Eclipse Turns From Foreboding To Celebratory Phenomenon With Romance, Spectacle

By Marwa Eltagouri
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Experts say Monday’s phenomenon will be a backdrop to not only wedding ceremonies but proposals, too, thanks to a feature of the eclipse many call the diamond ring effect, during which the sun’s bright corona surrounds the moon to form a ring shape with a bump on one side, resembling a diamond.

Chicago Tribune

To Jazmin Pruneda, a 21-year-old with a deep appreciation for science, nothing seems more sublime or sentimental than marrying the man she loves on the day of the solar eclipse.

“The sun and the moon, aligning perfectly in the spot that we met,” said Pruneda, who is from a small town in Nebraska that lies in the path of totality. With her bright voice and delight for hot summer days, she likens herself to the sun. Her soon-to-be husband, Evan Mehne, 27, who she says is calm and rational, is the moon.

Their celestial-themed wedding is set for Monday, the day the moon will blot out the sun in the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.

The couple has incorporated red and blue, red for the sun, blue for the moon, into their invitations and wedding party. In anticipation of their big day, Pruneda and Mehne pierced their cartilages. Their matching earrings are of the moon overlapping the sun, “kind of like it’s eclipsing,” she said.

“It’s a big thing. It’s two minutes that won’t ever happen to us again in the same spot we fell in love in.”

The couple is among many people across the country who will embrace the astronomical occurrence as a cause for romantic celebration, a notion that is a stark shift from previous centuries.

Some cultures still steer clear of eclipses, let alone celebrate them, equating their darkness with evil omens.

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