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!


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! 


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.


My Love for Wedding Design


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 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!


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


Sara Elizabeth Weddings turns ONE!

The first birthday of my own company, Sara Elizabeth Weddings, was an exciting event to plan! I realized my dream of how to make my interests and strengths work together and haven't looked back since.  My first year had its highs and lows, learning experiences and building of friendships; it was amazing to see my dream come to life.

I wanted to say thank you to the people who've supported me through that time; family, friends, wedding vendors and of course my amazing clients. I wanted the birthday party to be a time of celebration while featuring elements of my brand!


When I picked the day of the party it came as a nice surprise that it fell on National Doughnut Day. It was only fitting that I served my favorite doughnuts from HyVee, everyone loved them!  


I LOVE flowers and it wouldn't have been a true Sara Elizabeth Weddings birthday party without them,, especially peonies! A local florist, Lavish Floral Design. designed beautiful floral crowns for myself and my dog Lemon, I cannot resist a good pup pic, and a bouquet. I knew I wanted a bouquet that was a little untraditional and asked for a floral hoop, it had my favorite flowers and full of bright colors, just gorgeous!  The balloons came as a sweet surprise from the owner of Lavish Floral Design, they were the perfect touch to the day!


I love custom photo walls and wanted to incorporate one into the party, I wanted it to be fun and colorful. I ended up with DIY project on my hands with one of my favorite art mediums, liquid and paper gold foil, and brightly colored paint-chips.  My guests loved the photo wall and were able to take home a memory with the popular Fuji Film pictures!


Courtney Dueppengiesser is an amazing photographer and captured the features that make me and Sara Elizabeth Weddings unique. The day was perfect and everything I had hoped for! 


I always tell my clients that their stationery sets the tone for the event so I had to follow my own advice when planning the party. I designed the invitations on Paperless Post and with the help of Invited by LamaWorks I made sure they represented my style; full of color!   


As a welcome gift to new clients I present them with a box of house-made macaroons from one of my favorite restaurants, Thyme Square Café, it only seemed right that they made an appearance at the birthday bash.


During my first year of business I launched PopUp Weddings in my local market, it was an exciting and important launch for Sara Elizabeth Weddings and I wanted to capture it in the first year’s highlights.


A fellow wedding vendor, stationer LOin London, sketched an illustration to depict me as an event planner and it included my essential and favorite items; clipboard, ribbon, pineapples, bouquet of flowers, red lipstick and my dog Lemon! 


The pineapple is a symbol for "welcome" and "hospitality", and that is how I want every friend, wedding vendor and couple to feel when they meet me; that is why it is a part of my logo. My first pineapple came from my grandmother as a Christmas gift, a small decorative pill box, and has always held a special place with me. The pineapple is a staple in the Sara Elizabeth Weddings brand, it was only fitting to be a part of the day!


Thank you for an amazing first year and many more to come! 

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