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  • Writer's pictureLori Benson

Choosing an Engagement Photo Dress

Updated: Feb 28

Engagement photos capture a special moment in your life that you will cherish forever. It's a time to celebrate your love and the journey ahead. However, choosing the perfect dress for your photoshoot can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. But fear not, we've got you covered!


Katie & Zach at Pinnacles Park outside of Sturgeon, Missouri



Consider Your Body Type

When choosing an engagement photo dress, it's important to consider your body type. You want to choose a dress that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident and beautiful. If you have an hourglass figure, a fitted dress that hugs your curves would be perfect. For apple-shaped bodies, a dress with an empire waistline or A-line silhouette can create a flattering shape. A-line dresses are also great for pear-shaped bodies, while a dress with a cinched waistline and a flowing skirt can flatter a rectangle-shaped body. Ultimately, choose a dress that makes you feel comfortable and confident.


Courtney + David at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri



Choose a Style that Matches Your Personality

Your dress should also reflect your personality and style. This can help boost your confidence and make you feel more comfortable. Are you a romantic at heart? Then a dress with soft, flowing fabric and intricate lace details may be perfect for you. If you prefer a more modern and edgy look, consider a dress with geometric patterns or asymmetrical hemlines.


Caitlin + Luke at Ballpark Village/Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri



Think About the Location and Theme of Your Photoshoot

Your dress should complement your surroundings to create a cohesive look that is visually appealing. Here are some tips for selecting a dress based on your chosen location and theme.


If you're taking photos at the beach, a flowy dress or a maxi dress in soft pastel colors would be perfect. Avoid dresses with lots of layers or intricate details that can get caught in the wind. For a garden or park photoshoot, a floral dress or a solid-color dress in a bright tone would look lovely against the natural backdrop.


If you've chosen an urban setting, consider a dress in a bold color or an eye-catching print that stands out against the cityscape. A classic, fitted dress would also be an excellent choice for a city photoshoot. For a rustic location, such as a barn or a winery, embrace a more bohemian style with a flowing maxi dress and accessories like a wide-brimmed hat.


Remember that your dress should not only match your location but also your overall theme. For instance, choose a dress with a fitted silhouette and elegant details if you're going for a classic glamour look. On the other hand, if your theme is more laid-back and casual, opt for a flowy and comfortable dress.


Renee + Tim at Capen Park in Columbia, Missouri



Coordinate with Your Fiancé's Outfit

You do not want to clash with each other, so ensure that both of you coordinate your outfits. When it comes to selecting a color scheme, you can either go for colors that complement each other or match entirely.


If your fiancé is wearing a bold, patterned shirt, it's best to stick to solid muted colors such as soft pink or beige tones. Alternatively, if he's wearing a neutral shade like grey or navy, you could choose a dress with a bold print or bright color. Remember to avoid wearing identical colors or outfits as it may come across as too matchy-matchy.


When it comes to style, ensure that the dress you choose complements your fiancé's outfit. For instance, if your fiancé is wearing a formal suit, a floor-length gown or a chic cocktail dress could be a perfect choice. Alternatively, if your fiancé is wearing a casual outfit, it's best to opt for a dress that is more relaxed and comfortable.


Choosing an engagement photo dress may seem overwhelming, but it's all about finding a dress that makes you feel confident and beautiful. As you begin your search, keep in mind that the best dress is the one that fits your unique style and personality. So, start your shopping journey today and remember, "The perfect dress is the one that makes you feel your best."


Taylor + Owen at Pennacles Park in Sturgeon, Misssouri




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