what to wear: engagement session

Engagement season is in FULL SWING!  If you got some new bling on your finger, (WOO HOO!) it might be time to start thinking about the next steps.

First things first:  let the world know you are about to be a Mrs!  After you’ve called your parents, best friends, and let the Facebook world know he put a ring on it, you might start looking into an engagement session.  Often included in a wedding package, engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer and become comfortable in front of the lens.  PLUS you get to wear some cute clothes and love all over your future hubby.  SCORE!

However, if you are anything like me, you will end up standing (or crying…) in your closet for hours wondering WHY YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!

Don’t fret, bride-to-be.  I’m here to help.  Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing what to wear for your engagement session.

1.  Be you!

You’re sending these photos to your family and friends, so they should be able to recognize you!  Wear something that reflects who you are and what you love.  If you have a trademark color, wear it!  If you are known for your quirky jewelry, rock it!  If you are a jean wearer, no biggie; pair them with a cute top and a nice pair of shoes and you’ll be good to go.

If you’d like some ideas, check me out in Pinterest, where I have a board dedicated JUST to engagement clothing.  You can thank me later 😉


2.  Get comfortable.

Look, we all have those jeans that you need to jump up and down, suck it in, and say a prayer to get into, but today is not the day for those jeans!  You’ll be walking around for quite some time, so if you’re not comfortable, it will show in your pictures.  Also, if you are planning on buying new shoes (of course you are!) try them on for a few hours first.  Bring a back up pair, too.

It’s also important to think about the time of year.  I know you are DYING to break out that cute little little mini skirt you bought, but if it’s 50 degrees outside, you should reconsider…or pair it with a pair of chunky tights, some cute boots and a jacket.  Whatever works for YOU!

3.  Don’t get all matchy-matchy.

Gone are the days where photographers will ask you to wear the dreaded white shirt and khaki combo (ugh…).  Now, it’s all about mixing it up!  Colors are a wonderful thing, don’t be afraid to use some.  Check out these color combinations for some inspiration.

In ancient times, the creating of purple dye was an incredibly lengthy, expensive process. Purple garments became a symbol of wealth and nobility, even royalty, and were sought after world-round.  Although violet is now far easier to come by, the color is still associated with its royal roots.  A violet-themed engagement outfit exudes playful sophistication and looks great on camera!  Small accents of purple, such as scarves and accessories, can also liven up and otherwise muted palette.

Ah, yellow!  The color of happiness, of light and sunshine.  Yellow is a wonderful color to wear in outdoor, buttery natural-light shoots, and looks amazing on camera!  Although yellow can be difficult for some to wear because of tendency to wash out skin tones, patterns with yellow or a single yellow garment in and otherwise neutral palette adds wonders to your images.  Adding yellow florals, jewelry, or accents also helps to make your photos go “POP!”

Red is one of, if the the strongest of colors in the rainbow.  A symbol of power, passion, blood, and love, red is a bold and striking color for your engagement session.  Since red is truly a brilliant, attention-grabbing color, we recommend peppering your outfit with red accents instead of making red the main color for all garments.  Pairing red with denim or darker neutral tones make for striking engagement images that create lasting impressions on your wall.

Orange is a tangy, optimistic color that demands attention!  Strong, joyful, and happy, adding orange to  your engagement session is always a hit on camera.  Couples with a more extroverted nature might enjoy orange – themed outfits.  Orange also looks wonderful in urban settings, such as against concrete, brick, and stone.

Indigo – or deep blue – is a rich, exceedingly popular color which looks beautiful in almost any setting.  Outfits with blue elements create a sense of calm and quiet – perfect for a more introverted couple or neutral backdrops.  Blue can be dressed up or down to fit your tastes, and can be used either as a main color or accenting in your outfits.

Nothing says ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ quite like the color green!  Green comes in a wide array of shades, ranging from a yellowish, pea – like hue all the way to turquoise!  Green looks beautiful combined with earth tones, and therefore makes a wonderful choice for outdoor shoots and backdrops of wood and stone.  Even small accents of green, such as jewelry, scarves, or shoes, look wonderful with white and tans.

On that note, you and your beau should complement each other.  For example, if you are dressed to the nines, make sure he isn’t stuck on wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  Make a compromise!  It’s good practice for the future as a wedded couple 🙂

4.  SMILE!

It’s the best accessory….

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