When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official engagement photos were released in December 2017, one major detail caught viewers’ attention: the bride-to-be’s sheer dress. Markle wore a Ralph & Russo couture gown for the photoshoot, which featured a beaded and embroidered see-through top (over a nude lining) and a frothy dark skirt.
The luxe wardrobe choice was unexpected for a soon-to-be royal, not only for its revealing bodice, but also for its $75,000 price tag. The dress turned heads and ruffled some feathers, but it served as yet another statement of Markle’s progressively defying royal tradition.
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Alexi Lubormirski, the acclaimed photographer behind the portraits, was “very shocked with the reaction” to the dress, he told Entertainment Tonight at The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards on Sunday.
But the process of how Meghan chose that dress was very simple. “To be honest, we tried on a couple of different things and that was just one that she felt comfortable in, so we weren’t really thinking, ‘Is it nude?’ or anything. We just thought, ‘Feel comfortable and let’s make some nice pictures,'” he recalled.
So there you have it. Meghan wasn’t trying to raise eyebrows; she was just being comfortable. (We, too, would like to feel comfortable in couture.)
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Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's engagement photographs. The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives. As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you.
Lubomirski also spilled sweet behind-the-scenes details about his time working with Harry and Meghan, who wanted their portraits to be “accessible [and] relatable.”
“When I went to meet them to see if we vibed, they were just cutesy and every time they looked at each other they were like, [giggling],” Lubomirski added to ET. “I was like, ‘This is gonna be great. This is gonna be easy.’ I said, ‘I just want to shoot you like this. This is what you’re like.”
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It looks like we got one of those sweet PDA moments in the finished product:
Surely enough, the actual photoshoot was a breeze for Lubomirski, because his subjects “were so naturally in love.” It also helped that both Harry and Meghan were used to being in front of the camera, from his royal duties and her acting career, respectively.
“So, it was wonderful to have her as a sort of coach on set,” the photographer described. He kind of led her through and she led him through, and she just made it very nice and easy.”
We can only imagine how great their wedding photos will be when they tie the knot on May 19.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.