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Photographer finds mystery bride and groom

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A stunning picture taken by an amateur photographer went viral and led to the search for the mystery couple seen in the image.

On Tuesday night, the couple was identified as Catherine Mack and Rick Donald, both television actors from Australia.

The sunset photo was taken Thursday, September 1 at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park by Honolulu insurance adjuster Mike Karas.

He was snapping photos with a friend as the sun descended on the horizon, when an unidentified bride and groom suddenly appeared.

Karas said the couple had their own photographer, who was taking close-up shots.

“I believe their photographer got an amazing photo of them but they never got anything like this because they were over in the distance,” Karas said.

The photo has been shared thousands of times on social media.

“I’ve never had any of my photos go viral. I’ve gotten a slew of comments wondering if the photo was staged or if I was trying to charge for the photo,” Karas said.

On Tuesday, Catherine noticed the photo online and posted a comment on Mike's Instagram, stating: "This special moment was caught by Mike Karas who we don't know (at all)... Thanks for looking for us far and wide."

“It thought it would be cool for them to have. I would just say, ‘Congratulations. I hope you like this photo as much as everybody else did.’ And, I'd just like to be able to send it to them,” Karas said.

Catherine later called Mike and thanked him over the phone. 

“I’ve never been married but obviously it’s a very special occasion,” he said.

Karas told CBS News 8 he took up photography as a hobby only a few months ago.

The bride and groom were honeymooning in Europe and unavailable for comment.  Officials with Yosemite National Park confirmed the couple married on Thursday afternoon at Glacier Point.

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