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You Will Fall in Love With This Couple?€?s Total Solar Eclipse Engagement Session

By now, there have been countless stories about science-adoring couples marrying during the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, but The Knot can reveal how one to-be-wed pair??opted for an eclipse engagement session during this week?€?s nationwide event.

Future newlyweds Tyler Harris and Katie Matheny were first introduced to the creative concept by their photographers, Missouri-based husband-and-wife duo Charis and Kyle Rowland. ?€?We were shooting a wedding at Silver Oaks Chateau about a month ago, and one of the owners invited us for the eclipse,?€? Charis tells The Knot. ?€?From there it just kind of snowballed.?€?

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This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)
This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

The Wildwood, Missouri-based venue, Silver Oaks Chateau?€‘±where Harris and Matheny will marry come November?€‘±just happened to be in the path of totality; For two complete minutes on Monday, eclipse observers experienced darkness in the daytime.???€?We thought the light was probably going to be pretty magical,?€? Charis adds. ?€?Katie and Tyler were at our house about a week later to talk through wedding plans, and when we brought up the idea, they jumped on board.?€?

?€?Obviously, I was not going to turn that down,?€? the future bride, 22, adds. ?€?It honestly ended up being one of the coolest things I had ever experienced.?€?

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)
This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)
This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

With it being the first total eclipse to dawn upon North America in 36 years, there were naturally multiple challenges for the group. ?€?It was all one big experiment,?€? Charis says. ?€?We assumed the light would be really interesting before and after totality, but it was definitely a risk since we?€?ve never actually experienced a total solar eclipse. We were so grateful that [the venue] offered their rooftop for the shoot. It was totally worth climbing up a ladder with our gear.?€?

At 1:16 p.m. local time, totality finally took place. ?€?We shot a few photos right when the sun was fully blocked, and then, we just stood there?€? shocked,?€? Charis continues. ?€?Even the moments before and after were wild. It was crazy to see a 360-degree sunset and other strange things. The whole experience was mind-blowing?€? It felt so surreal.?€?

The resulting images are descriptively moody, deep-tone imagery that include??a slight glimmer of haziness. The session, in other terms, was a success.

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)
This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

This couple had an eclipse engagement session. (Charis and Kyle Rowland / The Rowlands Photography and Filmmaking)

?€?My favorite photo from the shoot is probably when Tyler and I are in the field and we?€?re laughing,?€? says the bride. ?€?It captures the joy and happiness that we bring into each others?€? lives.?€? While the concept was unique, the couple is opting for a more traditional theme for their fall wedding as opposed to something celestial.

Harris and Matheny, meanwhile, tell The Knot it was hard to select one outstanding image. ?€?If we had to pick one, it?€?s when they?€?re on the quilt,?€? the photographer concludes. ?€?They?€?re both fully engrossed in the eclipse. It was moments before totality, and the light was so bizarre and amazing.?€?

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