Royal-to-be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s wedding promises to be the wedding of the year (sorry, Princess Eugenie). And with that in mind, every single detail about the soon-to-be married couple and their upcoming nuptials has become front-page worthy.
Now, Alexi Lubomirski — the photographer behind the couple’s stunning engagement photos — has come forward to reveal exactly what went down at their intimate photo session at Frogmore House in Windsor, England.
Speaking with E! News while at the Daily Front Row Fashion Awards, he couldn’t help but sing the praises of the royal duo. “It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,” Lubomirski said, adding that he told the couple to “just be yourselves and I will take pictures of you.”
He also revealed that he’d never met the royal duo prior to shooting them and was actually discovered over Instagram by one of Meghan’s friends. “It was nutty. It was a very surreal end to the year because it came out of nowhere,” he said. “I think one of Meghan’s friends saw me on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement and I was told later that this person said to her, ‘You should meet Alexi. He’s great. You’d love him,’ and that was it.”
Royals — they’re just like like us! Well, sort of… Lubomirski, a fashion and portrait photographer who trained with the likes of Mario Testino, has previously shot A-listers like Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, and Keira Knightley.
He previously opened up about the shoot shortly after the pictures were released, saying: “It was an incredible honor to be asked to document this wonderful event, but also a great privilege to be invited to share and be witness to this young couple’s love for one another. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together.”
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. Around 600 people should expect an invite to the service, with a select 200 close friends also scoring a place at an after party at Frogmore House. With the guest list finalized and invitations on their way, the countdown is well and truly on!
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This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.