October 10 saw this writer become married on the lake. Through Parrot Cove, we were able to rent a 53′ houseboat in which to host the wedding. The lake has held a special place for us for a few years because of its majestic beauty as well as the family we have that lives there.
We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. The sky was completely clear, the sun was high, and the slight breeze cast the perfect balance as we made our way under bridges and around the winding land masses that seemed to reach out into the lake. We weren’t far from Bernard’s Landing as we lumbered at last to our target spot of the lake to drop anchor, so to speak.
Shortly after I watched my bride climb to the upper deck of the houseboat and take my side, we noticed a helicopter flying slowly around the nearby area. It could very well have been a local news chopper, but it also looked like the one that’d been used to get scenery shots for the upcoming SML movie, “Lake Effects“. Once the pilot took notice of our wedding, the chopper stayed nearby and circled our location a few times. We couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps there would be some footage of our special day.
We were fortunate enough to have a friend and business associate, Charles Dudley, officiate the ceremony. He gave a truly memorable combination of prayers and insights, and allowed us to read our own vows. I hadn’t originally planned on having a communion at the tail end of things, but it was beautiful and really served to complete the feeling of being remade together.
We were proud to share our day with those we love afloat on Smith Mountain Lake. Truly, the lake will now always hold a special place within our hearts. If we’re lucky, maybe we can play a brief part in a film about this beloved body of water as well!