Today, I’ve got to talk about something I feel pretty strongly about. (And I’m gonna want to know if I’m alone in this feeling.) Coupled, of course, with fashion, photography, pop culture and general wedding-related thingies. So, a mixed bag. :)
Ok, SO. Have you heard? 26-year-old Kris Humphries, the big baby Kim Kardashian’s been dating officially proposed to her, on bended knee, in her bedroom on May 18th. He spelled out “Will you marry me?” in rose petals, she said yes, and he put a 20.5 carat ice cube on her finger worth approximately $2 million.
What are your thoughts on this?
Here are mine – and please note, I’m about to pull some seriousness out on your asses, rant-style: (and I’m just being honest here, not jealous… even though I realize that when people say “I’m being honest” it typically means they’re not being honest – still, trust…) I think IT IS RIDICULOSITY. To give you an idea of what 20.5 carats means, Kate Middleton’s ring is 18 carats. Ring purchasing has become quite the competition in wealthier circles, and it’s at its worst in Hollywood. Who needs a 20.5 carat ring? Who? But-it’s-in-direct-competition-with-her-a$$ jokes aside, there is no way that that ring is anything more than a total inconvenience when easing on tight sweaters, brushing her hair 100 times every morning, and just generally moving through life. I’m not so much frustrated as I am weirded out and disappointed in this worsening need to top the-last-big-ring-everyone’s-talking-about. It makes me sad when I see the thing that’s supposed to represent a bond of love instead representing status and standing in society.
I get wanting a lovely ring that you like to look at; I helped my honey design my ring and it’s something I treasure and truly love putting on in the morning. You’ll even catch me absent-mindedly sticking my arm out and staring at the thing under the subway lights (engagement rings look CRAZY AMAZING under nyc subway lights – given the surroundings, it’s an interesting juxtaposition), but, personally, I’d feel embarrassed to walk around with a ring the size of Kim’s. I think one needs an inflated sense of self coupled with a bubble life that’s nothing if not completely unrealistic to actually consider a 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring something totally acceptable… especially in today’s world.
Ok, rant over. Am I alone in this feeling? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In other news, Jenna Thomas of Red White and Green Photography submitted today’s farm engagement shoot and I am more than a little obsessed with it. And nope, it’s not just because of the dog. Two of my favorite things in an engagement shoot are as follows:
1) I love shoots that reveal photographic evidence of a couple’s love, and;
2) I die for great color and style choices, clothing-wise.
Which of course means that today’s shoot is a double threat in my estimation, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
First, here’s a super quick set-up from Jenna:
It took place on a whimsical, old farm just outside of Charlotte NC. The about-to-be bride and groom are so in love with each other… and their sweet puppy who made cameo appearances in a few of the shots. :)
And now, since this session inspired the shiz outta me, here are some summery-ready dress picks in the same vein…
Freaking. Out. Over this dress, y’all ↑
In closing, I present to you…
Bambino McPuppyPants doing his impression of Victoria Beckham hating on The Jennifer Lopez Experience for taking her front row seat at some random Walk of Fame ceremony for a guy named Simon Fuller I think:
Please note: it’s very tiring to scowl all day, as you can see here…
… so I advise you to refrain whenever possible.
So, lemme know if you’re in agreement with me or totes anti-my sentiments re: Kim’s mini finger dumbbell. (Seriously, how does she even lift her hand?)
And/or lemme know what you think of this shoot/the dresses! :)
xoxo! – Alison
Photography: Red White and Green Photography