Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all smiles and in love in their official wedding portrait, but they were actually hiding the fact that they were already tired from their wedding ceremony and following reception.
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who also shot the couple's engagement portraits, revealed that he only had "three-and-a-half minutes" to capture some intimate shots with the newlyweds in the rose garden after the daytime reception, according to People.
"Everything was like clockwork," according to the Lubomirski, and "it was just one of the those magical moments, when you are a photographer and everything falls into place." After shooting a few photos in the garden, Lubomirski asked Harry and Meghan to pose on the staircase before sending them on their way.
"I said finally, 'Okay, let’s go back. You can go back to your thing now, but listen, just before you go in, let’s sit down on these stairs,'" he said. "And she just slumped in between his legs, and there was this moment where they were just laughing because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it’s all over. And they just looked at each other and they were just laughing, and it was this just beautiful moment."
The result was this gorgeous black-and-white image that ended up being the couple's official wedding portrait. But in the moment, Lubomirski didn't even realize how great the image was. "So it wasn’t actually until I got back to the hotel that I looked at it, and it was just amazing - a very happy moment," he said.
Stairs seem to be a go-to photo setting for Harry and Meghan, especially when Lubomirski is behind the lens. Their engagement photos also included a seated pose on the steps of Frogmore House.
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