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Eclipse of the heart: SC politicianengaged during totality

  • State Representative Micah Caskey, 36, proposed to his girlfriend during the eclipse's totality
  • The couple got engaged on Lake Murray in South Carolina
  • They both posted pictures with each other during the eclipse to social media 

By Associated Press and Mollie Cahillane For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:32 EDT, 22 August 2017 | Updated: 14:42 EDT, 22 August 2017

A South Carolina lawmaker got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend during the eclipse on Monday.

State Rep. Micah Caskey, 36, said that he started planning two months ago to pop the question to his girlfriend Erin Harris, 29, during the eclipse's totality, when the moon moved directly in front of the sun.

'I saw a video about how cool the total solar eclipse was going to be, and it just made sense to do it then,' he said.

South Carolina lawmaker Micah Caskey (right) proposed to his girlfriend Erin Harris (left) during Monday's solar eclipse
South Carolina lawmaker Micah Caskey (right) proposed to his girlfriend Erin Harris (left) during Monday's solar eclipse

South Carolina lawmaker Micah Caskey (right) proposed to his girlfriend Erin Harris (left) during Monday's solar eclipse

While celebrating the event on Lake Murray with friends, the West Columbia Republican dropped to one knee after the skies darkened, and popped the question. 

Caskey said he waited until about halfway into the full eclipse so Harris wouldn't miss out on one event due to excitement over another.

'I tried to wait until about a minute into when totality had started because I was worried she would start crying and miss getting to see the whole thing,' he said.

Caskey proposed to Harris on Lake Murray. Columbia experienced one of the longest periods of totality in the country
Caskey proposed to Harris on Lake Murray. Columbia experienced one of the longest periods of totality in the country
She said yes! Future bride Harris admires her ring
She said yes! Future bride Harris admires her ring

Caskey proposed to Harris on Lake Murray. Columbia experienced one of the longest periods of totality in the country

Caskey waited until the eclipse was halfway over so Harris wouldn't miss anything
Caskey waited until the eclipse was halfway over so Harris wouldn't miss anything
Harris posted her excitement on Instagram
Harris posted her excitement on Instagram

Caskey waited until the eclipse was halfway over so Harris wouldn't miss anything

Columbia experienced one of the longest periods of totality in the country - more than two minutes of total darkness. The moonshadow raced across 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina and out to sea.

Caskey quickly got an enthusiastic 'yes!' from his bride-to-be, and the happy couple didn't miss the show.

Harris is from Columbia and is an importer of Italian wines.

Micah Caskey is a state representative and Erin Harris imports wine and models
Micah Caskey is a state representative and Erin Harris imports wine and models

Micah Caskey is a state representative and Erin Harris imports wine and models

The future bride posted a photo of the happy couple on Instagram and captioned it: 'Well today was pretty special! Happy anniversary mom and dad! Happy new anniversary to us!'

Caskey posted photos on his Facebook page and said: 'During the solar eclipse, I got engaged to my favorite person in the universe.' He also added two heart emojis and the dancing woman in a red dress emoji.

As for a wedding date, they aren't necessarily planning their nuptials around any other celestial circumstances, though that could change.

'We're not really looking at the astronomical calendar for planning the wedding,' he said. 'But who knows?'

The couple says they aren't planning their wedding date around any other celestial events
The couple says they aren't planning their wedding date around any other celestial events

The couple says they aren't planning their wedding date around any other celestial events


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