Garrett Clayton wedding
Kelly Balch photo team Blake Eiermann, Faye Gedik and Hannah Bixel
And they lived happily ever after!
Teen Beach movie star Garrett Clayton married screenwriter Blake Knight in a garden party affair on Saturday.
“We tried to get married for a long time,” says Clayton, 30, PEOPLE. “So we’re just excited.”
The newlyweds – who got engaged in Iceland in January 2018 after dating since 2011 – rescheduled their wedding twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic before finally tying the knot on Labor Day weekend at a private Los Angeles home could close. The property is part of the Walt Disney Estate and features a working replica of Snow White’s wishing well that Clayton and Knight dressed up in flowers from Commerce Flowers for a special photo opportunity.
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“We’re Big Disney Nerds!” Ritter, 30, says.
The couple said “I do” in bespoke Zegna suits during an outdoor ceremony attended by 160 friends and family. Clayton and Knight decided against having a wedding party because “we just wanted to make it as easy as possible,” explains Knight. But they were led in by their mothers from opposite sides of the archway, where the grooms met to exchange the vows they had both written. Actress Alicia Silverstone led the ceremony (“She took it seriously,” says Knight of the performance) and a string quartet provided the music.
After the ceremony, the celebration continued on a spacious lawn where guests played games such as boccia, croquet, oversized Connect 4 and giant jenga. The participants drank three signature cocktails: a Mint Julep, an Aperol Spritz (Ritter’s favorite) and an Aviation (Claytons Pick). The cocktails provided color inspiration for the garden party planned by Jason Mitchell Kahn.
Knight says they wanted to make everything about the wedding “really bright and colorful and happy”.
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“We really wanted the wedding to be fun,” adds Clayton. “Not just fun for us, but fun for everyone.”
Guests who were given face masks with their place cards enjoyed a picnic-style meal to avoid cross-contamination with food service providers. Foster’s vet says he and Knight wanted participants to “feel safe and have fun and not worry”.
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They also served a traditional wedding cake and had a Coolhaus ice cream truck as a refreshing treat. A painter created a piece of art that captured the wedding, and Kelly Balch Photo photographed the magical day.
Clayton and Knight have postponed their planned wedding after party at Tramp Stamp Granny’s in Hollywood and will wait six months before embarking on their honeymoon in the Maldives and Japan. But they can’t wait to enjoy married life together after more than a decade, especially since Clayton was advised early on in his career not to come out as gay and make his relationship with Knight public.
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“When we first made our relationship official, I was told to stay in the closet professionally and no one knew we were still together,” reveals Clayton. “I’ve been told often enough, ‘When you get out, you can’t audition for 80 percent of the roles you’d be seen for if you just stay in the closet.’ It was definitely a trip. “
A trip that they were finally able to celebrate with their loved ones on what Clayton calls a “fairytale” day. “We are lucky that we are now in a place where we can actually share our lives with one another,” adds Knight, “both privately and publicly.”