In 2015 Seth and I exchanged vows at Robert H. Treman State Park. We hiked into the gorge and kissed by a waterfall, and the next day – still in our hiking boots – we hosted a DIY reception and potluck with pie & s’mores for dessert. It was a homemade, all-are-welcome, honest-to-us celebration of love. We coordinated it all ourselves – which meant every aspect was personal, but it also meant I cried from stress while my dear friend was doing my hair for the reception. While I have no regrets for our wedding, I wouldn’t have minded a little less stress… which is where Sweet Bough Wedding Collective comes in!
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding in the Finger Lakes, this is for you. Sweet Bough Wedding Collective includes over 80 vendors of all shapes and sizes who abide by common principles of respect, inclusion, and compassion. From the big decisions like venues and caterers to the details like custom rings and group activities, you’ll find your dream team of locally-focused vendors there. The collective is organized by Allison Usavage (a photographer) and Rachel Conroy (a wedding planer) – two wonderful and talented women whom we’ve collaborated with on various projects. (Allison is responsible for all the photography on our website, for example!)
You can find a complete list of vendors on Sweet Bough’s website, but I’ve highlighted a few of our favorite food & beverage vendors below!
On Sunday, February 24th from 1-4pm, Sweet Bough Wedding Collective is hosting a Winter Wedding Showcase featuring about half of their members – including us! It’s a crawl-style event in Downtown Ithaca with showcase spaces at the Argos Warehouse and throughout the Ithaca Commons and Press Bay Court. This is the perfect opportunity to meet vendors, discuss details, and gather inspiration for your celebration. For more information on the event and to pre-register ($5) for a chance to win raffle prizes, view the event on Facebook or Eventbrite.
Macro Mamas – meet them at the Winter Wedding Showcase!
Ithaca has a love affair with Macro Mamas. They are a group of chefs and gardeners dedicated to local, seasonal, and sustainable cuisine, and can make delicious food for any diet – from purely plant-based to omnivorous. They can be found at the iconic Ithaca Farmer’s Market on Saturdays (their booth is never without a long line) and their popular to-go meals are sold at GreenStar Natural Foods Market and Gimme! Coffee. Hosting a private event catered by Macro Mamas is our absolute dream.
We love visiting Luna Inspired Street Food on our Science of Taste tour because their globally-inspired dishes are inventive, flavorful, and satisfying. They created a custom entree for our food tour, so we know how creative and flexible they can be when adapting wordly flavors to your preferences. Whether your wedding requires formal catering with staff or you opt for the casual food truck service, Luna will provide a memorable spread.
The energetic duo behind Silo proudly serves their comfort food from a food truck decked out with a technicolor rooster mural. If that wasn’t enough of a hook, their inventive takes on hearty favorites will win you over: think mac & cheese with ham & pickles, or fried chicken over coconut sticky rice. Katie & Jesse will enrich your wedding with sustainably-sourced food and an “all-incusive-non-exclusive” vibe so all feel welcomed.
Serendipity Catering & Bar – meet them at the Winter Wedding Showcase!
Dreaming of a signature cocktail for yourself and your S.O.? Serendipity’s gorgeous custom cocktails are Pintrest goals. Their full-service bar features local beer, wine, cider, and spirits and will give you and your guests a high-end experience wherever you’ve chosen to celebrate.
Suntrap Botanticals – meet them at the Winter Wedding Showcase!
If you look to your beverages as a vehicle for wellness and rejuvenation, you might consider an herbal beverage bar curated by Suntrap Botanicals. Teas, herbal sodas, and local bitters will connect you and your guests even further with our natural surroundings, while simultaneously setting your wedding apart from every other.
Cakes & Desserts
Some donuts are doughy; others are cake-y… One Ring Donuts are decadently moist and fluffy! We’re obsessed with their recipe, their creativity, and their seasonally-inspired flavors. Rest assured: the vegan and gluten free donuts are just as good so you can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Sinfully Delicious Baking Co. – meet them at the Winter Wedding Showcase!
If you are a lover of organic foods, naturally-derived colors, and locally-sourced ingredients, a custom dessert from Sinfully Delicious will definitely delight. From cakes to tarts and everything in between, Racquel crafts thoughtful and beautiful treats and can accommodate any allergy.
Dessert should be FUN! While helping two friends plan their wedding we visited Amy’s cheerful attic bakery for a cupcake tasting. She made every decision – from the style of the sprinkles to the decoration on the cupcake liners – a joyful one, and choosing to go with Emoticakes was one of the few decisions my friends didn’t second-guess.
Looking for a free-form, fun-forward exploration of the Finger Lakes? Renee of Wanders Touring offers groups of up to 6 flexible transportation to wineries, breweries, cideries, and waterfalls in the area.
Ithaca is Foodies Culinary Tours – meet us at the Winter Wedding Showcase!
Embrace the joys – and flavors! – of a walking food tour shared with your chosen guests. Perfect for bachelor/ette parties, family gatherings, and wedding guests. Curated, guided culinary experiences include tasting adjustments for dietary needs, route customization, and the addition of alcohol tastings.