12-12-12 Popular with brides, babies and birthdays

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Symmetry fans rejoiced in celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event Wednesday -- Dec.12, 2012... or... 12-12-12.
Dates like  this are always popular with brides, babies and birthdays. There's no excuse for forgetting an anniversary where all the numbers match.

"If he does he'll be in trouble," said bride Kirsten Crawford, sitting beside fiance Moshe Adrion, as the two waited to be married in Maricopa County.  "About a week ago we said, 'Let's do it.  Let's remember our anniversary.'  So we did it."

According to marriage magnate David's Bridal, 12-12-12 will host some 7,500 weddings in the U.S. -- a 1,400 percent increase over the same date one year ago.

"[We] just decided it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Crawford said.

It was a first in the lifetime of Lyla Anna Shapiro.

"So that's her lucky number for Vegas," said Sean Shapiro, standing beside his wife and new baby in the hospital bed.

Lyla was the 12th baby born on 12-12-12 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea.  Lyla's mom, Kori, said it took her a minute to figure out what the nurses were all gushing about.

"She kept saying, 'What a cool birthday.'  And I was like, '...OK...' Then I thought about it and I was like, oh, 12-12-12.  That is neat!" she said.

Another neat coincidence belongs to Scottsdale birthday boy Connor Soelle.  He turned 12 years old on 12-12-12.  He was also born at 12:44 p.m.  So, what did he get for his golden birthday?

"Almost everybody gave me $12," Connor said, counting the stash of money from his friends and family. "I Think it's pretty cool because I don't know anyone who has the same thing as me."