Houston Engagement Session Outfit Guide | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Your Engagement Session Outfit Guide | Houston Wedding Photographer

February 22, 2019

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Your Engagement Session Outfit Guide | Houston Wedding Photographer

February 22, 2019

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engagement session outfit guide by Alicia Yarrish Photography

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now your mind is whirling with all the things. I love spoiling my couples and sending a custom magazine I loving call the Wedding Experience for AY Couples! It has all sorts of wedding planning tips to help settle your mind and bring things to your attention you might not naturally think about while wedding planning. I’m a big believer in you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why I’m giving you all the tips on how to plan a wedding with photography in mind.

One of my favorite parts of my Wedding Experience Guide is the Engagement Session Prep section! It goes over how to prep your man, your ring, tips on what to wear, and thoughts on the season, and light considerations.

If you’re like me though you’re dreaming up your engagement session before you’ve even booked a photographer. And if you’re really like me before you’re even engaged. 😉 For you like-minded ladies I wanted to put together an engagement session outfit guide here on my little corner of the internet!

What to Wear to Your Texas Engagement Session

Dress for the Season

First and foremost think of the season! The majority of the months here in Texas are hot, and in Houston even if it’s not hot you can probably count on it being muggy. Every now and then it gets a bit chilly! This is especially true if you are more north in our great state and in the Winter months. There are plenty of locations that are beautiful even in the Winter months, however, it will not only look strange that you’re dressed like Summer in the Winter- you’ll be uncomfortable and cold!

I’m probably the worst at this, but often we ladies will tell ourselves it’s only for a little bit and we can suffer for a few minutes and be cold. Right? Wrong! Please don’t have this mentality. Your engagement session will be over an hour and you won’t be too happy when you’re cold. Plus- creating layers with your engagement session outfit will photograph amazingly!

This also goes for the heat! I know, I know- you can only take off so many layers. Wearing a dress instead of pants though might allow you to get a little breeze and feel cooler in the Summer heat though. Small considerations like this go along way.

Chris and Carrie's downtown Houston engagement session on Main Street | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Be Comfortable in Your Outfit

If you’re wearing something far from what you would normally wear you might not be comfortable in it. I’m a perfect example- I hardly ever wear spaghetti straps without a blazer or cardigan. I just don’t feel comfortable in that type of strap. So I never wear that type of dress or blouse to a session. I would be worried about that the entire time and it would take the fun out of the session!

If you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing it will show in the photos. You’ll feel stiffer and you won’t feel natural. We have so much fun during your engagement session! Wear something that feels so you that you won’t think twice about it and wardrobe won’t be on your mind- just all those giggles and nuzzles!

Complement Each Other

You should absolutely tell each other how nice you look! 😉 However, your engagement session outfit should also compliment your fiancés- and his yours. Don’t try to be 100% matchy-matchy because it won’t photograph well. Instead, go for a coordinating look!

An example would be if you’re wearing a pattern, your man can wear a solid color that’s also in your pattern! Easy, right?

Another way to think of this tip for your engagement session outfit is to complement the type of clothes. If you’re dressed business casual, so should your man. If you’re wearing a ball gown get your man a tux!

A great trick for coordinating beautifully and easily is to shop at stores with a men’s and women’s section. At a store like J. Crew, their designers and buyers have already put together a line of clothes that coordinate. That’s how they get those perfect magazine spreads. Some couples like to push the easy button and one-stop shop like that to feel confident in their coordinating outfits.

The Do’s & Don’ts for your Engagement Session Outfit

✨Do clean your ring! I always take detail photographs during your engagement session and you’ll want it sparkling!

✨Don’t wear graphic tees. They don’t photograph well and you’ll want your engagement photo outfits to be business casual or fancier.

✨Do feel good about patterns! So many patterns are okay, however, some extremely bold patterns or small checkered patterns don’t photograph well.

🐶Do bring your pup! When we’re scheduling your engagement session we’ll talk logistics on this, but please know they are certainly welcome!

✨Do accessorize and have a statement piece if that’s your jam.

