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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Romantic engagement session in the Rocky Mountains.Read More
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!
Styled Engagement Shoot.Read More
If a large and traditionally planned wedding is perfect for you, I love it! But if you are unsure and considering a micro wedding or elopement this is the blog for you!Read More
A How-To on rocking a styled engagement shoot!Read More
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.Read More
Inspiration for this styled shoot came from my love of mixing and matching color, texture and patterns. Dick Brothers Brewery was a perfect setting for the look I was going for, with its industrial vibe of exposed brick and high beams. The brewery’s tall ceilings are any designers dream, and I wanted to emphasize the wood beams as a focal point to the table scape. A DIY project I completed for this shoot consisted of creating a hanging element from repurposed windows, highlighting the industrial feel.
The alter inspiration began with my love of gold foil and easily became another DIY project. The smooth gold foil, and the coarse red brick were the perfect contrasting combination of texture and color with light subtlety reflecting from the canvas. The canvas was then embellished by the untraditional chandelier suspended from above.
An amazing collaborative team brought my ideas to life and helped to emphasize each individual design aspect. Lavish Floral Design, created a stunning feminine pallet of floral arrangements, producing an atmosphere of elegance and layers of beauty and color. Invited by LamaWorks, assembled intricate stationery from the invitation to the menu and name card. The abundance of design elements were rounded out with carefully crafted crème brûlées and a stunning cake made by HyVee, along with a breathtaking diamond engagement ring from Sturhahn Jewelers, which made the shoot complete. Every element was beautifully captured by McDonald Video & Photography and Stark’s Studios, they portrayed my vision perfectly.
PSST! Don't miss the details in the place settings; soft blue tablecloths, black grated chargers, pink piped white linen napkins, differing blue and white salad plates at each place setting and glossy black sherbet cup layered with a deconstructed clementine and petite flora!
DESIGN/PLANNING/STYLING: Sara Elizabeth Weddings // PHOTOGRAPHER: McDonald Video & Photography // VIDEOGRAPHER: Starks Studios // FLORALS Lavish Floral Design // CAKE + DESSERT: HyVee, Broadway, Store #2 // RINGS Sturhahn Jewelers // HAIR + MAKEUP: Danielle Flesner & Lauren Dunn // GROOM'S WEAR: Schueckings Mens Wear // STATIONERY: Invited by LamaWorks // TABLECLOTH: Celebrations Party & Event Rental // VENUE: Dick Brothers Brewery // CHARGERS. PLATES, FLATWARE, NAPKINS: Amazon