It’s that time of year, friend! You know the one I’m talking about? Engagement session season!! As a full-time wedding and elopement photographer (and past bride), I know firsthand just how much excitement fills the air leading up to your engagement session. Two of the most commonly asked questions I get when a session is booked is, “What do we wear?!” and “Should we bring anything?” Well, I’m here to give you all the nitty-gritty details to make sure your engagement session goes out without a hitch. Here are 8 Must Have Items for Your Engagement Session.

Your Outfits:

1. Outfit #1

How you dress for your engagement session should be a reflection of you and your honey. Think of what you’re comfortable in, what feels like “ah, this is us.” If you’re looking for outfit tips, check out my Styling Tips for Your Engagement Session blog! Searching for even more inspo?! My Pinterest board has gotcha covered!

2. Outfit #2 

Options, babe, options! The weather can change at the drop of a dime, or there could even be a wardrobe malfunction. The more prepared you are, the better. Double check with your photographer to see how many outfits are allowed for your particular session – and plan from there.

Onto the Practicals:

3. Lint Roller 

I don’t know about you, but when I leave the house, I’m still finding fur from my pup on me. Lint rollers are great for not only pet hair, but also for getting rid of any leaves left from traipsing through a field. (I love adventuring with my couples!)

4. Hair Brush

Whether the wind is whipping on the day of your engagement session or not, having a hair brush always comes in clutch. In the event of wind, embrace it! You’ll be at peace knowing you can always brush your hair.

5. Hairspray

Even if you’re generally not a “hairspray person”, bring it! Smooth hair photographs really well; hairspray helps tame those pesky flyaways and wind-tousled hair!

6. Scissors

Never know when a scissors might come in handy! Pesky tags, hanger straps, etc. 

7. Bug Spray

TRUST me on this one. Bug bites are the worst! ‘Nuff said.

8. Champagne!

I simply can’t end an engagement session without poppin’ champagne! Bring a bottle to end your session with a fun spray and a few sips. SO much fun!

Which of my 8 Must Have Items for Your Engagement Session would you have forgotten?! Send me a message over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos); I’d love to hear from you!

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Can I let you in on a secret? Even as a full-time wedding and couples’ photographer, my husband I struggled to find the perfect song for our first dance. 😅 If you’re like Bradyn and me, music plays such a a special part in a relationship. So if you’re at the stage in wedding planning where you’re searching for the perfect tune to slow dance to with your honey… I gotchu. I created an entire playlist of songs for your first dance, just for you!!

Before you dive into the playlist, I want to encourage you to search for a song that really reflects your relationship. Music is one of those things that has the ability to bring us right back to a moment… So make sure that the song you choose does just that. After all, in years to come, you’ll listen to your song and be brought back to your wedding day, surrounded by all of your favorite people.

Pop open a bottle of your favorite beverage, cozy up on the couch (or practice your dance moves), and turn on this FIRST DANCE PLAYLIST 🎶 full of the perfect songs for your first dance 🥂

Additional Resources:

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As a full-time wedding photographer (and recent bride!), I know how many details go into planning your big day. Planning your wedding day is HUGE. Not only do you feel the pressure of finding the perfect wedding venue, booking your dream wedding photographer, and hashing out all the other little details, the logistics of your actual wedding day sometimes get brushed aside. But that’s where I come in! I’m letting you in on the 2 must-know getting ready tips to help your photos pop 💥 This one goes out to you, brides!

TIP #1

Believe it or not, the most overlooked part of a wedding day can often be what you are wearing.

I know, I know – what?! I’m not talking about your wedding dress that you’ve been dreaming of wearing. I am talking about what you are wearing while you are getting ready for your big day.

And even more specifically, what you are wearing underneath. That’s right, your BRA.

If your wedding dress is strapless, backless, or even a halter – proceed cautiously when it comes to choosing your bra. As if we didn’t already have enough reason to hate wearing bras… they leave marks or indents on the skin.

Unfortunately, it takes those marks quite a bit of time to disappear. The last thing you want is photos of you looking STUNNING in a dress that fits you like a glove, only to see indents of your bra straps or band. 

My biggest suggestion to support the ‘ladies’ that morning? Opt for a bralette. Sometimes even a sports bra would work, as long as it zips in the front so you don’t have to pull it over your head. Which brings me to:

TIP #2

Now that we’ve taken care of what you’re wearing underneath while getting ready… what are you going to wear on top?!

Whether you and your girls are planning to wear matching robes or pajamas, make sure it’s not something you have to pull over your head. No matter how careful you are, your makeup or hair is bound to get messed up if you’re pulling a t-shirt over your head. 

I am a huge fan of button-ups or even zip-ups for a wedding day. There are so many cute options out there that you won’t even miss wearing your comfy t-shirt. Even cuter!? Wear your soon-to-be HUBBY’S button-up. 🥰

There we have it; the 2 must-know getting ready tips. Looking for more wedding planning tips? Check out the blog HERE ✨ I gotchu!

As always, head over to my Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos); I’m dropping even more tips there.

