Fall Engagement Photos - Outfitting for the Occasion


words by | Eve Green

Plan to have your engagement photos taken in fall, one of the most beautiful and versatile seasons of the year! The timing is also perfect for couples with a spring or summer wedding, as you will get your photos back just in time for designing your “save the dates.” So, as the leaves begin to turn and the weather cools, pull out your favorite sweaters, plaid shirts, leather boots, and scarves and consider the Toledo Wedding Guide’s top suggestions for your fall engagement photos.


Mix Patterns and Plaid

What better time of year to bring out your best plaids than in fall? Mixing patterns is a fun way to keep your engagement photo ensembles interesting and prevent them from looking too “done.” While you and your fiance want to look your best in your photos, you also want to look like yourselves. The key to finding the perfect pattern mix is to balance solids, neutrals, and patterns. If he is sporting a plaid shirt, she could wear a solid sweater. But don’t be afraid to mix a patterns if the colors complement each other and the ensemble is aesthetically pleasing. The right backdrop can lend itself to more vibrant attire. Be sure to take options with you, as your photographer may have some suggestions on what items to choose.


Layer Seasonal Accessories

Fall is the perfect time of year to layer seasonal accessories for your engagement photos. We love the idea of a dark chambray shirt for him and a colorful scarf and pair of leather boots for her. The balance of the solid and neutral chambray will leave visual room for a pop of color or a patterned scarf. Use the cool temperatures to your advantage and layer a knit sweater over a classic button down. Boho brides, fear not, flowers crowns are not just for summer! Carry this traditionally warm-weather accessory into fall by incorporating autumnal florals like solidago, hypericum berries, montecasino aster, alstroemeria lilies, or actual fall leaves. And, remember to get cozy in some of your pictures! Wrap up together in warm quilt or textured throw for effortlessly romantic outdoor photos.


Rustic Recreation

Documentary style photography of you and your fiancé partaking in a fun activity can result in the most awe-inspiring engagement photos. There are countless fall activities that lend themselves to some great camera shots! Visit an orchard for adorable apple picking photos. Check out city and state parks for locations and immerse yourselves in brilliant seasonal color while walking through the woods or under overhanging boughs. Sip hot cider (or a pumpkin spice latte!) together, or roast marshmallows over a campfire.  Simple posed shots are never ordinary when taken with a rustic red barn as a backdrop or perched together on a split rail fence. Be sure to get permission from landowners before going too far afield on private property! If you and your fiancé are the proud owners of a pup, have your photographer snap pictures as you take your beloved pet for a walk or frolic in a pile of fallen leaves.


Capture the Beauty of the Season

The best part about  your fall engagement photos are the rich fall tones in the stunning seasonal landscape. Crisp leaves, clear blue skies and autumn colors serves as a beautiful natural backdrop for your photos. Not to mention, worry about warm weather sweat and shine evaporate with the arrival of cooler temps! Strolling over a bridge, sitting in a rowboat, or standing by the shore of a lake with fall foliage reflected on the water is sure to guarantee stunning photos. You may even want to have your photos taken at a location that is special to you, such as the college campus where you met, or where he proposed. If it rains on the day your photo shoot is scheduled, don’t panic! Get out your rain boots and slickers and take a great big umbrella. Photographers love a cloudy day and some of the best shots have been taken under moody grey clouds!  

Always keep scenery in mind when deciding on your fall engagement photo ensembles. Use this cozy season to your full advantage by playing off the multi-tonal landscapes and choosing from a plethora of fun fashion options!