Your Friend: Oh, your photos are so cute! What are you guys dressed up as?
You: Thank you! We’re dressed up as the characters from the show Breaking Bad.
Your Friend: Oohh, sure, sure, I’ve heard a lot of people talking about that show. What’s it about?
You: Well, essentially Vince Gilligan “took Mr. Chips to Scarface.”
Your Friend: Mr. Chimps? What?
You: No, I mean — It’s about a high school teacher who gets cancer–
Your Friend: Oh no!
You: So he starts making meth–
Your Friend: What!
You: Just let me explain it? He starts making meth — blue meth, it’s the best meth that there is — with a former student, but then his cancer goes away or whatever, but then he likes making meth so he keeps doing it, and they become like these major international meth manufacturers.
Your Friend: Oh my god!
You: Yeah, and like, the guy’s brother-in-law is in the DEA and stuff, and he has no idea that his brother-in-law is this big deal meth guy — he calls himself “Heisenberg.” He, like, murders all of these people and stuff. He blows one guy up and half of his face comes off!
Your Friend: And then you guys have to stop them?
You: What?

Your Friend: The guys you are dressed up as in your engagement photos? Do they stop the bad guys?
You: Oh, no. Those are the guys I was talking about.
Your Friend: What?!
You: They’re not BAD GUYS. They’re — you just have to watch it. I don’t think I explained it well. And, well, one of them is even kind of good! He doesn’t like to murder people, even though he does it, and he has some love interests. He’s kind of the moral compass.
Your Friend: Are you insane?!
You: You’re insane! For not having watched this show! It was the best show!!!
Your Friend: These are your ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS. You’re dressed up as drug dealing murderers!
Your Friend: Okay, whatever. I wish I hadn’t asked. But, just so we’re clear, your ring is sitting in meth in that photo?
You: Mmhm.
Your Friend: Jesus.
You: “I am the one who ASKS. FOR YOUR HAND IN MARRIAGE.”
Your Friend: What?!
You: UGGGHH. You just don’t get it!!

Scene. (Photos via IncredibleThings.)

Comments (17)
  1. It’s weird that Kelly got someone else to play her fiance in their engagement photos.

  2. I choose to believe that she’s also his former student IRL, because I can never get enough wrongness in my day.

  3. “Our relationship is just like Jesse & Walt’s! It’s really great! We have long talks and he teaches me so much! Without him I’d be literally nothing!”

  4. The ring nestled in a cradle of meth looks weirdly beautiful.

  5. And yet, still better than Twilight engagement photos.

  6. Their honeymoon will be Better Call Saul themed.

  7. God, I hope their grandparents are still alive. Imagine explaining these photos to your Nana.

  8. Serious question from a singleton who’s never really sat down and thought about it. What do you do with these sorts of engagement photos (or engagement photos in general)? Make them your facebook cover photo for a while until your wedding photos come in? Link to the photographer’s album on facebook? Any non-facebook applications for these things, novelty or serious? Why does this tradition exist?

    • I’ve gotten some wedding invitations that use these kind of pictures. That and also they’re entry tokens to the secret underground marriage guild.

    • Here’s my input on engagement photos: I was not someone who wanted to use them for save-the-date cards or to just frame photos of us at our wedding (although we ended up doing that, the photos we used were of us in matching banana costumes and my favorite picture of us ever where our heads are in holes of a dinosaur scene and i’m a TRex roaring at a smiling mr-truck-as-brachiosaurus).
      So! The reason I wanted to do engagement photos was because I wanted a group of pictures where we look nice, aren’t in a bar, aren’t taking a selfie, and aren’t in wedding clothes. Also it was included in our wedding photo package.

    • Engagement photos were included in our photographer’s package. We thought it was going to be really lame and annoying, but the photographer said it would be a good way to get used to being in front of a camera. He was right – unless you are a model (or part time model), it’s weird to be in front of a camera.

      We ended up having a really fun day, took some unique pictures that we wouldn’t have been able to get all decked out in wedding attire, and got some awesome pictures of our dog.

      We don’t have a ton of pictures together, so it’s nice to have such professional pictures of us just hanging out. And if I ever finally get around to designing our wedding album, I would probably include some of them.

    • We didn’t use them for anything; I wanted to be Walter White for Halloween and we used that as an excuse to take a photo shoot as a nod to our favorite show.

      We had already taken the “cliche/romantic” photos to be used for invites/sent to family.

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