In January 2021, Cody Nickson posted a photo with Jessica Nickson (née Graf), Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lauren Luyendyk (formerly Burnham), and their kids on vacation to his Instagram Story, per Us Weekly. Along with the picture, he shared, “It has been a pleasure getting to know @ariejr and @laurenluyendyk these past few years. It’ll be a lot of fun watching our families continue to grow on such a parallel path. Incredible people and blessed to be friend[s] with them.”
It appears that the couples met in June 2018 at a racing event, which Jessica shared a photo from. In the comments section, Arie wrote, “Great meeting you two! We’ll all have to hang soon.” And that wasn’t one of those polite sentiments that never materializes. The Nicksons and Luyendyks have formed a close bond. In February 2019, they went on a joint babymoon vacation, which included Jessica and Lauren sipping on mocktails since they were both pregnant at the time. In March 2019, Jessica joked about having their “Instagram husbands” take photos of them together.
In May 2019, Jessica dedicated a post to Alessi Luyendyk’s birth, writing, “Lauren and I got to go through our pregnancies together and I was so grateful to have a girlfriend of mine going through the same experiences at the same time.” She also mentioned that she was excited for their daughters to “officially meet outside of the wombs,” and now they’re vacation buddies.