Nicole and Blake met while they were sophomores at Baylor University but didn’t become friends until they accepted jobs at the same consulting firm after graduation. Two years later, their friendship turned into a romance, and a year after that, Blake was ready to propose.
The Bride Nicole Rivers, 27, former financial reporting manager
The Groom Blake Anderson, 28, project manager
The Date July 12
He asked Nicole’s friend, Amy, to invite her to a cocktail party while he was “out of town on business.” After an afternoon of manicures and trying on different outfits, Amy drove Nicole to the “party” -- and then pulled over near a trail of rose petals. A shocked Nicole followed the petals and found Blake waiting at the other end. “I felt like I was part of a movie!” says Nicole.