contributed by Breezy Peterson
Something about a great romance just makes our female hearts melt, doesn’t it? The number of views on Part I of this series was CRAZY! Our humble little blog hasn’t seen that much traffic since we mentioned Prom. It just goes to show: no matter our age or phase in life, we were all created to love a love story. In case you missed Part I, read it here first.
In case you missed her gorgeous designs, go show Ms. Lewis some love here.
Without further ado, we give you Getting Hitched with Savanna Lewis: Part II.
Part II: Anchoring Stitches
The days of girlhood passed for Savanna as she continued to grow in her craft, her family and our God. She even embraced the dreaded “middle child syndrome”, preferring to find joy instead of discontentment in her rank among her siblings.
“A lot of kids complain about being the middle child, but I loved it,” Savanna said. “I always had a big brother [Lee, seven years older] to call on when I was being picked on, and I was the big sister for Cassidy [six years younger] to call on when she was getting picked on.”
With a 13 year gap between the oldest child and the youngest, it would seem like the differences would be too great to bridge. Yet Savanna says that some of the warmest memories she has include Cassidy.
“My favorite memories are of when me and my sister would finish our school work for the day,” Savanna said. “We would go to the park across the street and play together until it got dark outside.”
The high school years arrived for Savanna, bringing new opportunities to challenge her developing expertise. In 10th grade, Savanna accepted an internship with Anne Younger. Their task: to handcraft all of the Gretna High School Color Guard uniforms. Though Younger used patterns as her starting point, she let Savanna improvise a portion of the design.
In 11th grade, Savanna took another internship, this time with The Gilded Thimble. Her senior year, Savanna was accepted into the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Lynchburg, which has launched more than 1,500 talented individuals into the small business world since 1977.
“They taught me how to run my business and paid for me throw my very own fashion show—which was a dream come true,” Savanna said.
As Savanna took each step towards her future in fashion, the Lord was leading and weaving in a thread of a different kind . The anchor stitch of her love story was being placed by God when she was just 14 years old. In the summer of 2011, a mutual friend mentioned a “cute blond guy” who attended Gretna High School.
His name was Seth Short.
“The thought of having a boyfriend was, of course, very thrilling!” Savanna said. She met him for the first time that fall. They saw each other every other Friday during football season, and began dating the winter of 2011.
“To say my parents were protective is an understatement. My family was very involved in our dating relationship for the first year and a half. They wanted to get to know Seth before they just shipped their daughter off with him,” Savanna said. “Our first dates were with my mom, dad, little sister and one of my friends. Really romantic, huh?”
“We weren’t allowed to go on a date by ourselves until February 14, 2013.”
“After we were able to go out by ourselves, you better believe we went out to eat or to the mall every chance we could!” Savanna said. “When we didn’t have gas money, we stayed home and binge-watched Smallville.”
The cords of affection and friendship were being woven deeper into the fabric of both Savanna and Seth’s lives as they continued to go out on double dates and meet up with friends to catch a movie. Not all of their peers followed the same standards for dating, however, and they found themselves moving away from certain influences.
“We soon learned that some of the relationships our friends had didn’t have the same morals or expectations for their relationship as we did,” Savanna said. “After we were able to go out on our own, we didn’t do stuff with our friends quite as much.”
The high level of involvement in the early stages of their relationship guided them in keeping their eyes on the future instead of getting wrapped up in the impulses of the present.
“It helped keep so many temptations away that are naturally there for everyone,” Savanna said.
“I think God knew exactly what He was doing when He began our relationship.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed Savanna and Seth’s story so far. Keep checking in for the rest of their journey, including the engagement (she said YES!) and their plans for the future.