What a time to tie the knot! During today's total solar eclipse (the first the contiguous U.S. has seen since 1979), couples nationwide are lining up to get married, with most planning the end of the ceremony at the moment when the moon covers the sun for just two and a half minutes. A series of weddings began in Oregon at approximately 10 a.m and will end at approximately 2:50 p.m. in South Carolina. According to The Charlotte Observer, at least a dozen ceremonies are scheduled to occur in South Carolina, with one nontraditional group wedding happening in the city of Belton.
The event is dubbed "Solar Eclipse of the Heart" and will include six couples exchanging vows in an open field; five are marrying for the first time, and two are renewing their vows. The event's organizer, Bell Jar Barn, will supply everything from the photographer to the special glasses needed to view the eclipse. And, of course, moon pies will be served! Among the couples are David and Susan Summer, who are renewing their vows after tying the knot just 18 months ago.
“We were in a hurry to get married, and Ingles deli was the only place the notary would do it,” David told the news outlet. “We came straight home and I carried her up the stairs.” Referencing the solar eclipse, "I’ll see my beautiful bride in her dress. Then comes another sight: the world going dark in the middle of the day.”
Thomas Brandt and Rachel Sloan are also celebrating their wedding on the special day, but with a magical twist. The Nashville-based couple will have a Harry Potter–themed wedding, and the details are epic. In addition to the Harry Potter invitations, the bride's bouquet is made of spells from the series. As far as the ring? Brandt went the extra mile. "I got a custom Quidditch ring made for her, and I proposed to her in front of Hogwarts, and…that's kind of where the theme came from," Brandt told WKRN. "I think of her when I think of Harry Potter."
Missouri couple Liz Tummons and Fabio Gallazzi will also wed during the solar eclipse. The couple is set to marry at the Iron Horse Hotel in Blackwater just a few hours before the eclipse, as Tummons revealed that trying to time the ceremony to the event would be "too stressful." Even so, the couple believe choosing the day of the solar eclipse as the backdrop of their wedding will make the day more memorable.
Fellow Missouri couple Samantha Adams and Cameron Kuhn, of Kansas City, will marry during the solar eclipse during a starry, galaxy-themed wedding ceremony (how fitting!). The ceremony will take place in St. Joseph, a location that's said to offer the best eclipse views in the state. Adams told the Kansas City Star that the wedding will start at 12:30 p.m., under an outdoor pavilion. Immediately after, the couple and guests will don special glasses and watch as the solar eclipse it reaches totality. What's more, the bride is looking forward to the next eclipse crossing the U.S. in 2024. "I'm hoping to have a little kid or two to take to the next one," she told the publication.
Today's total eclipse of the sun will be able to seen fully by anyone within the path of totality (a 70-mile-wide path across 14 states, beginning in Oregon and ending near Charleston, South Carolina), while everyone else outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.