Elopements are deeply personal, intimate, and unique celebrations of love. As a photographer who has had the privilege to capture many elopements, I've seen firsthand how the right outfit can enhance the beauty and emotion of the day. Here’s some tips to help you choose the perfect attire for your elopement, ensuring you're comfortable, stylish, and true to yourselves.
1. Reflect Your Personal Style
Your elopement is all about you and your partner, so choose outfits that reflect your personal style. Whether it's a bohemian dress, a tailored suit, or something non-traditional, wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful. Remember, there are no rules – this is your day!
2. Consider Your Location
The setting of your elopement plays a significant role in your attire choice. For a beach elopement, think light fabrics and relaxed fits. For a mountain elopement, consider layers and sturdy footwear. Urban elopements might call for a more chic, sophisticated look. Let the environment inspire your outfit.
3. Comfort is Key
You'll be spending several hours in your attire, possibly hiking to a location or moving around for photos. Choose something comfortable that allows you to move freely. If you're wearing a dress or skirt, think about how it will handle the elements and your activities.
4. Color Coordination
Consider how your outfits will complement each other. You don't have to match perfectly, but coordinating colors or styles can create a harmonious look in your photos. Think about how your colors will contrast with the natural backdrop as well.
5. Footwear Considerations
Shoes are especially important. For rugged locations, opt for practical footwear like boots or comfortable flats. You can always bring a pair of more formal shoes for some of the photos if desired. Remember, it's about enjoying your day without foot pain!
6. Accessorize Thoughtfully
Accessories can add a special touch to your elopement attire. Consider items like a beautiful hairpiece, a stylish hat, or a unique piece of jewelry. If your elopement involves a hike or adventure, practical accessories like a backpack or a warm scarf can also be stylish.
7. Weather and Backup Options
Be prepared for any weather. If you’re eloping outdoors, have a backup plan for rain or cold temperatures. A beautiful coat, a chic umbrella, or a warm blanket can not only provide comfort but also add a lovely element to your photos.
8. The Final Touch: Flowers
If you’re including a bouquet or boutonniere, think about how these will work with your outfits. Wild, natural arrangements often suit outdoor elopements, adding a touch of elegance to the rugged beauty of nature.
Remember, the most important thing is that you feel happy, comfortable, and true to yourselves. Your elopement is a celebration of your unique love story, and your attire should reflect that. As your photographer, I’m here to capture your authentic selves and the beauty of your love, no matter what you choose to wear. Happy elopement planning!