Riverfront Elopement in Virginia : Amber + Ahmahd

When two Cirque Cirque du Soleil performers fall in love and decide to elope you know it’s going to be amazing!

Amber and Ahmahd’s paths crossed in Vegas while they were working together. Friendship turned into more and after years of doing a long distance relationship they decide to marry!

They opted for a private elopement as a step back form their day jobs of being in front of thousands. They rented a Cabin and said their I do’s outside along the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Their smiles are contagious! I can feel the joy in these photos!

Check out these gorgeous images and some Q&A with the couple below.

Photography: Darcy Troutman Photography

Venue: Riverfront Pioneer Cabins

Q: How did you two meet? Tell us about the proposal. 

A: 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  in 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 me flight to the next city I was touring and right before I left he proposed.

Q: 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?

A: 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 are from the opposite sides of the world, which was beyond us to coordinate Everyone. We wanted simple, NATURAL, something outdoors amidst nature and it’s beauty.  We love nature. Something traditional would be dancing! With both LOVE to have a boogie!

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: 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 tide up some larger white glittery bow ties. SIMPLE AND EASY!
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: 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.

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

A: 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 head piece and a crystal necklace that I had purchased while traveling 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.

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

A: The vows. His were better then mine, and so beautiful. The words were so true and loving and fun. I enjoy writing and so that is supposed to be my kinda thing, but his smashed mine up! Was great!

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

A: 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!