After we got engaged, I immediately started stressing about what we should wear for our engagement photos. It was important to me to record and save the happy moments leading up to our wedding day as we set out on this exciting adventure. I wanted to select the perfect outfits to guarantee timeless and gorgeous images, to serve as our mementos of this memorable time in our lives. I did a ton of research and looked at a ton of photos online to get an idea of what colors I loved and the feel of the photos we wanted. Here is the process we went through as we decided on our engagement photo clothing. Hopefully these tips will help you so that you can feel and look your best while making priceless memories.
Your engagement photos should reflect your personalities and who you are as a pair. When selecting your attire, take into account your unique preferences, interests, and fashions. Are you both more laid-back and informal, or do you choose a more refined and sophisticated appearance? Consider what makes you feel confident and at ease since your images will reflect it.
Coordination is key to creating a unified and appealing image. However, don’t match your clothing exactly. It’s crucial to find the ideal balance, though. Do not overdo the matching of colors or wearing of same attire. Instead, try to choose complementing hues, designs, or materials that work well together. For instance, if one of you decides on a strong design, the other can pick a solid color that goes well with the hues of the pattern. We personally decided to do a play on formal/informal. I was in an elegant black dress which is more my style and Rob is more casual. We coordinated and highlighted our personalities with black and dark blue jeans knowing how amazing it would look against the color of the ocean and the back drop of the trees in the park.
The location and time of year of your engagement shoot should be taken into consideration while choosing your attire. Light and breezy materials in pastel or neutral tones can be excellent for a coastal photo shoot. On the other hand, if you’re photographing a cityscape in the fall, you may choose deeper hues and cozier materials to enhance the atmosphere. Consider the surroundings and let them guide your clothing choices. So many choose light airy colors at the beach and although it is pretty, we wanted something a bit more dramatic since our wedding is a night time black tie event at the beach.
Dress for the Camera: The goal of engagement photography is to show your spouse and you as a couple, in all of your love and connection. Remember that different colors, cuts, and materials may photograph differently. Avoid wearing clothing with overly-large logos or busy designs that can obscure your faces to guarantee that it looks great on camera. Choose well-fitting attire that enhances your body shape, and think about bringing several options to the shoot so you can experiment and determine what looks best. I chose a dress that was form fitting with a little bit of flow at the bottom and completely lace to show texture. Rob had a black button down shirt untucked to stay casual but with a hint of dressy.
Add a Pop of Color or Texture: Think about introducing a pop of color or texture into your clothing to add visual interest and make your images stand out. Accessories like scarves, bold jewelry, or vivid shoes could help create this. Keep in mind that you and your spouse should still be the center of attention, so strike a balance.
Be Individualistic, Yet On-Trend: While it’s crucial to showcase your sense of style, aim to find a balance between classic and contemporary looks. You want your engagement pictures to remain timeless, invoking the same happiness and love decades from now. You can never go wrong with timeless, expertly tailored items, but you may also include some modern trends in a discreet and subdued approach. We chose the black so that if we edited them to black and white, they would still look dramatic and timeless. We were so happy with the look based on the locations we chose. Here is the actual photo that I found on Google that gave me the inspiration for the black drama dress and black and jean look. I loved the pop of color against sand with her looking glam and him looking casual. I also figured what a cool what to incorporate black since I will be in white for a year and our wedding colors are black and white.
Above all, keep in mind to have fun during your engagement shoot and to be yourself. The most captivating photographs depict sincere feelings and the affection you and your companion share. So, be yourself, unwind, and allow your attire enhance the love and connection you two enjoy. Authenticity is important, and when you’re relaxed and having fun, it will come over in your images.
When it came to actually choosing a dress online, I had ordered quite a few from LuLu’s, Amazon and Revolve. I returned quite a few as well. Don’t be afraid to buy, try on and return. I wanted to make this process as easy and comfortable for both of us, so I chose to not do an outfit change. We were on the beach at sunset. I knew it would be windy. I had our dog. You have to always remember to not make things too complicated and to have fun. Too many wardrobe changes and complicated requests can seriously take the wind out of your sale. Keep it easy and fun and your photographer is sure to capture the photos you need. Remember you only need one or two good ones. One for the Save the Date and one for your wedding website ultimately.
A fun part of planning a wedding is picking out your attire for your engagement photos because it allows you to show off your individual sense of style as a couple. You may take stunning and classic photographs by reflecting your personalities, matching without looking forced, taking into account the environment and season, and dressing for the camera.