Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
They say your spouse should be your best friend, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few close pals to help you find that special someone. For Nicole and Alejandro Diaz, friends were essential to their happily ever after.
The couple first met when Nicole started working at a bar where Alejandro and his friends were regulars. They were introduced by a coworker (now a close friend, of course) and started dating. After seven years, Alejandro popped the question, again with the help of their mutual buddies. At an annual group outing to the pumpkin patch, he planted a sign with Nicole’s name and a poem next to a little pumpkin with a ring inside. Their friends looked on and recorded as Nicole discovered the surprise.
And the support didn’t stop at the proposal! After 11 months of engagement, a close friend officiated the ceremony. “We had a very quick—like 10-minute—ceremony so we could get to the party!” says Nicole.
Of course, the couple’s fondest memories are of touching family moments and speeches from loved ones. Sometimes, though, the best way to celebrate your love is by munching on pizza with your buds, as the Diazes did over Mikey’s Late Night Slice that evening.
Wedding date: Sept. 21, 2018
Wedding colors: Gold, burgundy, gray and white
Theme: Modern vintage romance
Attendants: Four bridesmaids, one bridesman, five groomsmen, one junior bridesmaid, one flower girl and one ring bearer
Bride wore: A Watters gown from La Jeune Mariee, shoes from DSW, her mother’s and grandmother’s jewelry and a hair accessory from Etsy
Hair and makeup: Kayla Keeling andToria Leslie of Lacquer Gallery
Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from By Vesna
Rings: Meyers Jewelers
Bridesmaids wore: Gowns from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen wore: Suits rented from By Vesna
Rehearsal dinner: Due Amici
Ceremony and reception: Vue Columbus
Caterer: Metro Cuisine
Cake: Pattycake Bakery
Florist: Petals & Leaves
Photographer: Forget Me Knot Photography
Guest favors: Personalized wine corks
Reception tunes: Ryan Smith DJ
First dance: “Feel So Close” by Nelly Furtado
Registries: Bed Bath & Beyond and a honeymoon fund via The Knot
Newlywed accommodations: Hotel LeVeque