Real Weddings: Taylor Tompkins & Patrick Dunton
An Intimate Affair
The General’s Daughter, Sonoma
Patrick Dunton and Taylor Tompkins both went to Las Lomas High School, but after graduation, they went their separate ways—Patrick to Chico and Taylor to San Diego. When they reconnected after college, they knew they were destined to be together.
After getting engaged over a home-cooked meal, Patrick and Taylor planned an intimate wedding in Sonoma. “From the start, the only non-negotiable for the wedding was that it be a day filled with love . . . It was important to us that we make a point of having people there that meant something to us and not get carried away with the guest list,” says Taylor.
During the ceremony, Taylor wore her mother’s wedding veil, her sisters read “A Lovely Love Story,” and Patrick’s brother, Alan, officiated. The reception was full of personal touches: A wall was decorated with pictures of friends and family, songs were dedicated to guests, and Taylor did the hora in honor of her Jewish step grandmother.
“I loved the hora!” says Taylor. “While I was holding on for dear life, I remember looking over at Patrick, and he was dancing and laughing. It made me happy to see him so happy. I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.”
The newlyweds honeymooned in Costa Rica in an open-air bungalow, eating farm-fresh food, hiking along private beaches, and swimming in waterfalls.
The couple lives in Livermore, but hope to continue their travel adventures.
Bridal Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal, Walnut Creek | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: BethLovesPaper | Flowers: Mandolin Flowers, San Francisco | Catering: Ramekins, Sonoma | Dessert: Ramekins, Sonoma | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals, Daly City; Encore Events Rentals, Sonoma County | Hair: Moira Ziolkowski, Katie Nash | Makeup: Katie Nash | Photographer: Stacey Pentland Photography, Walnut Creek | Planner: Ali DiLuvio Events, Santa Rosa | Signage, Escort Card Frame: Kristin Clarke Designs, Walnut Creek