May 9, 2017
Woohoo!! You’ve picked your venue, your date, and your photographer! One of the next steps involves getting an engagement session on the calendar. We include the engagement session in our wedding package because we believe they are so critically important to the whole wedding experience. Engagement sessions not only provide us with an opportunity to get to know you, but they also act like a trial run. Your wedding day will be fast-paced, but we’ll be able to get through so many poses because you’ll be pros at that point!
To make sure you get the most out of your engagement session, I wanted to pass along some tips and guidance when picking out the perfect outfits.
- Most couples wear one dressy outfit and change into one more casual, relaxed outfit. This offers some variety for you!
- Coordinate, but don’t match. Try to find outfits that fall into the same color palette (pastels versus earth tones) but don’t try to wear identical outfits – these are your engagement photos – not old school family portraits.
- DO try to match how “formal” your attire is. If the bride is wearing a beautiful floor length gown and the groom is wearing a v-neck, it looks a little awkward. Make sure you two compliment each other in that department.
- Plan ahead. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve arrived at a session and the couples haven’t figured out their outfits yet (still love you all!!). I am happy to work with you ahead of time to finalize outfit selection. It can get a little stressful making these decisions when the session is supposed to have already started. Beyond that, make sure you’ve tried on your outfits on before the shoot. We want to make sure they fit properly. 🙂
- When in doubt, wear neutrals! And avoid large, bold logos.
- Accessorize! Bring along scarves (umm, not helpful in Florida), necklaces, fun earrings. Add some depth and texture to your outfit.
- Don’t be afraid to go big! When Thomas and I had our engagement photos taken, I couldn’t help but search for a beautiful gown. I ended up with one from BHLDN, which I absolutely loved. After the session, I sold it online and ultimately spent less than $50 on the dress. Not too bad! On a similar note, Rent the Runway is a great resource!
- Continuing off of the last tip, flowy dresses and skirts photograph so beautifully!