Getting Hitched: Part III

contributed by Breezy Peterson

As we sit here looking back on Valentines Day weekend, we can think of no better way to kiss that saccharine holiday goodbye than with a good dose of God-centered, Christ-honoring love. If you missed Part I or Part II of our series on Savanna Lewis (the gorgeous gal behind Sew Savanna), you can read through them first. Or you can simply enjoy this post all on its own.

We thought we would be bringing this series to a close with Part III, but there’s just so much more to this story we want to share with you. Warm up a mug of hot chocolate and settle in for the newest installment of the “Getting Hitched” series. We know you’ll love it!

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Part III: Match Point

The beach has always been one of Savanna’s favorite places. Over the summer of 2015, during a family vacation on the coast, Seth added one more reason for his future bride to love the sand and surf.

“On the last night we were there,” Savanna said, “Seth told me he wanted to take me out to a nice restaurant. After dinner, we took a walk on the beach.”

What started out as a romantic stroll on the sand turned into a soaking wet scene as a sudden downpour caught the two of them out in the open. They ran to a pier to take shelter from the storm. “We waited for the rain to let up, but it never did,” she said.

“We were already wet, so we walked out and the ocean tide was washing up to our toes. He hugged me tightly and told me some very sweet things.” Savanna said she’d leave out the mushiness for you, dear reader.

“And then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”

After making sure he was serious, Savanna accepted and “cried like a baby for a solid hour,” she said.

“That was the most perfect engagement ever.”

Seth’s decision to propose at Savanna’s favorite place comes as no surprise. His tender heart for his bride shines through his choices as a young man. In addition to regular prayer, Seth has been reading through a devotional series for young couples getting married.

“He is such a strong Christian and so gentle,” Savanna said. “Throughout our relationship we have prayed together and I feel like that is the reason we have stayed together so long and had such a wonderful relationship.”

The couple divides their time between classes at Central Virginia Community College, where Seth is studying architectural engineering and Savanna is finishing up her AA in Business Management, and work. Taking a few classes together helps them to stay connected, but not everything has been coming up roses for the young couple.

“The greatest challenge in our journey since we’ve gotten engaged is the friends we have lost from it,” Savanna said. “Some friends you find are forever, some are temporary.” The choice to get married young has caused a few grumbles in their social circles, but ultimately, has not deterred them.

“When you know you’re with the one, you know. And honestly, there is no point in waiting if [getting married] is what you both want,” Savanna said.

“The greatest blessing is that we’ve had God on our side through it all. Having Him on our side has made us feel bulletproof. We haven’t felt hopeless and we give all the credit to Him.”

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We can’t bear to cut this story short! There’s so much more we want to share with you that we have yet to put into words. We’ll be back later this week with more from Savanna as we finish up this series.

 

 

 

 

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.