As I reflected on what to say in this blog for Anna and Cooper's wedding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem How Do I Love Thee? came to mind. A few of the lines in the poem read,
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach...
I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life;
And, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death."
The bride and groom waited to see each other until during the wedding ceremony. However, just before the ceremony they got together, and held hands around a corner as they prayed together. Much of the wedding day was football oriented and one of our favorite moments of the day was when they were pronounced man and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Kupp...Anna grabbed a football helmet and put it on Cooper's head, she jumped on his back, and he went running back up the aisle! It was so fun and such a tribute to the amazing and talented men in the Kupp family who have invested so much into football. Cooper Kupp currently plays for Eastern Washington University, his father Craig Kupp is a former NFL quarterback, and his grandfather Jake Kupp was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. These statistics are impressive in general, but I feel the best part about all of this, is that both Cooper and Anna's families were genuine, generous, loving, kind, and true families of honor.
The wedding toasts were beautiful. The best man reflected on the outstanding character of the groom, their close bond of friendship and some fun memories they had shared. But most of all, it was a tribute to the loyalty and strength of the groom. The maid of honor was the bride's sister, and she shared heartfelt memories of cherished moments with her sister and accolades of the bride's kindness, beauty, faith, and commitment to relationship. By the time she was done, both she, the bride and many in the audience were wiping away tears. It was a lovely thing to see. These toasts were followed by toasts from the father of the groom and the grandfather of the groom, both showering thanks, emphasizing family, and praising God.
These sentimental reasons brought so much to the beauty of the day, but the tangible elements of the day were equally lovely. The weather was perfect! The bride was adorned in an elegantly ruched, sweetheart gown and the wedding colors were tan and angel pink. The bridesmaids looked especially lovely in their dresses and it was an exceptionally fun bridal party to work with.
Fun facts from the day:
The bride wore sole-less sandal jewelry so she was essentially barefoot the whole day!:) Anna and Cooper met in high school when Anna handed Cooper his medal from a track and field event. The rest is history! They both have huge families with upward of 17+ first cousins on the bride's side alone! The garter toss was not a "toss" at all. Cooper put the garter on a football and threw it over all the reception tables to the group of men standing on the other side. :) It was a fun wedding for us as a photography company as well, because at one point during the day Tavis and Amy came to join us for a bit in photographing the wedding so we had four photographers at work for a while! That's never happened before! We also got to work with the good friends Riley and Paige of Articulate Film Co.
Congratulations Anna and Cooper Kupp!
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