Dogs and Engagement Sessions by Houston Wedding Photographer Alicia Yarrish Photography

Ready to Reserve Your Date?



engagement session outfit guide by Alicia Yarrish Photography

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now your mind is whirling with all the things. I love spoiling my couples and sending a custom magazine I loving call the Wedding Experience for AY Couples! It has all sorts of wedding planning tips to help settle your mind and bring things to your attention you might not naturally think about while wedding planning. I’m a big believer in you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why I’m giving you all the tips on how to plan a wedding with photography in mind.

One of my favorite parts of my Wedding Experience Guide is the Engagement Session Prep section! It goes over how to prep your man, your ring, tips on what to wear, and thoughts on the season, and light considerations.

If you’re like me though you’re dreaming up your engagement session before you’ve even booked a photographer. And if you’re really like me before you’re even engaged. 😉 For you like-minded ladies I wanted to put together an engagement session outfit guide here on my little corner of the internet!

What to Wear to Your Texas Engagement Session

Dress for the Season

First and foremost think of the season! The majority of the months here in Texas are hot, and in Houston even if it’s not hot you can probably count on it being muggy. Every now and then it gets a bit chilly! This is especially true if you are more north in our great state and in the Winter months. There are plenty of locations that are beautiful even in the Winter months, however, it will not only look strange that you’re dressed like Summer in the Winter- you’ll be uncomfortable and cold!

I’m probably the worst at this, but often we ladies will tell ourselves it’s only for a little bit and we can suffer for a few minutes and be cold. Right? Wrong! Please don’t have this mentality. Your engagement session will be over an hour and you won’t be too happy when you’re cold. Plus- creating layers with your engagement session outfit will photograph amazingly!

This also goes for the heat! I know, I know- you can only take off so many layers. Wearing a dress instead of pants though might allow you to get a little breeze and feel cooler in the Summer heat though. Small considerations like this go along way.

Chris and Carrie's downtown Houston engagement session on Main Street | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Be Comfortable in Your Outfit

If you’re wearing something far from what you would normally wear you might not be comfortable in it. I’m a perfect example- I hardly ever wear spaghetti straps without a blazer or cardigan. I just don’t feel comfortable in that type of strap. So I never wear that type of dress or blouse to a session. I would be worried about that the entire time and it would take the fun out of the session!

If you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing it will show in the photos. You’ll feel stiffer and you won’t feel natural. We have so much fun during your engagement session! Wear something that feels so you that you won’t think twice about it and wardrobe won’t be on your mind- just all those giggles and nuzzles!

Complement Each Other

You should absolutely tell each other how nice you look! 😉 However, your engagement session outfit should also compliment your fiancés- and his yours. Don’t try to be 100% matchy-matchy because it won’t photograph well. Instead, go for a coordinating look!

An example would be if you’re wearing a pattern, your man can wear a solid color that’s also in your pattern! Easy, right?

Another way to think of this tip for your engagement session outfit is to complement the type of clothes. If you’re dressed business casual, so should your man. If you’re wearing a ball gown get your man a tux!

A great trick for coordinating beautifully and easily is to shop at stores with a men’s and women’s section. At a store like J. Crew, their designers and buyers have already put together a line of clothes that coordinate. That’s how they get those perfect magazine spreads. Some couples like to push the easy button and one-stop shop like that to feel confident in their coordinating outfits.

The Do’s & Don’ts for your Engagement Session Outfit

✨Do clean your ring! I always take detail photographs during your engagement session and you’ll want it sparkling!

✨Don’t wear graphic tees. They don’t photograph well and you’ll want your engagement photo outfits to be business casual or fancier.

✨Do feel good about patterns! So many patterns are okay, however, some extremely bold patterns or small checkered patterns don’t photograph well.

🐶Do bring your pup! When we’re scheduling your engagement session we’ll talk logistics on this, but please know they are certainly welcome!

✨Do accessorize and have a statement piece if that’s your jam.

Dogs and Engagement Sessions by Houston Wedding Photographer Alicia Yarrish Photography

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