Engagement Session Style Guide

fall engagement photo with bouquet

Our engagement photos are in!

Wait... haven't y'all been married for a few years now, you ask?

Yes, we have - for 4 years last Friday to be exact! But when Gricelda's Photography asked me to model for her new style guide with my handsome hubby and our pup, I couldn't say no! So this is an engagement session for her style guide and a 4th anniversary photoshoot for us (and hello, Christmas cards 🎄). Plus, when you plan a wedding in 6 weeks (you can read more about that crazy process here), some things get knocked off the priority list.

And because I had to do some research while planning for our shoot -- assisted by our amazing photographer and her vision for her own style guide -- I thought it’d be helpful for you guys if I just rounded up some of my favorite outfits and shared some ideas about how to plan outfits for your engagement photoshoot to make the most out of the experience!

What to Wear for Your Engagement Shoot

Prepare 2 to 3 looks, all coordinated but not matchy-matchy that will suit your location or vibe.
  1. Comfy & casual. Something you'd catch us wearing out on a date.
  2. Snappy casual. A little dressier, like you would wear to church or for a special occasion.
  3. Formal. Full-blown glamorous formal dress with a suit (& optional tie) to match.


Photoshoot Fashion Tips For Your Man

  • A well-tailored suit and tie will make any man look like 007 on a mission.
  • It's all about the layers. A sweater on and a sweater off create two different looks!
  • Give him something to do with his hands -- straighten a tie, fix a cufflink, adjust his favorite watch. The accessories will photograph well and he won't have to focus on smoldering or cheesing into the camera for 2 hours straight.


Photoshoot Fashion Tips For the Ladies

Wear something you love how you look in and won't have to fidget or adjust during the shoot. Skirts and dresses always photograph well, but if you're most comfortable in your favorite pair of jeans rock those for one of your looks.

Remember, there's no such thing as "too dressed up" for your engagement session! The camera loves more runway-esque apparel regardless of the location of your photoshoot, so pick a WOW outfit that'll make you feel like a million bucks. If you've ever tried something on and thought “I love this dress, but where on earth would I wear it?” Well, that is the dress you should wear for your engagement photos!

engagement photo in the river

We may have felt a little silly dressed like we were going to prom or a fancy Christmas party while standing in the middle of a park, but the photos are magical. And you can always check out Rent the Runway or raid your girlfriends' closets if you don't want to purchase a dress just for your shoot.

How to Coordinate Your Outfit With Your Fiance's

Girls, it's likely that you're going to need to go into your fiance's closet and pick outfits that will go with what you've already chosen to wear yourself. So be prepared for that madness and mess.

Pick a color and play in that space. The camera loves muted colors that won't distract from your face but will contrast nicely with your location and background.

engagement photo in tall grass field

Since he was wearing dark wash jeans, a blue checked shirt, or a gray sweater for the shoot, I kept my color choices grounded in teals and greens and used the orange skirt or red flowers in the bouquet to add some pop to a few photos. And because of our natural setting with fall colors, the orange wasn't entirely out of place or shocking.

Bonus Tip -- If you already know your wedding color, maybe work that into some of your outfits, accessories, or props.

The Accessories

For a more editorial vibe, bring on the extras! A bouquet, fur coat, or hat can be fun to style and give you something to do with your hands if you're nervous in front of the camera. Christie Turner Floral Design not only crafted and hand-delivered this bouquet to the shoot, a member of their team also stayed on hand in case we needed any assistance!

engagement photoshoot accessories close-ups

I selected pieces that had meaning behind them. The pearl necklace Brian gifted me for my first birthday we celebrated together as a couple, his mom's fur coat, and my grandma's necklace that she wore to our wedding. They all brought something a little special and sentimental to the shoot.

Did I miss any outfit tips or accessory ideas? What was your favorite look from your own shoot? Tell me in the comments!

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