The Royal Wedding happened last week and it made a lot of us realize that waking up at 6am is a hell of a lot easier when you have something to look forward to, am I right? The glitz, the glamor, the memes, the commentary by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, the long-ass dress that they just let drag on the floor, Megan Markle’s dad being a boss prior to the wedding —there is just so much to discuss about the whole thing. But since we aren’t about juicy celebrity/royal gossip at Resource, we’ll stick to something a little more relevant.

Specifically, a particular photo that has been making the rounds online and the story behind it.

Yes, that one.

Megan and Harry holding hands in their carriage as it left St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and headed for the Frogmore House for the wedding reception. The photo captures the newlyweds holding hands, positioned together in such a way that it almost forms a makeshift heart (if you are a romantic like myself), and starting  a new life together. What really makes the photo special, however (compared to the thousand others you can probably find), is the bird’s eye perspective, looking directly down onto the couple.

Yui Mok, staff photographer for the UK-based Press Association, was the man behind the photo. He took to Twitter to explain how he captured the image.

“I was positioned on the roof of George IV Gateway of Windsor Castle, and they passed directly beneath me during their carriage procession,” He wrote. “I had less than a one-second window to take that particular shot – whilst having to focus through a metal grill I was standing over – so was happy to get anything really!”

Over at Town & Country he goes into even further detail:

“When the carriage was almost upon me, I shot all I could with the long lens, and quickly switched to my other camera with no time to spare, pushing the edge of the lens tight against the edge of the metal grille,” He said. “The carriage took less than a second to pass underneath me, and in that time I had managed to shoot five frames, one of which would end up as one of the most memorable photos of the whole wedding. Of course, had the carriage driven a foot or so either side of my viewpoint, there wouldn’t have been a picture.”

Via Twitter, Mok says he shot the photo with a Canon 1Dx Mk2 camera and a 70-200mm lens, also thanking the Press Association picture desk for editing. He also posted a few other photos he took on that day.



Yui Mok’s Website & Twitter

Cover Photo by Pixabay