Sarah Flint, founder, creative director, and executive chairman at her namesake luxury footwear label—which counts Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle as fans—met Sean Beresini on Bumble. Distracted by work and life, however, Sarah never ended up reaching out to Sean. He took a chance and messaged her on LinkedIn, making sure not to miss the opportunity to get to know her. “He said he would rather potentially embarrass himself by writing me a message on LinkedIn than leave it to blind chance that we’d match again,” Sarah notes. “I remember thinking this was either the cutest or creepiest thing ever. It turns out it was the cutest!”
The couple debates when exactly the proposal happened; Sarah considers it to be during a weekend trip to the Adirondacks they took in 2018 to hike Mt. Marcy. “While having a drink at the end of the day, we discussed wanting to spend the rest of our lives together,” Sean recounts. “So while not a formal proposal, she knew after that night that I was going to propose.”
Four months later, Sean officially popped the question over his birthday weekend in February of 2019. “I love photography, so on the day of the proposal, I told her I wanted to take a few photos at the top of Aspen Mountain, while the weather opened up to clear skies,” he shares. “After taking a few photos, I suggested that we take a picture of the two of us. I put the camera on a tripod and set the camera to take a series of photos. I got down on one knee, and she didn’t at first realize what was happening.”
Sarah adds, “He really did surprise me. I was such a pest every other weekend—I had my nails done and makeup on at all times thinking it was going to happen. I was totally not prepared that day.” After being delivered to Sean just a few hours before boarding their flight to Colorado, Sarah was presented with a bespoke Jamie Wolf engagement ring in a deep blue hue.
The engaged couple started planning for a June 2020 wedding in Yorkshire, England, but as COVID-19 cases rose across the world, they postponed any possible big event to the next year. In September, they decided to cancel their large wedding and pivot to a micro-wedding in Massachusetts. “We decided we would prefer to just be married and have a party with our friends at Broughton Hall, when we were certain it was totally safe—even if that meant waiting a year or two,” Sarah says.
Sarah herself planned the entire November wedding in two months with the help of Sean and both sides of the family. “I really enjoyed being able to do all of the details myself,” she confesses. “This was something that never could have happened with our originally planned wedding.”
Before their plans had changed, the bride bought a Reem Acra ball gown with her original June wedding in mind. As the ceremony was taking place outdoors in the autumn, Sarah ordered extra fabric from Reem Acra to create her own custom coat for the occasion. “I love 19th-century fashion, so I designed a shorter coat that would give the illusion of a bustle and kept it open at the front to showcase the gown’s pleating,” she says. For extra flair, she also added covered buttons down the back of the dress, along with a custom sash and gathered bow.
“My little sister did my hair, which I wanted to keep down but off my face,” Sarah shares. “We watched a lot of YouTube videos and practiced everything the night before, which was really sweet.” The look was topped off with a jeweled headpiece by Heather of Eden Luxe Bridal, which added a feminine, “countryside aesthetic” to her ensemble. Her veil—a cathedral-length style in illusion tulle and Chantilly lace—was also made by Eden Luxe Bridal and was even named the “Sarah.”
A diamond brooch served as Sarah’s ‘something borrowed.’ “It had first been my grandmother’s and was then my mother’s,” she explains. “I wore it on the bow at the back of my waist, as a nod to the women who’ve always had my back.”
Of course, Sarah designed her own wedding shoe—a limited edition pair of her Parker 50 shoe, the vintage-inspired, floral-adorned pump that features a block heel and strap across the ankle. “Both our moms and sisters all wore different Parkers in navy suede from my collection, which complemented their jewel-toned dresses and coordinated with my Wedding Parkers in white satin.”
As one final touch to her bridal look, Sarah donned custom earrings from Mishema Jewelry Design. She describes, “The pair was inspired by antique earrings from the 1800s, with tear-drop freshwater pearls placed in a diamond-and-gold setting.”
Before they knew it, November 28 arrived, and Sean and Sarah prepared to say, “I do.” The evening took place at Sarah’s family home in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts overlooking the water. A floral-covered arch made from sycamore branches framed the pair, as the altar and created an organic, foraged wildflower backdrop.
As the sun began to set, Sarah and Sean exchanged vows and committed themselves to one another in their intimate ceremony. Afterward, both described their feelings as surprisingly calm and incredibly happy to be husband and wife.
Guests later gathered for dinner and made toasts to the newlyweds. Nosh Boutique Catering, a long-time family friend of Sarah’s provided a seasonal menu for the night’s dinner, and her sisters baked the four-tier marble cake, decorated with fruit and eucalyptus branches.
With extensive guidelines for those joining the celebration, the bride and groom felt at peace having planned a safe, COVID-friendly ceremony with immediate family present. “While it was not what we had originally planned, after such a challenging year it was even more meaningful to be able to come together as a family,” Sarah shares. “I wouldn’t change it.”
“I’m glad we decided to have the ceremony rather than wait another year,” Sean adds. “While we were really looking forward to celebrating with all of our friends and extended families, I will forever be grateful that our immediate families were able to come together and celebrate with us.”