Storybook Wedding: Aaron and Kyla

ESSENCE Storybook Wedding winners Kyla and Aaron's sweet love story.
ESSENCE.COM May, 10, 2012

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Aaron Maupin and Kyla Clark became quick friends while in college. They began dating right before she moved to Indianapolis for a yearlong internship. Through the distance, the two formed a strong emotional bond that cemented their love.


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As Aaron begin to plan a proposal for Kyla, friends flooded his email with the ESSENCE Storybook Wedding contest call-out. He wrote in and was selected as one of six finalists from more than 200 letters.


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In the luxe and intimate Queen Victoria’s room at Disney World’s Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, which counts Steve Harvey and wife Marjorie as regulars, Aaron and Kyla sampled desserts.


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As the final course arrived, Aaron had a harpist play “A Whole New World” – one of Kyla’s favorite tunes.


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Kyla was shocked to discover an engagement ring inside instead of a sweet treat. “I always thought that I would know when ‘it’ was about to happen by his behavior, but boy was I wrong! she shares. “He was so cool and calm the entire time.”


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The magical moment brought tears to both of their eyes, as Aaron shared he didn’t want to go another day without Kyla by his side. “Early on I saw qualities in Kyla I would want for life,” Aaron says. “Marriage is part of my faith and the pinnacle of a relationship.”


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The couple that prays together has stayed together. “Aaron’s faith has guided our relationship and there is nothing more beautiful than a man of God,” Kyla says. “He’s told me on many occasions that he prayed that God would send him the right woman and then there I was.”


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One of Aaron’s favorite memories was packing up Kyla’s stuff in Indianoplos and riding back to Atlanta together. “She’ll say we drove 50/50. It was more like 90/10,” he says. “ I enjoyed our time laughing and talking.”


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Why they want your vote: “As my queen, she deserves this fairytale to come true. We look forward to beginning a lifetime of love and laughter with each other,” Aaron says.


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10 of 10 Photography by Diana Zalucky

See more of Aaron and Kyla’s story and their Disney World engagement in the June issue of ESSENCE.

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