There’s no doubt that “what should we wear” is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. I’ve got a few KEY TIPS that I would like to share with you, so you can start planning what to wear for your Yosemite Engagement Session!
#1 Don’t be afraid to dress up
We see your engagement session as something as important as your wedding day. I mean, think about it, you’ve already made one of the biggest decisions you could make in your life! You’re one step away from getting married, and that’s something that needs to be celebrated. So don’t be afraid to go all out and dress up a bit! We have yet to have a couple that regretted dressing up too much, I promise, it doesn’t happen.
Make sure you guys chat about your outfit options, and always try to coordinate your outfits – but don’t match! Things can get cheesy really quick if you’re outfits are matching too much.
#2 Stand out
One thing I ALWAYS tell our couples is to think of colors that will make them stand out from the background. If you’re at Taft Point, for example, your background is a whole lot of gray and granite rocks. So you probably don’t want to wear a gray dress or anything that will blend in with the beautiful mountains of Yosemite. So don’t be afraid to wear bold colors!
#3 Don’t forget about comfort
I know sometimes dressing up and being comfortable doesn’t really exist in the same phrase. But when I mean being comfortable, I mean wearing something you LOVE. You should wear something you would wear anyway, and that you feel absolutely amazing in it!
If there’s hiking or a lot of walking involved (which happens 95% of the time we shoot at Yosemite), we always advise wearing comfortable shoes. If you’re wearing a long dress, chances are your shoes won’t be visible in most of the pictures. If not, you can switch to high heels for the pictures (like Claire did on their session), but we always rather that you are safe while hiking!
#4 Wear more than one outfit
So you can’t make up your mind? That’s totally fine! You can wear more than one outfit! One of our most booked Yosemite Engagement Session packages is the one where we take couples to several locations in Yosemite. Most couples choose to have 2 different outfits, and it works really well to have two completely different looks for two completely different locations!
#5 Ask for your photographer’s help
I mean it. We’re here for you. If you’re at a store or shopping online, and you can’t decide in between outfits, just shoot me a text! Since we’ve been to Yosemite countless times, we’ll be able to tell you what would look stunning at a certain location, and what wouldn’t stand out so much.
And for the guys, Stephan is an expert in suits (weird, right?). But he loves helping out with the guy’s outfits as well! So just know you can ALWAYS ask for our help.
* bonus – engagement session dresses
As a bonus, here are some online shops our clients love! If you have a shop that you love, let us know! We’ll add it to our list of recommendations!
Starting May 21st through the end of September of 2021 – Yosemite will require visitors to purchase reservations online before visiting the Park.
This is something Yosemite did last year to limit the number of people visiting the Park. The reservation system started due to covid, but it’s honestly a great idea to make sure the Park doesn’t get overcrowded – believe me, it can be insane.
You can see how the Reservation System works, what dates the tickets will start being sold and a lot more information HERE. Please read this page thoroughly, everything you need to know is there.