Sarah and her team at Embark Event Design bring luxury wedding planning and design to the Central Coast of California. Embark Event Design strives to bring authenticity to your wedding in a way that you and your guests will never forget.

Embark Event Design is the premiere Wedding planning & Design team on the Central Coast

san luis obispo & santa barbara wedding planner

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Timelines, timelines, timelines! Our systems and workflow help to ensure that all of your details both creative + logistical are squared away. We love the feeling of checking off “To Do’s,” so that you can focus on “I do!”


We believe the key to professional relationships that are fun + loving is open communication! From our initial phone meeting to final details after your big day, we let you in on all specifics you need to know to feel calm, reassured + excited about your wedding.


There isn’t much we can’t handle when it comes to situation management—we have seen it all! Still, we make it our job to be as proactive as possible in the planning process to foresee and avoid any hiccups for you. 


Serving the industry in a boutique way means that each wedding weekend is so special to us! We are fully committed to you and your vision, and we make sure each wedding has completely distinct elements that speak to you both as a couple.




Where to even start? I hired Sarah about 10 months prior to my wedding. Immediately upon talking with her my stress started to disappear. She is the most organized, thoughtful, and talented person I have ever met. Talk about someone who has truly found her calling in life. Sarah made the entire wedding planning process so much easier and even fun! I often said "how does one even plan a wedding without a Sarah?!" I looked forward to our scheduled calls and emails and always felt like she had everything perfectly under control. The day of was even more amazing than I could have imagined. Sarah had everything perfectly coordinated and organized. She kept everyone in line and on schedule but was also SO friendly and SO nice to everyone. Things I never even thought of, she had already done. She is truly a special gem. She is the reason my wedding went so smoothly and was so perfect. I could not possibly thank her enough and actually miss our chats! Trust me, you need Embark Event Design for your special event. 

Sarah has been so amazing. From day one she has made me feel like everything would be taking care of. Any questions I’ve had she’s answered them so quickly and has given me so much guidance along the way. I am so happy we booked Sarah for our wedding! I feel so comfortable knowing that I have someone to take care of everything for us. Her attention to detail and design is beyond amazing. She’s so knowledgeable in every aspect and we are so so lucky to have be apart of our wedding!


Embark Event Design is changing the status quo of the wedding industry in the Central Coast. Instead of being worried and stressed through your entire engagement, when you work with Sarah Strausser, founder of Embark Event Design, you will be confident that every detail is in place and you will actually enjoy the process of planning your wedding and be able to be at ease on your big day. She will facilitate your wedding staff with grace and ease, she will keep the environment positive through any bumps in the road, and you can fully trust her to get things done. The coordinator you choose to hire for your wedding really matters and makes a difference and I cannot recommend anyone better than Sarah Strausser! Thank you Sarah, so grateful for you and your passion for serving your clients.


Working with Sarah is an absolute honor. I noticed Sarah’s talent long before we worked on my event together. Her eye for detail and incredible organization skills is the foundation of what brings all of her work to life. There was never a time that I doubted the completion of a project or the reaching of a deadline with Sarah. Her calming and assuring persona set my mind at ease and allowed me to focus on other aspects of my week-long event. Words cannot describe what it was like to walk in to the venue the day of the event to see everything that she had worked so hard on, come alive. Sarah is with you from the initial consultation, to the final clean up at the end of the night and every moment in between. Sarah is much more than your event coordinator, she is a necessity to your team, and if you have the privilege to work with her, it will become impossible to imagine working without her.


As a wedding photographer, I work with a number of wedding planners every year. The first time I worked with Sarah I knew she was exceptional and stood out among the rest. Not only is she organized, professional, and a great communicator, but she also brings an impeccable eye for design and detail to every project she is involved in. She treats both clients and wedding vendors with kindness and respect, while simultaneously providing creative direction which lends itself to an overall positive atmosphere. I have no doubt that any couple who books with Embark Event Design will get first rate service and expertise. Sarah is dedicated, talented, and passionate about planning and design. It just so happens she is also exceptional at it!


Events, we love events and making them pretty but something we need as floral designers is a planner who can coordinate, communicate and execute. Well Sarah at Embark Event Design did exactly that. She had a vision for what the space was to look like, how the event was to feel, and how to get that vision to become a reality. She met with us and the clients with grace and “let's make this happen” type of attitude. She communicated clearly and professionally. She helped achieve the overall look the client was hoping for and was fantastic to work with. Putting on an event requires many different vendors and many different hands on deck. Sarah did a great job coordinating with all vendors and making sure everyone was on the same page. I can’t recommend Sarah enough!