Mario Testino; Inset: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty
Alison Schwartz and K.C. Baker
May 27, 2011 12:00 PM

A picture may be worth a thousand words – but Duchess Catherine and Prince William exchanged very few at their pre-nuptial photoshoots, photographer Mario Testino tells PEOPLE.

Just a month after the picturesque wedding, Testino, who snapped the famed engagement portraits, was at the Museo Del Barrio Gala honoring him and recalled the quiet time – or lack thereof – he spent with the royal couple.

“You know, it’s not so much what they say to each other because there is no time,” says the fashion photographer, who has shot A-listers like Jennifer Aniston and Madonna. (The Daily also says he will shoot Kate Moss‘s summer wedding.)

“Everything is compacted into a very short time because we have to produce these pictures. It’s more like me screaming and trying to get everything to go.”

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He adds: “Well, not screaming, but getting in a fluster, I guess you say.”

Pressure aside, Testino says the duchess “looked fabulous” – and helped do her own makeup! – and that the couple exuded “sheer happiness.”

“They are a young couple in love,” he says.

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