This is one of the most common questions I get every year, and I actually did an entire video of this on my IGTV channel on Instagram. Since this seemed to be an element of stress for our couples, we started offering complimentary Styling Consultations to all of our couples for their engagement sessions. !
A quick overview of what this looks like and advice on what to wear!
We discuss the style and vibe you want for your engagement session. A downtown DC engagement session versus a winery engagement session will have different styles! We also discuss what your personal style is. Do you prefer solids versus patterns? Neutrals or bold colors? What are your most favorite sillhouettes or are there any fabrics you don’t like? If you aren’t sure, that is okay, we can send you a Pinterest board with a variety to get you started.
Choosing the Outfits
Once we have your style profile, send direct links are emailed to outfits that are within the budget ranges you specify, and help narrow it down. Another option is to let us shop your closet! You email us with a few of your favorite options and we can help narrow it down or suggest the perfect shoes for your favorite dress. Lastly and my favorite… I LOVE Rent the Runway since it’s such an easy way to try out a few different styles for your engagement session!
Take a look through your favorite fashion magazines or clothing cataloges and you will rarely see couples matching. Instead, choose a color palette or style that plays off of each other, instead of being identical. Gather inspiration from Vogue, Anthropologie, JCrew, Vanity Fair…see what your eye is drawn to!
What Style Look Best
This is your opportunity to have fun with fashion and be a bit dressed up while still feeling like yourself! I personally love clothes that will have movement. A long flowy maxi dress or skirt looks beautiful during a breezy sunset. The most important thing is to wear something you will feel beautiful and confident in.
Hair and Makeup
One of my biggest tips is to get your hair and makeup done. This is actually the perfect day to schedule your makeup trial for the wedding! Getting your hair and makeup done instantly makes the session feel a little more special, makes you excude more confidence, and having professional hair and makeup really shines in the photos.
Ask your Photographer
There you have it! Hopefully, these tips will help you navigate what to wear for your engagement session. I’ve photographed hundreds of couples, so feel free to take a look through some previous blog posts or Instagram! Your photographer is such a valuable resource, so don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions!