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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Sophie on

looks like he should have worked another four days because those flowers still look bad…even the poor flowers don’t want to be in the picture with these two egomaniacs

Lindy on

What an idiot !!!!!

kbrit on

Huh?

deezy weezy on

Kanye,

Thanks for the laughs! This will entertain me for days!

Kimmy on

Right…. Annie Leibovitz is scared of celebrity….what is wrong with you Kenye??? That’s all she does….. These two people are so perfect for each other…dumb and dumber

Tee on

No, Kanye, YOU are vulgar.

Elara on

If I remember correctly, Annie Leibovitz did the Suri Cruise baby picture with Katie and crazy Tom. I doubt she is “afraid of celebrities”. I wonder just how demanding and arrogant these two nuts were that she decided (after working with someone as egotistical as Tom Cruise) to back out of the job. Neither one of them are important to the internet, or the world. Get over yourselves.

DD on

What do you expect Kanye to say when he married into the untalented sex tape empire family??? He knows how to cater to THEIR media. Remember that egomaniac loud mouth made Taylor Swift fulthy rich!!!! Do what you do Kanye…maybe one day you’ll get back to making “Good Music”…after the DIVORCE!!!!

Almond E. Brown on

I think it is gross when men refer to the grown a$$ women they’re dating or married to as “my girl.”

Tina on

He is clearly delusional, I hope there is a doctor tracking his meds. It’s almost sad that he obviously believes the BS spewing out of his mouth & she knowing what a POS she really is buys into it b/c it beats facing the truth. It’s just so unfortunate that they have a child that not only has to live with the name they saddled her with, but with the backlash of having them as parents.

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