Elizabeth & Cooper's Wedding | The Waters Edge Country Club in Smith Mountain Lake, VA | Smith Mountain Lake Wedding Photographer

This was my first wedding of the Fall season so I had had some time off before shooting it. As a full time wedding photographer sometimes it’s tough getting back into the groove of things after having some time off. You get the pre-wedding “jitters.” Unless you’re me and you always get pre-wedding jitters. haha I knew this wedding would be awesome though. Elizabeth and Cooper are honestly some of the kindest people you’ll meet. Their families were so incredibly generous and kind.

They were married at The Waters Edge Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. It was so beautiful! I remember during the reception listening to the speeches and thinking how amazing it was to hear Elizabeth and Cooper be spoken of so highly. Cooper’s best man was his father and it was such a blessing to hear his dad talk about how proud he was of the man that Cooper had become. Elizabeth’s maid of honor was her cousin, Erin. She told stories of the two of them growing up together and the kindness that Elizabeth’s family showed her. Something she said that really stuck with me was that if the caliber of friend that Elizabeth had been to her over the years was any indication of the wife she would be then Cooper was a lucky man.

Weddings are about a lot of things. They’re about commitment, family, and friendship. I enjoy being a part of them for all of those reasons. I know wedding photographers say a lot how special weddings are to be a part of but it’s because that’s the truth. They really are an incredible thing to be included in. Celebrating with my couples is really important to me. So I might be there as a hired vendor but in my spirit I’m celebrating with them as a friend.