Hannibal, MO | Marcus + Lacey

Marcus + Lacey’s micro-wedding is proof that you can include beautiful details and personal touches to your wedding without having a large number of guests. In fact, it can give you more room to splurge on smaller, more unique details that you normally wouldn’t if you had a tighter budget due to more guests. Learn more about micro-planning here.

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Vendors:

Photography: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Venue: The Rialto

Florals: The Right Touch Florals

Quincy, IL | Brooke + Jordan

The soft color palette, dinosaur details, and balloon backdrop made Brooke + Jordan’s wedding one for the books! What I loved most was their sweet puppy dog, Patch. He added a whole ‘nother level of cuteness to their day!

Quincy, IL | Magan + Tyler

The best thing about this wedding?! THE PIZZA! Magan + Tyler are huge pizza lovers, so we incorporated it in any and every way we could. I love when a bride and groom adds personal touches like this to make their day all about them! It’s also such an easy way to give your guests a unique and special experience. Magan + Tyler, it was such a joy to do Month-Of Planning with you two!

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How To Create Welcome Gifts Your Guests Will Love

Who doesn’t love checking into their hotel or arriving to a welcome party for a wedding weekend to be greeted with a beautifully, thought out welcome gift? Are you a bride who has been debating whether or not to provide gifts for your hotel guests or unsure of what to include? It’s a fun way to show your guests your appreciation and prepare them for the festivities to come!

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Follow These 6 Simple Steps For Perfectly Curated Welcome Gifts:

STEP #1: BUDGET

Welcome gifts are fun and beautiful but can quickly add up. If you aren’t careful, you can easily go over budget. First step is to decide how much you want to spend on each gift. Your budget should include the baskets, bags or boxed you are providing the gifts in, the items included in the gifts, packaging supplies and delivery costs.

Pro-Tip #1: Email companies you are wishing to purchase gifts from, provide them with information of your welcome gifts and ask if they will provide a price decrease if bought in bulk.

STEP #2: GIFT THEME

Creating a theme throughout your gift will make them feel highly thought out. Whether your wedding theme is tropical, garden party or you wish to design around your wedding color story, building your gift with this in mind will help give you direction when incorporating your items and details.

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STEP #3: GIFT ITEMS

There are countless items you can place in your welcome gifts! Deciding on your theme as mentioned prior to this step will help narrow down which items to include. Important items to complete your welcome gifts are salty and sweet snacks, beverages, an itinerary for the wedding weekend and welcome/thank you note to your guests. Other choices include a list of your favorite restaurants and local shops, a special items from your city or state your wedding is being held and small items such as sunscreen, hand sanitizer, band-aids and pain relievers. If you follow these guidelines for possible items to include you won’t miss a beat when preparing your gifts!

Follow this check list for all possible items!

Box, bag or basket

Salty snacks

Sweet snacks

Chocolates or candies

Beverages

Wedding weekend itinerary

Welcome and thank you note

List of favorite restaurants and local shops

Special pieces from the city or state of the wedding and home states

Map of the city

Transportation schedule

Pain reliever

Sunscreen

Hand sanitizer

Band-Aids

Stain remover

Blanket, beach towel or scarf

Pro-Tip #2: When purchasing your beverages or snacks, consider placing enough for two guests in each gift!

STEP #4: PERSONALIZATION

Your guests are going to enjoy their gifts and appreciate the time you put into creating them, so add a little extra flair with a personal touch! This can be a tag attached with your monogram or wedding logo, a customized inked stamp you apply to the bag or box or as simple as a ribbon tied to the gift that coordinates with your wedding colors.  You can also personalize the gift with your guests’ name on the bags or with a heartfelt thank you note, creating an extra welcoming feeling!

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STEP #5: DELIVERY

After you have carefully and thoughtfully chosen your items, assembled your gifts and added the personalized details it is now time to deliver these beauties and wow your guests! Will you deliver in person at a small and intimate welcome gathering, store them behind the front desk of the hotel for guests to receive when they check in or ask they be placed in their rooms? However you decide to distribute your gifts, keep in mind there may need to be some coordination on your end to ensure the process is smooth.  

Pro-Tip # 3: Confirm with the hotels if there is a delivery fee for the gifts to be placed in your guest’s rooms. This could be an unexpected charge you did not foresee.  

STEP #6: ENJOY THE PROCESS

Most important step to remember, HAVE FUN! Do not let this process become daunting. Enjoy the thought of your guests receiving your gift and truly feeling appreciated.  You are taking the time to assemble your welcome gifts because you want your guests to feel special and included in your celebration. Sticking to your budget and having fun with the process will leave you with another wonderful wedding memory! 

