May 9, 2023

Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be

Are you a 2023 bride looking for summer engagement photo outfits? Styling yourself can be an intimidating task – wondering where to shop, how to put pieces together, what colors to wear, etc. I’ll touch on a few of these topics today and am also going to share 6 complete summer engagement photo outfit ideas for 2023!

Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be. Learn how to accessorize outfits, how to pair colors and textures, and where to shop for engagement photo outfits.

Where to Shop for Engagement Photo Outfits

Every bride’s budget varies for her engagement session outfits. I have always tried to be mindful of giving resources that cover a wide range of price points. Of course, people have different definitions of what is “affordable.” So if what I consider to be “affordable” is not what you do, then please do not take offense!

Affordable shops: Lulu’s, Amazon, Morning Lavender, Petal and Pup, Asos, Eloquii (plus size, affordable to slightly mid-range)
Mid-range shops: Reformation, Revolve, Nordstrom (you will find some high end pieces here too), Jessa Kae (great for modest dresses),
High end shops: Net a Porter (Brands: Agua Bendita, Cara Cara, Erdem, Markarian, Zimmermann), Neiman Marcus, Untamed Petals (white mini and midi dresses), Needle and Thread (colorful dresses)
Bridal Shoes (mid to high end): Bella Belle Shoes, Dolce Vita, Loeffler Randall, Dream Pairs (affordable)

Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be: Pink floral Needle and Thread knee length long sleeve dress with purple butterfly embroidered flats and purple drop earrings.
Dress: Needle and Thread, Shoes: Bella Belle, Earrings: Panacea

How to Pair Engagement Outfit Pieces Together

Many techniques exist for executing a beautiful outfit, though I like to use three. Sometimes I use them together and sometimes I just use one. They are: pairing a theme, using the color wheel, and pairing textures.

For pairing a theme, a dress might have a mid-size floral pattern so I will look for earrings or perhaps a shoe that features a smaller, more delicate floral detail.

Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be: Blue and white midi dress with white strappy heels and floral earrings and hair pins.
Dress: Reformation, Earrings and hair pins: Jennifer Behr, Shoes: BP

When using the color wheel, you may use a few of it’s theories. I talked about them in another post on choosing colors that I highly suggest reading.

Summer Engagement Clothing for Brides to Be: Relaxed silk white pants and green silk cami with low green beaded heels and pink woven drop earrings with a gold bracelet with a pink stone.
Pants: Revolve, Top: Reformation, Shoes: Veronica Beard, Bracelet: Bloomingdales

When pairing textures, don’t feel like you always have to have the textures be the same material. The textures can mimic each other in appearance while differing in material or fabric. For the outfit below, the shoes are made with a material that resembles a natural fiber. I chose a bracelet with woven gold wires. The two pieces are different materials but have the same visual texture.

Summer Engagement Dress for Brides: White high neck mini dress with fringe bottom. Woven platform heels with a gold bangle bracelet and gold floral earrings.
Dress: Likely, Shoes: Valentino, Bracelet: Wolf and Badger, Earrings: Oscar De La Renta

Why Accessories Make an Outfit

I truly believe that accessories bring an outfit to life. It’s in the little details that people find that extra bit of fun! By creating more visual interest in your engagement photo outfits, you’ll have that pop to ignite your photos.

Earrings frame your face and always make for a good idea. Necklaces sometimes fight an outfit, so they might not work for your overall look. Bracelets serve as a beautiful piece for engagement sessions when chosen carefully. They need to balance with your look – so choose carefully.

Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be: White boho festival lace mini dress with white cowboy boots and gold dangly multi hoop earrings.
Summer Engagement Photo Outfits in 2023 for Brides to Be: White lace halter jumpsuit with pink mauve platform heels and pink beaded floral earrings.

Left – Dress: Untamed Petals, Boots: Parosh, Earrings: Devon Leigh
Right – Jumpsuit: Lulu’s, Shoes: Valentino, Earrings: Mignonne Gavigan