SANTA BARBARA & San Luis Obispo WEDDING design & planning


the Embark Event design

Learn more about what it's like to work with us, read more about our process, and more reviews.

We start our design process by honing in on a few elements that make you you and aesthetics that bring you joy! From here, we work to fill your design proposal with colors, textiles, furniture, signage & more that will bring our design to life on wedding day - leaving guests with an experience that evokes emotion and tells your story from their first step in to the final goobye.


Once we have our overarching design inspiration in check, we work with you virtually or & in person to select the pieces that reflect this. We price out options for you to ensure that we achieve the feeling & look we are striving for at a price that feels comfortable to you. We chime in & let you know the areas that make the biggest difference in your overall design and any areas that we can save in.

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We believe in open communication & timing you can trust. We love to connect with our couples to help build out each and every detail of wedding weekend! We handle call scheduling & meeting scheduling and believe in open email communication between each meeting. We take on a very limited number of couples each year to ensure that you feel taken care of each step of the way.  


Timeliness is everything! Our systems for creating timelines & layouts ensure that you can show up to your weekend in full vacation mode. Let us handle all vendor details so that you can be present with those you love most!



- lynn, mother of the bride

Being the Mother of the Bride I could not be more pleased that we chose Sarah of Embark Event Design to be our Wedding Planner. Sarah was impressively on top of every detail from choosing venders, helping with the design details, and solving every question and hurdle we encountered. The wedding worked out beautifully with Sarah directing the entire event from helping the bridal party, arranging the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. She alleviated so much stress and worry for us throughout the year from start to finish. It was incredible to us how she was prepared for every detail we encountered. Sarah handled all of the above with boundless energy, grace, sweetness, and a positive, delightful attitude throughout our entire wedding experience.

- danielle, bride

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.

- alex, groom

Sarah, Whitney, and the entire Embark Events team were a dream to work with. In what was a very unfair and impossible situation for her business, Sarah and her team handled everything with professionalism and grace. Sarah has amazing style, making her feedback and recommendations paramount to achieving our vision for the perfect wedding weekend. When it came time to host the big event, every detail was accounted for and the execution was flawless. It was the best weekend of our lives, and it could not have been done without Embark Events. We’ve come away with not just incredible memories with our loved ones, but a new friend in Sarah as well. We wholeheartedly recommend Embark Events for planning the event of your dreams.

- Victoria, bride

Sarah and her team were a dream to work with. Not only are they professional and quick to respond, but Sarah has a vision. It's easy to have lots of ideas and pictures from Pinterest, but Sarah puts everything together into a cohesive vision. Most importantly, she gave us options at different price points that worked within our budget. One of our favorite parts about working with Embark Event Design was their organization. We knew what was required of us every step of the way. They even provide a packing list! Overall, there was no stress, and we never felt rushed to make a decision. Thank you, Sarah and team, for your flexibility when our first venue fell through. You worked a miracle and found a new venue the following day. As a bride, I highly recommend working with Sarah if you want to have peace of mind through the entire process. We can't thank you enough for making our dream wedding a reality while staying true to our version and traditions!

- alice, bride

Sarah stayed on top of everything and kept open lines of communication throughout. From our first call, she had such a positive and charismatic attitude. She was so easy to work with, had amazing relationships with all the best local vendors, and truly ensured our day went off without any issues. She truly executed the plans leading up to and on the big day flawlessly, all while keeping a positive and calm vibe. During the process, she took extra time to schedule countless calls and video visits, all while keeping the plan and vision on track. We could not have been happier with how the rehearsal and wedding days went overall. We are so happy we we the chance to work with Sarah and her lovely team. Thank you for making this so special!

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The Clover Club Couple