Barbie & Ken Finally Get Married

When this photo shoot landed in my inbox with the description “Barbie and Ken’s wedding” I thought oh Christ…what’s this?! However I’ve got to say that as soon as I saw the photographs my initial scepticism and preconceptions were totally eradicated. I laughed as I looked at each photo, set up to show Barbie and Ken getting married and photographed in the way an actual wedding might be. The quality of the photos is totally brilliant – and there lies the hilarity.

French photographer Béatrice de Guigné has set up each shot and photographed it like it would be with a real life couple. There are certain photo set-ups that you see all over wedding photography (the shoe shot, the dress shot, the bridal portraits just after she’s got ready, the groom getting ready with his boys etc…) and the whole set just made me laugh!

Maybe I’m going a bit mental from looking at so many wedding photographs every day!? This may well be funnier to wedding photographers and bloggers who do look at weddings all day long (the ‘portraits’ are particularly accurate!) but I hope you all get a little chuckle out of these…

“Barbie and Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity,” Béatrice told me. “The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young). Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married.”

I did however want to ask Béatrice a semi-serious question to see where she got her idea for this ‘shoot’ from. “I don’t know why I wanted to do this but I did!” she told me. “Everything started last year when one day I wanted to make some boudoir shots I had in my mind, but nobody to pose for me except Barbie. So I photographed her and published the photos on my blog. Everybody laughed about it and found it was a nice idea. After that, everytime I wanted to test some ideas, I took Barbie as my model.”

“One day she said to me ‘Hey Béatrice, now that I have my boudoir, can you be my wedding photographer?’ LOL. So I started this crazy adventure! More seriously it was weeks and weeks of preparation, three days to shoot everything, a lot of sweat and finally a wedding day! I’m laughing alone looking these photos, so I hope it’s the same for people looking at them! Or I think I’m totally crazy!”

Well I’m laughing with you lady. I love them! Pretty genius I say.

What does everyone else think?

Supporting Cast

288 comments

  1. Anna Lyndon

    HAHAHAHA! Laughing out loud – this is so great! Now I’m wishing I’d thought of it. Perfectly appeals to my quirky sense of humor, and I’m guessing that of all the Rock n’ Roll brides out there too. :)

  2. This are the funniest wedding photos I’ve ever seen! This is a very creative wedding photographer, and I’m so happy to see the Barbie and Ken finally tied the knot :)

  3. Jennifer

    Congrats to the Bride and Groom! That was amazing. What creativity!!!!! Thank you for sharing. Made my day.

  4. OK I seriously have this idea written in my idea book for a few years now just for practicing and playing around, just never put time away to do it. This is WAY better that what I had envisioned!

  5. Ingenious! Loving the shallow depth of field lol just like a real wedding shoot! Bril brill brill <3 lots of thought and hard work gone into it and it shows :-) some real life breathing couples don't get images this good!

  6. Well its about DAMN time made Barbie an honest women. He been up in the house for a long time! this is too cute. LOVE IT

  7. Absolutely inspired! Loving the “detail” shots, like you say. I also think that she has pulled off the dancefloor shots brilliantly. Very, very clever.

    Hope all is well with you Kat!

    Julia xx

  8. Melody Gillikin

    LOL! I had to chuckle out loud over this…one of my very first photo shoots was when MY Malibu Barbie and Ken got married!! Not quite as good as this but at 10 years old it was ground breaking! :) Thank you for taking me down memory lane!! This is funny stuff!

  9. When I saw this on twitter, I was like ah! it’s going to be some barbie and ken theme wedding and almost ignored it. I love Beatrice’s creativity-alot of hard work must’ve gone into this.I have used Barbie a couple of times as a model-she is quite patient!
    This was brilliantly done! I laughed and loved it thoroughly!

  10. Thankyou so much for sharing this with us all, goodness know we all need a good laugh these days and you gave it to us in pink champagne bucketfuls. ☺

  11. These are genius! We could not stop laughing about them in the office! I love that she’s hit every required wedding shot- from the shoe shot to the table detail!

  12. Brittney Brooks

    Love this! Thanks for sharing, I, as did you, found this quit hilarious! Love how they are images and photographs and “real” bride and groom would be happy to call their own! lol

  13. This photo shoot is effing amazing. Seriously. I could not stop laughing. I should stop looking at your site at work… ;)

  14. You are so ‘the best’ Béatrice de Guigné! Thank you for making their wedding memorable! Absolutely beautiful! <3 <3 <3

  15. This is the best idea I have seen in a long time and so well done. I can not get over the sequence of shots of Ken and his groomsmen getting ready.
    Genius!

  16. I love this idea! I laughed and thought her stylist did a great job! In a few shots, I had to remind myself they were dolls, not real people!
    I’m glad they finally tied the knot!

  17. Syl

    This is too funny and cute! Nice job! Anyone who has ever had, been in, or has gone to a wedding needs to see these.

  18. Amanda Bates

    These are great!! I was definitely laughing myself. Very interesting and captive of what a real wedding would be. Great “out of the box” thinking.

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