A Personalized, Non-Traditional Ceremony Was Just What This Couple Wanted

A night filled with love, laughter, friends, and family marked the beginning of married life for Lauren Amyx and Mario Merrills.

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

Lauren and Mario first met at a job training course in New Orleans and remained close friends afterward, despite living in different states. Years later, circumstances changed and the two began their relationship.

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

The couple strayed from the traditional for their October 24, 2020, ceremony, opting to write the entire thing themselves. After researching different formats, they pieced together parts that felt significant to their relationship, creating a completely personalized ceremony, which took place in the bride’s parents’ backyard and was presided over by Montgomery Mayor Chris Dobrozsi.

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

“We had incredible food, great cocktails, a cozy atmosphere at my parents’ home, and we did not stop laughing the entire night,” says Lauren.

Photograph by The Brothers Martens

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Brothers Martens | VENUE: Matt and Cindy Amyx’s home | WEDDING PLANNER: Ann Travis Events | FLOWERS: Robin Wood Flowers | CAKE: The BonBonerie | GOWN: Brandon Maxwell | TUX: M. Weil Custom Clothing | RENTALS: All Occasions Event Rentals | INVITATIONS: Poeme | BRIDE’S MAKEUP: Megan Kramer, Blend Artistry | CEREMONY MUSIC: On a Limb | CATERING: Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts | OFFICIANT: Montgomery Mayor Chris Dobrozsi

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