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Carly D.

Clayton and I met during our college welcome week at UC San Diego! His roommate, Tim, and my suitemate, Kristel, were family friends and wanted to meet up since they hadn't seen each other in a while. I tagged along with Kristel, as Clayton and one of his suitemates did with Tim. We met at the Earl Warren dining hall - how romantic!

I'm somewhat shy, but went for it and talked to Clayton. I was excited right off the bat by some of our shared interests, like both entering college with a major in Spanish. Our relationship started almost immediately. We stayed together through the whole four years of college. He cared for me during many ups and downs. After Clayton got a job at Sony Pictures upon graduation, we moved to Culver City. Soon I joined him at Sony Pictures, though in a different dept. I never once pushed marriage because we both knew that it would happen.

For our fifth anniversary, Clayton had planned an outing that I knew nothing about. He had started planning it months out! I was so excited to learn what he had been up to. We took the day off work on Friday, September 21st, 2007, and headed to our destination. As we got closer, Clayton made me wear a blindfold! Once we arrived, he let me take it off and I saw the Long Beach Port sign. We were going on a cruise! We boarded the Carnival Cruise Line for a nice weekend trip to Ensenada. It was nice being able to spend time with each other and relax.

Sunday was our actual anniversary, and we took a stroll around the deck of the ship that morning. We came to a quiet shaded area where we were by ourselves and able to stare out into the ocean and lose ourselves in the rhythmic splashing of the waves. Clayton turned to me and said, "Do you know what today is? It's the summer solstice. Do you know what that means?" I responded, "The first day of summer." I guess that was not the answer he was looking for. Clayton went on to say it means that there are twelve hours of sunlight and twelve hours of dark that day; people consider it a lucky day. "That's why it's such a perfect time to ask you - will you marry me?" Of course I said, "Yes," as tears started to roll down my cheeks. We hugged and kissed, cherishing the moment.

Two years later, we are getting into the thick of wedding planning. Trying to stick to a budget is a tough goal, but we're determined! I'm enjoying myself thus far. We recently started looking at invitations on the Wedding Paper Divas site and fell in love with Moroccan Nights! It fits perfectly with the look and feel of the venue we chose in La Jolla, which is a historic house with Spanish and Moroccan architecture and design.

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