tiffany's epiphanies | part three | final

September has come, which means my summer is quickly ending. It’s time to trade those late mornings for 8AM classes, and weekend weddings for study sessions. If only I could whip up a magic spell to freeze time and stay in this summer bliss forever.


But alas, all good things must come to end eventually… or not. Though my time with Sage may be ending {boo!}, the friendships and bonds will be everlasting. This experience would not have been half of what it was without the amazing #sagebackstage team. They welcomed me with open arms, warm smiles, and “sage” advice. As I mentioned in my previous post, working with the team has been a huge PRO of this entire experience. They’ve made a lasting impact on me, and that’s why I am dedicating my last post to three wonderful ladies, whom I’ll refer to as “The Three E’s”.


Erica | The Designer

Erica, hands-down, has one of the greatest aesthetic eyes. Like I said before, I’d never considered myself to be creative, but after watching Erica work her magic, she’s selflessly shared some of her secrets with me. Thanks to her, I know what fonts look great together, how to lay out escort cards in a picture-perfect way, and how to secretly disguise décor blunders. She might seem reserved at first, but she has become my go-to for anything, ranging from questions about the way something looks or when I need quick feedback.


Esther | The Mascot/Mom

She’s known as the mascot of the team, which definitely suits her personality. She’s constantly making us laugh and adding that spark of energy we need to get through our day. Esther is constantly checking up on me to make sure I’m not overwhelmed, and doesn’t hesitate to answer any questions I might have. As a joke, I call her my “mom” because she always makes sure I eat enough during our long wedding days, and she somehow always manages to get me bread and butter {all I need in life are bread, butter… and fries}.


Eunice | The Mentor

When I first met Eunice, I immediately felt at ease. She has this soothing quality to her, and it makes you trust her instantly. She’s patient, caring, understanding, and basically every adjective that you would use to describe a mentor. She’s taught me how to handle stressful situations {like dealing with difficult vendors, yikes!} and how to rock the term “playful professionalism”. I admire her in so many ways, and I’ve found myself trying to emulate her – the way she listens intently when you’re telling a story, how she can remember the little details that would normally be overlooked, her ability to compartmentalize and organize, and the way she looks at a situation from all angles. Not only is she great at telling life + love stories, she’s amazing at giving life + love advice.

Throughout my internship, I’ve had the honor of meeting and working with some of the most amazing ladies on the #sagebackstage team. Although I’ve highlighted only a few of the ones I’ve worked most closely with {The Three E’s}, I will be forever grateful for each and every single one of the ladies on our team. Thank you so much for an unforgettable summer, filled with tulle, flowers, and heartfelt sentiments!

tiffany's epiphanies | intro

A mound of snow is still visible from my window leftover from the blizzards and snow days – Boston weather at its finest. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cold, but I’ll always be a California girl under my layers and layers of clothing. I’m looking forward to the four months of sunshine, and new opportunities ahead of me.

With that, I hit “send”. March 23rd, 9:34PM. The wait begins.

Fast-forward two months, and an uneasy feeling washes over me. It’s far too late to turn back; I have already answered my call to adventure. I step forward, and the journey begins…

I glance at my phone – 12:20PM – there are still ten minutes to spare before my first interview with Sage. Thank goodness I live only five minutes away from It’s A Grind.

Literally, I live less than five minutes from this place.

Literally, I live less than five minutes from this place.

But as always, there is no such thing as being over prepared. Eunice {Founder of Sage} texts me while I finish parking to tell me that she’s already inside. Well, there goes my plan of arriving before her. Strike 1.

I hurry into the cafe to find her at the cashier when she asks me what I’d like to drink. “Hot chocolate with whipped cream, please!” Strike 2. I mean, who orders hot chocolate at a coffeehouse? Clearly, only I would. {I would soon find out that the Sage team has coffee in their veins.}

But the fact that I’m writing this now means I never reached Strike 3. Thankfully, what I thought were fatal flaws were simply quirks to Eunice. So here I am, on a bright Tuesday, writing about the thoughts and epiphanies I have had during my time with Sage.

At the Charles River in Boston.

At the Charles River in Boston.

As you may or may not have noticed, I am the new intern for Sage Event Planning. My name is Tiffany Chao, and it’s been an honor to be a part of the #sagebackstage team. When I first discovered Sage, it was one of those silent victories that you don’t really realize at first. I had been searching for a chance to experience event planning in its entirety, and what stood out to me most about Sage was their vision to “help people tell their stories”.

However, over these past few months with Sage, I’ve come to realize that Sage doesn’t just tell stories – we help create them. I witness enchanting stories unfold first-hand, and part of the magic comes from knowing that I had a part in making them happen. My main objective of this internship is to assist the team – whether it’s through setting up escort cards, coordinating with vendors, or accomplishing typical wedding day duties. One of my personal responsibilities is to introduce “Tiffany’s Epiphanies” – a series of blog entries that detail my experience with Sage Event Planning.

The Sage initiation: Set-up escort cards PERFECTLY.

The Sage initiation: Set-up escort cards PERFECTLY.

This journey I’ve set out on began with a simple email, but one thing led to another, and it has become nothing short of an adventure. I’m excited for what lies ahead, and I cannot wait to share my own stories with you. Stay tuned!