Happy wedding planning, babe! 🤗

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Let’s talk about first looks! If you and your honey are still up in the air about whether or not to have a first look, have no fear. I’ve put together a sweet little list of 3 Alternatives to a First Look. As a full-time wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of first looks, traditional “first looks” in the ceremony, and everything in between. Whatever you decide, my biggest piece of advice is to do what feels right for you. Lets’ get into it!

1. Private vows

One of my favorites! If you are nervous about spilling your heart in front of hundreds of your family and friends, this can be a great, intimate option for you two. You can stand back-to-back or face each other while holding hands and speak from the heart. When it comes to the ceremony, you can say a variation of your private vows, or say traditional vows; whatever feels most comfortable!

2. First touch

I love this option! You and your spouse can stand back-to-back, or around a door/corner from each other and simply hold hands and talk. If you choose to not have a first look, you most likely won’t see or talk to your spouse until the ceremony. A first touch can help calm some nerves and give you a few moments of peace and quiet together before jumping into the rest of your day. Such a sweet alternative.

3. Private letters

If you want everyone (including your photographer) to sob on your wedding day, write letters to each other before the ceremony and read them privately. This allows you to step away from chaos the morning of your wedding day and take a deep breath with your person. This is intimate like the vow option, but often includes more inside jokes and can be a real tear-jerker.

There we have it, friend! 3 Alternatives to a First Look. Once again, do what feels right for you and your honey! If you’re also in the market for some Wedding Day Exit Tips, click here. As always, be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos) for behind-the-scenes and even more Wedding Tips

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Morgan

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Welcome to the chapter of your life which is wedding planning!! Whether you’re just beginning to plan or you’re really in the thick of it, soak it up – no matter how stressful it is at times. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at your wedding day photos wondering where the time went.

Hey… speaking of wedding day photos… 😉 I’m letting you in on my ultimate list of what items you should give your photographer for detail (or flat lay) photos. 

Your wedding photographer may provide you with a list of what to include, and may refer to it as either details or flat lay details. A flat lay is a compilation of all the little details you want photographed on your big day. The smallest details are frequently the most important details that you want captured. Alright, let’s dive in!

Detail Photos List:

  • Dress
  • Veil
  • Bouquet
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry 
  • Ring(s) – engagement + wedding bands
  • Paper suite (save the date, RSVP card, invitation, envelope with your names, etc.)
  • Vows
  • Perfume
  • Cologne
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Cufflinks
  • Socks
  • Belt

Alright, now that you know what to include, be sure to check out my 5 Getting Ready Tips for Your Wedding Day to ensure you have a stress free morning. *Hint: put all your details in a box to be ready for your photographer; they will thank you. I know this is a quick little list, but trust me: this will be a game changer for your wedding day! Is there anything in the What to Include in Detail Photos list that you forgot about?! Let me know below!

If you’re looking for even more wedding planning tips and behind-the-scenes as a wedding photographer, I’d love to be friends on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos.

Xx,

Morgan

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I am a huge fan of a classic wedding day exit. I’m talking sparklers, confetti, bubbles, streamers… you name it! Not only does the couple get to cherish the images of such a joyful time, the guests get to truly be a part of the moment. As a full-time intimate wedding and elopement photographer (and recent bride!), I have learned a ton of Wedding Day Tips & Tricks that need to be shared!

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet, so here we go!

3 Wedding Day Exit Tips & Tricks

1. FAUX EXIT

One of my favorite wedding “hacks” is encouraging my couples to do a faux exit. This is when your DJ pauses the dancing during your reception and makes an announcement for guests to go outside, to whatever location you’re having your exit at. You do your “exit”, get the cutest photos, and then go back inside to continue partying with your guests. Pretty cool, right?

Faux exits are a great option for many reasons – Not only does this option save you money because you’re not paying your photographer for extra coverage, but you are able to spend more quality time with your guests too. Plus, having a traditional exit can be stressful because you are celebrating, then frantically trying to pack your things, load your car, saying your goodbyes AND doing an exit all at once. In my opinion, a faux exit is the way to go!

2. SPARKLER EXIT TIP

One of my favorite wedding day exits as a photographer – SPARKLERS. If you are planning on having a sparker exit, this tip is a MUST KNOW for you and could save your entire exit. Before the day of your wedding, make sure you light at least one sparkler. Here’s why:

Believe it or not, it is quite common for sparklers to not light with a traditional lighter (or at all). This problem is very common and occurs more often than you would expect. In fact, I ran into this problem with the sparklers I purchased for my wedding too. Depending on the brand of your sparkler, they may need some extra “oomph”. I would suggest having more lighters than you anticipate (10 is a good place to start!), or better yet – having 1-2 adults with torches. You can thank me later 😏

3. TAKE YOUR TIME

I get it – you are hyped up on adrenaline and you are going to want to SPRINT through your exit. But, here’s my encouragement to you – soak it up! Go through your exit slowly and intentionally. Look around and soak up the love and joy surrounding you and your SPOUSE. And hey, don’t be afraid to go back through again – whether you want to dip in the middle for a romantic photo, or frolic through with the widest smiles… cherish that moment, babe. 

What’s your favorite wedding day exit? Share some ideas in the comments below! As always, let’s be friends on the gram (@morganelizabethphotos). 

Xx, Morgan

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