Real Wedding Stories Archives - Sweet Bough Wedding Collective

Your names: Sage & Mo
Date: June 22, 2019
Venue(s): Silver Queen Farm, Trumansburg NY 

“I loved working with Sage and Mo because they were so excited about cake! Our tasting session felt like a fun gathering with friends where we quickly settled on the cupcake flavors and a perfect plan for their top cake – a mix of the two cupcake flavors to represent what each of them brings to the relationship. The reception decor was so perfect too – my favorite part of being there to set up was to see that they had custom painted Converse sneakers lemon yellow for the wedding party. So much fun!”

Nominated by Amy Dawson of Emoticakes. Real Weddings featured by Sweet Bough are nominated by Sweet Bough Vendors.

Sum up your wedding vibe in one short sentence: BBQ, beer and brides, OH MY! 

Why did you choose to host your wedding in the Ithaca area? We both love Ithaca so much that we wanted to share it with all of our friends and family.

How did you choose this particular venue? We loved the venue the first time we saw it and Gordie was amazing too. He made us feel relaxed and that we were in good hands the moment we met him. The strawberries and the barn ceiling were an added bonus. 

Which decisions were most important to you during the planning process? We were very conscious of the cost throughout the process. We ultimately wanted the day to represent us and Ithaca. We wanted to be able to relax and have fun on the day of. Finding the right venue, beer selection, and caterer were key in making that happen.

What advice would you give another couple planning a wedding around Ithaca? You can do whatever you want. Be honest with yourself about what really matters to you and compromise elsewhere.

Are there any special elements of your wedding you’re super proud of? Yes! Our colors were blue and yellow. We wanted the bridal party to wear yellow Converse, but they are rare and expensive. So, we painted 11 pairs of knock-off white converse so they could have yellow shoes. We also made and painted two sets or cornhole boards. 

What are some things that helped along the way? Sarah Barden! Sarah was key in helping us because she know’s the area and the venders so well. She could say these are the top choices for what you are looking for and that really took away a lot of stress. But since not everyone has their own personal Sarah, it was really helpful to delegate jobs to other people when things got to be too much. (We learned this lesson a little too late.)

What was your favorite moment of the day? My favorite moment was dancing our first dance to “My Love Is For” by Jill Andrews. 

Did you stay under, meet, or exceed your budget? Do you have any other thoughts about the cost of a wedding in this region that you want to share with other couples? Our budget was on the lower end. We slightly exceeded our budget, but we were very proactive in our payments, so this ended up not being a problem. We picked a lot of our vendors because we liked their price point and the quality and care from them all was amazing. 

Linked vendors are Sweet Bough Wedding Collective members.

  • Venue: Silver Queen Farm
  • Officiant:  Alex Davis – friend
  • Caterer: Dino BBQ
  • Floral Designer: Business is Blooming
  • Cake: Emoticakes
  • Dress shops / designers:  Sage’s dress is from David’s Bridal. I (Mo) bought mine from However, I had it completely altered by Amelia Rosenthal – Amelia Sewing Alterations and Custom Design (no website, can find on facebook and google, she’s amazing)
  • Photographer: Savanna Lenker Photography (IC student and one of my favorite people in the world)
  • DJ: Paul E. MacCarrick, Sound Decision
  • Musician(s): Owen Walsh – acoustic guitar / vocals – friend
  • Planning Consultation: Rachel Conroy, Kinship & Company