For the past year, we have taken interns/shadows for each wedding season. In the couple of months without them (usually December-February and June-August), we miss their fun spirits and abounding energy...so we anxiously await their arrival each season. Savannah has been working with us on wedding days since the beginning of March and has wholeheartedly jumped in. Her fun and sweet spirit brings more happiness to our team each wedding day. She takes initiative and performs her job with grace, humility, and excellence, and we are so proud that we have her on the #bespokenteam right now! We were thoroughly impressed by her during her interviews; her life experiences are incredible, and we are already encouraged by this lady. We hope you get to know her a little better and give her some love!
Tell us a little more about yourself and where you are in your life right now. Hi! I’m Savannah, a college student preparing to graduate in May from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My major is public health and my minor is women and gender studies. When I’m not studying, I’m investing in my photography business, nannying to the sweetest littles (hi Jane and Hal!), spending time with my family in Chapel Hill, NC, and scrolling Pinterest for wedding inspo.
Where are you from? North Carolina born and bred, I lived in a small town outside of Chapel Hill my whole life until I moved away from my family to Charlotte for school. My aunt, uncle, and cousins live behind me and both sets of grandparents live within 15 minutes; going home is SO much fun!
What attracted you to Bespoken's Shadow Program?In one word: community. I saw Bespoken’s call for shadows on the explore feed of my Instagram, and my heart jumped at the chance to pursue the opportunity to serve couples and their families on their special day. After finding the post, I came to discover that Bespoken offered not only wedding planning/coordination but intentional, life-giving, encouraging friendship between couples and the Bespoken team. Community is so so important to me, and I have come to understand that you are nothing without loved ones fueling you.
What do you love about weddings? Oh gosh, how much space do I have for this answer? You’re talking to the girl that gets wedding magazines in her stocking as Christmas gift. Ultimately I love the story that weddings tell. No two weddings are the same, just like snowflakes :) Pieces of the wedding have been incorporated to demonstrate elements of a couple’s story, and it’s fascinating to see how a couple’s story is represented in flowers, colors, song choices, and more.
What are you passionate about? Serving others, loving God, taking lots of pictures, and living life in ALL CAPS.
What are some small things that make your day better? Cute babies, a walk through the Nordstrom shoe department, getting sweet notes in the mail from my Nana and Papa, talking to my mom on the phone.
What's the last adventure you went on? For spring break, my best friends and I drove through the night (about 11 hours) to a music festival in Okeechobee, Florida. Imagine a bunch of 20 somethings packed full in a car with luggage to the ceiling, multiple stops at Chick Fil A (duh), music blaring no matter what time it was...it was interesting, to say the least! Before heading back to North Carolina, we soaked up as much sun as we could, listened to our favorite artists live (like Judah and the Lion...swoon!), and really enjoyed the last college spring break before we all venture into the adult world. The trip made me grateful for the friends I know I’ll have forever.
What is your favorite book? Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert has profoundly changed my outlook on many facets of my life. I read the book during a trivial time where I desperately needed to readjust and find some guidance. This book encouraged me in my faith, empowered me to be brave, and made me want to travel a TON (all things I needed when life was tricky). I would recommend it to anyone! Coming in close second is Emily Ley’s Grace, Not Perfection.
What is your favorite food? PASTA! Or pizza. I could eat them all day, everyday.
What is something that no one else knows about you? I can quote every line of Emperor’s New Groove.
What's your favorite thing to do on a really beautiful day? Grab a friend, go outside, and take pictures!
What are you most excited about in the next 12 months? I am so incredibly thankful to be part of the Bespoken team, and working with Shannon has made me very excited for this next year. I was lucky to be given the chance to learn more about the wedding industry in order to decide if it was for me (spoiler alert: it is) and I can’t wait to see where this shadow program takes me. Outside of the excitement surrounding weddings, I am looking forward to settling into a full time job, moving into a big house with my best girl friends, and really spending time investing in my family and friends who I love so dearly.
Additionally, Shannon, Emily, and Sarah have quickly become some of my closest friends. It’s so encouraging to be around people who share your love for love! Reading wedding magazines as a single 20 something kinda feels out of place, but I knew I wasn’t alone and I was in the right place when Sarah pulled out her stack of The Knot magazines and wedding invitation samples at a sleepover. Already they have pushed me to grow in my relationship with God, work with purpose, and eat more brunch (arguably the best meal of the day). Together we have planned many road trips, eaten a lot of good food, and taken a ton of pictures.
Coffee or Tea? Neither! I know, I’m strange. Dr. Pepper is my go-to.
Morning person or night owl? Night owl
What are you grateful for right now? My cup runneth over! I’m grateful for the opportunity to help tell love stories, the time to soak up the end of my college career (less than 50 days, but who’s counting), and the friendships I’ve made that have taught and encouraged me so much.