You’ve said “yes” to the biggest question in your life… “Will you marry me?” Now, you’re knee-deep in wedding planning, but there is another milestone that’s about to happen: your engagement photos! One of the top questions that brides ask me as they prepare for their session is about what to wear. They wonder what will look best, give the best overall images, and be the most flattering. Believe it or not, your outfits play a big role in your portraits, and the way that they reflect who you and your fiancé are. Here are some of my best tips and ideas for you as you select your engagement wardrobe:
Coordinate with your partner: Although the days of “matchy-matchy” outfits are behind us, coordinating is important. Choose complementary colors or an overall color scheme that works well together. Navy blue, taupe, white, black, and grey are all good base colors that you can coordinate around and add accent colors like soft pink, light blue, fuchsia or burgundy. Starting with a solid neutral as the foundation will ground your photos and keep them very classic. We recommend always starting with your (bride) outfit because you want to allow more time to find the proper fit and style, whereas men’s clothes are generally easier to find in neutral, classic fits.
Try everything on before your session: The biggest tip I can give is that you and your fiancé should try everything on before your session, including shoes. Additionally, walk in front of a mirror and natural light to make sure that nothing is see-through or unflattering. Add shoes to be sure the length of your pants or hemline is where you want it to be, and have a friend or family snap a few iPhone shots so you can see the movement and fit of your outfits before your real session. Clothes that are tailored properly also look more high-end and give a better aesthetic. Lastly, be sure to properly steam or press each item (and hang them carefully in garment bags).
Avoid busy patterns and designer logos: As I mentioned before, neutrals are the best bet you could make for a classic and elegant look, but prints can look really nice if they’re not oversized or designer logos. Designer logos end up looking dated really quickly, and out of place in engagement photos that you’ll want to display for years to come. It’s also important to review your watch, accessories, and handbags and avoid any oversized designer logos on these items, too. Although they may be some of your favorite items (I love a great designer bag!), they can distract from the overall aesthetic.
Incorporate your personalities: Both you and your fiancé certainly have hobbies or memories that you share, and these can be woven into your session! Just let me know if there’s something you want to bring in (like a book, a piece of heirloom jewelry, or a location that means something special to you), and we can come up with a way to execute your vision. Bringing in something personal that’s meaningful to both of you helps tell your story and bring your love story to life.
Choosing the right outfit is a way to express your personality and the things that make you unique as a couple. From the way that your clothing fits to the location that we chose together, your engagement session is more than just a stepping stone to your wedding day; its a chance to celebrate your love!