Kanye West Edited Wedding Kiss Photo for Four Days Because of 'How Important Kim Is to the Internet' (Plus: See Annie Leibovitz's Response to West's Claim She Dropped Out)

06/17/2014 at 05:09 PM ET

If you’re going to enlist Andrea Bocelli to sing at your wedding and hire Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to design the flower girl attire, why wouldn’t you spring for one of the most famous wedding photographers in the world — like, say, Annie Leibovitz? That was one of the outstanding questions we had about the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West nuptials. But as it turns out, the newlywed Wests did have their Vogue cover photographer on tap for the big day. At least, so said West during a panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Monday.

Kim Kardashian Kanye West wedding photoCourtesy Kim Kardashian


“Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity,” West told the crowd, according to the New York Post. “Because Annie pulled out, I was like, ‘Okay, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz,’ and we sat there and worked on that photo [above] for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color.”

RELATED: So much more on this couple’s love story, right here!

That was four days that the newlyweds were spending on their Ireland honeymoon — a fact that didn’t thrill West’s new bride. “Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up … this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much,” he said. “Can you imagine telling someone … who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet. And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.”

Other things that West is “raising the palette” on, according to the Post: interracial relationships (“It took two years of people not understanding an interracial relationship like [his with Kim]. You have to take the lashes and be able to swim in backlash”), brand partnerships (“I have to work with the No. 1. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z, I can’t be with any girl but Kim … I am not going to represent any company except Louis Vuitton because that’s the best”) and the idea of good taste, in general (“I think bad taste is vulgar — it’s like cursing. I believe the world can be saved by design because what is the most vulgar thing someone could do? Kill someone, so good taste is the opposite of that”).

For her part, Leibovitz responded Thursday in a joint statement with West designed to clear up any misunderstanding about his Cannes comments. “Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way,” the statement read. “Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding … Annie Leibovitz – the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye’s recent Vogue cover – is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event.”

For more of West’s deep thoughts, check out the whole article here, and tell us: Are you surprised West edited his own wedding photos? What do you think of the end result?

–Alex Apatoff

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jackie on

Wow. Dude is crazy.

guest on

I pretty much stopped reading halfway through the 2nd paragraph. Listening to Kanye “speak” is extremely irritating. He is so full of himself and only talks about Kim (A.K.A. “his girl”….. guess he’s not used to saying WIFE??) in terms of her celebrity status, beauty, etc. Ick.

Meeeeeel on

What a moron. So glad those two found each other. Maybe one of these days they will realize there is more to life than money and your “status”. Hopefully someone is stepping in to teach their daughter how to be humble and respectful.

Angela on

All I can say is that Kim and Kanye think too highly of themselves. Why are we giving them any attention at all!!

Ricce on

He is a conceited jack ass.

Sarah S. on

They’re the most narcissistic humans (if you want to call them that) on the face of the Earth. They act like we should all care about them; and they care nothing about real people, real situations. Not even their daughter. They NEED a big reality slap in the face!!

Katey on

The man is a joke. His inflated sense of ego is so frightening! I honestly believe that he is mentally ill. Someone with such gigantic delusions of grandeur can’t be healthy………….

MJ on

Time to take your med’s Kanye…

sandy on

1st of all who thinks a flower wall is all that? not me.
how can you marry someone who sings such disrespectful songs about you? they r really sad people.

EC on

Something tells me even if Liebowitz did take the photos they still would have spent days fixing them. The fact the couple admits they took four days to make the photo “perfect” shows how fake they really are. The photographer doesn’t select the wedding color palette – the couple does. The couple along with their wedding planner and florist should have known the color palette would not work with her dress color and the lighting.. Also, Annie Leibovitz is not a wedding photographer and I’m sure she has her own creative vision and didn’t want to deal with the couple and their demands.

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