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Zara Sparkes

What made you choose to visist Anna Bridal?

The selection of designers. I was initially going to go into London to find a dress but didn't feel the need when I saw the range of designers Anna has in store.  


How did you know your dress was ‘the one’? Tell us about your "yes" moment...

When I came out and saw my Mum's positive reaction, I knew the dress was the one!

What do you love most about your dress?

The intricate detailing and the delicate tulle layers.


Who’s reaction to the dress were you most looking forward to?

My husband to be - I wanted him to be wowed!


What did you love most about your ABC experience?

I felt like Anna and her team really took an interest in my wedding plans and I didn't feel like just another customer.


What part of wedding planning did you most enjoy?

Deciding on the styling and flowers. I enjoy being creative and my event planner, wearenudo, helped to bring my ideas to life.


Name one unforgettable memory from your wedding day?

Having had to postpone several times due to Covid, to finally walk down the aisle arm in arm with my Dad was a very special moment.


How did your husband propose?

June 2019, we were on a city break at The Gainsborough in Bath, where we'd had our first trip as a couple in 2015 and Tom took me completely by surprise by getting down on one knee. We didn't tell anyone immediately and it was such a special evening.


What’s one piece of advice you would give to our future ABC brides?

Don't overthink your dress decision. If it feels like the one then it probably is! Listen to your inner thoughts when you first come out and look in the mirror. If they're all positive then your dress search is over!  


Zara's credits

Dress - Elara by Pronovias / Photography & Videography - Collin Ross & Razorblade Weddings / Venue - Pylewell Park / Florals & Styling - Nudo Blooms / Hair - Michael Gray / Make up - Jourdan Walker / Stationary - Paper Stories / Cake - Fancie Cake / Music - Freddie & The Freeloaders.