Photographer Finds Mystery Newlyweds in Epic Yosemite Photo
'That 'Eureka!' moment just unfolded,' and then they were gone
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
One of several shots Mike Karas took of the couple.   (Mike Karas/Instagram)

(Newser) – A newlywed couple now has a breathtaking image to add to their wedding album, thanks to a kind and persistent stranger. Amateur photographer Mike Karas says he was snapping photos of the sunset in Yosemite last Thursday when he noticed "a couple in a tuxedo and wedding dress" standing on a nearby rock ledge. "That 'Eureka!' moment just unfolded," Karas tells NBC Bay Area. "It was surreal." In one photo Karas shared online, the couple appear on the distant ledge beneath a golden sky, with greenery visible far below. Karas says it's one of his favorite photos ever and he wanted the couple to have it. But when he went to find them, "they were already gone," Karas tells ABC News.

Over the next several days, Karas did his best to track them down, eventually making contact with their wedding photographers, who put them in touch. "It's really sweet … It's a modern day love story with social media," bride Catherine Mack tells NBC Chicago. "He was just taking a sunset shot and we happened to wander into it," she adds on Instagram. "Thanks for looking for us far and wide." Karas says Mack and husband Rick Donald "didn't know how big exactly the story had become" and found it all pretty funny. "All that matters to me is the bride and groom loved [the photo]," he adds. Mack says it and others Karas snapped of the newlyweds are "amazing." (This haunting wedding photo went viral.)