Im­age to pro­vide life­time mem­ory

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

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.’’

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