Wedding - November 13, 2019

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

If you followed along on Stories last weekend then you saw Duncan and I got our engagement photos taken!! Ahh, I’m SO excited to see how they turned out!! We went down to Colorado Springs to Garden of the Gods Park, which is absolutely stunning and I highly recommend it for engagement photos or just to visit! Such a cool Colorado sight!

But anyway, let’s focus on the task at hand – what to wear for engagement photos! I’ve been asked this question A LOT since announcing Duncan and I were engaged, so I’m excited to write this post and share some thoughts slash my process on the topic.

So let’s dive in on all the things I think you should consider when planning your engagement photo outfits along with some links/photos to inspire your look!

Think about your aesthetic as a couple

For this you really want to ask yourself – are you generally more formal or more casual? Duncan and I appreciate a well-dressed moment, but I think we’re definitely more casual so I wanted our outfits in our photos to reflect this. For example, if you’re a really outdoorsy, casual couple it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to wear super formal outfits for your photos and vice versa. Dress for who you guys are in real life – whatever that is! For us, that meant pretty casual.

We did one denim look, which I love these jeans for because they’re simple and go with anything – and one more dressy (but not formal at all) to add some variety to our shoot.

Coordinate without being too matchy

I never think about Duncan and I’s outfits coordinating when we go out on dates and to weddings, but for our engagement photos, I for sure wanted us to look like we belonged in the photo together, know what I mean? I kept things pretty neutral, but my biggest tip for coordinating outfits for photos (whether it’s engagement or family photos, etc.) is do not wear the same color.

If you’re wearing a white shirt, have him wear a soft blue shirt or a button-down with a minimal pattern and a little bit of color. You can see in this photo on Insta I wore a black dress and he wore a navy suit with a white shirt. We look tied together but not matchy-matchy.

Think about what colors will photograph well

I did some research on what colors photograph well (because duh, I research everything) and red was a color that kept coming up over and over again but I don’t really consider red my color. Plus a lot of photographers recommend against red for an engagement shoot because it can draw too much attention to only one of you instead of the two of you together.

With that being said, when in doubt, I think your safest bet is to just go casual and neutral. Like this cream-colored sweater is a great option or this camel color one would be good too!

Don’t go over the top with your number of outfits

I know it can be hard to narrow down your favorite outfits, but I think less is more in this situation. Mainly because if your fiancé is anything like Duncan, he won’t have the patience for more than two outfits LOL. And that’s what we went with – two – and I think it was just enough and will give us enough variety for when we get things framed and share with family.

Was that helpful for y’all? I really didn’t want to overthink this post OR me and Duncan’s outfits so I really tried to keep things casual and simple on this one, but definitely let me know if you have more questions!

Outfit Details:

brighton keller wearing black sweater dress brown heeled bootie

Look One

brighton keller wearing black turtleneck sweater and metallic skirt with black leather booties

Look 2

brighton keller wearing red wrap top dark wash jeans dark brown leather booties

Look 3

brighton keller wearing cream long sleeve top button up jeans brown booties

Look 4

brighton keller wearing puff long sleeve top with button up jeans and tan booties

Look 5

brighton keller wearing tan crewneck sweater dark wash jeans and cream booties

Look 6

brighton keller wearing black sweater dress with tan ankle booties
Look 7

PS: See how our Engagement Photos turned out in this blog post!