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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Photographer Had Just Three Minutes to Take Their Iconic Wedding Portrait

Alexi Lubomirski said the couple made it easy.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Official Wedding Portrait
Photography by: Kensington Palace via Instagram

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, only had three minutes to capture a portrait that would go down in history. The reason? Everything about the couple's big day "was like clockwork," he told reporters of the royal wedding's air-tight itinerary. Despite stringent time constraints, Lubomirski said that the newlyweds made taking that iconic black-and-white shot—it shows Meghan, mid-laugh, leaning on her grinning husband—effortless. 

 

Lubomirski also revealed that this image was taken just after the couple's luncheon reception. "So after we'd done [the family] shots, then we all went to the reception, and if the couple were going to have any energy after that, we were going to go into the rose garden and just take some intimate quick shots," Lubomirski explained. "So eventually we went out there [and] it was just one of the those magical moments, when you are a photographer and everything falls into place."

 

Related: See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Official Wedding Photos

 

As for the details that helped enhance the magic? The photographer cited the venue as a major perk. "You have Windsor Castle in the background, the sun is setting just over the top of Windsor Castle behind them, it is just the most serene beautiful light," he continued. "They are in love, walking around this beautiful garden, and then we walked around for a bit, and then just got pictures of them. And they are in this elated state of mind."

 

The black-and-white portrait was essentially an afterthought, said Lubomirski—one that captured the couple's unbridled joy. "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 recalled. "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."