting. Reliving the glory days of high school, Sara found herself venturing out in Manhattan Beach once again with the aforementioned Carrie Frash on a very fateful 4th of July weekend. They landed at Kyle’s house for one of his family’s famous BBQ’s, and Sara quickly discovered that Kyle was no longer a little cutie, but a handsome man with the same genuine charm that she had loved so many years before. Kyle was pleasantly surprised by this blast from the past and wasted no time laying his excellent manners on thick. It was pretty much game over for their single lives after that, and they have been happily playing life together ever since.

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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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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.

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 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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October 15, 2014

Harper and Casey At Davenport Hotel

Venue: The Davenport Hotel

Photography: Ifong Chen

Catering: The Davenport Hotel

Florist: The Davenport Hotel

Hair: The Davenport Salon & Spa

Cake: Celebrations Bakery

Dress: Marcella’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dress: Bridal Collections

Casey and I first got together nine years ago, shortly after graduating high school. We dated for three years before going our separate ways. In the back of our minds, I think we both knew this would be just a temporary separation. Two years later we were back in each other’s lives. We moved in together, adopted a cat we are both way too in love with, and in the summer of 2013, got engaged!
It was a beautiful fall Saturday when our wedding day finally arrived! It was overwhelming to see so many people we love, gathered together to celebrate this new chapter in our lives. Casey and I both feel that our friends’ support has played a major role in our relationship. This was reflected in our choice to have a friend officiate and oversee the music. We both had a blast dancing the night away with our friends and family! We are so grateful to have so much love in our lives. Here’s to years of love and happiness ahead!!

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October 14, 2014

Brittany & Jordan Engaged!!

The Story of How We Met. (Written partly by Brittany, but mostly by her friend, Michelle)

Jordan and I have a long history…of sorts. As awkward preteens, we shared a middle school; we walked the same halls and sat in the same lunchroom. You would think that we would have been drawn together then, like moths to a flame. But alas, that’s not what destiny had in store. In fact, it wouldn’t be for another 12 years that we actually said our first hellos.

After moving back to Spokane in 2012 to finish grad school, I found myself working at my previous employer where I spent the majority of my college summers. It was here, in 2007, that I met my coworker and friend, Michelle. Being older (she has been holding steady at 29 for some time now), and wiser she schooled me in the joys of finding Mr. Right. We talked about “knowing when you know” and letting destiny lead. That being said, she also said sometimes destiny needs a push and asked if I would be interested in meeting a friend and coworker of her husband’s. She (being the absolute genius she is [yes, she is helping to write this]) swore up and down that we were perfect for each other!

Meanwhile, Michelle’s husband, Kaylen, was mentoring Jordan in the same manner. Of course, when I say mentoring, I mean he shared with Jordan the important pieces of information needed when tediously working on pairing soul mates…. “Dude, you should meet this chick. She is hot, fun and available. Let’s all get drinks.” Such a valiant effort. Oh well, it worked.

Jordan and I met in January of 2013 under the eyes, scrutiny and pressure of a whole gaggle of our friends. Our quiet conversations and awkward interactions were on display for the whole group to witness…some even took pictures. No matter, the setup worked. We clicked, and destiny kicked in.

We had our first official date a few days later, and after that, we were pretty much inseparable. I guess, when you find your other half, that’s the way it goes.

We sometimes wonder where we would be today had we met 12 years ago over a pre-algebra book or in a shared homeroom. Would destiny have rolled out the same way? Quite possibly, but it’s probably best this way. After all, tween marriage is such a cliché.

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