Post # 1
I’m having my engagement pictures taken in a week and i can’t decide what to wear. It will be an hour and a half shoot outside in NYC probably near the pier during sunset. The photographer is flying in from California to do the shoot. People have told me that i should wear my wedding dress, but it won’t be ready yet. So i bought a simple ivory strapless gown with assymetrical side rouching by ABS for a steal from Lord & Taylor for $60~!
But now i’m starting to change my mind and just want to take more casual shots in a casual white dress (maybe with black detailing – i saw another girl’s engagement pics in this and i loved it). i don’t have time to change outfits since we only have an hour and a half with this guy who charges by the hour. i can’t afford to make it a longer session.
what do you guys think? what did everyone wear for their engagement pictures session? and if i go with the casual white dress route, any suggestions where i can get one pronto?? especially for not too much since i’ve already spent too much. (size 6/medium)
thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
hmm i worked with 2 photographers and both of them did not recommend wearing white. I was bummed too bc I had a cute white one I bought specifically for this purpose. So its back to square one for me.
Post # 4
I am having my e-pics this Sunday and am just wearing a cute dress that’s just very "me" and same with my fiance, he’s just wearing a typical him outfit. We are going for the casual look, what we normally wear. I do have to say that him and I tend to be more trendy than most people in Seattle so a lot of people here might say that it’s a bit more dressed up, but I tend to wear dresses and jimmy choo’s on a daily basis so it’s no different. I guess we wanted to just look like our every day selves.
I haven’t seen any girls wear white dresses in their e-pics, most I see tend to be pretty casually dressed, but that may also be because I live in the Pacific NW and most people here consider NorthFace the top designer brand. haha!
Post # 5
If you want a white dress with black detailing, check out White House | Black Market. Everything there is black and/or white!
Wear what makes you most comfortable — there are no rules. I’ve seen both dressy and casual for e-pics. I don’t think one is better than the other; it’s the people and their happiness that you notice in the pictures, after all — not what they’re wearing.
Post # 6
Yeah, it totally depends what you want to "use" them for. You’re already going to have pics in a fancy wedding dress… I just wore jeans and a cute top from anthropologie. I brought a dress and heels to *maybe* change into and decided it was too much hassle on that day! Don’t worry too much about it, if you have good photogs, they’ll make anything look good! 😉
Post # 7
thanks everyone~! i think i just needed to hear other people say i didn’t need to wear a wedding dress. i don’t know why all my friends here say i need to wear one~!
Post # 8
I know I’m late on this one, but echoing everyone else, you definitely don’t have to wear your wedding dress unless you want to(in fact I haven’t really heard of that, but who knows). I wore a platinum cocktail dress and heels because that was my style. FI wore a light summer suit. And we took pictures against a graffiti wall in the Meatpacking district of NYC because that was us. You can do whatever you want.
(If you live in NYC there are more strict rules for getting into the NY Times in terms of photos. That’s a little different. Don’t know if that matter to you).
Post # 9
I wore what I was comfortable in – just like they tell you with your wedding hair and make up – don’t try new things that day, you still want to look like yourself…
Also – my photographer, like others suggest no white. She actually asked us not to go white tops with jeans or something because everyone has those pictures…and we knew we wanted something a bit different.
We wore jeans and sweaters and took some great "city" shots in Minneapolis MN, I had a blast. It was really windy that day and eventually I had to just give up and go with the flow – and you know what I worried mself sick and sweaty (literally!) not to mention hated my shoes because I didn’t plan ahead and but new ones… and the pictures are more then I couldhave hoped for!
Here’s a link to the blog of the photographer who took them….if you want to peek 🙂
We’re Amber & Alex, at the top!
Post # 10
I am wearing a light pink dress (I love pink) with a sheer white overlay. I wanted something a little more formal and classy. Most people I know do jeans and t shirts, very casual. One couple did a hawaiian shirt and matching fabric dress for a super beachy wedding. I am also going to bring a black dress and heels just in case.
Post # 11
We were able to do a wardrobe change mid way through out shoot. Ensemble 1 was "dressy" – I had on a semi-casual but nice dress that I love and he was in a nice button down shirty and jeans, kind of like "a night on the town". Second outfits were what we wear everyday. Just dressing like us; jeans and nice tops, flip flops even.
I HATE all of the pictures of us in the dressy outfits. Looks like we just hurried out on our lunch break to take a few pictures.
I LOVE all of the ones in our jeans and tees. I took time to do my hair and makeup, FI spiffed up too, and these pictures capture the real us.
So, I recommend outfits that you are both comfortable in and capture YOU. Have fun!!!!
Post # 12
I had this dilemma a few weeks ago. My Fi and I were trying to catch the Fall Foliage, but apparently we were too early for that…the leaves were still very much green! We both wore jeans and I had him wear a white button down shirt and I wore a copper colored shirt. You may want to stand out from the background, and try to find colors that contrast the scenery you will be around. For example if you are going to be at the beach, I would not necessarily wear blue tones. Again, just personal preference. My photographer suggested bold colors because taking pictures during sunset can be tricky and depending on your complexion it may or may not go against you. (I’m as pale as pale can be!) Regardless of what you wear, if your photographer is good, they will capture the emotions between the two of you and it will become irrelevant as to what you may actually be wearing. Have fun!