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10 Tips for What to Wear at your Engagement Session

Jan 23, 2019

Did you get engaged over the holidays?? Or do you know someone who just did?? Engagement season is such a short but fun time in your life!! So why not celebrate your engagement and this part of your life together, as you plan for the day you say I Do, with an engagement session? You deserve to get all dressed up and enjoy time together while you get gorgeous photos to share with your family and friends for years to come! We still have ones hanging in our house and absolutely LOVE them!!!
I know your first thought once you book your session is, What should we wear?? So I thought I would take some time to share 10 best tips as you plan for your session!

engagement session outfitsPhoto from our engagement session by Epic Photography

1. Splurge a little and get your hair and make up done. You deserve to feel beautiful during your session (which I know you already do!!) but why not add a little more that you don’t do on a normal basis! go feel pampered and then wow your fiancé when you see him for the session! It will add a little extra special touch to the session!
Barbara and David at the Conestoga House and Gardens
2. Don’t be afraid to add layers. When I guy adds a blazer, vest, or coat to his outfit it adds so much more dimension to each photo. I know it may not be a normal, but when you see the end result you will be so happy you sacrificed a little discomfort and  did it!

Brittany and Josiah at Overlook Park, Lancaster PA
3. Don’t match perfectly. When you are picking your colors, make sure you each have a dominate color but stay within the same color palette family. For example, if you have on a blush dress, and blue earring. Then your fiancé could wear a blue shirt or coat with tan pants. Then you each have a dominate color but his is complimenting your accent!

Becky and David at the White Cliffs of Conoy
4. Add a statement! A simple accent can go a long way! Pairing a bold necklace with a simple dress can not only add a pop of color, but also help bring some extra dimension to your images. You don’t only have to think about necklaces, brackets, or earrings, it can also be florals in a crown or bouquet! Why not add a little fun?

5. Dress up! There is never a thing called “too dressed up”! Just like your hair and make up, why not get all dolled up in a fun cocktail or maxi dress with a pair of heels! Pair that with your fiancé in a suit and you two will be dynamite in every shot!


6. Bring two outfits. I’m sure you both don’t normally get that dressed up, so why not start the session in a little more of a casual dress and then finish it off with a bang! Not only will you feel more comfortable to start if the session, but then you will have even more variety in your photos!


7. Don’t get a spray tan. Although it may seem like this would be a perfect idea, but I would actually recommend to hold off! In photos it can actually tend to photograph or angle even when correctly applied! You are beautiful just they way you are so own it!

8. Add some movement. I love to keep my couples moving so that each pose isn’t stagnant, so if one of your dresses is a long flowing skirt, we will have even more fun swishing it around and add moment into each of your photos!

Ashleigh and David at Conestoga House and Gardens
9. Feel confident! You already look gorgeous so if you feel confident it just adds an extra touch to every photo! I promise I’ll position you and your fiancé in the best way to flatter you two! So all you need is to enjoy your time is your man and bring along your smile, because that is the number one accessory you can wear!

10. And the last tip, don’t forget to clean your ring!! This will be the star of the show out of everything you are wearing so make sure it is sparkling when you come!! I love to take tons of ring shots and put it in the spot light!! Don’t forget about your nails because they will be in those close up shots too!

Blayde and Emily in Lancaster City Ring shot on succulent

~XOXO Heather Marie

Engagement Session

  1. sarah

    January 23rd, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    #7 is hands down my absolute favorite. hahahah
    i want to scream this from a mountain top!

  2. Heather Leicy

    January 25th, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    YES!!! It even saves them money haha

  3. Alyssa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    These are excellent tips! Thanks for sharing Heather!

  4. Heather Leicy

    January 25th, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Absolutely! So glad I could help!!

  5. Heike

    January 23rd, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Great tips for every couple. Love session, anniversary or engagement. #8 is one of my favorites as I love natural movement and dresses can be so much fun.

  6. Heather Leicy

    January 25th, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! Thanks

  7. john

    January 25th, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent tips.. I’m always a fan of white cliffs.. nice images!

  8. Heather Leicy

    January 25th, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much! Love that place!

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