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.
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
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
Guests stayed at: Ravenswood Castle
Sunday brunch: Flutes and Peppercorns
Honeymoon: Saint Lucia in the Caribbean