When it comes to engagement session clothing, I always recommend taking it seriously. Most couples rarely get professionally photographed, so why not glam up a little for your photos!? Below, I’m sharing my top 5 engagement outfit tips so that you have a gorgeous set of images you’ll feel are so special to the two of you.

engagement outfits that shine 

1. Invest in Professional Hair and Makeup

Although this technically isn’t an outfit tip, it’s certainly part of your engagement look to have beautiful hair and makeup. Even if you like doing your own, a professional will have a better idea of how to style your look for the camera. It’s an absolute must!

Red dress and navy suit, Formal Coronado Cays Engagement on film, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Close up shot of bride in snake skin print dress in front of neutral wall, Fine Art film Balboa Park Engagement Photos with an Architecture Focus, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

2. Choose a Formal Outfit

Why formal? Again, you two likely have few professional images together, so I highly suggest looking as fabulous as possible. Have at least one formal outfit that gives the two of you a chic and sophisticated or an ethereal and playful look, depending on your personal style.

Contax 645 film photo from wedding photographer, bride and groom outside of city hall in blush dress and navy suit for San Francisco City Hall engagement photos, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Contax 645 film photo from wedding photographer, bride and groom outside of city hall in blush dress and navy suit for San Francisco City Hall engagement photos, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 
Don’t have anything formal in your closet? For ladies, head to Rent the Runway. It’s amazing. For gentlemen, visit The Black Tux

3. Choose a Slightly Less Formal Outfit

I totally believe that 2 formal outfits would be gorgeous; however, if you’re wanting to hike around or simply want a more casual outfit, choose a slightly less formal outfit for your second set of clothing. I do still recommend an outfit that’s slightly less casual than your everyday clothing. Again, we’re making efforts to have a special session.

Contax 645 Fuji 400h San Diego wedding film photographer, La Jolla Windansea Engagement Photos with bride in a blue long sleeved flowy dress, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Green and white engagement bouquet, Contax 645 Fuji 400h San Diego wedding film photographer, La Jolla Windansea Engagement Photos with bride in a blue long sleeved flowy dress, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

4. Accessorize with Attention to Detail

Now that you’ve got your outfits selected, it’s time to consider the details. You’ll of course wear your ring (which will be sparkling clean) and perhaps any other jewelry that pairs well with your clothing. Shoes shouldn’t be overlooked. Take the time to select something really beautiful, such as a pair of Jimmy Choo or Louboutin sandals. If you’re going to wear heels or shoes that might be painful while walking between locations, I do recommend bringing a pair of sandals or tennis shoes that you can remove when ready.

Black Valentino open toe sandal heels for elegant wedding on top of veil, film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in Marchesa gown with pink Louboutin pumps in her hands, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography - Santa barbara wedding photographer
 

5. Coordinate with Each Other

Now that you’ve picked out all of your outfits, ensure that your fiancé’s clothing coordinates with yours. The colors should complement each other and of course, not clash. The outfits should also be about the same level of formal. You wouldn’t want to be wearing a stunning Marchesa dress and have him in jeans and sandals! Well-tailored suits are always a great choice or even sleek dark denim jeans with a chic sports coat. Either way, you’ll want to coordinate for a seamless look together.

Couple running in engagement photo, Blue floral dress, Mission Beach Engagement Photo on the sand, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 
I hope you enjoyed reading my top 5 engagement outfit tips. Follow them and you’ll look absolutely amazing and totally magazine-worthy!

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Laurie
October 15, 2016
I definitely think it is good to have one casual outfit and one that is a little more formal. You and your spouse to be should be at least in complimentary colors, I don't think you should be too coordinated i.e. "matching outfits". You should plan things out, and not wait until the last minute to decide what you are going to wear, or how you are going to wear your hair and make up. Great tips, thanks for sharing!
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