Behind The Awkwardness: Garden Of Eden

May 14th, 2013

“This photo has it all when it comes to awkward engagement photos. My husband and I were 19 at the time of the photo and I was still a bit rebellious. My dad was paying for the wedding (including the engagement photos) and I seized the opportunity to show him how grown up I was. I was attempting an artistic Garden of Eden which even included my pet python, Merlin. I frantically purchased fake flowers the day of the photo shoot because I was inspired to make the photo more authentic. After our traditional engagement photos, we took our clothes off and tried some alternate poses.  When we got our proofs back, we showed them to my family at my birthday dinner. My grandma screamed, “OH MY GOD!” and I started crying and ran to the car where soon-to-be husband yelled, “Well, what did you expect!?!”

(submitted by Amy)

15 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: Garden Of Eden”

  1. Clara says:

    Yiiiiiiikes!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Cincha says:

    I think what makes this so arresting is Amy’s Madonna-like face and expression (the classic Madonna, not the singer:) Whatever commenter said she was ‘brave to put this on the interwebs” was being a bit snarky…years from now, Amy will look back and say, “Hey, I was beautiful, and this was one kickin’ pic!”

  3. maris says:

    Amy,

    Thanks for the background information. Here is what I think my grandmother would have said upon seeing it, ‘you have a tattoo???’

  4. Julie says:

    Well….the story makes this even more awesomely awkward! LOL

  5. Crazyhamster says:

    Ok, the picture is awkward. But Amy, you are beautiful!

  6. Holisticrocs says:

    Watch where you put that snake !!!

  7. Ben says:

    All I can say is Wow! What a story that is! Truly funny and really cool!

  8. Linda says:

    Cannot imagine what goes through a photographer’s head when they dream up this kind of shot, especially for an engagement picture. I would have put the python around his neck!

  9. esackman says:

    This has always been one of my favorite photos posted on this site. I just have one question. Did grandma ever get over her first reaction to this photo?

  10. Ria says:

    Oh my. You have courage putting this up on the interwebs, dear.

  11. Lizzie says:

    Your story is priceless! I’m sure that many if not most of us made some kind of “grown up” decision that…well…wasn’t so grown up. Thanks for having the sense of humor & courage to share your “moment of brillience” with the rest of us! What a hoot!

  12. Michelle says:

    I can’t stop looking. what is wrong with me?????

    • BJ19 says:

      Me neither, though exactly why it is escapes me. It’s like an unvarnished version of a painting from the Renaissance era? I guess those Adam/Eve images play much better as paintings than real-life photos… Awkward with a capital A.

  13. wowza says:

    Groom-to-be is clearly not into this, hiding face in her arms.

  14. Neo says:

    I..can’t…unsee!!!!

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