Engagement Session Guide

Once you have set the date and booked your wedding photographer, it is time
to schedule your engagement session! An engagement session is a great way to
get comfortable working with your photographer and get beautiful photos of
you and your fiancé for save the dates, a wedding guest sign-in book, or simply
to frame and put up in your home. We’ve identified the three elements that need
to come together for a beautiful engagement session, and to help you style up cute
engagement photo outfits, we put together an engagement session style guide!


Choose a shoot location that means something to you as a couple, whether it’s the coffee shop where you had your first date, a nature reserve where you like to hike on the weekend, or your favorite part of the city for date night. Your engagement session location, and the engagement photo outfits you choose to go with it, should reflect your personalities!


Talk to your wedding photographer about scheduling your engagement session for 1-2 hours before sunset to ensure the most soft, luminous, flattering light for your pictures.


Let your love shine during your engagement session. Choose engagement photo outfits that express your style and personality so you feel most yourself. Don’t worry about being awkward or stiff in front of the camera, just pretend you are on a date – a date where all you have to do is laugh, flirt, hold hands, and kiss each other!

Trying to decide on engagement photo outfits doesn’t have to end in piles of clothes strewn all around your room. While there are a variety of engagement session locations, most fall within three categories: beach, outdoor park/field, and city. So without further ado, your style guide for creating engagement photo outfits that fit perfectly with your location!


Your engagement photo outfits should complement your fiancé’s outfit; in other words, the age of matchy-matchy khakis and white shirts is thankfully gone! Engagement photo outfits for the beach tend towards the preppy and nautical-inspired. Shorts and cropped pants pair with polka dots or a striped top, or opt for a girly ensemble with a shift dress in nautical stripes. Lighter neutrals with pops of color, or other classic prints like polka dots or florals, photograph beautifully. Ever the most nautical of patterns, stripes are perfect for beachy engagement photo outfits. The color palette of navy and white works well at the beach or boardwalk, although mixing in corals and lemon yellow with white is a cute way to add a summery feel.

Beach engagement photo outfits should be casual-chic, without being too dressy for the laidback vibe of a beach or boardwalk. A summery dress is always darling, especially when accessorized with a pretty statement necklace and dainty bracelet or preppy watch. Leave your heels in the closet - boat shoes or beaded sandals are perfect for the shore, while canvas wedges add height on the boardwalk. Don’t forget to bring along a beach blanket, floppy sunhat, and any other beach-appropriate props. You can both bring sunglasses for a fun picture too and write your wedding date in the sand!

Outdoor Park/Field

Let your engagement photo outfits take their cue from the natural setting for an outdoorsy shoot. Bright colors are best left for the beach or the city. A field or rustic location inspires more autumnal hues like olive green, rich burgundy, and earthy neutrals. Don’t shy away from prints or pattern; a rustic print like paisley or plaid mixed with solid colors photographs well as long as it’s not too busy. And always keep in mind that dark colors are slimming on camera!

Jeans and a plaid button up is a great option for a rustic engagement photo outfit, and you can add texture with a scarf or a little sparkle with a statement necklace. Lace paired with chambray is a cute, dressed up take on rustic, or you can combine girly and outdoorsy with a maxi and jean jacket. If your engagement session is in the fall, be sure to add layers like cardigans, chunky knit sweaters or infinity scarves. Engagement photo outfits are made more special with accessories, like a brown or braided belt to belt a dress. And since you don’t typically go traipsing through a field in pumps, it doesn’t make sense to wear them now! Go for ankle boots or cowboy boots in a field and charming flats with a sundress for a picnic in the park. A picnic basket or blanket adds a cute lifestyle element, and chalkboard signs or burlap pendants can be used for creative save the dates.


City shoots, with their urban setting, call for engagement photo outfits that are sophisticated, modern, and on trend. Whether your city engagement session is at an Art Deco building, your favorite city block, or a romantic rooftop, this is your moment to wear a fancy engagement photo outfit and really dress up! Think cocktail dresses, pencil skirts paired with cute blouses, and chic trench coats on chilly days. Although for a more relaxed urban location, like a coffee shop or neighborhood, you can put together an ensemble that is chic but dressed down, like skinny dark denim pants and a top with an embellished collar and cardigan.

Whether you’re city engagement photo outfits are dressier or more relaxed, they should be structured around classic, tailored pieces and look put together. As with outfits for any location, it’s important to wear clothes that express your style and that you feel comfortable in! If a fancy cocktail dress seems too dressed up, opt for a lace skirt and blouse that is still chic. A city shoot allows for the most glamorous of accessories, like sparkly statement necklaces and earrings, and you can break out your strappy heels! (Although don’t forget a pair of flats for walking in between, your soles will thank you!) Bringing props like balloons can add a fun sense of whimsy, or go on a culinary tour of the city, stopping at a cute café and cupcake bakery along the way, which is delicious and perfect for detail photos.

We hope these engagement photo outfit ideas inspire you to put together the perfect looks for your shoot! Whether your shoot will be a combination of two locations or you’ll be in one spot the whole time, bringing 2-3 engagement photo outfits will give you more variety in your photos to choose from, so pack wisely!

Photographer Credit: Stephanie Williams (This Modern Romance)