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Conni and I love engagement sessions!!  They are the best way to get to know our clients and hang out with them a bit before the wedding day.  Engagement sessions give us a chance to see you interact in front of the camera, and they give you a chance to see how we will photograph your wedding.  They should be lots of fun and low stress.  Unfortunately, many couples have expressed some stress over what to wear for their engagement session.  I am hoping these tips can help alleviate some of that stress!!
For brides and grooms who are planning on walking down the aisle, there are plenty of decisions to make before saying “I do.” One of the most exciting times before your big day, is having the opportunity to take engagement photos. We take pictures that can be remembered for a lifetime, and we encourage you to display them at the wedding.
Wondering what to wear for your Edmonton engagement session? Here are a few tips you can follow to guarantee you look incredible.
Coordinate OutfitsIt’s important for you and your fiance to match and coordinate your outfits during the engagement photo session with your Edmonton wedding photographer. This creates a uniform style that compliments each other, and makes you the focus of the photographs. Opt for wearing colours in the same colour family with clothing that has the same level of formality.  When you look in sync with one another your personalities can shine through.  As a couple, you should look like you belong in the same photo for a classy and sophisticated shoot that makes for gorgeous photos.

In the same regard, avoid going overboard on how much you match each other with the colors or prints that are used. This will create an artificial look that is less natural and looks more staged.

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Embrace Various Patterns and Colors

One of the best ways of creating depth in your photos is to embrace wearing different colors and patterns. Mix different textures and prints to add extra detail to your style and offer a bit of movement with each shot. Think of the bride-to-be wearing a blue, patterned sundress, while the groom sports something complimentary, like a blue button down shirt.   When you layer colour, texture, or pattern you increase the dimensionality in your photos. Have fun dressing up to ensure that you remain the focal point of the photos and draw attention to yourself.

This includes layering different clothing pieces and accessorizing the outfits that you wear. Adding jewelry or hats can help to complete the outfit. This can also allow the photographer to zoom in on a necklace, your hats, or even a bracelet for special details that make the photos more unique.

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Wear Different Outfits

When booking a full engagement session with LifeDotStyle many couples desire a variety of locations to celebrate their engagement with different backdrops and scenery. This makes it important to pack several different outfits for various looks that will offer versatility with the photographs.

Consider choosing a summer dress that has lace or floral details, which can be worn when taking photos in a field or on the beach. Your fiance can wear a button down shirt with suspenders for a classy style, or choose to wear a suit if the session is in an urban/downtown setting . You both should set aside various outfits that go well with each others clothes to ensure you’re prepared for each setting.

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Choose Comfortable Clothing

Although it’s important to look your best during your Edmonton Engagement photo shoot, you also want to feel comfortable in the clothes that you wear. If you feel restricted with your mobility, or are wearing clothing that is too tight or made of an itchy material, it can cause you to look uncomfortable in your photos.

Try on the clothes ahead of time to ensure that you feel like yourself with each garment and that you won’t have a hard time posing with your fiance. Footwear is important, so test out certain high heels or shoes that you plan to wear to ensure that you can stand in them. I always recommend bringing backup shoes for actually walking around. It’s important that you feel confident, which will come through in your facial expressions and body language with each photo that is taken.

Speaking of being comfortable, consider hiring a hair and makeup artist for your engagement session. A professional hair and makeup artist will make you look flawless in front of the camera.  This could be a great time to book your wedding day makeup trial!!

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When my best friend told me she was getting married I knew that I had to figure out a way to photograph her Yellowhead Brewery wedding, be in her wedding and attend her wedding.  Thankfully Conni said she would cut her maternity leave a bit short and come help me with the wedding and the stunning Chelsey Rice said she would come photograph the reception so that I could put down my camera and pick up a wine glass (more on that later).  We started the morning off at my mom’s house surrounded by Ashley’s friends and family.

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Ashley used the lace from her mom’s veil for her hand fasting ceremony.

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Marla Shaw MUA did an amazing job with Ashley’s makeup!Edmonton Wedding photography_0004P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0015P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0008P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0003P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0006P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0086P I NIT

A good friend and custom Jeweler Kayla Ann Peterson made all of Ashley’s beautiful wedding jewelry.

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After the ladies were dressed and ready Conni and I popped across town to catch the boys at Matrix Hotel Edmonton doing their last minute primping and then walking to the ceremony at the amazing Yellowhead Brewery.

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The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house (mine included).

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After the Ceremony we went to a few downtown parks and took some pictures. <3

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Seriously I love these two!!!!!!!Edmonton Wedding photography_0044P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0043P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0046P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0048P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0045P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0047P I NIT

After pictures we headed back for a beautiful intimate supper at the Yellowhead Brewery (also known as the part of the wedding where I had to give a speech).  Check out the stunning wedding decor by Details Vintage Decor Rentals and flowers by Tickled Floral!!!

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Ben and Ashley chose family style service (which I totally appreciate because I LOVE second helpings).  The food was seriously yummy!!!!!

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After they got me good and full I got to toast my best friend Ashley.

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Other important people also gave toasts, like the Bride’s father (Hi Rod).Edmonton Wedding photography_0051P I NIT

After supper we made a brief stop in the brewery proper then hailed a cab to Woodwork (where we bumped into the mayor, more on that later).

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This is our Mayor Don Iveson (and Vancouver’s Mayor) wishing Ben and Ashley congratulations.  I wish I could say that I offered some witty banter…but I didn’t I just tripped over my tongue and acted starstruck instead 🙂

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That second Lemon gin fizz is for me!!Edmonton Wedding photography_0055P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0057P I NIT

After a couple of drinks we returned to The Yellowhead Brewery for the best wedding reception ever!! You see Ben is a fantastic drummer and plays for a few local bands who may fight over him occasionally but came together to celebrate his love and play at his wedding.  Here is a picture of how that kind of fight looks:

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Here are some guys from The Boom Chucka Boys and The Dungarees fighting over Ben!!

Ashley and Ben had an amazing sparkler entrance to their first dance all while the Dog & Pony show played Ashley’s favorite song!!

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And emotion filled parent dances

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Then it was party time.

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DJ Ryan Rathjen was fantastic and kept the dance floor at this Yellowhead Brewery wedding filled all night!!Edmonton Wedding photography_0073P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0071P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0074P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0080P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0076P I NITEdmonton Wedding photography_0077P I NIT

At some point during the evening I started drinking in earnest….Good thing Chelsey captured it all!

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But that didn’t stop me from thinking I should still be a photographer once Chelsey went home 😉

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A special mention goes to Ready Set Booth (the best photo booth in Edmonton).  They took amazing photos, put up with our shenanigans and have the best dog mascot ever (Hi Mojito).

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