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Engagement sessions are not only the perfect opportunity to score a photo for your Save The Date, but it’s usually your first official opportunity to introduce yourself as soon-to-be “Mr. & Mrs.” These stylish photos will usually end up being featured on your wedding website and being proudly displayed in your first home. That’s why the engagement session is the perfect opportunity to capture the “real you” as a couple and also prepare you for your future marathon day of wedding photography. The key to having the most flawless engagement session is making sure you are dressed in outfits that leave you feeling radiant and confident, but also have that swoon-worthy appearance that you can look happily back on for generations to come.
You may think that the perfect couple’s photo involves outfits that match completely. However, for portrait sessions, the opposite is true. Rather, the best thing you can do for your engagement session is to coordinate with your partner in outfits that complement each other. To achieve this perfect style, think darker colors like solid shades of grey or navy, that appear slimming on camera and can be the ideal color for both men and women. Additionally, when deciding on which outfit to choose, go for the classic feel instead of what’s trending, and steer clear of outfits that highlight problem areas that you don’t want to showcase.
Most soon-to-be brides love bringing two outfits for their engagement sessions. A “wow” dress, and a more casual dress or outfit that gives off a “us on a date” feel. Just remember, during engagement sessions, there is no such thing as “too dressed up.” That ideal outfit will leave you feeling beautiful, relaxed, and able to enjoy your time during the session. If it’s too stressful to plan two outfits, stick with your favorite, no matter how casual or fancy it is. Better yet, take the stress out of deciding and call in the reinforcements. Use Rent the Runway to find the perfect outfit that will leave you feeling like a million bucks and hire a professional hair and makeup team to make you look and feel amazing. Don’t be afraid to go all out for this session! Getting the extra help will remove the unneeded stress of getting ready on your own while leaving your confidence shining through and making you look like a dream in your pictures.
Most couples spend a lot of time thinking about what outfit to wear, but don’t consider how important accessories and details are to their overall look. Whether it’s ties, bowties, cool socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests, and watches, all of these are sharp compliments to any outfit. They are also a great accessory to mix and match while complimenting your partner’s style, without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, you win! In addition, don’t be afraid to add texture or layers to your outfit. Even if it’s putting on a short jacket or blazer over your dress or adding a colorful scarf, a chunky necklace, or even a headband to your overall look, it will give you that extra edge or bohemian feel. Regardless, all of these accessories will add that extra flair that will make your pictures pop. Finally, don’t forget to pay attention to your feet! The shoes you wear can make or break your outfit that’s why it’s so important to find a style of footwear that not only goes with your look but complements your partner’s outfit as well.
At the end of the day, the engagement session is about displaying your unique style as a couple. A style that leaves you feeling confident, happy, and polished all session long. Whatever outfit you choose, make sure it’s the perfect look- for you.
Whether you’re working with a wedding planner on a multi-day event or you’re planning an intimate affair, you’re still dealing with many moving pieces right up until your big day. Having photographed more than 200 weddings, we’ve come up with the answers to our most frequently asked questions and turned them into this guide, from day-of timelines to inclement weather, from engagement sessions to first looks.