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Couple plan wedding for exact time of total solar eclipse – WITN

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HOULTON, Maine (WABI/Gray News) – A Maine couple are turning two once-in-a-lifetime events into one giant celebration: their wedding and the total solar eclipse.

Chris Selmek says he was on a cross-country road trip when he realized he belonged in Maine with Stephanie Sennett.

“I proposed to Stephanie on the front porch before I even got into the house. It was the first thing I did when I got here,” Selmek told WABI.

For their wedding, Sennett had a stellar idea: the ceremony would be on April 8, the date of the total solar eclipse.

“I just thought, ‘Oh, that would be such a cool day to get married,’” she said.

At first, Selmek was a little wary, but then, he thought about the once-in-a-lifetime experience and was hooked.

“It just felt like the biggest party in the world. How could you celebrate your wedding in a bigger way than that?” he said.

So, the couple got right to planning, embracing the eclipse theme. Their wedding dress code requires eclipse glasses, and each guest received a pair with their invitation.

“Our colors are navy blue and gold,” Sennett said.

During the ceremony, Sennett will walk down the aisle at the moment of totality when the sun is completely obscured by the moon.

With thousands expected to visit Maine for the eclipse, timing is key.

“I keep thinking about what if there’s so much traffic, I can’t get there in the time that we want to start the ceremony,” Sennett said.

But she and Selmek agree that the most important part of the day is starting their lives together.

“I came up here, not knowing what I would find, and I found the sweetest girl in the world,” Selmek said.

The couple say they plan to get married April 8, no matter what the weather is like.

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