For “Upload” actress Allegra Edwards and former “Lizzie McGuire” star Clayton Synder (yes, that’s the Ethan Craft), tying the knot in 2020 was a must—even if it meant reimagining their wedding plans!
Their love story began in 2006 as freshmen at Pepperdine University when they were introduced by a mutual friend just before the start of the school year and dated for the following three years before breaking up (when she went off to earn her master’s degree in acting and he headed to Europe to play water polo). “We were no more than Facebook friends, for eight years,” admits Allegra. But, as she shares, all it took was a “brave text” from Clayton (beginning with “I don’t know if this is still your number, but…”) to rekindle their romance. And after two years of long-distance dating, Clayton proposed on Thanksgiving Day.
The scene of their proposal—Swan Lake Farm in Granite Bay, California—would eventually serve as the backdrop for their vows. “It represents a sanctuary of love and beauty,” says Allegra of her aunt and uncle’s private home. “It’s where I told Clayton I loved him for the first time in 2006, and where he proposed in 2019.”
Swan Lake Farm boasts the landscape of a fairytale—imagine rolling pastures, a glassy lake, cascading waterfalls, and exotic birds, says Allegra— so it’s no surprise that the property was the inspiration for the entire celebration. “When you combine that with the years of memories I have attached to the home and the people that live there, there seemed to me to be no other venue that could compare,” explains the bride.
On October 3, 2020, Allegra, Clayton, and 89 of their nearest and dearest (half of their original list!) gathered outdoors for a dreamy fall wedding that followed the state’s COVID-19 guidelines and included elements such as a falcon ring bearer and a swan boat exit. Ahead, all the exclusive details from the romantic nuptials planned by Mae Mallon of Beyond Smitten Events and photographed by Anée Atelier.
When it came down to details, Swan Lake Farm’s “enchanted” nature guided the couple. “Aesthetically, we leaned into what the venue already offered naturally: a romantic, storybook wedding by the light of a harvest moon,” Allegra says.
Inspired by the venue, they incorporated elements from the farm—pomegranates, swans, red brick, olive branches, feathers, and birch trees—into the wedding design and leaned on a quintessential warm autumn palette of olive green, gold, mauve, dusty rose, and merlot, all of which were evident in their custom watercolor invitations. “We especially love the color and detail of the bright blue Victoria Crown Pigeon on the third panel, one of the many birds that live in the menagerie,” adds the bride.
Another nod to the birds of Swan Lake Farm? Feather boutonnieres by Mignon Floral Co. that were tied together with green thread to match Clayton’s eyes.