Daryl & Clayton’s L O V E story

Daryl and Clayton first met in highschool— but didn’t start dating until after college. With the help of mutual friends and a late night 3:00am romantic taco dinner, Clayton finally asked Daryl out.

That steamy proposal

Fast forward to living together in their lovely Chicago apartment with lake views, they decided to pack a picnic one steamy summer morning in August.

Queue the music

With Daryl’s favorite Avett Brothers song “I Wish I Was” in the background and a plate of melted cheese and hot fruit, Clayton got down on one knee and popped the question.

Daryl got down with the gown

Alice in Ivory was the first place Daryl visited for wedding dresses. Without a clear idea of what type of gown she wanted, Daryl was open to try on all different styles. Through an Alice stylist recommendation, Daryl tried on Bruna by Theia paired with the Celeste belt by Sara Gabriel and fell in love. After a few other appointments at other bridal boutiques, Daryl couldn’t stop thinking about her favorite gown at Alice in Ivory and knew it was the dress she couldn’t live without. Daryl couldn’t have made the decision without the help of her mom— it was a moment she will forever cherish <3

Daryl had her gown alterations at Ette Tailor and loved her experience. With the help of Ariana, the dress fit Daryl perfectly and hugged in all the right places. Oww Oww!

Groom style

Clayton got a custom suit from Balani Custom Clothiers that fit him like a g l o v e.

Ravenswood Event Center

Daryl and Clayton looked at a lot of different venues before they stumbled across the Ravenswood Event Center. After a quick walkthrough, they knew this was the venue was for them. Both born and raised in Chicago, it felt like home—a Chicago feel through and through. Between the vintage cars, event planners, staff and food — the venue was absolutely everything they dreamed of.

f i r s t look

It’s hard to pick a favorite moment when every part of the day is everything you dreamed of. Daryl and Clayton decided to do a first look — it was a private moment between just the two of them while revealing everything they’d been hiding for months from one another, it was something they will never forget and the best way to kick-off their perfect day.



Photography by Cling & Peck

Hair by VonKarl Bridal

Alterations by Ette Tailor

Makeup by Makeup by Kasey

Venue by Ravenswood Event Center

Kaylee Archer