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Vendors:

Photography: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Macaroons: Thyme Square

Florals: Lavish Floral Design

Stationery: LOinLONDON

Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement | Ali + Ryan

After dreaming and planning for months on end, the Elopement Experience in Rocky Mountain National Park FINALLY happened! My talented photographer friend, Courtney Dueppengiesser and I teamed up to create the ultimate wedding experience in the mountains for an incredible couple, Ali + Ryan. These two trusted us with our vision and it was such a joy to execute it for them!

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Vendors:

Planning: Sara Elizabeth Weddings

Photographer: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Flowers: Project Floral

Ceremony Venue: Sprague Lake

Cocktail Venue: Estes Park Condos

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Stationery: LOinLONDON

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals


Quincy, IL | Erin + Iftiar

Planning Erin + Iftiar’s two-day wedding was one I will never forget. On Friday, they celebrated in their home with a Muslim ceremony that was full of colorful gowns, traditional food, and boisterous family. The festivities continued on Saturday with a beautiful ceremony in the church and ended with a rustic elegant reception. It was truly a weekend unlike any other!

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Vendors:

Planning: Sara Elizabeth Weddings

Photographer: McDonald Video and Photo

Videographer: The Film Jar

Flowers: Lavish Floral Design

Venue: Pointe D’Vine

Catering: The Patio and Thai D’Lish

Stationery: LOinLONDON

Eureka, MO | Sarah + Kevin

Kevin surprised Sarah with an intimate proposal on July 4, 2018 and after a whirlwind engagement they said “I Do” at their dreamy winter wedding on December 29, 2018. Their wedding was full of clean, modern and elegant designs that left the couple and their guests in a daze of beauty!

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Wedding Planner: Sara Elizabeth Weddings | Photographed by: Courtney Dueppengiesser | Second photographer: Aleesha Roach | Venue: Legends Country Club | Stationary: Invited by LamaWorks | Rentals: BBJ Linens | Florist: Poppies Design Studio | Cake: Sweet Divine Bakery

The Elopement Experience

Welcome! We’re so glad that you’re here! If you’re reading this, then that means that you’re interested in The Elopement Experience—brought to you by Sara Elizabeth Weddings + Courtney Dueppengiesser Photography!

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What exactly is The Elopement Experience?!

Well, it’s an intimate wedding experience, specifically designed for couples who are wanting a non traditional wedding. This opportunity is for couples who have a flexible schedule and budget and are willing to trust our visions and style, in trade for an incredible wedding!

You may be wondering why we would offer something like this. It’s simple. We love what we do and why we do it. So much so, that we’re willing to invest in ourselves in order to provide you with a once in a lifetime experience. In October of 2018 we launched our first ever Elopement Experience in Estes Park Colorado. The weekend was so incredible that we decided we wanted to do it again. We’re excited to announce that this year’s Elopement Experience Destination is…

S O N O M A C O U N T Y, C A L I F O R N I A

SUMMER 2019

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The elopement will be taking place at a private estate with a stunning view of the California valley, just an hour north of San Francisco. Courtney + I will be providing 4 hours of wedding day services with the option to turn this Elopement Experience into a weekend experience for your friends and family! Sonoma County is one of California’s top food and wine destinations, home to more than 425 wineries. There are opportunities to hike among towering redwoods, cruise along rugged Pacific coastline and get to know inviting small towns. Or, just sit back and take it all in.


A B O U T U S:

Sara and Courtney are the girls behind this vision and we are passionate about creating and documenting wedding days that are focused around simplicity, unique locations and bold designs that capture your love for each other in an extraordinary way. This is why we have created The Elopement Experience. Our ideal client trusts our vision and allows to take the lead on every element of design and in turn we work to infuse your personalities and style into your day. The location is selected by Sara and Courtney, and we handle every single detail in order to create a relaxed planning process for you and your guests. Above all, we have a desire to create a day that is everything you could ever dream of— and more! 

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Meet Sara.

Sara is the girl behind the details and the planning of your day. She has heart for design and loves to create a custom atmosphere that allows the simple beauty of the scenery to shine through with touches that only embellish it.And now, for the fun part—APPLYING! We ask that you only apply if you are seriously interested in this amazing opportunity. You must be flexible with your budget and the timing of this event.

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Meet Courtney.

Courtney is the girl behind the camera. She is passionate about documenting love in a real and raw way. She believes that the in between moments are just as, if not more important than the posed photos. Her goal when photographing your elopement, is to capture your love in a playful, yet romantic way and above all, deliver stunning images that will last a lifetime!

**Please note** This is NOT a giveaway. We will be reviewing your applications and selecting one couple that we believe fits the style and vision of the elopement.

