I hear from so many brides, “What should we wear for our engagement session,” that I thought it’d be super helpful to put together some inspiration looks. We followed the latest fashion trends for Fall 2013 when sourcing items, including plum and blush colors, menswear-inspiration and outerwear with flair. We wanted to keep the looks modern but not so trendy that they’d look dated in a few years.
Tip #1 – Color Coordination.
For her, we combined a beautiful blush colored blouse with a cropped skinny pant to create a look that is equal parts casual and feminine. For him, we carried the blush tone over into just the plaid of his tie. In this way, couples will be able to avoid the dreaded “color-matching” look, but still look great together! In addition, his cardigan coordinates well with the menswear-inspired theme of her plaid pants.
On Jillian: Blouse: Daniel Rainn; Pants: UniQlo; Shoes: Rachel Roy “Daphne” in light pink; Necklaces: model’s own. On Jason: Dress Shirt: Nordstrom; Tie: Ben Sherman; Cardigan: UniQlo Cashmere collection; Jeans: Lucky Brand; Belt: Cole Haan; Shoes: model’s own.
And don’t forget about accessories, they help add polish to your look!
Tip #2: The “dressy” factor.
The key to choosing what to wear to an engagement session is coordination. This includes not only color, but the “dressy” factor. If the bride-to-be is wearing a dress and heels, it’s best if her fiancé is just as stylish with a dress shirt and sports jacket. Dark-wash denim helps keep the look from being too corporate and formal on him.
On Jennifer: Dress: Love…ady; Ankle Boots: Me Too “Legacy” in Mushroom; Earrings: Kenneth Cole; Bracelet: Givenchy. On Bobby: Blazer: Vince.; Dress Shirt: Nordstrom; Jeans: Lucky Brand; Belt: Kenneth Cole; Shoes: Banana Republic.
Tip #3: Embrace the season…like a queen!
Fall is a particularly popular time for engagement sessions, especially here in New York City. The humidity from the summer is gone and the days are full of sun and cooler temperatures. Which also means a lot of brides-to-be end up being chilly in the hour or so leading up to sunset (the golden hour). What’s better than pulling a page from Kate Middleton’s playbook and making outerwear the entire outfit? Maybe some fabulous lace-up black suede heels to finish off the look! For him, the dress shirt and tie work in harmony with the tweed without overpowering her appearance, and chances are he won’t need a jacket!
On Jennifer: Tweed Overcoat: Tahari; Shoes: Franco Sarto “Reine” in black suede. On Bobby: Dress Shirt: UniQlo; Tie: Calvin Klein; Dress Pant: Soho by Ballin; Belt: Cole Haan; Shoes: Aston Grey Collection “Harlan” in black.
Even though you’re keeping the jacket on, there’s no reason why you can’t still accessorize! This stunning necklace will look beautiful peeking out from the collar, and creates the impression you’re on your way to a fabulous evening out! In fact, why not include a wardrobe change at another (preferably indoor) location to show off your favorite LBD and the necklace in full-force :)
Tip #4: Opt for texture.
I have a beautiful, graphic black and white dress that I love to pull out this time of year for cocktail parties. It’s just the right amount of punch to stand out in a sea of black clothing. On it’s own though, it’s a little overpowering. The same can be said for patterns during an engagement shoot. Instead, try using texture to your advantage like we did with this gorgeous floral dress! For him, try layering with a vest, they were everywhere on the Fall 2013 runway!
On Jillian: Dress: Diane von Furstenberg “Sarita Flower” lace dress in Aubergine; Shoes: Me Too “Legacy” booties in Mushroom; Bracelet: Carolee; Earrings: Anne Klein. On Jason: T-shirt: Calvin Klein; Vest: Banana Republic; Jeans: Lucky Brand; Belt: Cole Haan; Shoes: model’s own.
The most important accessories of all? The beauty on your left ring finger…and your smiles :)
Special thank you to Ruby Bird Studios for providing such a gorgeous backdrop to this shoot! And of course the fabulous creative team I got to work with, a shoot is only as good as the people working behind-the-scenes to create it :)
Photographer: Cyrience Photography, http://www.cyrience.com
Stylist: Ashely Espinal, Dulce Dreams Events
Hair & Makeup: Jacqueline Parker and Beauty by Leti
Studio: Ruby Bird Studio
Models: Jennifer Glasgow