One of the biggest steps of the wedding planning journey is to pick out your wedding dress. It's a truly magical moment to find THE one. Yet, as all brides know, there are more outfits that you'll need during your engagement. There's what you'll wear to your Bridal Shower, to your Rehearsal, and what will you wear after the wedding on your honeymoon. Besides the wedding dress though, possibly the most important outfit is the one you wear to your engagement shoot. Just like your wedding photos, those photos will be cherished for the rest of your life, so you'll want to make sure it's something that you really love and that you feel gorgeous in!
I personally love it when the bride wears a long dress, something that will catch the wind and flow behind you as you walk. Having fabric float like that adds a special wow factor to your photos. Those dresses look great with any backdrop. Shooting at a classic location like San Francisco City Hall or Legion of Honor? The long flowing dress fits right in! Shooting in the woods or on the beach? The long dress looks fairytale-like in natural settings. Shooting at a more casual setting like a fast food location or an urban location? The juxtaposition is actually really eye catching! You could do anything from a summer strappy maxi or a short sleeve button up maxi to a more formal gown like a sequin dress (which would also make a great bridesmaid dress) or an off the shoulder ball gown or a floor length tulle dress.
If you are looking for a more fun-feeling shoot, then a cute romper may be the way to go. This is especially true if you'll be picnicking at the beach or going to the boardwalk or perhaps a carnival. Similar looks online include this red and white floral romper or this pale blue romper with white embroidery. This looks great with bare feet or little strappy heels.
Of course, you don't have to follow these ideas. Want to wear a sleek midi? Do it! Or a unique cocktail dress? Yes! Or how about a cape blazer? A sexy jumpsuit? YES! If you feel like a million bucks, it'll show on your face and make your shoot all the more fun!
And it's always a good idea to bring comfortable shoes and a jacket in a bag. That way, you can easily and comfortably get to a shoot location and then just change shoes when you get there. We'll put the bag near us while we're shooting. And if you want to wear more than one outfit, let us know! We'll bring you a changing tent if necessary and plan for the wardrobe change.
Don't worry, guys, I haven't forgotten about you! The guys can't go wrong with slacks and a nice button down shirt (or pair a nice button down with jeans!). If your lady is wearing a semi-formal dress, throw on a dinner jacket or blazer. If your lady is wearing a formal gown, you can wear a full suit or tux and we'll get some GQ style shots of you! If you're going for a more relaxed look, switch out the slacks for nice board shorts or wear jeans and a nice solid color t-shirt.
I love talking clothes! Send me your ideas, and I'd be happy to help! angela @shootanyangle.com