Anna was born and raised in Georgia. Being the outdoor and beach lover that she is, Anna attended the University of Georgia in hopes of working in resort recreation. It should have been no surprise that during her time in hotels and resorts, Anna would be drawn to weddings and formal events. After marrying her husband Mark in 2011, they relocated to the Savannah area.
Anna took over all wedding related events for Savannah Riverboat Cruises, and grew them into being a well known waterfront venue for weddings and private events before leaving to be a stay at home mom in 2015. Not wanting to completely leave the industry, Anna started Rustic to Ritz Events to assist couples needing wedding coordination. Rustic to Ritz Events has now rebranded as Swanson Signature Events!
Anna is a busy mom of 4 to Wilhelm (7), Wyatt (5), Paisley (3) and Palmer (6 months). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, interior decorating, antique shopping and traveling to see family.
Renee moved to the Savannah from the mid-Atlantic states. She has lived in PA, NY, VA, OH, MD and WV. Renee left a busy life as a high school theatre director to move to Georgia so that she can see her granddaughter, Emma, every day.
Her professional life was spent in the classroom as an English teacher then a theatre instructor and director for a total of 25 years of service to public and private middle and high school students. Now, Renee brings her passion and expertise in organization, planning, directing, advertising, and writing to SSE. When she's not working with clients, she is teaching on-line college courses for Georgia Southern University and the University of Pasadena, working with adult students at Savannah Technical College, serving as Business Manager with Savannah Repertory Theatre, participating in a small group at Compassion Christian Church, mentoring youth as a Writing Fellow at Deep Center Savannah, or writing articles, online copy, or her blog www.thelearningdoctorpeterson.com.
Renee and her husband Tom have been married since 1986, and they have two children, Kayla and Marcus. Marcus and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Emma (2 1/2) and Hunter (3 months).
Mika’l's natural love for interior design and insatiable need to move furniture around have become another business. When she is not planning weddings, she is designing vacation homes as the sole proprietor of DM Creative Innovations. Mika’l can design your wedding and create a tablescape and reception space that will make your guests feel incredibly special. Her eye for detail helps her to place that flower, napkin, or candle in just the right place. Mika'l is also a native of Beaufort, South Carolina where she lives raising her five children.
The Savannah Wedding Vendors may know Rebecca as the owner of Azalea Ann’s Floral Designs, but she is now one of our wedding and event planners! Rebecca had been running her own floral business successfully but truly missed being a part of a team and wanted to get into planning the entire event, not just the flowers. She brings her floral expertise as well as her planning skills to SSE. A little fun fact - when not planning events, Rebecca and her husband Keith love to fish. They even took the time to throw a line in the water on their own wedding day!
Jennifer can pull it together… all of it. For three years, Jennifer has coordinated the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program in Pooler, Georgia. While there, she initiated and managed the Touch a Truck annual event that was attended by hundreds of families from all over the Savannah area. It has always been her desire to be an event planner, and she loves working with our clients. Jennifer’s sweet disposition and kind nature demonstrates just how much she truly cares about people. When not planning events, Jennifer can be found spending time with her son Isaiah and husband Stephen, reading, watching HGTV, or basking in the sun at the pool!