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Celebrity Weddings and My Hope for Kim Kardashian

When it comes to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, they have it all: fame and fortune along with exclusive access to some of the most exotic locations in the world and all the additional man power they need to help make their wildest dreams come true. They are, after all, celebrity royalty and like to be treated as such.

Just last month, Kim and Kanye wed in a lavish European ceremony that has been one of the most talked about weddings of the year. They wined and dined their closest family and friends in Paris before jetting everyone off to nearby Florence, Italy, to say their “I Do’s.” Shortly after the wedding, they escaped to Ireland to spend their honeymoon in an Irish castle just outside of Dublin where they spent their first night as a happily married couple.

This all sounds like a fairy tale dream come true, right? Well, it should because it’s been rumored that the couple have spent more than $3 million dollars on their wedding weekend. So why in the world do Kim and Kanye, pictured here with their daughter North on their wedding day, look so downcast and miserable? This has got to be the saddest celebrity wedding photo we’ve seen in a long time, right?

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Some might say that it was the sun’s glare in the photo or just a bad angle. Or maybe Kim and Kanye still think that posing like you’re in Vogue magazine will make for impressive wedding portraits. Whatever the case, I don’t know what’s up here, but something is off. And if a picture can supposedly tell us a thousand words, then this photo is as thick as a novel.

With all the details that Kim and Kanye put into their pre-wedding bash, their actual wedding ceremony and reception, and their honeymoon, I can’t help but wonder if they missed out on one very important detail themselves: their happiness. With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding them, I can’t even begin to imagine how exhausting a $3 million dollar wedding could be, even with a team of assistants pulling the invisible strings backstage.

While I know that Kim Kardashian has as many fans as she does critics these days, my hope for her is that she realizes that some of the best things in life are usually simple and free. I was never a big fan of weddings (I had a simple courthouse one myself) because I could never understand why people would spend thousands of dollars on a party when that money could be used elsewhere and for more meaningful purposes. I don’t need an occasion to celebrate me, my husband, or my marriage — we’ve got our entire lives to do that. And with all the pre-planning, high costs, and stress that comes with planning a lavish wedding, it just never seemed worth it to me.

A wedding should be a joyous occasion with lots of love and laughter, but these days it seems like everyone is so obsessed with making every last detail perfect that they get lost and tend to forget the reason why they’re getting married in the first place. And if we could read the mixed messages that Kim and Kanye’s faces are telling us here, it looks like they might need to refocus their attention on their needs as a newly married couple (and not just as celebrities) who are about to embark on the adventure of their lives.

Everyone wants to feel like a standout star at some point in their lives, but when it comes to marriage, there is no celebrity spotlight. It seems like every day, more and more couples are trying to outdo the last wedding they attended with their own over-the-top ceremony fit for a reality television special. We need to ask ourselves: Is it really worth it? Because let’s face it, modern-day love doesn’t need a modern-day price tag (and a $1,000 three-layer cake) to become validated, now does it?

Photo via Kim Kardashian/Instagram

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