They Met in a Car Pool, Now They’re Married


In the early days of their relationship, Kayla McCulley and Matthew Spencer created a e e-book membership — for two.

“We both love to read,” acknowledged Mr. Spencer, 34, an assistant professor engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.

He first met Ms. McCulley, 33, in November 2016, when every labored on the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles. When Ms. McCulley joined a automotive pool for varsity and workers residing in shut by Pasadena, Calif. — the one time she took half in it — she was launched to Mr. Spencer.

“I remember a very wonderful conversation in the car that night,” acknowledged Ms. McCulley, a supervisor of commerce engagement at 2U, an educating know-how firm with headquarters in Lanham, Md.

“But I happened to be in a relationship at that time,” acknowledged Ms. McCulley, who graduated from Pomona College and obtained two grasp’s ranges, one in enterprise administration and the selection in sport administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 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“I was very excited,” Mr. Spencer acknowledged. “Though I must admit, I needed a bit of a nudge to remember having met Kayla previously through the car pool.”

Ms. McCulley outfitted the nudge, and two weeks later, Mr. Spencer took her on a whirlwind first date that included a stop for espresso and churros, adopted by some bookstore in search of for and ending with blues dancing capabilities.

On their sixth date, the e e-book membership was created.

“That’s about the time when we first started getting serious,” acknowledged Mr. Spencer, who graduated from M.I.T. and obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

“We often discussed our favorite books with one another,” he acknowledged. “That became a great way to learn new things about each other, and to feel more comfortable when in each other’s presence.”

When requested if their e e-book membership has since been shelved, Ms. McCulley acknowledged, “Oh no, in fact, it has become a pillar of our relationship.”

“Our love of reading is one of the values we hold most important to us,” Mr. Spencer acknowledged. When we realized merely how a lot we had in widespread, our hope was that all the objects we did collectively would consequence in marriage.”

They took a monumental step in that route as shortly as they moved in collectively in an dwelling in Pasadena in August 2018, and a inconceivable elevated step as shortly as they turned engaged in September 2019. Mr. Spencer proposed whereas visiting Ms. McCulley’s family in Black Butte Ranch, Ore.

They had been married Dec. 19 on the Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Wash. The bride’s grandfather, John H. Clark, who turned a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated.

A second ceremony with the groom’s family adopted on Dec. 28, on the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens in Des Moines.

The couple initially deliberate a 150-person wedding ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony open air Seattle for July 25 2020. With these plans sidelined by the pandemic, they decided to hold two small separate ceremonies with each of their families in Washington State and Iowa.

“From the time of our first date, which was so unpredictably spectacular, I knew I had met someone really, really special,” the bride said. “He is very intelligent, very handsome and very committed — and best of all, he’s mine.”



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