In 2017, actor Taylor Lautner was hosting a game night at his home, when he was introduced to Taylor Dome—a registered nurse, mental health advocate, and founder of the blog Lemons by Tay and the non-profit The Lemons Foundation—by his sister. Before the event, she told her brother: “I’m bringing your future wife!”
The two Taylors were engaged on November 11, 2021, with the teen heartthrob (and Twilight star) proposing in the couple’s L.A. kitchen. “Tay always told me she didn’t want anything big or elaborate; she preferred something intimate,” Lautner says. “One night, she suggested I just do it in the kitchen over dinner and a glass of wine. So I ended up doing it in the kitchen, but I did it big in the kitchen.”
Numerology has always been important to Dome, so Lautner quickly identified 11/11/21 as the perfect proposal date. “With our friend and assistant’s help, I had an event arranged for her to go to so we could transform the kitchen while she was gone,” Lautner explains. “We covered the kitchen with hundreds of roses and candles, and it was hardly recognizable. When she got home from her event, she was in for quite the surprise. Later that night, I suggested to her that we get married exactly one year from today on Friday, November 11, 2022—and we did!”
The couple worked with Josiah Carr and Justin McGregor of Samkoma, who conceptualized and executed everything for their Friday night wedding in California, at Epoch Estate Winery outside of Paso Robles. “Planning a wedding is a lot of work and obviously has its highs and lows but the whole process was pretty smooth and the end product exceeded all of the expectations we had!” Dome says. “When I tried my dress on for the first time, it had these beautiful lace capes coming off the shoulders, and I was in awe,” she remembers of her Winnie Couture dress. “I didn’t think I wanted a dress like I ended up picking, but I felt like a princess when I put it on and that’s how I knew it was the one.”
Butterflies hold a deeper meaning for Dome, so she added butterfly appliqués to the dress and veil to make them even more personal. “Aside from the growth, transformation, and comfort that butterflies symbolize. My nana and I have always had a deep love for butterflies,” the bride explains. “My nana’s mom passed away at a young age, and she always told my nana she would come back as a white butterfly to watch over and protect her. To this day, my nana and I always have white butterflies around. The day before the wedding, I was out at lunch and a white butterfly literally landed on me. I was blown away and felt so comforted.” Butterfly earrings from Susan Saffron and an engagement ring and wedding band from Ring Concierge completed the bride’s ceremony look.
On the day of the wedding, 100 family and friends were shuttled to the ceremony location within the vineyard, and instrumental music was playing as they took their seats. The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Touching Heaven” by Johnnyswim; soon after, the bride and her father followed, making their grand entrance to “Heaven’s Knife” by Aodhan King.
Dome and Lautner’s pastor and dear friend Judah Smith officiated the ceremony. The couple exchanged handwritten vows—and after being pronounced “Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Lautner,” the newlyweds walked down the aisle to “Born to Love You” by LANCO as guests through white rose petals.
“I felt like I was in a fairytale,” Dome says. “Everything was so beautiful—I was absolutely blown away. I remember looking around during the ceremony and just being in awe of everything. As we exchanged rings, I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we are actually doing this!’ We have dreamt of this day for so long, and it was so beyond perfect.”
For Lautner, the sentiment was the same. “It couldn’t have been more perfect,” he says. “I could’ve been anywhere marrying my best friend and the love of my life but the setting of the ceremony definitely made the whole thing feel surreal. The sunset over the mountains exactly when we said our ‘I dos’ made it feel like a dream.”
Afterwards, guests toasted the happy couple with drinks named after their dogs Remi and Lily. Live music was played on a grand piano covered in flowers, and painter Alyssa Simpson illustrated bottles of Epoch’s rosé for guests to take home at the end of the night.
On their way to the reception area, where a three-course dinner was about to be served, guests walked through a butterfly garden filled with greenery. There, butterflies flitted around guests while a harpist played in the background. Once inside, there were candles from Snif burning a custom scent called “Sweet Ash” and leather menu books embossed with a custom TT logo at each place setting.
The Lautners’ first dance was to Justin Bieber’s “Lifetime” sung by friend Aodhan King. After that, Aodhan and Benjamin Hastings continued to sing, and the couple changed into their second looks of the night. Once Dome was in her Retrofete dress, “Mrs. Lautner” high top shoes, and a tennis necklace for the Ring Concierge—and Lautner had made the switch into a velvet shirt and pants by Dolce & Gabbana—it was time for the dance party.
“[Looking back on it,] having an intimate wedding was so perfect,” Dome says. “We got to talk with everyone there and just enjoy our time with our guests. Our wedding day was the most special day of my life! But, we are big believers in [the fact that] marriage is about all the days after the one wedding day. And that’s what I’m most excited for—for forever!”
Originally published in Vogue.com