Shoe Designer Sarah Flint Marries Sean Beresini in Intimate Ceremony — See All the DIY Details
The couple canceled their large English countryside wedding when COVID-19 hit, and instead held a magical small affair at her family's estate in November
Sarah Flint is enjoying that newlywed bliss!
On Nov. 28, the New York City-based shoe designer tied the knot with investment banker Sean Beresini during an intimate ceremony at her family's estate in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. And of course, Flint walked down the aisle in her own version of a glass slipper.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the celeb-loved designer shares details about the heels she created for her perfect day. Flint says she "always envisioned" wearing "romantic and ultra-feminine" shoes on her wedding day, which is how she came up with the idea for the D'Orsay, ankle-strap silhouette featuring a 2-inch heel and adorned with illusion polka-dot mesh, 14 handmade leather flowers (per shoe) and a scalloped blue lining.
"With incredible comfort features like arch support and extra padding, our shoes have always been loved by brides who want to feel beautiful and comfortable on their big day," she adds. "The final design incorporates many of my favorite elements from past collections."
And brides-to-be are in luck: a limited run of Flint's custom bridal shoe, "The Wedding Parker 50," is available for sale now on sarahflint.com.
When it came time to find her perfect wedding dress, Flint tells PEOPLE she tried on about 50 styles before finding the one, "because when else do you get to do that?!" The brand owner eventually settled on a Reem Acra design with custom sash and button details that she fell in love with on Pinterest before ever seeing it in a store. Flint paired the gown with a coat she designed and had made using extra fabric from Reem Acra.
"My wedding was originally going to be in England in June, so making the dress work for Massachusetts in November was a little tricky," she explains.
And having to rework her dress was not the only obstacle the shoe designer encountered while planning her wedding — like most couples who tied the knot in 2020, Flint and Beresini were forced to postpone their big day entirely.
They originally invited 130 guests to Broughton Hall Estate in Yorkshire, England, for an English countryside wedding followed by a weekend of festivities. They canceled the event when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit in March, but "as the year dragged on, Sarah and Sean realized just how thankful they were to have each other, their families, and their health and decided they didn't want to wait any longer to get married," a rep for Flint tells PEOPLE.
In early October, the couple decided to have an intimate, family-only wedding after Thanksgiving. Guests quarantined for two weeks prior to the event and were all tested ahead of time to ensure all COVID-19 safety precautions were met.
Flint enlisted the help of her mom and sisters to plan her fairytale wedding in just over a month — from wedding-day glam (she did her did her own makeup after an Instagram live tutorial from makeup pro Aida Dopo and her sister did her hair!), flowers, table settings, hand-painted designs and a floral arch, the shoe designer and her family did almost everything themselves.
"The most fun was definitely making the floral arch," Flint says of the DIY process. "My husband built the arch structure by hollowing out two cedar stumps, securing sycamore branches into both, and then weaving them together at the top. I then added the florals on the morning of the wedding. I used a mix of flowers and greenery from a local farm, along with foraged items like winterberries and bittersweet."
"Nothing really felt tedious because I loved spending time on all of the details, but the most challenging and stressful part was creating and executing the strict COVID-19 protocols we put in place to ensure our families could be together as safely as possible," Flint says.
And in the end, the stress was worth it.
"Since our wedding was so small, I got to spend much more time with my family both before and during the wedding," Flint shares. "It had been a challenging year being apart from one another, so getting to be together for something joyful felt even more meaningful. Plus, because of the smaller size, I could do things like hand-paint the place cards, which I could never have done for 150 guests."
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