Click this link to apply!

We Love NYC!

This past August Kyle and I visited New York City, we were nonstop for seven days, and loved every moment of it! A quick run-through of one of our favorite cities with a few fun photos!

Before Kyle popped the question I had proposed, lol, that we take photos on our trip to document us having fun in the city. I was surprised but Kyle was game! Little did I know we would be engaged when we arrived for our trip! We booked Yumi and had a blast as she gave us a personalized tour of Brooklyn and provided us with memories we’d keep long after.

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My Love for Wedding Design

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One of my favorite aspects of wedding planning is the creative design work that is involved. What does wedding design mean to you? For Sara Elizabeth Weddings it is everything you and your guests see or touch throughout your wedding day!

Think about past weddings you’ve attended and the experience you encountered throughout each stage of the day...is everything cohesive? Do the linens, florals and stationery complement each other? Are the elements personalized to the couple? These are just a few things I think about and incorporate when focusing on design.

I have been working very hard to develop my design service to provide the best experience possible! My mission is to create a wedding design that represents your love story and style, through every element.

My ‘Design’ page demonstrates my step-by-step design process to help you envision what your wedding design could be...from your custom proposal, to the day-of!

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Excited to Announce: Sara Elizabeth Weddings is Growing! 

I am beyond excited to announce that in one short year Sara Elizabeth Weddings has grown!

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I always wondered when and if there would be a time to grow the company and how I would know it was the right time. Well, that time is now and I will tell you why!

Only a few years ago a wedding planner in Quincy, IL was barely heard of, it is still a young profession in the industry and one of the last vendors a newly engaged couple thinks about booking.  I had to take action! It was a priority to educate the market on WHY a Wedding Planner is a key element to every wedding and HOW working with Sara Elizabeth Weddings can change your wedding planning experience!

After hard work, consistently spreading the message of a wedding planner's benefits and creating a presence for myself I began to see the increased want and need for a Wedding Planner in our local Market. I also realized I would be limited on how many couples I could benefit just by myself and began to assemble a fabulous team! 

What does the new team mean for you? If I am already booked for a wedding or an event my team will be there to cover your wedding day and ensure the details are perfect. The need for a wedding planner is quickly growing and building a dedicated and reliable team allows for more couples to receive the Sara Elizabeth Weddings experience; professionalism, attention to detail and full access to my creativity and expertise.

I will handle the client care and oversee every step of the process, from our initial conversation,  handling every planning detail, designing your timeline to ensuring every step meets my standards.

When working with my team you will be introduced to your Day-Of Specialist, or two, starting two months from your wedding day. The team will be caught up on every detail of your day -- from the time your hair, make-up and mimosa bar will begin, the first look with the love of your life, to every detail of your beautiful place settings and of course they will be there every step of the way to ensure your day is a dream come true!

The growth of Sara Elizabeth Weddings is a great opportunity to serve the growing needs of our market, and beyond!

Let me introduce you to the talented, hard working, wedding loving and beautiful team!

Janie Windmiller-Taylor

Janie Windmiller-Taylor

Ronna Reddick

Ronna Reddick

Katherine Reddick

Katherine Reddick

Jennifer Weiss

Jennifer Weiss

To learn more about each team member, including a few fun facts, be sure to “Meet The Team” on our site!

Photographer: Courtney Dueppengiesser Photography

 

Kyle's Proposal!

It’s still crazy to think about our engagement + everything that happened that evening, August 17, yeah I’m a little late to the game. If you don’t know how it happened, I’ll fill you in!

Kyle had been asking if I had that weekend available for a while and asked that I keep that Friday night open for his parents anniversary dinner. He asked me to be ready by a certain time and “to dress nice” because his mom wanted to take pictures!

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He picked me up and said his parents weren’t ready for everyone to come over yet so we drove around. He turned into the IL Vets Home and began driving towards the gardens and suggested we walk through them. The gardens were beautiful and he led me to the perfect spot. He continued being sweet and romantic and suddenly got down on one knee! I was shocked, so happy and in love! He opened the ring box and asked me to marry him! And obvi I said YES!!!

I turned around to find Courtney Dueppengiesser capturing the entire moment!

We headed towards his parents home and I began calling my lifelines to tell them the news and NO ONE answered! Ugh! My sister finally did! We arrived to his parents house to find that he had planned an entire evening with our parents, siblings and closest friends! He asked that my favorite foods be made and our parents went above and beyond to make the evening special for us! It was an amazing evening and one I’ll never forget!!

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A MIDWEST TROPICAL BRIDAL SHOWER

A styled Midwest tropical bridal shower for real-life bride Erin, whose family and friends came from across the country to help her celebrate in style.

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