How they met:
While attending graduate school at Vanderbilt University, Elizabeth Depta, 26, of Randolph, went on a string of bad dates with men she met while dating online. One of her “matches,” however, Dylan Savage, 32, of Nashville, had been chatting with her over the dating app’s message center quite a bit, and though they had yet to meet in person, the chemistry was palpable. The pair eventually arranged to meet at a popular vegan restaurant in East Nashville and found that they hit it off immediately. After getting to know each other over lunch and fresh juice, Elizabeth invited Dylan over for a glass of wine and movie.
How they got engaged:
Two years after meeting, the couple embarked on their first overseas trip together. While in Ireland, they visited the Cliffs of Moher- which turned out to be a bit more crowded than Dylan expected- before exploring The Burren, a vast region of stunning rock formations, wildflowers and greenery. While touring a Burren tomb, Dylan sat next to Elizabeth and presented the princess-cut engagement ring the couple had picked out together just weeks before their trip.
“It swept me off my feet,” Elizabeth says. The couples later posed for pictures surrounded by the flawless countryside.
Details of the day:
“I wanted it to feel relaxed, simple and nature-inspired,” says Elizabeth, whose idea for a Tuscany-meets-forest wedding theme was inspired by her family trips to Italy. For colors, the couple stuck to a palette of pinks- blush, berry and deep-wine shades- paired with subtle Tuscan-influenced details and touches such as wooden wine barrels, a wine tasting at cocktail hour and DIY cork table numbers. Bridesmaids wore mix-and-match dresses in different shades of pink and red, along with ethereal fabric flower crowns, Floral arrangements were similarly shaded a mix of ‘Black Magic’ roses, ‘Faith’ roses, purple mums, blush astilbe, hypericum berries, eucalyptus and white stock. Taper candles placed in wine bottles glowed atop large square tables, where guests got to know each other and dined family-style.
For their July 27, 2019 ceremony at Farmstead Golf and Country Club in Lafayette Elizabeth and Dylan recited their own vows in front of their friends and family. A love letter was placed in a wine bottle and sealed as a symbol of their unity and devotion, and their officiant, Elizabeth’s friend from college, pronounced them man and wife.
Guests passed plates of caramelized-onion pasta, tomato braised short ribs, Italian stuffed chicken and broccoli rabe. For dessert there was gelato, mini pies and olive-oil cake with lemon curd.
All about the gown:
Elizabeth chose a David’s Bridal gown featuring a tulle skirt, adorned crossed bodice and shimmering floral straps.
“It’s simple and bit antique-looking, which is exactly what I was going for,” she says.
“La Mer” by Kevin Kline. The song was featured in the 1995 film French Kiss.
“My mom’s and my favorite,” says Elizabeth. “We kept it a surprise for her.”
Any advice for future brides?
“Pause to look around to enjoy and permanently store in your memory the way you feel and the details of the day.”
Nine luxurious days in Greece- Athens, Delphi, Kalabaka, Mykonos and Santorini.