Image to provide lifetime memory
HER iconic wedding photo has been described as a “modern day love story on social media’’, a “romantic mystery’’ and being “like a scene from a Disney movie’’, but for former Home and Away actor Catherine Mack, the beautiful, accidental image will simply provide “a great story to tell the grandkids one day”.
Mack and her husband, Rick Donald, were snapped standing together as husband and wife on a jutting peak in California’s Yosemite National Park in September — minutes after tying the knot — by amateur photographer Mike Karas.
Karas was hiking at the time and spotted the couple in the distance through his lens.
He fired off some frames, capturing an image that for many was the epitome of the power of nature and the romance of a love story.
Eager to track down the happy couple, Karas posted the photo online and it went viral overnight with news sites all over the US joining in the search for the “mystery couple’’.
Melbourne-based Mack this week recalled discovering their private moment had become an internet sensation as a little overwhelming.
“We knew (it was us) as soon as we saw it, because you can recognise your own wedding dress,’’ she said.
“It was interesting because we wanted to keep our wedding very private and so it was quite funny that that all happened, but it is such an amazing, beautiful shot.
“When he contacted me, I was just grateful to have another beautiful photo from our wedding and such a cool story to go with it. It is a great story to tell the grandkids one day. It was a lovely thing for him to track us down.’’