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.

The Details

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

Invitations: Minted.com

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

Honeymoon: Antigua