This past weekend, a mayor in Mexico married his pet crocodile as part of a local tradition, reports Nine News LA.

The blushing bride wore a stunning floral headband, a flattering white gown, and a cute pink ribbon around its mouth (so she doesn't attack her husband). The groom, Mayor Victor Aguilar, rocked a pale yellow button-down and, like the bride, a flower crown.

The marriage ceremony was a part of a longstanding tradition dating back hundreds of years in San Pedro Huamelula, a town in southern Mexico. CNN reports:

The ceremony symbolizes the union of two indigenous groups, the Chontales and the Huaves (also known as the Mareños). The two lived in conflict in pre-Hispanic times, when the Huaves arrived to the land where the Chontales lived on the Pacific Coast, news agency EFE reports. They both claimed to have the power to bring good luck to the harvest.

According to the legend, conflict between the groups ended when the son of the king of the Chontales and the daughter of the king of the Huales fell in love and eventually got married, local media reports.

In this past weekend's ceremony, the croc symbolized the princess of Huale; the mayor, the prince of Chontales.

Aguilar explained that the role he plays "is being the husband to the princess."

Pre-nuptials, the crocodile bride is brought around the town, locals celebrating with music and dancing. During the reception, the bride and groom share a first dance and even a kiss.

"The wedding is part of festivities in honor of Saint Peter, the town's patron saint," notes CNN.

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