Getting Hitched: PartIV

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above: Savanna Lewis and Seth Short. Courtesy of Savanna Lewis.

 

contributed by Breezy Peterson

We hope that you’ve enjoyed following the “Getting Hitched” series. Between Savanna’s amazing fashion designs and Seth’s romantic proposal, we could just camp out in this sweet story forever.

We’re having such a hard time saying goodbye to this couple that we hope you will indulge us as we stretch this piece out into one more part (since Part I, Part II and Part III were just not enough).

Enjoy!

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part Iv: binding a dream

Savanna, like any young woman, has a heart full of dreams.

She dreams about her future

as a designer and a business owner.

“In my wildest dreams,” Savanna said, “my future would be designing Taylor Swift’s latest red carpet dress in my very own fashion studio, which would have endless fabrics to choose from.” Savanna took the initiative and reached out to the singer on social media.

In January, Savanna’s offer to design Swift’s upcoming awards show look went viral, getting shared nearly 300 times and mentioned on the local news station. The Grammy season came for Swift and, sadly, Savanna’s phone didn’t ring. But disappointment isn’t slowing her down.

Savanna plans to continue expanding her brand in the fashion industry. Upon the completion of her Associate’s Degree, she hopes to find a job in her field as well as maintain her sewing business on the side.

She dreams of being a good wife

to a good Christian man.

The intentional way she lives this desire out, and the boundaries she agreed to put on her relationship with Seth, reflect their relationship goals.

“Look for someone who makes plans with you for years down the road, not just for the party next weekend, ” Savanna said. “Look for someone who tells you that they love you every day. Look for someone who tells you how beautiful you look every time they see you.”

Savanna and Seth also purposefully chose to no longer preserve close relationships with friends of the opposite sex, preferring to close the door on any doubts or jealousies that could have arisen.

She dreams of her wedding day

as the winter weather slowly

but joyfully turns to spring.

Savanna and Seth plan to say their vows in a wooded area on her parent’s property during what photographers call “The Golden Hour”—the magical moment when the setting sun bathes the earth in a warm, brilliant light. We imagine Savanna won’t need any extra help glowing on her wedding day, but the timing suits her designs for a fairytale wedding.

Though the process has had its challenges (weddings can be expensive), she’s still bubbling over with anticipation.

“The best thing about planning our wedding is just thinking about how excited we are going to be on that day, and all of our friends and family who will be there to celebrate with us,” Savanna said.

“And the dress, of course, the dress!”

 

She dreams of a life built side by side with her husband,

sharing the responsibilities of married life,

honoring God’s design for man and wife.

“There are many unique benefits and challenges to getting married young,” she said, “but the benefits outweigh the challenges.” Savanna looks forward to figuring out everything from stocking the fridge to paying the rent with Seth.

“I’m ready to grow up with him. We are going to make dumb decisions together and learn from them together. We’re going to learn how to cook together, live on pinching a penny together, and love together.”

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Tune in for our Epilogue, coming next week…if we can bear to bring this story to an end…we make no promises.

Getting Hitched: Part II

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.

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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.”

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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.

I love Pinterest

contributed by Megan Bryant

Pinterest is quite the addictive site. I often find myself drooling over gorgeous kitchens and living spaces, food, and of course clothes!!

I started a specific board with my ModFem ladies in mind, called Modest is Hottest. I create outfits on Polyvore and then publish them onto this board. It’s fun to play around with, so if you love fashion, I highly recommend it! There is a Polyvore app too:) You’re welcome!

This is one of my latest creations, simple but appropriate for this season:) The boots are my fave!

 

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