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Just Engaged: ESSENCE Storybook Wedding Winners Kyla and Aaron

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Kyla Aaron Just Engaged

The Lucky Lady: Kyla Clark, 26, advertising executive

Her Leading Man: Aaron Maupin, 26, business consultant

The Big Day: September 29, 2012

Wedding Location: Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, Atlanta

How did you meet your man?
Aaron and I met our sophomore year at Georgia Southern University in a World Literature class. We became study buddies, friends and then much more.

Were you looking for love?
No. I just wanted a study partner, and I think he just wanted me to give him all of the answers.

What do you do together for fun?
We love live music and festivals. Festival season is probably our favorite time in Atlanta. Food trucks, people and live music always equals a good time.

How did he pop the question?
In February 2012 Aaron became aware of the ESSENCE Storybook Wedding contest via family and friends. On a whim, he decided to enter the contest by submitting a letter on why I deserved a storybook wedding, never thinking he'd actually get a call back. To his surprise, he was contacted in March by the staff at ESSENCE informing him that we'd been selected as one of six finalists in the contest and we’d be traveling to Disney World. We went to a romantic dinner at Victoria and Albert's Restaurant at the Grand Floridian Hotel. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and led to a private dining room. We were seated and served champagne and dessert. A harpist was playing "A Whole New World" in the background. (Aaron strategically requested this tune because it’s one of our favorite Disney songs from the movie Aladdin). Once our waiter cleared the table, he brought out another treat on a silver platter — an engagement ring! Aaron quickly rose to his feet, removed the engagement ring from the platter, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, the answer was yes! (Watch the winning proposal here!)

Fill in the blank: I think he chose to marry me because _____.
...I can cook.

Fill in the blank: When we’re (finally!) husband and wife, I can’t wait to _____.
...start a family.

Second to his heart, what’s the other sexiest part of his body?
Those lips!

Fill in the blank: If you’re spying on us on a Friday night, you’ll probably catch us ______.
...at home watching TV.

Fill in the blank: Three things you will definitely find in our honeymoon suitcase are ______.
...snorkel gear, a camera and swimwear!

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