Amber and Ahmahd

Luray, Virginia



Photography | Darcy Troutman Photography | @darcytroutman_weddings

Accommodations | Riverfront Pioneer Cabins

When two Cirque Cirque du Soleil acrobats elope on a river in the Virginia countryside – the results are GORGEOUS!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

We are performers, so most our life is spent in front of thousands of people performing. Basically, we wanted the opposite, we wanted something just for us, something private that wouldn’t feel like a hundred people were viewing. Something special that just us would share intimately. We also contributed in factors like our family and friends who are from  opposite sides of the world, which was beyond us to coordinate everyone. We wanted simple, NATURAL, something outdoors amidst nature and its beauty. We love nature. Something traditional would be dancing! With both LOVE to have a boogie!


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The ceremony was easy… a little doc on the River! No humanized decorations needed. We had rented a beautiful little rustic cabin on the river that was well decorated itself, I just added a few white hanging flowers and ribbons around the outside deck railings, some white flower petals to the inside table and tied up some larger white glittery bow ties. SIMPLE AND EASY!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We didn’t use flowers with the exception of a few attached to my headpiece. For the most part, I prefer flowers to stay in the ground. 🙂


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had a cake topper made with “Mr and Mrs ABT”…this is significant because when I finally change my name, we both will have the exact same initials, including middle names.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Well, we were also trying to be as cost effective as possible. Who doesn’t like to find a bargain and still look good?! I actually found my dress which was white, lacy, flowing and cut just above my ankles (that’s exactly perfect for me as I’m short). All in all I purchased it for $40! I wore a flower headpiece and a crystal necklace that I had purchased while traveling in a remote area in Chile. Ahmahd bought a simple white button up and wore an already purchased pair of mustard colored pants. And our feet… well for the most part I had bare feet! Ahmahd had a pair of slip on sandals, similar to a Huarache.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met in Las Vegas in 2012. We were working for Cirque du Soleil, in a show called MYSTERE. We had both come from different ends of the earth. Ahmahd from England and myself from Australia. We were close friends for a long time before we started dating in 2015. He proposed in July 2019. I had come to visit him during my week vacation from my job. At this point, we both were on separate touring shows for Cirque du Soleil and been doing long distance for almost 4 years. It was in Tysons, Virginia and I had gotten up early to catch my flight to the next city I was touring and right before I left, he proposed.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The vows. His were better than mine and so beautiful. The words were so true, loving and fun. I enjoy writing and that is supposed to be my thing, but his smashed mine up! It was great!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Don’t go over the top. It’s a moment for just the two of you declaring your unity to each other. You don’t need to spend thousands to have the best or most memorable wedding. You just need each other and a good cake! And if you do decide to have plenty of guests, I’d suggest a pot luck for the food!