Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.

Melanie and Dominic Bartola caught a bad case of puppy love. Though this couple is definitely in it for the long haul, they owe their relationship to Dominic’s yellow lab, Plato.

After meeting through mutual friends, Dominic’s Instagram page for Plato convinced Melanie to slide into Dominic’s DMs. Fast forward a little over a year later, when Dominic popped the question to Melanie by attaching a charm to Plato’s collar that read “Will you marry my dad?”

And there’s more! As the couple was getting ready on the big day, Dominic had Plato bring a special note with a charm attached to Melanie every 20 minutes. All together, these charms made up a charm bracelet commemorating important aspects of their relationship, which Melanie wore down the aisle. To top it all off (literally!) the Bartolas’ cake topper was a silhouette of a couple … with their dog.

The Details

Wedding date: Oct. 8, 2016

Wedding colors: Blush, navy, gold and white

Bride wore: Dress from David’s Bridal, shoes from Macy’s and accessories from Posin Diamonds

Groom wore: A custom suit purchased from Nick’s Menswear

Rings: Engagement ring from International Diamond Center; wedding bands from Robbins Brothers

Rehearsal dinner: Flutes and Peppercorns

Ceremony: Flutes and Peppercorns

Reception: Flutes and Peppercorns

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Lori’s Cakes

Photographer: Dan Buckley Photography

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Reception tunes: Carrie Whaley

First dance: “Love Someone” by Jason Mraz

Guest favors: Handmade dreamcatchers

Registries: Wanderable

Guests stayed at: Ravenswood Castle

Sunday brunch: Flutes and Peppercorns

Honeymoon: Saint Lucia in the Caribbean