Thanks so much for your help, enabling the debug variable helped pinpoint the problem. SES is very finicky in that it can only send from verified emails as you said and I was using the feedback form for testing.
But I guess the feedback form uses the email from the logged-in user in the 'Your email: (optional)' as the sender so I was getting this error: FROM SERVER: 554 Message rejected: Email address is not verified.
When I replaced the email in the textbox with my email I entered in my smtp settings, it was sent. So, I'll modify the code so that it gets sent from my smtp email versus but cc the user if he/she supplies an email in the feedback form.