Courtney Young + Sarah Miller
For 18 years, Courtney (Caplan) Young and Sarah Miller have combined their talents to deliver breathtakingly unique event experiences. They first met in 2000 while working at the historic Driskill Hotel — Courtney as Director of Catering and Sarah as Senior Catering Manager. Together, they transformed the Austin landmark into a place to see and be seen — especially for work or weddings. In 2006, Courtney launched the company, Caplan Miller Events.
Sarah and Courtney’s reputation for excellence and creativity is at the root of Caplan Miller’s success over the last 11 years. Courtney manages all aspects of event production and ensures the highest levels of service and execution. With the perfect combination of flexibility and precision — and a great sense of humor — she exceeds client expectations time and time again. Sarah takes the lead event design. With a unique ability to spin ideas into full-fledged event environments, she knows the right mix of aesthetics to accomplish your goals. Their company’s work has been featured in BRIDES, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Austin Monthly, Austin Business Journal, D Magazine, and Tribeza — to name a few.
Listening and understanding each personal inspiration, Courtney and Sarah build an authentic look and feel that is a true reflection of the client. Whether celebrating success at a company event or lasting love at an intimate wedding, your event will have the right combination of color, lighting, room setup, food and much more. And on the day of, logistics will stay behind the scenes where they belong as your perfect event experience unfolds.
Courtney and Sarah are both native Texans. Courtney grew up in Houston and is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Sarah attended Texas State University and the Texas Culinary Academy. When not in the office or at an event, you’ll find Courtney lounging on the back of a boat on Lake Travis or indulging her TV addiction with her husband, John, and their pups, Olive and Roux. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys a good barre workout or going for a run on Austin’s trails. She is also an active member of the Texas PTA for the school where her children Will and Ava attend.
At every Caplan Miller event, Nicole is on the front lines making sure that everything goes according to plan — whatever it takes. She works to understand clients’ personalities and goals and calls on the perfect vendors for hair and makeup, photography and videography, and interactive activities. She makes even the smallest of details perfect, curating welcome gifts, orchestrating creative send-offs, and doing in-house print and web design. She helps facilitate each step of the process, selecting vendors and scouting the band that will keep guests dancing all night long. Nicole manages logistics day of — making sure the client never stops smiling.
Nicole grew up in Portland (small-town Texas, not Oregon) and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed the Texas Creative Sequence and earned her degree in Advertising with a minor in Textiles and Apparel. During college, she served as the Art Director for the University Fashion Group. She also worked at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and interned with C3 Presents, supporting the merchandising team at Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. After hours, you’ll find her trying new craft cocktails at Austin’s best bars (most often Weather Up) — or mixing one up herself.
OLIVE, Director of Licks & Kisses
I’m Courtney’s sweet black pug with a chin full of gray hairs and a permanent frown. But don’t let that fool you! I have an uncontrollable urge to kiss and lick your face.
ROUX, Director of Barking Entertainment
I’m a blue and white French bulldog from a rescue in California. I’m quite fabulous. I work out on a regular basis. I am 19 lbs of pure muscle, and I love to bark — really loudly.