Solar Flare: Total Eclipse of the Heart

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Even if you’re not up-to-date with the latest findings from NASA or savvy with astronomy, we’re pretty sure that EVERYONE can appreciate + watch the solar eclipse in utter awe! And in honor of today’s incredible celestial event — the total eclipse that will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918 — we’re sharing this epic editorial!

Inspired by the event + the fact that Kansas City is in the Totality Zone, Carolyn of Ultrapom Event Rental decided to bring an A team on board to bring her shoot vision to life. Carolyn shares We wanted to play off the dark and light that occurs during a eclipse by mixing dark and light elements of decor and lighting. Think black plates and glasses on a white table, side by side with white plates and candles on a dark table. Throw in a pink neon heart, and it is a total eclipse of the heart! Our bride is wearing custom solar eclipse glasses created by Sugarbean Paper Co. and for dessert what is more fitting for the occasion than Moon Pies?

For those that are just hearing about this… You still have time! The total solar eclipse begins in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PDT, and the totality ends at 2:48 p.m. EDT in South Carolina. Now onto the editorial!

gray wedding invitation

For the couple that’s all about celestial-inspired details + incorporating all things lunar into their big day — this invitation suite by Sugarbean Paper Co. is quite the statement!

black stone ring

Black + gold were simply made for each other, right? And how fitting is it that this piece was crafted by Gigi Moon?

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Neon lights added a funky + fresh vibe to this dark and moody reception space.

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

wax stamp name card

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Inspired by the day, Foundation Event Space created this “Total Solar” cocktail recipe. Enjoy!

  • 2 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz. Vodka (we used Tito’s)
  • 1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3 oz. Sparkling Ruby Red Rosé
  • Lemon Ice Cube (house made ice made with 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice to 2 parts water)

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, mix combine Lillet, Vodka and Orange Juice. Shake to chill and strain into glass. Top with Sparkling Ruby Red Rosé. Garnish with a whole orange slice inside glass and pink Himalayan Salt on the rim. Finish with adding the lemon ice cube.

white king protea bouquet

Keeping the florals moody, yet neutral, Hitched Planning + Floral crafted this bouquet using colors that are *almost* reminiscent of what would be found on the moon.

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Solar eclipse glasses specific for the day!

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Fun Fact from NASA: Solar eclipses occur when the moon blocks any part of the sun. Total solar eclipses, however, are only possible on Earth because of a cosmic quirk of geometry: The sun’s diameter is 400 times wider than the moon’s, but it is also 400 times farther away. The result is that the sun and the moon appear to be the same size from our perspective. When they line up just right, the moon can obscure the sun’s entire surface, creating a total solar eclipse.

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

Talk about EPIC. Altar Bridal provided that sleek + modern gown, complete with the haute couture hat. Hair + makeup artist White Carpet Bride kept the bride looking fresh all day (and night) long.

Total Eclipse of the Heart Inspiration

So… did you check out the solar eclipse?! We’d love to see your snaps + hear about your experience below! And a huge THANK YOU to the talented team behind this celestial-inspired shoot!

Still feeling *starry-eyed*? Check out this sweet video by videographer, Sykes Films.

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photography: Morgan Miller Photography // venue name: Foundation Event Space, Kansas City, Missouri, USA // florals: Hitched Planning + Floral // wedding dress boutique: Altar Bridal // hair stylist: White Carpet Bride // makeup artist: White Carpet Bride // videography: Sykes Films // paper goods: Sugarbean Paper Co. // handmade details: Bouquet Ribbon - EK Harrison Art // tabletop rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental // furniture rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental // models: Dieynaba Diop // lighting: Elite Sounds Entertainment Group  // jewelry: Gigi Moon

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