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 (2.5 months). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, interior decorating, antique shopping and traveling to see family.

Founder & Creative Director

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anna swanson

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). 

Business & Event Manager

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renee peterson

Melanie moved to Bluffton, South Carolina from Wilmington, North Carolina. She served 24 years in the Navy as a nurse and brings the skills such as organization, planning, and attention to detail to your wedding. Melanie designed her own wedding planning business, Kindred Spirit Events, assisting over 60 brides in creating their magical desires for a highly successful and beautiful wedding.

She feels strongly about communication and building relationships with the bride and groom, families, and vendors to meet all needs to the best of her ability. She is known to go above and beyond just to ensure that everyone has a fabulous experience. Melanie brings her past experiences, her passion, and love to our team. She creates a most meaningful wedding filled with fond memories and much love.

She is married to Joel for over 40 years. Her son, Evan lives in Wilmington, NC and daughter, Lauren and husband live in Bluffton, SC with two children, Riley and Carson. Melanie enjoys walking, boating, RV camping, photography, painting rocks and being with family and friends.

Event Planner

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melanie frank

Assistant Coordinators

jennifer mullis

mikal qualls

rebecca stanfield

Assistant Coordinators

Assistant Coordinators

jennifer mullis

mikal qualls

rebecca stanfield

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