Soon after moving to San Luis Obispo, I knew that the Central Coast was the perfect place to launch my wedding planning + design brand. I am incredibly blessed to be doing what I love everyday in the most beautiful setting.
With a degree in public relations, event management, and plenty of wedding experience, I am confident and comfortable navigating couples through the planning process - while making sure they enjoy each step! I love nothing more than seeing my couples dance the night away while I take care of the details.
As your planner, I am with you and for you every step of the way. What I love most about my brand is the freedom I have to design events that are a testament to each couple's love story.
Decaf americano from Scout Coffee
Father of the bride speech
Avila Beach day with a good book
It's Always the Husband
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!) but our job is 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 + your vision, and we make sure each wedding has completely distinct elements that speak to you both as a couple.
"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!"
"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."
"With Sarah’s help my vision was truly transformed into a reality. The little details such as honey stirring spoons for tea, and handmade table numbers helped give charm to every inch of décor in my venue. Communication with Sarah was effortless; she was there for me every step of the way giving me updates and suggestions to smooth bumps we had encountered. Sarah helped design a layout for my venue, which I would never have been able to imagine. She is confident and knowledgeable, I would definitely have her coordinate my next 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."
"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!